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2004-05 Annual Report

by Staff

April 11, 2005





Public Schools

PO Box217

(308) 487-3328

Fax: (308) 487-5215




Mr. Ningen, School Superintendent

Mr. T. Ziettlow, Secondary Principal

Mrs. C. Ziettlow, Elementary Principal

Mrs. Porter, Director of Instructional Services


District Board of Education

Mrs. April Casey, Board President

Mrs. Trish Schumacher, Vice President

Mr. Randy Dannar, Secretary

Mrs. Joyce Klemke, Treasurer

Mr. Bob Haas, Member

Mr. Alan Roland, Member

Mr. J.D. Sutphen, Member



The Hemingford Public Schools are governed by a six-member board of education. Each board member's term of office is four years, and members serve without compensation.

The board of education meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM. Meetings are held in the school consumer science room, and patrons and other visitors are welcome to attend. A continually current agenda is displayed in the superintendent’s office for public view prior to meetings. Time is also reserved each meeting for "public comment", and allows patrons to ask questions of the board or to offer comments.


Hemingford’s K-12 District consists of 747 square miles, with four rural Class I school districts near Hemingford that are partly or fully affiliated with District 10, adding an additional 430 square miles to the district. The system now instructs 352 students in grades K-12, with grades PreK-6 consisting of 165 students and grades 7-12 consisting of 187 students.

Forty-four certified staff members and twenty-two classified staff members help to meet or exceed requirements set forth by the Nebraska State Department of Education.

Educational Service Unit 13, headquartered in Scottsbluff, provides psychological testing, media services, material supply programs, and staff and school improvement inservices for Hemingford students and staff, as well as the rest of the panhandle.


Hemingford has taken an active role in providing the very latest technology in computer hardware and software for its students and staff. Computer labs are located in the elementary and secondary schools, with all stations networked through the Internet.

A updated site is now provided on the World Wide Web, at http://www.hemingfordschools.org The school site features pages by each faculty member, photographs, and project information, in addition to activity and calendar information


The Hemingford School District is home to a community made up of those in town as well as many families that live on farms and ranches. Some teachers also live in nearby communities outside the district.

Four churches are located in town, along with several community service organizations and youth groups. Parks, ball fields, and a nearby lake help to provide leisure time activities as well.

Local 4-H and church activities continue to involve youth and adults in cooperative ventures that keep the western, small town atmosphere alive and well. In addition, Hemingford is home to the annual Box Butte County Fair, an event that draws thousands of participants and fair goers each summer.


Previous surveys in the last several years were taken from community members, parents, and students.

Hemingford’s teachers were given high marks and commended for striving to meet student's individual needs, availability, and high expectations of student achievement.

The school was found to be very clean and well kept, and is available for public use. There was a sense of renewed pride in school activity programs, and good community support for the school.


Over the past several years, the board of education and administration has worked together to continually update the state of the buildings and grounds that comprise the district. A new locker room /weight room / wrestling room addition in 2002 has enhanced the school plant greatly. A new addition that houses the music room, front entrance, and long distance learning lab was completed prior to that in 2000. Continued efforts in the elementary building to remodel lighting and plumbing are needed in the next few years.


The Hemingford Public Schools administers norm-referenced achievement tests to all students in grades 2-11. In addition, our students have been active in statewide assessments in grades four, eight and eleven. In most areas assessed Hemingford students exceeded Nebraska scores. The assessments are completed locally and reported at both the local and state level.

At Hemingford, most juniors and seniors take the Assessment for College Entrance, or ACT. Our individual composite scores are listed below for the past five years. (Senior Class scores for each year)

ACT Composite State National Hemingford


1999-2000         22.7         22.0         22.7

2000-2001         22.5         21.9         23.1

2001-2002         22.6         21.8         22.1

2002-2003         22.6         21.8         22.9

2003-2004         22.6         21.9         23.3



In most cases, those students taking a "core-student" class schedule fare better on the ACT, since their classes are more core specific in preparation. Even though Hemingford students’ consistently meet or exceed state and national averages in Core-Student areas, continual effort is made to prepare those students in non-core areas as well.


The 2004-05 levy for the general fund has been set at $.0.961705 with an additional request of $0.054489 in special building funds, and $0.014555 for our bond fund. The total is $1.03739 assessed per $100.00 of property valuation.

Listed below are figures from the last ten years, showing Valuation and levy amounts per $100 of property valuation.


Annual Levy for Hemingford Public Schools

1994-95                         $1.1512

1995-96                         $1.0066

1996-97                         $1.0384

1997-98                         $1.1457

1998-99                         $1.0989

1999-00                         $1.0849

2000-01                         $1.1060

2001-02                         $1.0261

2002-03                         $1.0321

2003-04                         $1.0504

2004-05                         $1.0373


State Aid History for Hemingford Public Schools

1994-95                         $246,083

1995-96                         $456,076

1996-97                         $482,735

1997-98                         $569,676

1998-99                         $744,213

1999-00                         $891,704

2000-01                         $1,050726

2001-02                         $1,421,241

2002-03                         $1,406,847

2003-04                         $1,257,775

2004-05                         $1,002,923

2005-06                         $1,024,888


Cost per pupil for Hemingford Students

1994-95                         $3,985

1995-96                         $4,281

1996-97                         $5,034

1997-98                         $5,515

1998-99                         $6,078

1999-00                         $6,613

2000-01                         $6,843

2001-02                         $7,696

2002-03                         $9,209

2003-04                         $10,108



This report is continually updated with new information. Additional assessment and testing results can be found in detail in the assessment portion of the district web page.

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