Superintendent Weekly Update

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    Working together to achieve Academic success, respectful Behavior, and Career readiness in a Safe environment.

    PCS Superintendent Weekly Update

    Feb. 3, 2023

    Good luck to our girls and boys that are wrestling in district competition. Go Big Blue!


    PCS is hiring! Click HERE to view our open positions.


    The Plattsmouth Community School District will use program-based budgeting to plan for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The process provides a mechanism for establishing and funding the highest priorities for our district. Click HERE for more information about how to provide input into our budget planning process.


    Menus for the month of February 2023 are available at


    Winter storms are still in the forecast. Check out the tips above from the National Weather Service.


    As we continue through the winter season, two sources of current weather information are included below. 

    1. National Weather Service (NWS)

    2. The Weather Channel (TWC)

    Plan ahead. Stay safe!



    As we continue through the holiday season, please check out the flyer from the Food Bank for the Heartland that includes information about food resources. A website and QR code are available to find food using an interactive map that shows partner food providers and mobile pantries. Click HERE for a PDF version of the document.



    Draft minutes from our Board of Education meeting on Jan. 9, 2023 are available by clicking HERE.


    On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The ARP Act includes nearly $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund that allows state and local education agencies (LEAs) to take additional steps for continued safe in-person instruction and to address unfinished teaching and learning to mitigate the pandemic. The ESSER III funding enables Nebraska school districts to promote safe school operations and equity-driven, sustainable, evidence-based programs to serve students – especially those who are the furthest from opportunity – and to continue to strengthen teaching and learning. PCS was eligible for $1,505,865 of ESSER III funds.

    In order to be eligible for ESSER III funding, Nebraska school districts had to submit an amendment to our ARP application by Sept. 15, 2021. Prior to submitting the application, we requested your input relative to the potential uses of the funds.

    Thank you to everyone that provided input regarding the potential uses of ESSER III funds at PCS. I am pleased to inform you that we were able to incorporate many of the items in our amendment including updated curriculum materials, professional development for staff members, Clifton Strengths training and support for staff members, bleachers on the east side of the high school stadium, new activity buses and sport utility vehicles, staff dependent care, staff COVID-19 emergency leave (many districts no longer offer this to employees), renovation of the outdoor middle school concession stand to include restrooms, personal protective equipment, interactive technological devices, furniture and equipment, music risers, and musical instruments. If you do not see a specific item, it might be included in one of these broad categories or it might be obtained through other available funding sources 

    Business manager Jenni Serkiz and I will continue meeting with the Board of Education’s Finance Committee to develop a plan and timeline for spending the funds. Unfortunately, we must pay for the items and wait for reimbursement to arrive later. With other ARP funds, it has taken up to eight months for NDE to process the reimbursement request and transfer funding to our district.

    Since we are already accessing a line of credit for our usual general fund expenses, we will have to be very strategic about spreading our ESSER III expenditures over the next two fiscal years. For instance, we plan to expend approximately $1 mil. in the 2021-2022 fiscal year from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, with the additional amount of about $505,865 being spent in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

    Our plan for the expenditure of ESSER III funds is available by clicking HERE. There were other requests submitted for ESSER III that are not included here, but many of them are being addressed with other funding sources available in the district.

    Thank you, again, for providing your input for our amendment.


    Thank you to everyone that provided input relative to our 2020-2021 COVID-19 protocols and items for consideration in the development of our 2021-2022 PCS Plan for Safe Return to School which is available by clicking the link below. As part of our ESSER funding, we are required to post and periodically review our plan. Our plan is included below.

    PCS Plan for Safe Return to School

    Our safety team includes certified and non-certified staff members from our early childhood center, elementary school, middle school, and high school, including administrators, nurses, school social workers/licensed mental health practitioners, school psychologists, Plattsmouth Education Association representatives, before and after school program directors, our nutrition services director, our transportation location manager, maintenance, and our school resource officer(s).

    At this time, our safety team plans to resume quarterly meetings in the 2022-2023 school year. If there is a significant change in COVID-19 or related guidance, we might return to monthly meetings.

    Click HERE to provide feedback relative to our 2021-2022 PCS Plan for Safe Return to School. Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools!


    Thank you for your support of the Plattsmouth Community Schools. #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG

    Best regards,

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    Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty