September 2018 Communication

Hello Everyone,

As I write this message the weather is cold and rainy. Welcome to another Nebraska fall when the weather provides us with lots of variation and differences.

Last month I wrote about The Energy Busa best selling book written by Jon Gordon. At that time, I was going to follow up with another message pertaining to the book. If you have started to read the book, you will already know Rule #2 which says:  Desire, Vision and Focus move your bus in the right direction.

You can be the driver of your bus, and you can have a vision for your life, health, work and family, but if you don’t have the desire to act upon it, nothing will get done.

I am like everyone else. I am busy, and the challenges just seem to keep coming. It’s so easy to lose focus. However, I have recently learned that inexpensive strategies can have a huge impact to help us move in the right direction.

In this case, Amy Schultz, one of our awesome professional developers, printed some small Energy Bus posters, complete with reminders, and placed them in locations that are frequented throughout our facility. Reading these posters so frequently helps me (and I am sure others) remain focused on positive energy and what we all want to achieve regarding our lives, health, work and families.

If you have not yet read the book, today is great day to start.

The following are some other updates from September.

September Budget Hearings and Board Meeting

Each September, the board is required to approve an annual budget which the ESU 9 Board did after holding a hearing.

Also, the new building was discussed, and it was shared that the pace of work on the addition has picked up.

The board also approved changes to the meal reimbursement rates. The old reimbursement rates were:


Total=$41.00 per day

After consulting the General Services Administration (GSA) website, the following adjustments were approved starting October 1, 2018.


Total=$46.00 per day

Thank you all for the work that you do.


Kraig Lofquist