Public Meeting Agenda: July 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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July 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

July 12, 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

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. 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.
        5.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        5.2. Personnel
        5.2.1. Approval of Teaching Contracts
        Rationale:  Approval of teaching contracts for the 2010-2011 school year for: 

        1.  Andrea Pehoviack, ECC, Special Education
        5.2.2. Resignations
        Rationale:  Recommend approval of resignation for the following staff, effective immediately:

          1. Karen Burke, Early Childhood Special Education
          2. Marlene Blakeman, 5th Grade
        5.3. Policy
        5.3.1. Second Reading (Adopt) of Policy No. 501.13 - Dating Violence

        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).

        5.3.2. Second Reading (Adopt) of Amended Policy No. 501.03 - Student Admittance and Entrance to School (Kindergarten Enrollment)

        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.

        5.3.3. Second Reading (Adopt) 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.
        5.3.4. Second Reading (Adopt) of Amended Policy No. 508.01 - Student Health and Immunization Check-ups

        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.

        5.3.5. First Reading of Amended Policy 501.04 -- Attendance and Excessive Absenteeism
        5.4. Tuition Waiver for Foreign Exchange Students
        Rationale:  Mr. Witte's office has approved the application as meeting all of the district requirements. There is one student:
        1. Vitor Squecola Pereira of San Jose' do Rio Preto, Brazil, South America, a 12th grader (senior). Do not know the host family yet, but sponsored by Rotary.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Approval of tuition waiver for foreign exchange student. Mr. Witte's office has approved the applications as meeting all of the district requirements. There are two students: Vitor Squecola Pereira of San Jose' do Rio Preto, Brazil, South America, a 12th grader (senior). Do not know the host family yet, but sponsored by Rotary. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        5.5. Claims
        6. Award for Excellence
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        8.2. Financial Report

        We are within 2 months of closing our budget year for 2009-2010.  Our accounts as of June 30th are in good shape.  All budgets are looking good and at this time, we do not plan to amend.  We continue to monitor our cash flow.  Once we have completed the District building renovations, we will be able to better assess the cash flow.  Currently we are renovating in several buildings using the remaining bond dollars and also using ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvest Act) IDEA Dollars.  In order to recover the ARRA IDEA dollars, we must spend them, have the project approved and then request reimbursement for that portion that is attributable to the federal ARRA IDEA grant.  We will not actually receive the reimbursement dollars until September or October. 

        The Madison County Assessor is predicting a 1% valuation increase or the worst case scenario is that Madison County valuations would flat line and we would see no increase.  This means we will either have no increase to our expenditure budget or a very small increase.  We will be operating next year on basically the same budget of expenditures as the 2009-2010 year.  In order to make it work, reallocations will be made within the departmental budgets.  The areas that would be affected are discretionary budget lines that will least affect the students.  We will need to decrease our discretionary spending.  Salaries are over 85% of our General Fund budget.  We must assure that we can pay our employees. 

        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        8.4. Student Services Report
        8.5. Finance Committee Report

        1.       Reviewed the bills for July. 

        2.       Reviewed the Summary of Funds Report

        3.       As of June 31, 2010 total revenue for the General Fund is $586,936 more than last year for the same time period.  Total General Fund Expenditures are $864,004 greater than this period last year.

        4.       Discussed the impact of valuation on the District’s budget growth and what areas will be most affected. 

        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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