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Fully staffed public school, board approves swimming cooperative with Ogallala


A preview of the North Platte Public School Council meeting on July 12:

North Platte Foundation Director Terri Burchell said the week of August 23 will be the back-to-school party with Change Wars and Dine Out to Donate, among other events, ending with the Back Yard BBQ and Education Afterhours.

Burchell noted that distinguished alumni will be recognized at the Afterhours event.

The Distinguished Alumni of 2020 are Ronnie Baker 1961, Cheryl (Edis) Erickson 1962, and Dr. Richard Hansen 1970. The Distinguished Alumni of 2021 are Deborah Murphy 1968, Marvin Webb 1965, and Gil Wilkinson 1960.

Upcoming congress

Superintendent Dr Ron Hanson said the National Federation of Urban and Suburban Associations

The school district convention will be held October 9-12 in North Platte. The convention was slated for 2020 but was canceled due to COVID-19.

The October meeting of the North Platte Public School Board will need to be moved to October 4 to allow board and administration members to participate in this conference.

Board comments

Vice-President Jo Ann Lundgreen congratulated Director of Student Services Brandy Buscher and Manager of School Resources Jeremiah Johnson for the work they do. She also thanked the teachers and others for all the work that had been done during the summer.

President Skip Altig agreed with Lundgreen and added a thank you to the wardens who work during the summer to prepare the buildings for the returning students in the fall.

systematically accepted

Approved the agenda for the July 12, 2021 regular meeting of the Education Council

The publication of the regular meeting of July 12, 2021 of the Education Council

The minutes of the regular meeting of June 14, 2021 of the School Board

June 14, 2021 Bullying Hearing Minutes

June 14, 2021 U.S. Civic Hearing Minutes

The minutes of the parents’ participation hearing of June 14, 2021

The minutes of the working meeting of the Education Council of June 28, 2021

The minutes of the July 1, 2021 meeting of the Education Council’s Personnel, U.S. Civics, Student Services, Curriculum, and Communications subcommittee.

Approve the minutes of the July 8, 2021 meeting of the Education Council’s Finance, Facilities, Operations and Legislation Subcommittee.

Approve policy 5002.2 – Policy / By-law on the zone of presence

Approve the 2021-2022 student manual

Approve the extracurricular activities manual of the ENSP 2021-2022

Approve 2021-2022 certified / classified and replacement manuals

Approve the teaching contracts of Robert Wilson, Shelby Dietz and Megan Kelley in effect for the 2021-22 school year

Approve claims and financial reports

A motion was moved by Matthew Pederson and seconded by Jo Ann Lundgreen to approve the consent agenda. Council unanimously accepted.

Summer school

Lyndsey Douglas, Director of Elementary Studies, briefed the board on the recently completed Elementary Summer Extended Learning Program, which lasts three weeks after the end of the school year in May.

Douglas said 143 students have registered and an average of 105 attend each day. Thirty-five students had perfect attendance and most of the students advanced one level in reading. She said the emphasis was on reading and math was also built in. Douglas plans to collaborate with Kids Klub to have more learning opportunities next summer.

Hiring update

Director of Human Resources Kevin Mills said North Platte Public Schools are fully staffed for the 2021-22 school year. Mills said 41 teachers had been hired in seven states, including 22 from Nebraska, including five from North Platte.

He said the district offered financial hiring bonuses in special education, math and science, which was successful. It hired eight special education teachers, two math teachers and three science teachers. Finding eight special education teachers in a year is unheard of, he said.

Budget hearing

CFO Stuart Simpson presented the monthly report. He reminded everyone that the annual budget hearing will be held publicly at 5:30 p.m. on August 3.

Regular policy updates

Policies 2005, 3001, 3003, 3003.1, 3004.1, 3042, 3043, 5063 and 6036 are under review. Changes to the nine policies are recommended by district school attorneys due to changes in state laws, Hanson said. These policies will be reviewed by board members and returned for final approval at the August board meeting, Hanson said.

Part-time students

In addition, Hanson proposed allowing part-time students to take core academic courses, not just electives allowed under current policy. In addition, part-time students would be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities in accordance with NSAA rules.

The board discussed the issue and asked about the impact on full-time students. Hanson said part-time students would only be accepted if there was room in classes or activities.

In response to another question, Simpson said the state provides proportionate financial assistance to the district for part-time students.

This proposal will come back for a vote at the next school council meeting in August.


Hanson described the plan for students returning to school in the fall. By always emphasizing good hygiene, he anticipates almost normal school procedures.

However, he noted that vaccination rates are relatively low in the region and said the district would work with Great Plains Health and West Central Health District to provide counseling for students and staff.

Currently, students and staff will not be required to wear masks, but the mask requirement may revert if the risk increases. He said volunteers will be allowed into the buildings and will have to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated. If a student has been exposed to COVID-19 and is exhibiting symptoms, they will need to return home for a prescribed period.

Back to school event

Hanson said a back-to-school staff event is scheduled for Aug. 10 and invited board members to attend. He said this year’s event will be relaxed and show the district’s appreciation for the hard work that made for in-person learning during last year’s pandemic. He said the social and emotional well-being of district employees is very important and hopes this event will allow staff to reconnect.

Public comments

The following neighborhood residents spoke during the public comment period:

• Amber Berliner – 9162 S. Sierra Drive – Expressed support for the Lake Maloney School and expressed concerns about overreacting to the threat of COVID-19. She said there is no evidence that children are carriers of the virus, and she believes there are social and interpersonal drawbacks to wearing masks. She said Lake School has a high percentage of high performance learners and thanked the board for their support for the school.

“What we need is sustainability (at the Lake School),” she said.

• Sarah Talbott – 757 E. Briarwood Lane – also spoke on behalf of the Lake Maloney School. She said she had heard rumors again that the school was on the chopping block. She urged the district to look to parents who are business owners for solutions if solutions are needed. She said business owners are creative.

• Elizabeth Tegtmeier – 1121 Custer Ct. – Thanked the board and administration for taking a clear position in opposition to the first draft of the health curriculum proposed by the Nebraska Department of Education. She invited each of them to attend a presentation at 7 p.m. on August 12 at Harvest Christian Fellowship on the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Proposal and Critical Race Theory.


The board approved a plan for schools to cooperate with Ogallala public schools for swimming and diving over the next two years. The subject was discussed at the previous meeting and was proposed for action.

Ogallala public schools ask to cooperate with the NPPS for two years. At least two Ogallala students would like to join the North Platte team. Matthew Pederson moved to approve the deal and it was passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:31 p.m., one hour after it began.

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