Public Meeting Agenda: June 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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June 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

June 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Call to Order
1.1. Roll Call
Rationale:  If any board member is absent, there will need to be a  motion to excuse the absence.
2. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
3. Vision/Mission/Strategic Goals of the Norfolk Public School District
Rationale:   

It is the vision of the Norfolk Public Schools to actively engage all students in learning
through a relevant and comprehensive standards-based curriculum that integrates
 21st century skills, tools, context, and assessments.
  

    • Goal #1:  All students will succeed at each grade level and graduate from high school well-prepared for a variety of post-secondary pursuits.

    • Goal #2:  All students will feel connected with the school and the learning process.

    • Goal #3:  District resources, programs, and departments will be aligned to attain high levels of student achievement and instructional excellence.

    • Goal #4:  The community will be engaged to support high levels of student achievement.

      The mission of the Norfolk Public Schools is to prepare studentswith the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a complex, global society.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         

         

         

         

         

         

        4. Welcome, Public Comments, Communication
        5. Hearing on Student Fee Policy and Parental Involvement Policy
        Rationale:  At this time, a hearing will be opened within the meeting to discuss, consider  and receive input on the student fee policy and the parental involvement policy.  

        At this time, if any member of the public wishes to comment or give opinions on a policy, we ask that you identify yourself.  Comments will be taken on each item separately:

        1.  Student Fee Policy
        2.  Parental Involvement Policy
        6. Amendments to Agenda/Approval of Consent Agenda Items
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the Consent Agenda Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        6.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        6.2. Personnel
        6.2.1. Approval of Teaching Contracts
        Rationale:  Approval of teaching contracts for the 2010-2011 school year for: 

        1.  Morgan Oliver, Junior High Vocal Music
        2.  Cassandra Sanchez, Grant Elementary, 4th grade
        3.  Jolene Groninger, Woodland Park, 3rd grade

        6.2.2. Resignation
        Rationale:  Recommend approval of resignation for Patty Simpson, Senior High Special Education, contingent upon the hiring of a suitable replacement.
        6.3. Signature Approval for Federal Programs & Grants
        Rationale:  Recommend approval of the signature of the Associate Superintendent for Student Services for all Federal Grants and Programs and the signature of the Director of Business Services for the Federal Lunch Program for the 2010-2011 school year.
        6.4. Policy
        6.4.1. First Reading of Policy No. 501.13 - Dating Violence
        Rationale: 

        The Lindsay Ann Burke Act (LB 63) was signed by the Governor on May 27, 2010 and went into effect as of that date. The Act requires that a dating violence policy be adopted as of July 1st.

        Requirements are: (1) statement of non-toleration of dating violence; (2) address incidents of dating violence; (3) staff training; (4) student dating violence education; (5) publish in parent-student handbook; and (6) inform parents of the policy and give them the policy on request.

        The policy needs to be published in the same publication in which the Student Code of Conduct is found (e.g. the Student-Parent Handbook).

        6.4.2. First Reading of Amended Policy No. 501.03 - Student Admittance and Entrance to School (Kindergarten Enrollment)
        Rationale: 

        LB 1006 changed the minimum age for admission to Kindergarten. The change is effective beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. LB 1006 requires that school boards “approve and make available a recognized assessment procedure for determining if a child is capable of carrying the work of kindergarten.” This is to be done by January 1, 2012.

        6.4.3. First Reading of Amended Policy No. 501.6 - Foreign Exchange Students
        Rationale:  This amends the policy to state that students who have completed high school in their country will not be allowed to enroll in the Norfolk Public Schools.
        6.4.4. First Reading of Amended Policy No. 508.01 - Student Health and Immunization Check-ups
        Rationale: 

        LB 713 changes the student health inspection (vision, hearing, and dental) law. Under current law, inspections are to be completed within the first quarter of the school year. Now, the inspections are to be completed on a schedule to be established by HHS. LB 713 also changes the circumstances in which students may be exempted from the health inspection.

        6.5. Approval of Student Handbooks
        Rationale:  Approval of student handbooks for the 2010-2011 school year.  The board reviewed the handbooks during the earlier study session.

        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the student handbooks for the 2010-2011 school year. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        6.6. Approval of School Meal Prices
        Rationale:  Approval of school lunch and breakfast program prices for the 2010-2011 school year.

         
        Recommended Motion(s):  Approval of school lunch and breakfast prices: Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        6.7. Bids for Services 2010-2011
        Rationale:  The board reviewed the bids for these items at the study session:  1) Milk, 2) Bread, 3) Pest Control, 4) Sanitation, and 5) Fuel.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Recommend motion to award the following bids: Bread bid as submitted by Sara Lee, Milk bid as submitted by Roberts Dairy, Fuel bid as submitted by Meisinger Oil, Pest Control bid as submitted by Pest-Tec, Sanitation bid as submitted by Prime Sanitation. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        6.8. Claims
        7. Award for Excellence
        8. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        9. Reports and Discussion Items
        9.1. Superintendent's Report
        9.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  As of the end of May, all funds are in good shape.  At this point, we do not foresee any budget amendments.  We are still watching our cash flow.  This will impact what purchases/orders can be paid yet in this budget year. 

        The 2010/2011 budget forms are availabe and we have started to put together a prelimnary projected budget for next year.  We will not be able to finalize the numbers until we have settled all negotiations and also have our new valuation amount.
        9.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        9.4. Student Services Report
        Rationale: 

         

        • Elementary Summer School is “up and running” this month in five (5) of our elementary schools.  We have nearly 250 students actively engaged in our “Voyager Learning” program.  Each grade level is studying a different culture this summer from our own “Hometown” to Ancient Rome and Egypt.  Students and staff are excited with the new learning materials and computer application/management programs.
        • Mr., Robinson from the Sr. High has informed me that they have around 365 students in grades 9-12 registered and attending Summer School.  Courses in Biology, Math, American History, English 9 & English 10, Speech, Government, American Literature, Physical Science, Media and Practical Communications are being offered.  Mr. Robinson adds that he believes the 16-day sessions seem to work out better for work and family schedules which in turn, had a positive effect on enrollments.

        • 2010-2011 Grant Information:

          • Title VII Indian Education has been approved

          • JOM (Johnson O’Malley) Native American student support is awaiting Tribal signature

          • Early Childhood Education Grant (Norfolk’s Pre-Kindergarten Program) has been sent off for approval

         

         

        9.5. Finance Committee Report
        9.6. Activities Committee Report
        10. Action Items
        10.1. Policy
        10.1.1. Approval of Policies After Public Hearing
        Rationale: 

        10.1.1.1. Amended Student Fee Policy -- Adopt
        Rationale: 

                     

         A public hearing was held to discuss, consider, and receive input on a proposed Student Fees Policy.  The public was given the opportunity to present information and opinions on the proposed Student Fees Policy.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion that the Amended Student Fees Policy (503.6) for the 2010-2011 school year be approved and the policy adopted. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        10.1.1.2. Parental Involvement Policy
        Rationale: 

         A public hearing was held to discuss, consider, and receive input on the Parental Involvement Policy.  The public was given the opportunity to present information and opinions on the Parental Involvement Policy.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion that the District’s current Parental Involvement Policy (705.3) be re-adopted without alteration. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        11. Future Meetings
        12. Adjournment
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