Superintendent Weekly Update

  • PCS Superintendent Update

    Sept. 23, 2022

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    Thank you to everyone that supported the TeamMates Runza Day on Tue., Sept. 20, 2022. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

    Our Plattsmouth TeamMates Chapter is selling $10 raffle tickets for chances to win cornhole boards that were made by our own Mike Knust. Check out the awesome cornhole boards in the photo. Go to https://www.pcsd.org/Page/1132 for information about our TeamMates Mentoring Program and our Board members. Contact any Board member to purchase tickets to win the cornhole boards.

    Thank you for your support of our TeamMates Mentoring Program!

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    Our students were featured in the PES outdoor classroom on KMTV 3 News Now. Click HERE to see the story and the video.

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    Watch activities on Blue Devil Television (BDTV). Click HERE

    -Owners of property in our school district most likely received a postcard like the one in the image above which included information about the 2022 Notice of Proposed Tax Increase. We have received some inquiries about this topic. Click HERE for some information about the proposed tax increase at PCS.

    We also received several documents from our Cass County Clerk. The clerk is planning to post the items below on the Cass County website. If you have questions about the items below, feel free to contact the Cass County Clerk at (402) 296-9300.

    1. LB 644 Hearing Notice

    2. Postcard and Joint Public Hearing Q & A

    3. 9-23-22 Joint Public Hearing Agenda

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    Click the links below to access our 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 PCS District Calendars that were approved by our Board of Education.

    2022-2023 PCS District Calendar

    2023-2024 PCS District Calendar

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    Draft minutes from our Board of Education meeting on Sept. 12, 2022 are available by clicking HERE.

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    PCS is a member of the Trailblazer Conference. In the 2022-2023 school year, the Malcolm Public Schools will be joining our conference. In the 2023-2024 school year, the Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools will be joining our conference. Click HERE to view the Trailblazer Conference Fall Kick-Off slideshow. Go to slide #2 to play the video. Go Big Blue!

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    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 

    Additionally, I am pleased to inform you that our amendment was approved by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). That is great news!

    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 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.

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    A food service management proposal from Taher, Inc. was approved by our Board of Education. We are looking forward to working with Taher, Inc. in the 2022-2023 school year. Click HERE to learn more about their company.

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    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 that 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!  

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    Let’s continue to be vigilant in our health and safety efforts. I believe all of us would like to avoid contracting any illness whenever possible.

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

    Best regards,

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    Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty