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News from Mrs. Davis Superintendent

News from Mrs. Davis - Superintendent     


The 2019-20 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 $1,568,466 for the 19-20 school year.  The district valuation decreased by .01 percent.  The 2019-2020 Tax Levy will be .943248 compared to the 2018-19 levy of .922566.  This is an increase of .020682 cents, which is a .0167 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 0.865063, Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund Levy: 0.022719, Special Building Fund Levy: 0.055466.  We have budgeted an extra two cents in the Special Building Fund Levy replace an extra portion of our five-year roof replacement plan that the district began in the summer of 2017.   It is important to keep our facility, especially the roof, up to speed. The General Fund tax levy request and the Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund did not increase.

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 24th from 4-8 PM and October 25st from 8:00-noon.  Students will not have school on October 25.  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 in-service day on October 14th.  There will be no school for students.

Recently, with the help from ESU #16, Hershey Public Schools hosted a RESPECT bullying program for our students in grades 4-12 and students from Sutherland and St. Pats.  This interactive program combined a research-based presentation with the use of theatre and role-play. It allowed participants to try out their own solutions through role-playing to combat bullying.  It was a great presentation for our students and a second follow-up presentation will be held in the coming months. 

On October 1st Hershey Public Schools will begin using SafeSchools Alert.  SafeSchools Alert is an online tip reporting system.  This system allows you to quickly and easily report information to school administrators and school counselors through a text, web portal, email or phone line.  The website and mobile app allows you to report information on bullying, safety or general information tips.  It also has a section to send positive comments to individuals.  Any tip can be sent either anonymously or with contact information included.  If a person submits anonymously, they receive a verification code to check up on progress of their information.  This system is very easy to use.  The link will be on our website under the Resources tab.  The URL will be https://hpspanthers-ne.safeschoolsalert.com/  or search an app store for SafeSchools Alert.  Our school code 1886.

Last Spring, Hershey Public Schools contracted with CG-ID to provide a facility needs study to determine what our current and future needs are for the students and stakeholders of our district and they also contracted with Mark Lewis from BD Construction to gauge accurate costs of any potential project.  Part of this study was input from a community facility committee. This study has looked at current infrastructure to include:  electrical, HVAC, and plumbing and has also examined future facility needs and how they coordinate with curriculum needs.  The last time Hershey Public Schools studied facility needs occurred in the 2007-2008 school year.  The Hershey Board of Education is currently using this information to determine future building and infrastructure needs and will meet back with the Community Facility Committee at a future date.

With cold weather approaching, I want to remind parents that they 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!



Jane Davis, Supt