Fire Prevention Week runs through Oct. 14, and Antelope County is proud to honor the volunteers with the Clearwater Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication.
Members are: Mike Sanne, Jay Snider, Chris Herley, Aaron Kruger, Dick Kester, Dave Timm, Dennis Herley, Steve Stearns, Duaine Filsinger, Jarrod Long. Middle Row: Jeremy McConnell, Sam Funk, Jeremy Sanne, Chad Funk, Virginia Filsinger, Shelly Mlnarik, Tina Snider, DeeAnn Sanne, Terry Sanne, Carla Jacob. Front Row: Steve Hankla, Ted Mlnarik, Paul Kester, Bill Kester, Kevin Filsinger, Linda Hankla, Melodie Funk, Nick Klabenes, Curt Thiele, Mark Allemang.
Lauren Behnk of Clearwater Public Schools has been selected to attend the HOBY Community Leadership Workshop this summer.
During this three to four day program, Behnk will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on leaderships activities, meet leaders throughout the state, and explore their own personal leadership skills. The program's curriculum is based around the Social Change Model of Leadership with develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.
As the time rolled around for the Clearwater Advisory Board Meeting to start, the room gradually filled with anxious faces from players of the Cyclone football team.
On the agenda sat the number 10, a discussion and motion of football co-op with Orchard to which many from the crowd voiced their concerns on the decision, one being from head coach Jeff Shabram. Within his presentation, he explained how the program being unified has benefitted each of the kids, and individuals throughout the community.
Supporting his coach, Creston Bertschinger chimed in,”What we have become has been true brotherhood. Every time we step on the field we play for each other and the name on the front of the jersey, not on the back. I wouldn’t want to walk out on the field with anybody else. I mean I love these guys. And I’m not going to be here next year, but I know how much it means to play with each other, and not playing with each other would kill all of us. There’s no better feeling than going to the top with brothers. Family. Splitting us up would just not be the same.”
After public participation the board came to a decision with a motion from Amy Thiele and a second from Regina Krebs to continue the co-op of the Orchard and Clearwater football team for the 2018-19 school year.
The Clearwater American Legion Post 267 will be holding a fundraiser to help finish the new floor.
On Sunday, October 8, the Legion will host a pancake feed breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. They will be serving pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and various other breakfast items.
There will be a free-will donation taken for the meal, with all proceeds going toward finishing the legion floor.
Clearwater held a special meeting Monday night and voted to hire legal council to draft an interlocal agreement with Neligh-Oakdale and Ewing on a potential school merger.
No action has been taken to sign an interlocal agreement at this time. The agreement is to state that the three schools would split costs involved with a potential merger.
The board also took action to allow the school superintendents to schedule a meeting with all members of the three school boards. They discussed holding an 18-member board meeting on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Neligh. That meeting would be open to the public.
Neligh-Oakdale and Ewing have scheduled board meetings next week. Neligh-Oakdale has released its agenda for the Monday, Oct. 9 meeting, which also includes action to draft an interlocal agreement on the merger and to schedule a joint board meeting with Clearwater and Ewing.
Look for more details on the board meeting from Antelope County News. Watch the meeting's live stream below.
Our teacher feature of the week is Dan Roeber, history teacher at Clearwater Public Schools.
Where did you graduate from high school? What year? I graduated from Wayne High School in 2001.
What college did you attend? (years & degree) I attended Wayne State College. I started college in Fall of 2001 and graduated in Dec of 2008 with a degree in Health and Physical Education, as well as a degree in 7-12 History education. During my undergrad, I had two breaks in education. The first being to attend Basic Training for the National Guard and the second was a deployment to Iraq in 2005-2006. I also graduated with a Master's degree in 7-12 School Administration through Wayne State College in May of 2016.
What places have you taught? NE Unified District #1 has been my only teaching job, I have taught at both the Clearwater and Orchard sites. I did work as a paraeducator for Wisner Pilger Public Schools.
How many years have you taught? I am currently in my ninth year as a teacher
What subject/class do you teach? I have taught a mix of high school social studies and high school and elementary PE. This year I am currently teaching all 7-12 social studies at Clearwater Public Schools.
What is your favorite part of teaching? My favorite part of teaching is preparing the students for the future. To me teaching is not all about the textbooks and test, I want to know that our future generations are prepared to do their part to help our society improve and succeed.
What are most excited about for 2017-18 school year? The thing I would have to pick, because I have to pick just one, would be the Cyclone Wrestling Team. As the coach I feel we have a pretty good team, and can't wait to get the season going.
Do you have any extracurricular activities you are in charge of? (explain if yes)
Head Varsity and Junior High Wrestling Coach (9 years)
Assistant Football coach (9 years)
Jr. Cyclone Wrestling Coach (9 years)
Senior Class Sponsor (5 years)
CloseUp Sponsor (3 years)
Teammates mentor (3 Years)
What are your classroom goals for the year? In the classroom I want to make history exciting!
What brought you to teach here? A job and a chance to build a wrestling team.
Can you tell me a little bit about your family? My family consist of myself, my lovely wife April (married 6 years now), my know it all son that takes after his mother, Tyan (5 and in preschool) and the princess of the family, Tenley (will be 2 this November).
What are your hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my family whenever possible. I enjoy a good book when I have time, which is usually just during the summer. I enjoy things outdoors; hunting, sports and riding four-wheelers. And as crazy as it may seem I do puzzles to relax and get my mind off of stress.
On September 19, Verdigre, Clearwater and Orchard FFA members attended and competed at the District Dairy Judging Contest that took place in Hartington, NE. The students judged 5 different classes of heifers and cows used in the milking industry. Students receiving ribbons included a Blue Ribbon for Trey Sucha and Red Ribbons for Jace Miller, Allie Kotrous and Abby Frank.
The Village of Clearwater and City of Neligh will continue sharing economic development services for another year.
Gabe Steinmeyer reported to his economic development board on Sept. 11 and the Neligh City Council on Sept. 12 that an agreement has been reached between the two municipalities following a meeting between himself, Dana Klabenes, Regina Krebs and Tina Snider.
At the economic development meeting, Steinmeyer said a few changes have been made between last year’s contract and this year’s, mainly the number of service hours provided to Clearwater and frequency of payment.
Clearwater will continue to pay $10,000 per year for services from Steinmeyer and Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen. Steinmeyer said $2,500 quarterly payments will made Dec. 1, March 1, June 1 and Sept. 1. The first payment will be Dec. 1.
The contract includes a 5 percent annual increase, which is consistent from previous contracts.
“The move to quarterly payments was primarily so that there’s more accountability for work done each quarter and then also so that Dana at our city office receives timely payments so that we’re not trying to chase them down at the end of the year for $10,000,” Steinmeyer said.
The contract also expands the amount of time Neligh’s economic development team annually will spend on Clearwater projects. Steinmeyer said past contracts were for 500 hours. That will increase to 800 hours for Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. It will then revert back to 500 hours.
Steinmeyer said the economic team will dedicate 15.5 hours per week to Clearwater rather than the usual nine hours.
“There may be some months we’ll have more hours and some months with less hours, but I will also be retaining an Excel spreadsheet with hours for Clearwater and events so we have a running list of hours and projects worked so there is actual stuff to look back on to ensure that requirements and obligations for this contract were actually met,” he said.
Steinmeyer said he anticipates amending a section of the contract to include expectations on duties.
“We want to get more concrete with them - what their expectations are for the role and the different projects they want us to complete over the next year, and so we’ll probably have an amendment or separate agreement just outlining the roles and expectations generated in the future,” he said.
Nebraska Unified District’s budget is a near mirror to last year’s, thanks to a less than $9,000 increase in tax asking.
Unified Board members approved the budget during Monday’s meeting, which included a .12 percent increase in general fund levy. The 2017-18 tax asking will increase $8,601.13 from last year.
But there was still concern heard from the audience on the budget. Regina Krebs questioned the budget with main concerns about the non-SPED expenditures.
“The number that stood out is that when I look at the non-SPED expenditures. They increase by $200,010. When I went up and looked, half of that $200,010 is going to our administration. So, four people are getting half of our non-SPED expenditure increases, and our 400 students are getting the other half,” Krebs said during the budget hearing.
Board members asked for an explanation for the minimal increase of the general fund.
Sally Finch explained, “Our cash balance is increasing, so it allows you to absorb some of the expenses next year because virtually you already have that money in your account.”
Although the board was pleased with not having a significant levy increase, they expressed concerns about the future years and discussed potential increases and their spending authority.
As of now, the school would not be able to put much more into the general fund thanks to a cash reserve maximum of 45 percent. The district is currently sitting at 36 percent.
Unified President Joe Thiele expressed concerns about the budget having negative effects on the future years. After more discussion, the board voted to approve with the published budget.
Other concerns raised during the meeting was with the current ACT results since the district scored below the state average with an average of 19.9 with 25 students taking the test. In the upcoming years, the ACT will be required and be used for the state testing.
Peggy Liska raised the question as to how the averages will change in the future.
“If you have students that have no intention of going on to college, but you’re going to make them take a mandatory test such as the ACT. Are you going to have a lack of effort in that? Therefore, is that going to influence those scores?” she asked.
The next Nebraska Unified Meeting will be set for October 16 at 7 p.m. in Orchard.