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55db742d0fdd1 Hemingford finished (13-0) in High School Football and earned State D-1 Championship Honors in 2014-2015 Photo by Casper Ningen

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Hemingford finished (13-0) in High School Football and earned State D-1 Championship Honors in 2014-2015

2014-2015 Annual Report

April 20, 2015


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
Mr. Randy Wood, Board President
Mrs. Trish Schumacher, Vice President
Mr. J.D. Sutphen, Secretary
Mrs. Joyce Klemke, Treasurer
Mr. Justin Ansley, Member
Mr. Alan Roland, Member
Mr. Troy Turek, 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 380 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 2014. 

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 is located on the district’s website, allowing for input from former students anytime and anywhere.

In the most recent 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. Our school meals program has been upgraded to include mostly fresh foods in 2014-2015. This has resulted in more students and staff taking part in the program, and many healthy meals being served.

A higher degree of cleanliness and upkeep of facilities has recently been noted by faculty members. An additional custodian was  hired to help maintain our buildings last 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 recently completed building project  (Fall of 2015) connects the high school, the elementary school, and the Central office. It provides safety from the weather , from traffic, and from other threats as well.
•    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.
•    A connecting hall / commons project started during the summer of 2014 that will tie the high school, the Central Office building, and the Elementary buildings together. Completion date is set for Christmas, 2014.

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 2014. Writing and reading scores are not as high, but have also shown 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. In 2014 there were a few areas that did not meet those guidelines, but ongoing efforts continue.

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 sixteen 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    
2014    21.7            21.3
2015    21.5            23.0

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 2014-2015 levy for the general fund will be set at $.0.8235 with an additional request  in the special building fund of $ 0.0846. The total is $0.9081 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        $1.0504
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
2014-15        $0.9081

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
2014-15    $    728,442

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, at www.hemingfordschools.org     

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