The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on September 14, 2020. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
The School District 56 Budget and Property Tax Request Hearings for fiscal year 2020-2021 were held on September 14th at the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. The school district operating budget increases by 4% for 2020-2021 and calls for a property tax requirement of $9,316,140, which will be a 2 percent decrease in the property tax requirement. The School District 56 assessed property valuation increased by 2 percent for the 2020 tax year.
Student Enrollment - Enrollment figures as of September 10, 2020 show a decrease from the 2019-2020 school year. Current enrollment numbers show 823 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, which is down 23 students from a year ago. The largest class is the first grade with 67 students, and the smallest class is the 3rd grade class with 51 students.
Pictured from left, Alex Keithley, Gale Dunkhas, Rod Rowland and Tim Heckenlively
F&M Bank Presents “Spirit That Pays” Donation earned by Tiger debit cardholders. F&M Bank is all about Family, Service, Community and Hometown Spirit! The Spirit that Pays Program was launched three years ago. The donation of $1,934 is one of the largest donations to date for the program.
Free Meals to All Students Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Effective September 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020. This action by the USDA allows our school to serve free meals to all children into the fall months, or until available funding runs out. This includes:
o FCPS will initiate the SFSP beginning Monday, September 14, and will credit the full pay and reduced student meal accounts retroactive to September 1, 2020.
o Under current guidelines, this program will not be in place for the second semester.
o If the funding runs out meals will revert back to full pay, reduced, or free as determined under current guidelines.
o Eligible individuals are only students enrolled in and attending FCPS District 56 on those days when school is in session.
Capacity Resolution for 2020-2021 Approved by the School Board - The option enrollment capacity resolution outlines how many students are allowed to opt into the Falls City Public School District from their home school district. The number of students Falls City Public School District will accept each year will be based on a number of factors, including the maximum capacity of each school/program, projected enrollment and available staff and facilities. No option enrollment students are allowed currently for elementary level II & III special education programs, middle and high school level II & III special education programs, and the alternative education center.
The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.
1. Approved the District 56 Budget of Disbursements, Receipts, and Transfers for 2020-2021 as published.
2. Approved the 2020-2021 Property Tax Request for the General Fund to be set at $8,937,352; (2) The Tax Request for the Special Building Fund set at $378,788.
3. The Board took no action on the District’s Early Separation Incentive Program for 2020-2021.
4. Approved policy reviews on 1) Policy 4224 TITLE IX Complaint Procedure; 2) Policy 5320 Buses; 3) Policy 7122 Option Enrollment Program.
5. Approved the Capacity Resolution for 2020-2021.
6. Approved the Loan Modification / Extension Agreement with F & M Bank in the amount of $950,000.
The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for October 12, 2020 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.
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