Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2013

District 42R budget adopted

The Sep. 9 meeting of School District 42R began with hearings on the proposed budget and final tax levy. Guests were Regina Lorenz and Jake Bahr, the latter asking questions on the proposed budget.

Superintendent Dave Hamm answered Bahr’s questions and reviewed the budget, which calls for a budget total of $5,339,606. Of this amount, $237,189 is in the Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking funds (QCPU) and $196,629 in the special building fund. The general fund levy tax rate is $0.985467 with the QCPU rate at $0.035646 and the special building fund at $0.017823. Complete budget and levy documents were printed in last week’s paper.

During the regular meeting, both the budget and the levy were adopted as proposed.

Elementary Principal Jane Brummels reported that there are 102 students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. Mid-quarter is this week and progress reports will be sent home on Friday. There will be an in-service on Sep. 20 during which elementary math teachers will have a webex training concerning the Saxon math program. There are also three more in-service dates scheduled with ESU 8 to help teachers with using data and goal-setting, Mrs. Brummels said. She reported on a Title I meeting she and Amber Waterbury attended, where they learned how to improve the program and increase parent involvement. MAP testing will be done the week of Sep. 16; this is the norm-referenced test taken once in the fall and once in the spring. New elementary Student Council members were sworn in Monday, added Mrs. Brummels, who included a list of elementary substitute teachers in her report.

In secondary Principal Mike Brown’s report, he noted that one student had transferred out, leaving a total of 101 students in grades seven through 12. On Sep. 17, he and elementary Principal Brummels will attend a principal cadre in Neligh; this is the first of three sessions on teacher evaluation, supervision of instruction and assisting teachers in becoming reflective teachers. There will be a 1:30 p.m. dismissal on Sep. 20 for a teacher in-service. Homecoming week will be Sep. 23 through 27 with a pep rally Friday afternoon in the gym and coronation at halftime of the Osmond-Wynot football game. Brown included a secondary substitute teacher list, and listed the following coming activities: Sep. 12, cross country at Hartington and volleyball triangular at Osmond; Sep. 13, football at Humphrey; Sep. 16, cross country at Neligh, junior high volleyball and football at Bloomfield, junior varsity football against Randolph; Sep. 17, volleyball at Winside; Sep. 19, volleyball against O’Neill St. Mary’s, Sep. 20, football at Lyons-Decatur.

Superintendent Hamm compiled a list of board members who plan to attend the NASB conference. He discussed a request for public records which he, along with every other school district in the state, had received. He told members of the Americanism Committee that they may or may not ever hear from the person who requested the records. Hamm also noted that a feasibility study would be done on Tuesday (Sep. 10).

In other business, the board:

— approved the hiring of Vera Eacker of Ewing as custodian beginning Sep. 23.

— heard Board President Cheryl Friedrich thank the superintendent for explaining the budget and wish the students and staff a good school year.