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TEACHER DONNA DVORAK teaches kindergarten through third grade in one room of the Malmo school near Waheo.
Malmo questions consolidation
MALMO from page 1
or run for seats. Still, having another
town control its budget is scary,
“It would be hard for them to know
what priorities we have out here,” he
said. “They would have their priori
Representing the future
Marian Speichinger, Malmo
school board treasurer, said the board
might have a hard time getting a sub
district representative on the Wahoo
“It’s like taxation without repre
sentation,” she said. “Is that legal? We
would always be overrun by the urban
Local control is better for schools,
she said, and usually means less
spending. When Malmo built its new
schoolhouse in 1981, the bonds were
paid off by the town in 10 years.
Now, she said, governments are
making more demands on schools.
They require a principal in Class I
schools, and stricter accreditation
standards have pushed costs up. Then
came last year’s property tax lid, mak
ing things worse.
Speichinger, a 16-year Malmo
school board veteran, said the consoli
dation seems like just one more step
in a long journey toward all-urban
In her years on the board, she said,
she has watched the Legislature tinker
with the school’s affairs when it re
quired affiliation with a K-12 district.
The affiliation catered to the big
districts, she said, because they could
include rural property into their bud
gets as they levied property taxes. Be
fore affiliation, Class I districts paid a
non-resident tuition fee to high school
districts to send their children to
The tuition fee was high,
Speichinger said. Eventually schools
realized they made more money with
high tuition fees than through the in
creased property tax income from af
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From Staff Reports
Several members of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and ser
vices departments have received
awards recognizing outstanding
■ Daniel Siedell, curator of the
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, was
the 1997 American Association of
Museums fellow at the group’s annual
meeting April 26-30 in Atlanta.
■ William Glider, assistant profes
sor for UNL’s School of Biological
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■ Erin McLaine, a theater arts
graduate student, won the Graduate
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lege of Fine and Performing Arts’
annual honors day presentation.
Shelley Fuller, assistant professor
of art and art history, won the college’s
Distinguished Teaching Award.
George Ritchie, professor of organ and
history and music theory, won the
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