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Nebraska State Auditor’s Office Issues Report On County Officials

October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

nebraska-state-sealThe Nebraska State Auditor’s office has completed their audit of the financial statements for Antelope County’s past fiscal year (ending June 30, 2014). Two results of that audit, both involving the county treasurer’s office, are being forwarded to the Nebraska Attorney General and the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission due to actions deemed inappropriate.

Earlier this year, allegations of improper handling of delinquent tax properties where leveled against Antelope County Treasurer Sandy Knapp and  the office. This link is for the official report from the auditor’s office.  This report was also provided to the Antelope County officials.

http://www.auditors.nebraska.gov/APA_Reports/2014/CO02-10232014-July_1_2013_through_June_30_2014_Audit_Report_and_Management_Letter.pdf

Improvement Seen in EPS NePAS Test Scores

October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Once again, like most districts in the state, the Elgin Public Schools has some very good numbers and results in certain areas of the Nebraska Performance Accountability (NePAS). And, some other areas need continued work.
NePAS is the result of a federal requirement of state governments to provide additional accountability on local school districts.
EPS K-12 Principal Greg Wemhoff said one of the things everyone needs to realize in this complicated accountability system is that it shows three things:
• Your rank compared to other schools
• Your kids improvement per grade (this year’s classes compared to last year’s classes)
• The growth of the students from year to year (same student’s scores from last year compared to this year).
“With that said, and all three areas being legitimate measures of how a school is doing, our school improvement goals and educational goals have been adopted based on the ranking component,” Wemhoff said.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Dollar $tore & More Coming To Elgin

October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

As early as next week, Elgin could have a new retail business open on main street.
Alan Reicks, owner of Elgin Appliance & More, announced Monday morning the building which has housed his business for several years is now being turned into the new home of Dollar $tore & More.
Work has been done on the inside of the building for weeks now, removing carpet and returning to the wooden floors. On Tuesday, crews were in from a company which specializes in setting up and stocking shelves.
“Dollar $tore & More is similar to the typical dollar stores,” Reicks said, noting how it will bring more commerce to the community.
The family-owned store will be managed by Emily Fischer, he said.
It’s entirely possible the business could be open to customers sometime next week, he said.
“Customers will now have an opportunity to purchase items locally that they have gone to Neligh for (in the past),” Reicks said.
Business hours will be Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The appliance store will move its operations to a location just north of the current site at 114 North Second Street.
“Nothing is going to change with the appliance-heating business,” he said. There will be a counter, front office and appliances on display there at the new location. “We’re not changing anything with the business,” Reicks added.

Wind Farm Construction Targeted For Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

With the necessary conditional use permit in hand, Invenergy is optimistic that construction of Prairie Breeze II will begin in less than a year.
With the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approving the permit at their meeting on October 7, the focus will shift to the Nebraska Power Review Board (NPRB).
Sara Birkett, a NPRB para-legal, said Tuesday morning Invenergy will need to file for a Special Generation Application for the authority to construct Prairie Breeze II, a new wind farm consisting of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW.
“They will need to complete the same application process,” Birkett said. That means once the application is filed, the NPRB will print a public notice in area newspapers announcing the time and date for a public hearing on the application to be held in Lincoln.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Elgin Public Schools Performance Accountability Data Is Positive

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Once again, like most districts in the state, the Elgin Public Schools has some very good numbers and results in certain areas and some other areas that need continued work. One of the things to realize in this complicated accountability system is that it show 3 things: Your rank compared to other schools, your kids improvement per grade (this year’s classes compared to last year’s classes) and the growth of the students from year to year (same student’s scores from last year compared to this year). With that said, and all three areas being legitimate measures of how a school is doing, our school improvement goals and educational goals have been adopted based on the ranking component. Our board of education, administration and staff are all concerned with improvement and growth and want to be in the top 1/3 of districts in the state in ALL areas. That is quite a high goal but one that we strive to achieve. With all that said please understand that in a small school just two or three kids not performing well can take our averages from 100% to 70% or 80% depending on the size of the grade. In a class of 100, it would take 20 or 30 students not performing well to cause the same effect and when you have such small classes, one high performing class leaving and a low performing one coming in can also skew results.

At Elgin Public we are once again performing well on the yearly indicators and have some areas to work on as well. Our elementary reading scores are up SUBSTANTIALLY from two years ago, our science has taken a big step as well. Junior high math scores are a concern, as are our high school reading but our reading and math in our other two age group areas are quite good. As I mentioned above our goal is to perform in all areas in the top 1/3 of all schools in the state and in 8 out of the 11 areas scored we achieve that goal. In our 3rd grade through 12th grade results we made our lofty goal in two of the three areas with the one only missing by about 35 schools. Science was our highest 3-12 area with a rank of 11th and our greatest areas of improvement were in 6-12 grade science and 3-5 grade math.

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