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Textbook Loan Program (Rule 4)

State Statute Section 79-734 provides for an appropriation for monies for the purchase of textbooks for loan to students attending private approved or accredited schools.  Rule 4 (“Regulations for Textbook Loans to Children Enrolled in Private Schools in Nebraska”) is the applicable rule for the textbook loan process and the disbursement of the monies.

2018/19 Appropriation

Documents and appropriation information relative to the 2018/19 distribution of funds (for the purchase of textbooks for loan during the 2019/20 school year) will be posted on this website in October 2018.

2017/18 Appropriation

The 2017/18 payments were made in March 2018 to public schools who filed the Appendix C by the deadline.

Documents (pdf format)

Reminders

School district’s policies and procedures should align with the provisions of Rule 4 and Section 79-734 R.R.S.

Rule 4 appendices cannot be altered or revised in any manner.  The individual appendices can be accessed from the links above.

The books purchased under this program must be kept under separate inventory, and reissued annually at the request of parents of children attending approved or accredited non-public schools (Rule 4, Section 004.07 and Appendix A).

An “Application for Loan of Textbooks” (Appendix A) must be completed annually by parents of children who wish to borrow textbooks from the public school district (not by the private school officials or employees).  These applications are due annually to the public school district by January 15 for the following school year (Rule 4, Section 003 and Appendix A).

Textbook shall mean any instructional material that is designated for use by individual students in classroom instruction as the principal source of study material, in any of grades kindergarten through grade 12 in the public school(s) of each school district.  The following, if designated for use by individual students as the principal source of study material, are likewise to be considered textbooks for purposes of this chapter:  multiple texts; electronic and digital subscriptions; and hard-copy, write-in work texts if accessible by students pursuant to a multi-year subscription entered into by the school district.  Instructional material that is in a non-tangible, electronic or digital format, e.g. web-based (on-line) material, accessible by students through a subscription or license agreement entered into by the school district, is a textbook if the individual student’s access ceases within the timeframe described in Section 003.01 of this chapter.  The following are not to be considered textbooks: library books, teacher’s editions, hard-copy supplemental workbooks and any book or material designated for classroom, and not individual use (e.g. “Big Books” and the like) (Rule 4, Section 002.03).

There is a limit to the number of textbooks to be loaned per student (Rule 4, Section 003.03 and Appendix A).  School districts will need to ensure that any textbook that comes in sets, volumes, or levels complies with the definition of textbook (Rule 4, Section 002.03) and does not exceed the per student limit. [See Question 6 of the Frequently Asked Questions document for further information.]

Completion of the Appendix C (Application for Distribution of Funds) is contingent on the Appendix A’s (Application for Loan of Textbooks) submitted to the public school district by January 15.

Carryover of any unspent funds remaining after textbooks are ordered and received must be noted on Line 9 of next year’s Application C.  An explanation for the carryover must be attached to the application (Rule 4, Section 004.04E and Appendix C).

Separate accounting must be maintained for receipts and expenditures associated with the program.

Program Contact

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or beth.bolte@nebraska.gov

Updated on 05/15/2018

Statistical Information for Public School Districts (levy and valuation information)

Click on the data year to access the reports

Updated on 01/11/2018

State Aid/Previous Certifications

Prior to 2018/19 School Year (School Years 2007/08 through 2017/18)

2017/18 State Aid Certification (May 25, 2017)

2016/17 State Aid Certification – February 16, 2016

2015/16 State Aid Certification – February 19, 2015

2014/15 State Aid Certification – April 4, 2014

2013/14 State Aid Certification – May 23, 2013

2012/13 State Aid Certification – April 10, 2012

2011/12 State Aid Certification – May 17, 2011

2010/11 State Aid Recertification – March 1, 2011

2009/10 State Aid Certification – June 1, 2009

2008/09 State Aid Recertification – April 30, 2008

2007/08 State Aid Certification – February 15, 2007

Other Links

Program Contact:

  • Jen Utemark: (402) 471-3323 or jen.utemark@nebraska.gov

Updated on 03/01/2018

Special Education Reporting Information

SPECIAL EDUCATION FINAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

PRESENTATIONS

Birth to Age Five

Transportation

School Age Information

– Access will be available on September 1st.

 

Other Links

Rules & Regulations (related to FOS Programs)

 
Rule 1
Rule 2
Rule 3
Rule 4
Rule 8
Rule 9

Rule 13

Rule 19
Rule 51
Rule 83
Rule 85
Rule 87
Rule 89
Rule 91
Rule 92

NDE Rules & Regulations

Updated on 07/10/2017

School Reorganization

State Committee for the Reorganization of School Districts

Meetings

For further information, contact Micki Iverson, Committee Clerk.  Meeting dates & locations are subject to change.

Date/Time:   No meetings are scheduled at this time.

Members

The State Committee for the Reorganization of School Districts shall be composed of six members. The Commissioner of Education shall be a member of the committee ex officio and shall serve as a nonvoting member of the committee. Committee members and their terms:

Committee MembersTerm Expires
Teresa Hawk, Chadron, Lay person, Vice ChairpersonDecember 31, 2018
Gerry Osborn, Ainsworth, Lay personDecember 31, 2019
Dale Fornander, Chappell, Lay person, ChairpersonDecember 31, 2020
Alan Garey, Curtis, EducatorDecember 31, 2021
Ted DeTurk, Papillion, EducatorDecember 31, 2022

Minutes of Committee Meetings

Current 2017/18 school year:

Previous school years:

Procedures – Rule 83

Reorganization Reports

  • District Dissolution Lists
  • District Unification List

 

Program Contacts:

  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or micki.iverson@nebraska.gov
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-4320 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

 

Updated on 06/18/2018

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds and Qualified School Construction Bonds Allocations

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds and Qualified School Construction Bonds Allocations (Rule 87)

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB)

  • Allocation requests must be received by the Department by October 1 of each year.
  • See Section 003 of Rule 87 for further information.

Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB)

  • Allocation requests must be received by the Department by February 15 of each year.
  • See Section 004 of Rule 87 for further information.
 
Program Contact:
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-4320 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

Updated on 04/30/2014

Reimbursement Rates

Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Established by the Department of Administrative Services under State Statute Section 81-1176

The rates for regular pupil transportation (non-special education) and enrollment option transportation are as follows:

Effective January 1, 2018, the State Mileage Rate is $.545

  • Regular Resident District Students:  285% of $.545 = 1.5533
  • Enrollment Option Reimbursement:   142.5% of $.545 = .7766

Prior to January 1, 2018, the State Mileage Rate was $.535

  • Regular Resident District Students:  285% of $.535 = 1.5248
  • Enrollment Option Reimbursement:   142.5% of $.535 = .7624

Nutrition Services

Special Education

Updated on 12/28/2017

Payment Information

This site provides only those payments made by the Department of Education. For payments not found on this site, contact Administrative Services, Department of (Accounting Division) at 402-471-2581.

Payment Information The payment information provided is for payment information only and should not be used for an audit confirmation.
Audit Confirmation The statutory deadline for submitting audit reports for all public school districts is November 5. One component that assists in the completion of these audit reports is the confirmation of amounts paid by the Department of Education to school districts for the period beginning September 1 and ending August 31.
NDE Accounting Manual – “Program Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting System for Nebraska School Districts / Users’ Manual”

Pupil Transportation

Pupil Transportation Checklist

2018 Pupil Transportation Reminders

Best Practices for Use of Booster Seats

New Federal CDL Requirements (effective 07/08/2015)

NHSTA School Bus Driver In-Service Series

“Certified Medical Examiner” Requirement / Obstructed Sleep Apnea Studies

Child Passenger Safety

Driver Requirements (Federal and State requirement matrices)

Driver Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Inspection Process

Mileage Reimbursement

Rules 91 & 92

Downloads (pdf files)

Outside Links

 

Program Contacts

  • Janice Eret: (402) 471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-4320 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

 

Updated on 06/11/2018