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Educational Service Unit 10 2012-2013 Annual Report


he annual report of services provided by Educational Service Unit 10 has been prepared for informational purposes as required by the Nebraska Department of Education. This annual report is a summary of the services provided by ESU 10 and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Additional information regarding each program can be obtained by contacting the ESU 10 administrative office at 76 Plaza Boulevard, P.O. Box 850, Kearney, NE 68848-0850; 308-237-5927. - GENERAL INFORMATION In 1965, the Nebraska Legislature created the Educational Service Unit system to provide supplemental services to school districts. ESUs are service-oriented, non-regulatory agencies designed to achieve a better balance of educational opportunities for students regardless of the population, financial differences, or geographic limitations of school districts. The governing unit consists of an elected board of 9 members. Members are elected for four-year terms from nine distinct election districts. Meetings are conducted at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the ESU 10 headquarters located at 76 Plaza Boulevard, Kearney, Nebraska. Educational Service Unit 10 utilizes an

advisory committee structure for the purpose of receiving feedback and developing recommendations for services provided to schools. Local school administrators are elected by their peers to serve on the Administrator Advisory Committee which meets at least four times during the year. The recommendations of the committee are considered by the school districts in the ESU 10 area. Once two-thirds of the school districts which contain at least one-half of the student population approve the administrator advisory committee recommendations, the board of directors makes the final decisions concerning the program of services for the unit. In 2012-2013, Educational Service Unit 10 employed 106 staff members who provided services to students in the counties of Blaine, Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Howard, Loup, Sherman, and Valley. During the 2012-13 school year, the client population served in these counties was approximately 29,500 students and over 2,600 teachers and administrators in 34 K-12 districts, 2 residential schools, and 10 parochial schools. The area served covers approximately 9,325 square miles. - PROGRAM OF SERVICES -

Administration Cooperative Purchasing. The cooperative purchasing program was highly utilized with total district purchases in excess of $1,620,000.00. The variety and quality of products offered through several cooperative buys resulted in substantial savings for those involved. ESU 10 school districts were one of the largest users of this statewide service.


The Connector This newsletter, published monthly on the ESU 10 website, kept more than 3,500 area administrators and teachers apprised of upcoming in-services, workshops, and current happenings in the field of education. Summer Enrichment Experience (S.E.E.) Camp has been sponsored by ESU 10 for the past 12 years and hosted at Grand Island Walnut Middle School. S.E.E. Camp is an annual two-week academic day camp for high -achieving learners in grades three through eight. S.E.E. Camp strives to challenge students’ skills in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. In June 2013, 140 students participated in a wide variety of classes including math, science, computer, and fine arts. Network and Information Services Instructional Materials The media collection consisted of over 6,000

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Educational Service Unit 10 2012-2013 Annual Report tangible titles and over 14,000 digital titles. Students and faculty can search the collection (by title, abstract, series, copyright date, state standards, etc.) using their web browser and reserve or view items online. The tangible collection includes videos, audio books, DVDs, print materials, models, kits, portable planetariums, and more. Information Specialist. ESU 10’s information specialist assisted district teachers in their use of the media catalog to locate available resources and instructional materials that fit their curriculum needs. Lamination ESU 10 has the capability to laminate documents ranging in size from a driver’s license to items that are 27” wide regardless of length. Over half a mile of materials was laminated by ESU 10 this past year.

• Domain name service hosting, con- figuration and maintenance • IP address allocation • Internet access and circuit moni- toring for districts connected to the consortium network • ODIE suite of web applications – helpdesk tickets, repair tickets media library items, asset tracking, communities and workshop registration • Delivery routes for tangible media library items, equipment repair and other items • Remote or on-site training and class room support for technology integration.

Other technical support and services were available for additional fees including: • Web content filtering and reporting ESU 10 utilized the iBoss filtering system to provide districts the ability to manage their own policies and rules Teacher Centers are located at the to meet federal laws for child safety Grand Island Public School’s Adminon the Internet. istration Building, Kearney Public • Dedicated Internet bandwidth School’s Sunrise Middle School, and As a member of Network Nebraska, Broken Bow School’s North Park school districts had the option to Elementary. The centers are equipped acquire dedicated bandwidth which with “make it and take it” equipment could be shaped to specific district including Ellison letter/shape-cutting needs and purchased at very favorable machines and numerous dies. discounts through the statewide Technology Infrastructure ESU 10 negotiated contract. delivered Internet access to 57,000 • Student Information System support students and managed over 10,000 By partnering with other ESUs, ESU faculty/staff email accounts for 10 was able to offer additional supschools in central, southwestern, and port for districts using Pearson’s Powwestern Nebraska. This service was erSchool as their SIS which included supported through a consortium of on-site support, training, and remote ESUs, and all schools in the ESU assistance throughout the school year. 10 area were offered some technical • Off-site backup hosting infrastructure and services for little to Through a consortium of ESUs, no cost including: ESU 10 offers districts off-site • Email accounts with SPAM and storage systems for protecting virus filtering critical files against the threat of a • Web sites, blogs, and calendar hosting local disaster. • Online survey tools Technical Support and Helpdesk

Technical support, design, configuration and installation of systems and networks were offered by ESU 10 helpdesk staff. The technology staff was available via email, phone, web and remote access for technology planning and consulting and hardware/software installation and configuration support and limited maintenance issues. They provided assistance with wired and wireless network issues; offered advice on matters of networking, hardware and software procurement; and helped with service issues related to network management. The technical support staff also provided a variety of hosted and/or on-site technical training needed to help district staff meet the demanding 2 needs of a technology-enriched educational environment. Erate Support Service focused on assisting schools with completing the processes required by the Universal Service Corporation for discounts on telecommunications services. These requirements included filing numerous reports, letting bids or requests for proposals, and completing on-line requests to receive calculated discounts for eligible services. Most area schools received between 60% and 86% discounts on approved applications. Computer Audio-Visual Service Center provided repair and diagnostic service on many types of computers, audio equipment, and video equipment. As an Authorized Apple Service Center, ESU 10 performed warranty service on Macintosh computers in addition to other PC brands. Training on preventive maintenance of equipment for school personnel and technical

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Educational Service Unit 10 2012-2013 Annual Report consultations were available at ESU 10 or local districts. Distance Education Using high-speed networks, school districts sent and received classes to invigorate current curriculum offerings and to increase educational opportunities for students and adult members of the community in a real-time, two-way, audio and video environment. Participants received assistance in classroom design, equipment selection and purchase, and instructor training. Funding came from annual fees assessed to member districts, training fees, and other non-grant funds. TECHS Technology Education Challenge in High School is a year-long course designed for students who have a strong interest in technology for personal and professional use. It consists of ten units of study and was delivered using the video conferencing and learning management systems. Project highlights included the annual “Build-A-Computer Day” and creating Wii Remote whiteboards. Students involved in TECHS had an opportunity to demonstrate their technology understanding as they developed their skills and served as resources for the educational community. The TECHS course was developed by ESU 10 with support from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Central Community College. Technical Training and Integration Support ESU 10’s technology workshops, featuring some of the latest software, web applications, and ideas for educators, were presented with a focus on integration into the curriculum with hands-on, practical examples using best practices in instruction. ESU 10 also provided training and assistance to educators and schools as they created an educational web

presence. Some of the workshops were funded by grants which allowed educators and schools to receive technology training and/or equipment at little or no cost. ESU 10’s training staff continually received and provided updates to districts about regulations and programs that may require changes within their data, network and reporting systems. Training sessions allowed ESU 10 to assist districts in implementing the required changes and facilitating discussion on other learning initiatives to improve teaching and learning. Some of the recent changes and initiatives included The Learning Web, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship, e-learning, Nebraska Student and Staff Reporting System (NSSRS), Laptop Learning Initiatives, and mobile devices in the classroom. Recording Studio The video production studio offered ESU 10 the ability to record, edit and format content for schools. The studio was used in conjunction with each of the departments of ESU 10 to enhance their service to the students, schools and communities with which they work. Content was continually being developed to promote staff development, enhance student learning, and document and showcase services of ESU 10 and the schools we serve. In addition to being used by ESU 10 staff members, the studio has provided opportunities for schools and community groups to produce content for their individual programs. Special Services Special Education Supervision Cooperative ESU 10’s director of special education assisted schools in the development and maintenance

of special programs for students in special education programs in addition to helping with interpretation of special education laws. Coordinators for resource, speech, autism, and early childhood special education services were available to help school district and ESU 10 staff provide educational opportunities for students receiving special education and related services. Audiology Several audiological services were offered including comprehensive hearing evaluations for individuals from birth to 21 years of age; analysis, testing, and troubleshooting of hearing aid and cochlear implant devices used by students; consultation on FM system/auditory trainer device purchases for use at 3 school as well as fitting and adjusting school amplification devices and assessment of classroom acoustics; and on-site school consultations regarding the impact of hearing loss, noise exposure, hearing loss prevention, and how to properly use and troubleshoot equipment. Deaf Education Two deaf educators provided direct services, consultative services, and assessment services to school districts in ESU 10 and ESU 11 to assist them in providing services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities(ILCD) is the process by which schools evaluate and improve services in the area of special education. ESU 10 facilitated this process with ESU 10 schools and served as a liaison with the Nebraska Department of Education. Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy ESU 10 staff provided

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Educational Service Unit 10 2012-2013 Annual Report PT/OT services to 20 area school districts. As a related service, OT/PT services supported students’ learning and their ability to participate in educational activities and in the environment. Services were only provided if students needed them in order to meet their annual IEP goals. School based OT/PT is not based on the disability model. Rather it is based on educational need, as there may be a disability but no difficulty in the school environment. Two physical therapists provided services to 85 students. Three occupational therapists provided services to 184 students. Early Intervention At the request of local school districts, ESU 10 provided services to children below age 5 who qualified for special education services. Area school districts implemented birth to age three services through the Early Development Network in Planning Regions 10 and 28. Extended School Year Services were provided at the request of school districts for individual students with disabilities that needed extended school year services. ESU 10 provided services in speech/language pathology and occupational and physical therapy. Resource Teachers At the request of one school district, a resource teacher served approximately 20 students and supported general education teachers. Most students were in general education classes the majority of their learning time with support from the resource teacher as needed. Speech Pathology 15 speech and language pathologists provided service to approximately 500 students who were referred from 21 schools in the ESU 10 area. They conducted

evaluations as part of Multidisciplinary Teams and provided training and support to school staff, as well as families, preschool teachers and daycare providers, for children and students birth to 21 years of age. Psychological Cooperative ESU 10 served 25 schools through a psychological cooperative. Seven school psychologists supported Student Assistance Team (SAT) problem-solving, completed approximately 350 evaluations, and assisted in implementation of strategies that promoted the mental well being of students. School psychologists also helped inform district staff of best practices in special education and facilitated the Response to Intervention (RtI) process for schools in the cooperative. Vocational Transition A vocational transition specialist provided on-site assistance for students age 16 and older in 21 school districts to help them realize independent living and employment as appropriate to each student’s skills and abilities. Professional Development ESU 10 professional developers planned, coordinated, and trained school district personnel at ESU 10, regionally, and on site at schools. These trainings were planned and delivered to promote the improvement of student achievement through the development of support staff, teacher, and administrator competencies in areas of school improvement, curriculum, instruction, assessment, student safety and behavior, and specialized areas such as high ability learners and working with students of poverty. Programs, such as Quantum Learning, APL Teaching and Learning, and Adolescent Literacy Project were provided to assist teachers with increasing student engagement in learning.

Training topics included: assessment literacy, improving standards-based assessments, high ability learner identification and differentiation, interdisciplinary curriculum development, multicultural, Nebraska-Based Continuous Improvement Process (CIP), North Central Association (NCA) continuous improvement process, Response to Intervention (RtI), Language Assessment Scales (LAS), crisis team training, school safety plans, anti-bullying/harassment, Instructional Theory Into Practice, brain-based learning, Six-Trait Writing Instruction and Assessment, Early Literacy workshops, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and DIBELS Next, and other specific areas as requested 4 by schools or administrators. ESU 10 professional developers facilitated workshops at school sites that focused on consensus-building, school improvement planning, articulation and review of K-12 curriculum, high ability classroom issues, and instructional practices while assisting districts with meeting requirements of No Child Left Behind Act. Response to Intervention (RtI), a general education initiative, is an educational service delivery system designed to provide effective instruction for all students using a comprehensive and preventive problem-solving approach. The purpose of taking an RtI approach to service delivery in schools is to improve instruction and educational outcomes for ALL students by providing high quality instruction to students and using reliable and valid data to make decisions about whether instruction is meeting students’ needs. In collaboration with the Nebraska RtI Implementation Team, ESU 10

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Educational Service Unit 10 2012-2013 Annual Report Professional Development staff and school psychologists offered support for the implementation of the RtI process to member schools to deepen the district leadership team’s understanding of RtI, to integrate RtI with the continuous school improvement model through the analysis and multiple uses of data, and to develop a district-wide RtI plan. ESU 10 staff attend trainings to remain current with research on RtI. Federal and State Grants Central Region Autism Spectrum Disorders Team (CRASDT), in conjunction with the Nebraska ASD Network, provided training and support to schools to increase local district capacity in the areas of assessment, program planning, and program implementation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The CRASDT provided services to schools in ESUs 9, 10, 11, 15; Lincoln County in ESU 16; and ESU 17 except Cherry County. Carl Perkins Vocational Consortium provided 29 school districts with professional development and materials to improve instruction and student achievement. Various workshops were offered in an effort to help career and technical educators remain current in knowledge of subject areas, teaching strategies, and assessment practices. The consortium also provided funding for the purpose of utilizing the most recent innovations of equipment, technology, and delivery systems. Migrant The Nebraska Migrant Education Program, developed in 1967, was designed to provide services to assist in educating migrant children. ESU 10 is part of this state program. The Migrant Education Program works closely with other state migrant

programs to provide students with the best possible education and to increase the number of migrant students who graduate from high school. Migrant children may receive supplementary basic skill instruction, supportive health services, and social agency services. The Migrant Program includes parent coordinator programs. 166 students were identified and served in seven school districts in 2012-13. Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) This federally funded program which provides equipment, assistance, and training for using assistive technology devices for students with disabilities continued to grow. Expanded services for computer and assistive technology recycling were provided through an online service, Another web service was available, AT4ALL.COM. The provision of assistive technology loans and discount offers continued. Staff was available to demonstrate, use and train district staffs concerning assistive technology. ATP utilized regional statewide sites to provide expanded services. ATP operates out of ESU 10’s satellite office in Cozad. No Child Left Behind: Title I Cooperative A Title I cooperative assisted 16 school districts in the management of their Title I grant resources. ESU 10’s Title I coordinator served as a liaison between school districts and state and federal Title I agencies. Information, services and professional development related to improving educational reading and math programs were shared among member school districts. No Child Left Behind: Title II-A Consortium for Teacher and Principal

Training and Recruiting included 17 districts in ESU 10. This grant replaced the former Eisenhower Professional Development Grant, Title II Grant, and the Class Size Reduction Grant. Funds from this grant were used to improve standards implementation, classroom instruction, and specific student learning strategies with multi-day trainings. Title III Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Immigrant Education Program served approximately 36 districts in a consortium of schools in ESUs 10, 9, 11, 15 and 16. Services supported through consorted funds included professional development for teachers and technical assistance. Early Learning Connection (ELC), Nebraska’s early childhood profes- 5 sional development system, extends supports to individuals and programs who commit to professionalism, life-long learning, and to quality improvements that result in positive child and family outcomes. This system is facilitated through the Nebraska Department of Education’s Early Childhood Training Center in coordination with the regional Early Learning Connection partnership. ESU 10 staff provides support and training in 23 counties in central Nebraska. Student Activities ESU 10 staff planned a variety of activities which directly involved area students: Academic Quiz Bowl, 569 students; Regional Science Olympiad, 376 students; Invention Convention, 51 students; and S.E.E. Camp, 140 students. Students were provided with opportunities to engage in competitive academic events and activities and to develop leadership skills.

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Educational Service Unit 10 2012-2013 Annual Report Administrators Advisory Council (2012-2013) Brian Maher – Kearney Robert Winter – Grand Island John Hakonson – Lexington Pat Osmond –Arnold/Callaway Cynthia Huff – Wood River Rusty Ruppert – Loup County/Sargent Matt Fisher – Grand Island Northwest Julie Otero – Centura

Administrator Dr. Wayne Bell Department Directors Valerie Gwin, Administrative Assistant John Street, Special Education Bob Lungrin, Professional Development Ron Cone, Network and Information Services

FINANCIAL SUMMARY RECEIPTS Personal and Real Property Taxes Other Local Sources State Sources: Core Services/Tech Infrastructure Funding All Other State Funding Federal Sources Non-Revenue Sources Flow-through Receipts TOTAL RECEIPTS

Board of Directors Darlene Boroff (District 2) Kay Grimminger (District 3) Edwin Johnson (District 9) Lanny Kizer (District 5) Gene Libal (District 8) Sandra Mann (District 1) Bob Reed (District 6) Mary Stoltenberg (District 4) Ron Tuttle (District 7)

2,002,711.00 3,024,769.01 1,435,237.80 844,500.75 2,365,549.54 9,399.31 1,257,775.61 10,939,943.02


EXPENDITURES Instructional Services (Non-SpEd) 15,156.02 Special Education Services 2,166,369.62 Student Non-Instructional Services 556,862.45 Professional Development Services (Non-Core) 75,000.00 Media Technology and Production Services (Non-Core) 1,005,505.30 Governance and Administration 625,393.40 Flow-through Expenditures 1,193,971.91 Operation and Maintenance of Plant 233,884.00 Materials and Equipment Services (Non-Core) 182,341.36 State Grants 12,299.27 Core Services - Professional Development 670,847.38 Core Services – Technology 895,893.12 Core Services - Instructional Materials 334,401.46 Federal Grants 2,067,963.59 Debt Service 0.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 10,035,888.88

REQUEST FOR FUTURE SERVICES New services are continually considered at ESU 10 to meet the needs of its participating school districts. Forms are available from the ESU 10 Administrator which, when completed, are helpful tools in future planning. 76 Plaza Blvd • PO Box 850 • Kearney, NE 68848-0850 • Ph: 308.237.5927 • Fax: 308.237.5920 •

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