Gordon-Rushville Public Schools

District 81-0010-000

Report to Patrons

The Gordon-Rushville Public School District invites the patrons of the district to review the complete report card for the district at the Nebraska Department of Education web site (http://www.education.ne.gov/) .  The purpose of this report to the patrons is to provide information for you regarding the performance of the school students and the make-up of the school district.  In the course of providing this information we will identify current information and compare it with previous year data to give a clear idea to the reader of the growth and trends in the district.  This report is brought to you by the Gordon-Rushville Board of Education.

Mr. Chuck Hinn—President                                Mrs. Sherry Retzlaff—Secretary

Mr. Bryan Hugan—Vice president                         Mrs. Karol Hebbert—Member                

Mrs. Kathleen Willnerd—Treasurer                Mr. Marle Black Calf—Member

        The Gordon Rushville School District (81-0010-000) is the second largest school district in the state in geographic size covering over 2000 square miles of area in Sheridan and Cherry Counties.  The district has higher rates of poverty, student mobility, student graduation, and special needs students than the state averages.  

Student Performance on Assessments

Reading (% of students meeting or exceeding standards)

Student data in the tables below do not include information prior to 2005-06 due to the merger that took place in the district.

Years

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 11

2000-01

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2002-03

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2004-05

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2007-08

78.72%

88%

66.04%

54.39%

63.46%

46.88%

89.58%

2008-09

67.31%

68.97%

72.92%

62.07%

81.63%

72.34%

94.74%

NeSA-R

2009-10

63.34%

70.91%

64.29%

76.55%

75%

75%

73.67%

Data in the above table comes from the assessment instrument referred to as the STARS test.  The STARS test is a criterion-referenced assessment developed as by ESU #13 member schools to assess student performance on reading standards.  The data for the 2009-10 school year reflects the new test approved by the Nebraska Department of Education referred to as the NESA-R (Nebraska Statewide Assessment-Reading).  This is the first year that a common state-wide assessment instrument has been used for reading.

Math (% of students meeting or exceeding standards)

Years

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 11

2001-02

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2005-06

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

73.43%

2006-07

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

57.45%

71.86%

2007-08

85.11%

86.27%

96.3%

78.95%

73.08%

87.5%

91.84%

2008-09

78.85%

93.1%

89.36%

86.44%

87.76%

89.58%

86.49%

2009-10

87.69%

91.07%

92.86%

87.76%

87.1%

89.58%

93.94%

Data in the above table comes from the assessment instrument referred to as the STARS test.  The STARS test is a criterion-referenced assessment developed as by ESU #13 member schools to assess student performance on math standards.  The state will move to a common statewide assessment for math in 2010-11 (NeSA-M).

Science (%of students meeting or exceeding standards)

Years

Grade 5

 Grade 8

Grade 11

2008-09

85.42%

79.59%

77.14%

2009-10

70.18%

72.92%

70.97%

Data in the above table comes from the assessment instrument referred to as the STARS   The STARS test is a criterion-referenced assessment developed as by ESU #13 member schools to assess student performance on science standards.  Nebraska will pilot a common statewide assessment for science in 2010-11 (NeSA-S).

Writing (% of students meeting or exceeding standards)

Years

Grade 4

Grade 8

Grade 11

2001-02

N/A

N/A

N/A

2005-06

N/A

N/A

92.98%

2006-07

98.04%

81.82%

93.33%

2007-08

94%

89.66%

98%

2008-09

89.66%

95.74%

97.14%

2009-10

89.29%

77.55%

100%

The data in the above table comes from the assessment approved by the Nebraska Department of Education for writing and is a common statewide assessment (NeSA-W).

Student Performance on Norm-referenced tests

Norm-referenced tests are those that have been statistically based so that comparisons can be made between the performance of a single individual or group to that of the nation as a whole.  A typical student or group of students who score at the 50% rate could expect that half of the nation would score higher than them and half the nation lower than them.

Gordon- Rushville 4th grade students average score on the 2009-10 norm-referenced NWEA test  (MAP) were 52% for reading and 49% for math.   The Gordon-Rushville 8th grade students scored an average of 54% for reading and 57% for math on the NWEA (MAP) assessment.  Juniors (grade 11) students at Gordon-Rushville schools scored an average of 56% on reading and 67% on math for the 2009-10 school year.

ACT test scores

The ACT test is an assessment instrument commonly used to provide information to prospective colleges on student readiness to enter higher institutions of learning.  Gordon-Rushville had all graduating seniors in 2009-10 take the ACT test.  The students scored above both the state and national average in 2009-10 on their composite scores.

Years

National average

State average

District average

2005-06

21.1

21.9

19.4

2006-07

21.2

22.1

20.1

2007-08

21.1

22.1

21.2

2008-09

21.1

22.1

21.1

2009-10

N/A

22.1

22.2

High School Graduation Rate

The table below reflects the graduation rate at Gordon-Rushville High School over the past several years based on the method of calculation provided by the Nebraska Department of Education.  The Nebraska Department of Education has adopted a new method of calculations for years beyond 2009-10.

Years

State Average

District Average

2005-06

88.76%

100%

2006-07

89.17%

96.55%

2007-08

89.74%

95.38%

2008-09

89.86%

97.87%

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

        The Gordon-Rushville School district made adequate yearly progress at all buildings and levels (elementary, middle, and high school) during the 2009-10 school year.  This is the first time that the required level of performance has been met by all buildings and levels in the district since the first AYP determinations were announced.  The Gordon-Rushville Middle School is still identified on the PLAS (persistently low achieving school) list at this time, due to poor performance on assessments in the past.  A brief history of AYP performance in the district is as follows:  2002-03 Rushville Middle School and Rushville High School did not make AYP; 2003-04 Gordon Elementary School did not make AYP;  2004-05 Rushville High School, Gordon Elementary and Gordon High School did not make AYP;  2005-06 Gordon-Rushville Elementary, Middle, and High Schools did not make AYP;  2006-07 Gordon-Rushville Elementary, Middle, and High Schools did not make AYP;  2007-08 Gordon-Rushville Elementary and Middle School did not make AYP;  2008-09 Gordon-Rushville Elementary and Middle School did not make AYP;  2009-10 all buildings and all levels made AYP.

        Successfully achieving the required level of performance on assessments is due to the efforts of the students, staff, administration, and school board of the district.  Specific interventions taking place in the district included adoption of new reading and math curriculums, additional tutoring for students, increased review of student performance on assessments, and increased expectations and beliefs in the ability of our students.

District Staff

        The staff in the Gordon-Rushville school district were 100% endorsed in the subject areas they taught in during the 2009-10 school year as compared with the state average of 92.69%.  Thirty-three percent of district staff hold a master’s degree compared with the state average of  44.1%.  The number of certified staff member in the district has fallen from a high of 88 members in 2007-08 to 69 members in 2009-10.  The average years of experience of certified staff in the district is 17.32 years compared with the state average of 15.26 years.  

Financial Information

Years

General Fund

Special building Fund

Depreciation Fund

Total

2005-06

$4,473,404

$587,826

$90,970

$5,152,000

2006-07

$2,148,772

$901,065

$496,187

$3,546,024

2007-08

$702,641

$1,072,378

$337,576

$2,112,595

2008-09

$791,552

$914,331

$326,261

$2,032,144

2009-10*

$1,213,195

$786,055

$813,371

$2,812,621

The above graph provides information on the fiscal condition of the Gordon-Rushville School District over the past several years.   In 2005-06, the Gordon and Rushville school districts merged and the following year, 2006-07, was when the legislature required class I school districts to be merged with a high school district.  The amounts of cash reserves in the general fund, special building fund, and depreciation fund for the 2005-06 year includes those from the class I districts year end AFR reports combined with the funds of the merged Gordon-Rushville school district.  The report provides information in the three funds based on AFR (annual financial reports) for the past four years and the anticipated amount for 2009-10.

        The general fund started with a cash reserve of over 4 million dollars in 2005-06 that fell to a low of $702,641 in 2007-08.  The amount has been growing the past two years with the goal of the board to return to the cash reserve recommended by the Nebraska Department of Education of 3.5-4 million dollars.

        The special building fund reached a high cash reserve amount of $1,072,378 in 2007-08.  The fund has been used for necessary school facility maintenance as well as funding for the addition on to the Rushville Elementary School.

        The depreciation fund has shown significant growth in the 2009-10 school year as the board of education has identified this fund to support current and future needs for the district in support of technology purchases, facility needs, and transportation needs.  The high point in cash reserves for the depreciation fund is anticipated to be an amount of $813,371 in the 2009-10 school year.

        Overall trends in the school district budget show a dip in cash reserves during the time of merger between first the Gordon and Rushville School Districts and then the merger with the Rural attendance centers (class I districts).  The board of education identified the negative trends and took the necessary steps to reverse the downward spiral back to a positive one in which the district increases the cash reserves.

`        While the district has seen improvements in the fiscal condition of the overall budget, the board of education has continued to provide necessary improvements such as the addition to the Rushville Elementary School.  This addition made use of district funds from the special building fund and Federal ARRA funds that had come to the district.   The board of education is also happy to announce the recent lease-purchase agreement to increase the number of computers in the district by over 160 machines.

Message from the Board of Education

We hope that you have found this information helpful to give you better insights into the school and the functions of the school.  The board takes seriously the responsibility of providing policy for the district to work by, of efficiently using the funds of the district, and of improving student educational growth.  We thank you for taking the time to review this report and ask for your support for the Gordon-Rushville Schools.  Further, we ask for your involvement in the district to become the excellent school we desire for all our youth.