2005-06 Annual Report
Hemingford Public Schools
PO Box 217, (308) 487-3328, Fax: (308) 487-5215
Mr. Ningen, School Superintendent
Mrs. P. Thayer, Secondary Principal
Mr. Ron Foster, Elementary Principal and
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
SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
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 7:00 PM. Meetings are held in the high school media center, 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 instructs 337 students in grades Pre-K-12, as of the end of this school year. Forty-two certified staff members and twenty 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. Additional laptop computers were added this year to our middle school classrooms.
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.
LEARNING CLIMATE ASSESSMENT
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.
BUILDING and GROUNDS
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. An annual safety audit is conducted, for the most part confirming the safe, comfortable atmosphere present here.
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)
School Year State Hemingford
1999-2000 22.7 22.7
2000-2001 21.6 20.3
2001-2002 21.7 19.3
2002-2003 21.7 21.8
2003-2004 21.7 22.4
2004-2005 21.8 21.4
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 2005-2006 levy for the general fund has been set at $.0.951050 with an additional request of $0.047342 in our special building fund. The total is $0.998392 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. The total property valuation for District 10 in 2005-06 was $192,005,470.00.
Annual Levy for Hemingford Public Schools
State Aid History for Hemingford Public Schools
Cost per pupil for Hemingford Students
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.