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2012-13 Annual Report

March 04, 2013

2012-2013 Annual Report


Public Schools

PO Box 217 (308) 487-3328

Fax: (308) 487-5215



Mr. Casper Ningen, School Superintendent

Mrs. Peggy Thayer, Secondary Principal

Mr. Ron Foster, Elementary Principal

Mrs. Mandy Plog, Director of Special Education

District Board of Education

Mrs. April Casey, Board President

                    Mrs. Trish Schumacher, Vice President

Mr. J.D. Sutphen, Secretary

Mrs. Joyce Klemke, Treasurer

Mr. Bob Haas, Member

Mr. Alan Roland, Member

Mr. Randy Wood, 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 7:00 PM. Meetings are held in the high school library, and patrons and other visitors are welcome to attend. A continually current agenda is located 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 1,177 square miles. The system now instructs almost 400 students in grades PreK-12.

Forty certified staff members and twenty-eight 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. In the past few years, wireless laptop computer labs have also been added in the middle school and the high school. Computer labs have just been updated with many new desk-top computers purchased and installed in 2012.

In addition the district continues to build the number of lap-top carts available to classes in all grades.

The Bobcat Boosters donated a $30,000 colored electronic signboard that is located on the highway in front of the high school in 2010. It has been utilized to congratulate students and to announce events. The entire community helped to contribute towards its cost. Mrs. Barb Jespersen spearheaded the drive.

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.

In 2013, Hemingford added a Facebook page to improve communication with parents when schedules or events are planned or change. Just search for Hemingford Public Schools.

Students and staff are also in closer contact than ever before with the use of a computer-based phone contact system. It has been used many times this year, mostly for weather related late starts and snow days.


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.

Local parents and patrons have also provided a home away from home downtown, the “Catshack”. Study time is available after school there, as well as hot food, entertainment and games, and a place for dances during the summer.


Previous surveys in the last several years were taken from community members, parents, and students. An  updated survey was sent to all parents and patrons in the district as well as parents outside of District 10 who choose to option their children to Hemingford during the fall of 2012.

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

A higher degree of cleanliness and upkeep of facilities has recently been noted by faculty members. An additional custodian will be hired to help maintain our buildings this fall.

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 maintenance, beautification and in up to date vehicles for students and staff transportation help maintain a safe, friendly atmosphere.
  • Restrooms in the Elementary and Central Office Building were completely re-modeled in the summer of 2011.
  • The cafeteria was enlarged and remodeled as well in the summer of 2011.
  • There are plans to build a connecting hall or commons during the summer of 2014 that would tie the high school, the Central Office building, and the Elementary school together.


The Hemingford Public Schools administers norm-referenced achievement tests to all students in grades two through eleven. Our students have been active in the statewide STARS assessments in grades three through eleven. District 10 consistently ranks as proficient in almost every area in all grades tested 

In addition, students in grades four, eight, and eleven have consistently ranked among the leaders of the state in writing. Hemingford has placed very high in math testing and science testing through the fall of 2013. Writing and reading scores are not as high, but will soon show improvement.

Hemingford Public Schools had made AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) in all subjects that are required by the federal government since its implementation in 2002, though in 2013 there were a few areas that did not meet those guidelines.  

Ongoing efforts continue to meet the ambitious United States goal of 100% of our students, including special needs students, being 100% proficient.

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

ACT Composite                                                                       

Year          State              National         Hemingford

2000         22.7                22.0                22.7

2001         22.5                21.9                 23.1

2002         22.6                21.8                 22.1

2003         21.7                20. 2               21.8

2004         21.7                20.9                22.4

2005         21.8                20.9                21.4

2006         21.9                21.1                 20.9

2007         22.1                21.2                20.2

2008         22.1                21.1                 21.3

2009         22.1                                         20.2

2010         22.1                                         19.9

2011         22.1                                          20.6

2012         22.0                                         24.6

2013         21.5                                          21.0 

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 2013-2014 levy for the general fund will be set at $.0.8468 with an additional request  in the special building fund of $ 0.0633. The total is $0.9101 assessed per $100.00 of property valuation.

Listed below are figures from the last many 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                                                                         $1.0345

2004-05                                                                                      $1.0373

2005-06                                                                                      $0.9984

2006-07                                                                                      $0.9817

2007-08                                                                                      $0.9728

2008-09                                                                                       $0.9685

2009-10                                                                                        $0.9794

2010-11                                                                                        $0.9973

2011-12                                                                                        $0.9598

2012-13                                                                                        $0.9118

2013-14                                                                                        $0.9101


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

2001-0                                                               $ 1,421,241

2002-03                                                            $ 1,406,847

2003-04                                                            $ 1,257,775

2004-05                                                            $ 1,002,923

2005-06                                                            $ 1,024,888

2006-07                                                            $    895,890

2007-08                                                            $ 1,095,088

2008-09                                                            $    987,968

2009-10                                                            $    909,834

2010-11                                                             $    673,858

2011-12                                                             $    559,512

2012-13                                                             $    705,735

2013-14                                                             $    686,832

This report is continually updated with new information. Additional assessment and testing results can be found in detail by clicking on the link below:

State of the Schools Report


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