School Details: Ord Public Schools
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Activity 19 activity logs
Event Attendance 14 Professional Development Opportunities
Qualitative Data Evidence of Adding Value to Ord Public Schools
Specialized Personnel: Districts would have to hire and train specialized personnel in the area of SPED, Technology, OT, PT, Data Management, etc. as we would no longer be able to depend on ESU support for these. The costs that districts would have to incur to do so, IF they were even able to find, recruit, train, and retain these individuals, would not be cost effective and frankly, it would put districts in the position of not upholding their promise to be a good steward of the taxpayers resources. No functional business model would allow for expenditures to be allocated for resources that were only used in scarcity, but by removing the ability for school districts to co-op these resources would basically be forcing school districts to utilize a "business model" that is not cost effective.
Professional Networking: ESUs are the mecca for professional networking and they are a place where you don't have to have a "membership" to find support, collaboration, resource pooling, and continuous professional development for a wide range of professional occupations related to education. ESUs are there to support all students and all schools, regardless of public or private school enrollment, homeschool, early childhood, and special education. The current chair of the Education Committee just sent a letter to all Superintendents this week trying to gather support for LB670 (which I do not support as I have my own thoughts on school choice in Nebraska--just read my dissertation) but she ends with this statement "We have an opportunity to expand access to an education that fits each child's need while strengthening our public schools in a fiscally responsibly and sustainable way." If you take that same statement and apply it to what our ESUs offer ALL students and ALL schools, in a fiscally responsible and sustainable way, it is at the core of what an ESU's purpose is.
Adherence and Checks/Balances: ESUs provide support for adherence to Rule 10, NDE mandates and expectations, SPED Law, NSCAS Assessments, and Federal Programs, along with being a natural checks and balances for school districts. In many districts across the state, the administration is made up of between 3-5 staff members (Superintendent, Principal, ADs, SPED, and Curriculum Directors--if you are large enough to have the last two of these). Without the guidance provided through ESUs, many districts would not be in the position to navigate all of these programs and the frequent changes that occur within these agencies. I would imagine compliance to these expectations would suffer. We have an EXTREMELY functional education system in Nebraska and I feel this in large part due to the collaborative spirit that we have here in our state, while even maintaining local control. If districts do not have the support these need, the ripple effect will be felt and in this case, it doesn't ripple down, but rather up. When school districts no longer have the means to function effectively it become the problem of the Nebraska Department of Education, the State School Board, and the State Government. By taking away supports that the ESUs provide to the schools is like removing a vital appendage. Other agencies, besides the schools, will have to find a way to provide those supports at a cost to the taxpayers. School districts will have to find a way to contract out those services. The districts that are not currently at the $1.05 levy will be forced to raise levies and those that are already at $1.05 will be place in greater financial risk.