· A special thank you to Ms. Jillian Kepler and Mr. Sean Mulholland for their service and commitment to our students, our district, and our community. The board accepted their resignations Monday night, as these teachers are pursuing other opportunities at the end of this school year. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
· Approved contracts for Mrs. Brianne Lahmon as elementary teacher and Mr. John Furrow as music education teacher for the 2022-23 school year.
· Discussed creation of district activity committee to collaborate on information needed to make decisions about if and when to add additional district activities.
· Discussed facility planning and potential bond resolution for consideration to provide funding to address growth and educational needs. The next community engagement meeting is Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 6 pm at Bennet Elementary.
· More information is available at https://meeting.sparqdata.com/Public/Organization/174
Such course work also allows for better pay when seeking part time or full time work; having the ability to connect and communicate with others in any business can be a game changer for customers and the owner of any business. The US Bureau of Labor says that having a second language can even boost your pay by 20%. That’s not bad! And although there is a 24% increase in need for interpreters and translators currently, a second language can be invaluable in any line of work.
For the last 6 years, the school has been providing national testing for all Spanish IV students. Each April higher level Spanish students take the STAMP test and complete 4 test sections: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. This test can be intense and does require 4 class periods and for some even a bit more time. This test grows with your responses, therefore, the more you answer correctly, the longer the test can become. The results from this test do two things. Most importantly, it tells the students where their skills are at after 4 years of study, which is wonderful for including on their resumes. Ideally, one should be at the Intermediate low range on a proficiency scale. Secondly, if the score is at a higher level, the Intermediate Midlevel or higher, students qualify for the Nebraska State Seal of Biliteracy. In this case, students can earn 9 credit hours from UNK, UNO or Doane by simply sharing their testing results.
This year 5 individuals earned the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy at Palmyra High School. They were: Nima Faunce, Kylee Kment, Alissa Schejbal, Andrew Waltke, Serenity Wheeler. A huge congratulations/“felicidades” to you all!
Congratulation Class of 2022!
Please download the the documents for full details on the Enrollment Study and Facility Assessment.
The Clark Enersen Partners has been retained to update the Facility Audit for the District OR-1 Public Schools. The purpose of the audit is to provide the district with an updated snap shot in time of the current condition of the district facilities located in Bennet and Palmyra following the recent successful bond election and construction projects at both facilities. The new Athletic complex in Palmyra was not reviewed.
The audit includes updating the Facility Review Spreadsheet utilized as part of the bond project planning process. Each item is identified and an assumed cost has been associated for the following categories:
- Deferred Maintenance Issues
- Life Safety Code Issues
- ADA Issues
- Curriculum Delivery Issues
- Safety/Security Issues
The Clark Enersen team of architects, landscape architect, mechanical designer, electrical designer, and construction administrator visited each site and visited with Superintendent Hanger to review the existing Facility Review spreadsheet and identify new items to incorporate on the spreadsheet. To gain input from district staff , a staff survey was also developed, staff were surveyed, and the findings were tabulated. Please
April 11th Board Summary Update and community Engagement Meeting Schedule
BOARD OF EDUCATION UPDATE
SUMMARY OF APRIL 11, 2022 MEETING
A special thank you to Mrs. Taytum Stutzman, Ms. Andrea Lemmer, and Mrs. Sandy Murphy-Robb for their service and commitment to students, our district, and our community. The board accepted their resignations Monday night, as these teachers are pursuing other opportunities at the end of this school year. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Approved contracts for Ms. Michelle Irvine as family consumer science teacher and Ms. Dana Christensen as elementary teacher for the 2022-23 school year.
Reviewed community relations policy 1000 series, administration policy 2000 series, and business operations policy 3000 series.
Discussed process for moving forward with facility upgrades and funding to address district growth.
Approved policy 5006—optional enrollment resolution and capacity appendix for 2022-23 school year.
Approved purchase of 2020 Freightliner bus.
Approved getting bids for purchase of an additional activity van.
Approved service agreements with ESU #4 for special education and core services for 2022-23 school year.
More information is available at HTTPS://MEETING.SPARQDATA.COM/PUBLIC/ORGANIZATION/174
District OR1 Weekly
(Bennet Elementary and Palmyra High School) News
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District OR-1 “Excellence in Education” Award
Many District OR-1 employees are exemplary in the performance of their responsibilities. The “Excellence in Education” award (established in 2022) is a Board of Education initiated employee recognition program that recognizes designated District OR-1 employees for their outstanding contributions to our district.
Any staff member may be nominated for the “Excellence in Education” award. Nominations may be from co-workers, students, parents, board members, or community patrons. The nomination form will be available on our district website at www.districtor1.org. Criteria for the nomination could address any of the following things: school pride/spirit; showing initiative; positive role model; high professional standards; enhances the school environment; community involvement and engagement, positive working relationships with staff, parents, students, and patrons, demonstrating integrity and kindness, role models excitement for her/his position, demonstrates selfless service to others, helps further the district and/or building mission and goals.
The selection committee will be composed of two Board of Education members and the Superintendent. This award will be presented periodically each school year as determined by the Board of Education. Recipients will be awarded a plaque and are invited to attend a regular board meeting after being selected. #Panther Pride!