Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

            School District 56 Budget and Property Tax Request Hearings for fiscal year 2021-2022 were held on September 13th at the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. The school district operating budget increases by 10% for 2021-2022 and calls for a property tax requirement of $9,515,961, which will be a 2 percent decrease in the property tax rate. The School District 56 assessed property valuation increased by 4 percent for the 2021 tax year. The budget increase primarily represents the $2-million ESSER II & III Federal funding allocated into the General and Special Building Funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The additional budgeted Federal funds will be targeted at approved programs and curricular and instructional materials which address learning loss among students, including low-income students and children with disabilities. Furthermore, Federal funds will support replacement and upgrade projects designed to improve the indoor air quality in the high school and middle school facilities including mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

            Student Enrollment - Enrollment figures as of September 8, 2021 show an increase from the 2020-2021 school year. Current enrollment numbers show 833 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, which is up 9 students from a year ago. The largest class is the second grade with 68 students, and the smallest class is the 7th grade class with 53 students.

            State Board of Education Acts on Academic Standards - Last week, the State Board of Education approved revisions to Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts (ELA). The revision process began in the Spring of 2020 and continued throughout 2020 and 2021.

            Health Education Standards: Additionally, the State Board of Education voted to postpone the development of the Nebraska Health Education Standards.

            COVID-19 Safety Update - The SEDHD continues to serve as the primary agent for decision-making on infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors has created guidance for schools to create consistency in screening, exclusion, and readmittance. FCPS continues to work with SEDHD to determine when students and staff should quarantine or isolate. As of September 1, the FCPS has zero students or staff COVID-19 positive cases.

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) 4262 Electronic Management and Records Retention; 2) 5310 General Purchasing and Procurement; 3) 5311 Purchasing (Credit) Card Program.

2.     Approved the Budget of Disbursements, Receipts, and Transfers for 2021-2022 as published.

3.     Approved the Property Tax Request Resolution for 2021-2022 as published.

4.     Recognized the FCEA as the exclusive bargaining agent for the 2022-2023 contract year.

            The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2021 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.