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Your Superintendent's Perspective

Land valuations, student learning, state funding, and school safety are educational issues in our 

state today. There is no doubt in my mind that there are significant differences between rural and 

urban school districts when funding and land valuation is considered but on the topics of safety and 

student learning all parties have similar expectations. LB 1103 is a Visioning bill through the Nebraska 

Legislature that is looking at what the needs of education are today and what education needs to be in 

the future in the state of Nebraska. I had the opportunity last week to sit in on meetings which address 

the vision, mission, goals, objectives, priorities, strategies, and funding of education in Nebraska. It is 

clear to me that both rural and urban communities want children to be educated for success in the path 

they choose after high school. There is an expectation that schools are safe and positive environments 

that have high expectations for students and staff. Schools need to focus on preparing students to be 

positive and productive citizens, individuals who value learning, work ethic, diversity, technology, and 

other people.

The topic of valuation and funding is complex and much more specific to local districts. Rural districts 

have realities that are much different and recent valuations have grown at an unprecedented rate 

causing a greater imbalance within rural funding sources. Rural districts are also dealing with a loss in 

state funding due to the rise in land valuations in recent years. It is critical that we tell our story to our 

State Senators and the body of the legislature because our kids matter and our patrons matter. Finding 

a greater balance within our states funding formula should be a priority for all Nebraskans moving 

forward.

I choose to be a voice for rural districts in Nebraska and attempt to share our story, because it is a 

positive story of community and success!

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