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News from Mrs. Davis Superintendent

Hello,

The 2018-19 school budget has been finalized, we continue to receive no equalization aid from the state of Nebraska.  The only state aid that we receive is from net option students.  That amount will be $1,391,712 for the 18-19 school year.  The district valuation decreased by .001 percent.  The 2018-2019 Tax Levy will be .922566 compared to the 2017-18 levy of .912918.  This is an increase of .009648 cents, which is a .0105 percent increase.   If you have any questions about the budgeting process I encourage you to stop in and visit with me, my door is always open.

The overall levy is comprised as follows:  General Fund 0.862080, Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund Levy: 0.023958, Special Building Fund Levy: 0.036528.  We have budgeted in a Special Building Fund Levy to address a five-year roof replacement plan that the district will began in the summer of 2017.   It is important to keep our facility, especially the roof, up to speed.

Hershey Public Schools has become a Strengths based school in grades 5-12.  Students have completed the Clifton Strengths 2.0 assessment in grades 9-12 and the Student Explore test in grades 5-8.  This assessment identifies everyone’s five top talents out of 34 that have been identified.  Teachers will introduce these 34 themes into their curriculum for these students!

The school year is off to a fast start!  One thing that stays constant is the success your child can have in their education if you have good communication with their teacher(s).  I want to encourage everyone to stay in touch with your child(s) teacher.  Stay informed of what your student is doing well and what he/she needs assistance with.  I cannot emphasize enough how important communication is in improving student performance.   Parent/Teacher Conferences are October 18th from 4-8 PM and October 19st from 8:00-noon.  Students will not have school on October 19.  Please plan on attending conferences.  I hope to see you all there.  Also, if you have not yet downloaded our PowerSchool APP for your smart phone, you are missing out.  You can check up on your child’s grades from anywhere.  I used this daily to keep track of assignments, grades, tardies and absences for my children and it was wonderful!  

I also want to remind you that the teachers have an inservice day on October 8th.  There will be no school for students.

Parents will be notified when we are not having school due to bad weather or other reasons by our School Messenger automated calling system.  Please make sure that you notify the school if you have any special number you want the system to call to give you school closing information.  We will still be calling the following news media to inform them of a late start or closing so you may want to listen to one of the following radio or TV stations:  KNOP-TV, KX104/KODY radio, KOLN-TV, NTV, KOGA radio, and KELN/KOOQ radio.

Make sure to stop by my office or give me a call if you ever have any questions or comments.  Have a great month!

Educationally,

Jane Davis, Supt

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