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District Newsletter- Governor Signs LB1067, Common Levy Eliminated

Hi District Parents,

I'm writing to share newsworthy items about Springfield Platteview Community Schools, especially exciting news regarding the end of the Learning Community's common levy.  Please take a few minutes to read this important information.

LEARNING COMMUNITY COMMON LEVY REMOVED

Today is a historic day for Springfield Platteview Community Schools. The Governor signed LB1067 into law this morning at Platteview High School.  LB1067 is a comprehensive overhaul of the controversial Learning Community law, and it removes the common levy that has done so much financial harm to our school district and taxpayers. The governor chose to sign the bill in our district to emphasize the importance of the common levy being removed for us and our taxpayers.  The law goes into effect and the common levy is removed for the 2017-18 school year.

Due to the common levy, the district lost more than $3.2 million in taxpayer revenue in the 2015-16 school year alone.  This has had a detrimental effect on the district’s ability to do needed facility projects without a bond.  Also, the high school lost two important academic programs in German and Computer Science.  Our Board of Education will need to make many important decisions regarding these issues and we hope to have our parents and community participate in those decisions in the coming months.

Many thank you’s go out to our Sarpy state senators and the governor for their support in helping remove the common levy.

News stories, for reference –

http://www.omaha.com/news/legislature/lawmakers-approve-bill-to-revamp-learning-community-end-controversial-common/article_8acfdc6a-0189-11e6-870c-0344a1c1556d.html

http://www.omaha.com/news/legislature/ricketts-signs-bill-ending-learning-community-s-common-levy-kintner/article_8bf409d0-063a-11e6-9394-8b9409dc1b90.html

NEW PLATTEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

I’d also like to introduce Ron Alexander as the next Principal of Platteview High School. 

Mr. Alexander comes to Platteview having most recently served as district Athletic Director at the Poudre school district in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to his work at Poudre, Alexander served as the Athletic/Activities director at Adams Central Public Schools in Hastings, Nebraska.

Mr. Alexander was selected from a pool that included more than two dozen candidates and four finalists. The interview process included sessions with members of the Board of Education, administration and department leaders, teachers, and district parents. He begins his work with us in July. I am excited for all of you to get the chance to meet him, and see the leadership qualities in action that were evident during the interview process.

Miss Simpson will continue to serve as an administrator in the district in a different capacity. We appreciate all that Miss Simpson has done at the high school over her eight years at the helm. I look forward to her helping us with different opportunities and responsibilities that will keep us moving forward with our strategic goals and initiatives, such as before and after school programs and expanding dual credit courses.

WESTMONT ELEMENTARY IMPROVEMENTS

Exciting facility improvements will be underway at Westmont Elementary this summer. The classroom areas and utility infrastructure will be gutted and renovated.  The school will also receive new windows as part of an energy savings program.  From the inside, the school will look like a brand new school when we are finished this summer.  The project will be completed by August 5 just in time for the start of the new school year.

News story, for reference - 

http://www.omaha.com/sarpy/papillion/westmont-elementary-to-have-new-look-by---school/article_c9dedba6-9ddc-5269-a7be-f97a88f58df8.html

SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY LAND

The new 290 homes development in Springfield that includes a possible new elementary school site remains on track.  The district will purchase almost 10 acres of land in the new development to accommodate a new elementary school in the future.  The current Springfield Elementary building was originally built in 1964 with additions being done in the 1970’s.  A new elementary school would be built to accommodate future growth and be able to handle three classrooms for each grade level.  The timetable for building a new school and funding options will be developed over the next several months with the Board of Education and community.

Thank you for all of your support for our district, and I hope you have a great week and end to the school year.

Sincerely,

Brett Richards, Superintendent

 

 

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