Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, November 14, 2022. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

            Student Showcase Highlights Art ProgramEmily Osterhaus, FCPS Middle School and Elementary art teacher, presented examples of student art projects from grades 3 through 8. FCPS Art Education at the middle school and elementary levels addresses skills that are crucial for both artistic and educational development in all students. During class times, students are exposed to vocabulary and styles through program themes that are developed by Ms. Osterhaus, in order to provide informed and directed lessons that cover a variety of art experiences for the students at FCPS.

District 56 Audit and Annual Financial Report Completed - At the November 14, 2022 Falls City Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Julie Bauman, CPA, P.C., made a presentation explaining the district’s audit report for 2021-2022. The report included the Auditor’s report, a statement of financial position, a statement of activities, and a review of the expenditures of federal awards.

Educators Health Alliance Approves 2023-2024 School Year Rates - There will be an overall increase of 6.87 percent in premiums next year for the medical and dental insurance plans used by FCPS and nearly every Nebraska school district, following action by the Educators Health Alliance (EHA), a consortium of three statewide public school groups that manages the plan. Medical insurance rates for active employees and retirees will increase 7.20 percent. Dental rates for all employees and retirees will remain unchanged from the 2023-2024 rate level. The average annual increase over the past ten years has been 4.5 percent. There will be no benefit changes made in 2023-2024.

Erate funding for fiscal year 2023 announced and awarded the Falls City Public Schools $102,212. The second category of equipment and services eligible for E-Rate support, Category Two, includes the internal connections needed for broadband connectivity within the district’s schools. Support is limited to the internal connections necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools. These broadband connections used for educational purposes will include network switches and transceivers.

The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.

1.     Approved the Final Reading on Policy Reviews and Revisions: 1) 4250 Safety Policy; 2) 7118 Child Abuse and Neglect; 3) 7141 Emergency Drills and Plans; 4) 9110 Special Education Procedures

2.     Accepted the District Audit and Financial Report, August 31, 2022

            The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for December 12, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.

Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.