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September 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM - State Board of Education Meeting Notification and Agenda

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
1.1. Roll Call
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
1.2. Pledge of Allegiance
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
1.3. Announcement of the placement of the Open Meetings Act information
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
1.4. COVID-19 Meeting Protocol
Speaker(s):  Commissioner Blomstedt
Attachments: (1)
2. CONSENT AGENDA
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
2.1. Board Member Out-of-State Travel Approval
2.2. Committee Appointments
2.2.A. Appoint a member to the Nebraska Private Postsecondary Career Schools Advisory Council
Speaker(s):  Marisol Birth and Brad Dirksen
Attachments: (4)
2.3. Contract Approvals
2.3.A. Authorize the Commissioner to contract with The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to study the correlation between air quality and the impact on academic and behavioral performance
Speaker(s):  Zainab Rida
Attachments: (1)
2.3.B. Authorize the Commissioner to contract with The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, Munroe-Meyer Institute, to provide comprehensive statewide external evaluation services for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Programs
Speaker(s):  Zainab Rida and Jan Handa
Attachments: (1)
2.3.C. Authorize the Commissioner to contract with The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska Munroe-Meyer Institute, for the purpose of providing coordination with the EASEL Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to implement high-quality social-emotional learning strategies in selected Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs
Speaker(s):  Zainab Rida and Jan Handa
Attachments: (1)
2.3.D. Authorize the Commissioner to renew contracts and enter into new contracts with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for staff augmentation services in support of the NDE project and technology efforts
Speaker(s):  David Hefley
Attachments: (1)
2.3.E. Authorize the Commissioner to enter into new contracts with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for staff augmentation services and other vendor partners in support of the NDE Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) and data system modernization efforts
Speaker(s):  David Hefley
Attachments: (1)
2.3.F. Authorize the Commissioner to contract with Kuder, Inc. for the continuation of services provided by a stateside license for Nebraska Career Connections
Speaker(s):  Katie Graham
Rationale:    
Attachments: (1)
2.3.G. Authorize the Commissioner to approve an amendment to the current contract with Emspace+Lovgren for additional Step Up to Quality public engagement work
Speaker(s):  Melody Hobson
Attachments: (1)
2.3.H. Authorize the Commissioner to renew a contract with Hanover Research to create custom research reports; engage in interviews with industry/issue experts; secondary research; data analysis; and benchmarking reports
Speaker(s):  Shirley Vargas
Attachments: (1)
2.4. Grant Approvals
2.4.A. Authorize the Commissioner to approve a continuation grant to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska to assist the School Safety and Security Program to build the capacity of Nebraska schools in the area of emergency management, violence prevention education and threat assessment
Speaker(s):  Zainab Rida and Jolene Palmer
Attachments: (1)
2.4.B. Authorize the Commissioner to fund the University of Nebraska (UNL) - Visual Impairment Project and federal Deaf-Blind grant (year 4 of 5)
Speaker(s):  Amy Rhone and Teresa Coonts
Attachments: (1)
2.5. Lease Approvals
2.5.A. Authorize the Commissioner to approve a lease renewal between the Department of Administrative Services, State Building Division, and the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska VR, for office space at 3100 23rd Street, Columbus, Nebraska for the period of 1/1/22-12/31/31
Speaker(s):  Lindy Foley
Attachments: (2)
2.6. Minutes of the Previous State Board of Education Meeting
Attachments: (1)
2.7. Miscellaneous Approvals
2.7.A. Approve school districts’ requests for exclusions to the budget limitation in accordance with the provisions of the Tax Equity & Educational Opportunities Support Act
Speaker(s):  Bryce Wilson
Attachments: (2)
2.7.B. Authorize the Commissioner to continue to fund the Westat, Inc. – Nebraska Technical Assistance Project (NETA) Part B
Speaker(s):  Amy Rhone
Attachments: (1)
2.7.C. Authorize the Commissioner to fund the entities listed below in the provision of federally required IDEA Part C duties
Speaker(s):  Amy Rhone
Attachments: (1)
2.7.D. Authorize the Commissioner to approve the Veterans Education Cooperative Agreement for the fiscal year 2022
Speaker(s):  Marisol Birth and Brad Dirksen
Attachments: (2)
2.7.E. Authorize the Commissioner to sign an agreement with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for the use of Child Care and Development funds for the Federal Fiscal Year 2021
Speaker(s):  Melody Hobson
Attachments: (1)
2.7.F. Authorize the Commissioner to support the use of ESSERS funding to support the YRTCs/Interim Program School Instructional Materials Development
Speaker(s):  Amy Rhone
Attachments: (1)
2.7.G. Appoint a Hearing Officer in NDE Case No. 21-16, In the Matter of the Appeal of Delores Gladbach
Speaker(s):  Leslie Donley
Attachments: (1)
3. AQuESTT TEACHING, LEARNING AND SERVING DOMAIN COMMITTEE
Speaker(s):  Lisa Fricke
3.1. Action Item:  Statement on Health Education Standards
Speaker(s):  Lisa Fricke
4. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
4.1. Public Comment
4.2. Written Public Comment
5. ADJOURNMENT
Speaker(s):  President Nickels
Rationale: 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at a location to be determined.  As needed, a work session will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at a time to be determined.

The agenda contains a list of subjects known at the time of its distribution on August 26, 2021.  A copy of the agenda reflecting any changes will be available for public inspection during the normal business hours in the Office of the Commissioner of Education and on the State Board of Education's Agenda page:  www.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Agendas.html.  Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda will not be changed later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting.

 

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