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McAlpin, Kimle, and Peaslee Receive School Counselor of the Year Honors


Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska School Counselor Association announced the 2021 Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors of the Year at an awards luncheon during the NSCA Annual School Counselor Academy on November 4th.  This year's recipients are Stef McAlpin - Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Michele Kimle- Middle School Counselor of the Year, and Marilynn Peaslee - High School Counselor of the year.   Ms. McDougal is a school counselor in the Bennington Public Schools.  Ms. Kimle is employed by the Hastings Public School District while Ms. Peaslee is a counselor at Lincoln Northeast High School.  

Prior to announcing the three recipients the finalists for each level were recognized.  Noelle Baker from Seward was recognized as a finalist for High School Counselor of Year.  Lisa Bade from Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in Omaha was recognized as a finalist for Middle School Counselor of the Year.  Finally, Kirk Ramsey from the Blue Hill Community Schools was honored as a finalist for the Elementary School Counselor of the Year.   All of the finalists, including the three winners, will be recognized at a formal dinner this spring.

Pictured from left to right are: Stef McAlpin - Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Michele Kimle - Middle School Counselor of the Year, and Marilynn Peaslee - High School Counselor of the Year. 
 

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Bills Could Give Nebraska School Counselors a $1000 Bonus

The Nebraska School Counselor Association is pleased announce three scholarship recipients.  Each year NSCA awards 3 scholarships to high school State Senator Carol Blood has introduced LB 696 which, if passed, would use federal COVID relief funds to provide public schools teachers and school support personnel a one-time $1000 retention bonus.  School counselors in public schools would be included as recipients of the one-time payment under the bill’s specific definition of school support personnel.  States controlled by both Republicans and Democrats are using federal stimulus money to compensate school employees.  Georgia has specifically used COVID stimulus funds to offer a $1000 payment.  Likewise, LB 1271 would provide one-time $1000 bonuses to school personnel in public, private and parochial schools and includes affiliated early childhood personnel.  This bill specifically includes teachers, para-educators, bus drivers, food service handlers, librarians, and other support positions as recipients of the bonus.   The bill specifically excludes administrators as recipients.  Whether or not school counselors would receive the $1000 bonuses offered in LB 1271 is left up to the interpretation of the words “other support positions”.  NSCA will work with legislators to clarify language in LB 1271 to ensure it in fact includes school counselors.