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North Platte Public Schools Board elects 2018 officers

January 9, 2018 GMT

The North Platte Public Schools Board elected its officers for 2018 at Monday’s regular meeting.

Mike Morrell will once again serve as president, Jo Ann Lundgreen as vice president and Skip Altig as secretary.

Superintendent Ron Hanson thanked the board for its work as January is School Board Appreciation Month.

“I want to thank you on behalf of our students and staff, we’d like, as North Platte Public Schools, to show our appreciation to the board of education for everything you do,” Hanson said. “You meet monthly and you take the time to set the direction for us.”

Hanson gave a gift to each member of the board.

Tami Eshleman, associate superintendent; Vikki Carlson, secondary director; and Denise DiGiovanni, elementary director, presented the District Score Card that was released in December. The overall report indicated North Platte schools are either above or near the state averages in all disciplines.

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“What’s the bottom line,” DiGiovanni said. “Basically we’re happy with our story, we’ve got a good story going.”

DiGiovanni pointed out the good results in third through eighth grade math and being above the state average in science, and she said they were “some positive things we can celebrate in our district.”

Board member Matt Pedersen asked a question about the ACT scores and juniors in high school.

“How are you motivating 11th graders who say, ‘I’m not going to college, so I’m not really going to care about this test’?” Pedersen said.

Carlson said she believes their is a change in focus.

“One of the things that is different now versus where we were before is our commitment to the college, work career readiness, wherever it is that (students) need to be,” Carlson said. “When you look at the on-track benchmarks, whether they’re going on to college or going on to a career, they’re going to have a higher success rate of employability.”

» Stuart Simpson, executive director of finance, pointed out the legislative session will have its final bill introduction on Jan. 18. He said they would be watching to see which bills make it into the second session that began Jan. 3.

» The board voted on the three action items, approving the acceptance and adoption of the state science standards. Also approved were the designation of the depositories for the NPPS and authorization of transfer of depreciation funds for cash flows.

The board will meet again on Feb. 12.