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October 2015 Superintendent Message


The 2015-16 school year is a milestone school year for Hershey Public Schools, this is the first year that we will move to the distinction of being a non-equalized school district in regards to state aid.  What does that mean?  It means that according to the current state aid formula, our current resources equal our needs and our own district has enough resources available to fund our school.  The state does not have to provide any equalization aid, outside of the property tax that we collect, to support our school through the state aid formula.  In the 14-15 school year, we received $1,540,754.10 in state aid from the State of Nebraska, $405,605.42 of that was in the form of equalization aid.  In the state aid allotment for the 2015-2016 school year we received $0 for equalization aid.  Total state aid that we will receive for the 2015-16 school year is $1,170,433.  

District #37 became a non-equalized district due to the large increases in property valuations that have been occurring over our district.  Because of these large increases in valuations, we were able to lower the levy for the 2015-2016 school year by an unprecedented 11.91 cents.  The 2015-2016 Tax Levy will be .942389 compared to the 2014-15 levy of $1.061517.   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 .904225, Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund Levy: 0.028082, Special Building Fund Levy: 0.010082.

Please note that students in PreK-6th grade WILL NOT HAVE SCHOOL on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd due to a Language Arts Curriculum Teachers In-service day.  Students in grades 7-12 will have school.

On October 23, the Hershey Public Schools Educational Foundation is going to be sponsoring a Panther Soup Challenge prior to and during the Hershey/Cambridge Football game.  This event will offer fifteen different soups for the community and football fans to taste and vote on.  The student activity organization who receives the most votes for their soup and display will be awarded a plaque.  All of the money raised during the game will be split amongst the youth activity groups. This fun event will be sponsored by the following businesses:  Hershey State Bank/Hershey Agency, Kwik Stop, Hershey Telephone Company, Arnett & Arnett Pioneer Seed, Janssen Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, Olson Farms, Jorgenson’s Lawn Service, Cedar Lane Seeds, Equitable Bank, Plains Equipment, Simplot, First National Bank, Titan Machinery, Select Carpet and Gary’s Super Foods!  Each sponsor has been paired with a student class or activity organization!  I encourage everyone to come out to the First Annual Panther Soup Challenge! 

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 22nd from 4-8 PM and October 23rd from 8:00-noon.  Students will not have school on October 23rd.  Please plan on attending conferences.

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!



Jane Davis, Supt