Public Meeting Agenda: January 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Board of Education 2nd Monthly Meeting

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January 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Board of Education 2nd Monthly Meeting Agenda

January 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Board of Education 2nd Monthly 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.
1.2. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
Rationale:  This is a legal meeting of the board of education, as advertised by the means specified in board policy. A complete copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in the board room for your review. A copy of the agenda is available at the desk of the recording secretary.
2. Reports and Discussion Items
2.1. Financial Update
3. Action Items
3.1. Discuss, Consider, and Take Action to Rescind Approval of the January 11, 2016 Staffing Proposal
Rationale:  As noted earlier, I am recommending that the Board rescind their approval of the 2016-2017 staffing proposal that was approved on January 11, 2016. Since that time we have received notification that NDE miscalculated our State Aide and we will be losing $1.3 million next year.  Although we could cover the cost of that staffing next year, we would not be able to sustain that level of staffing for more than 1-2 years. At that time we would be faced with making staffing cuts and/or utilizing our cash reserve. Neither of these options is in our best interest as a district.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to rescind previous staffing proposal approval Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
3.2. Discuss, Consider and Approve Revised Staffing Proposal
Rationale:  I am recommending that the Board approve the modified Staffing Proposal that I presented earlier in this meeting.  Although this proposal does not provide the same level of services and  benefits that my original proposal provided, it will help meet some of our most critical needs, such as our elementary growth, administrative coverage at Lincoln Elementary, Middle School Interventionists, Preschool Expansion, and Social Workers. Given our $1.3 million loss in state aide and the legislative bills that are being considered by our Senators, I believe that this is a more responsible approach for us to take at this time.  Additional positions, such as the Junior High Interventionists, can be considered at a later date, if our financial situation allows us to do so.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the staffing proposal as presented OR Motion to approve the addition of the following positions: Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
3.3. Discuss, Consider, and Take Action Related to the 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative at the Middle School
Rationale: 

I am recommending that we place our Middle School 1 to 1 ChromeBook initiative on hold until after the current legislative session is complete.  There are several bills being considered that could have a negative impact on us financially,including a bill that may eliminate the Technology Bond that provides us with $100,000/year.

Bill and Beth are working on multiple budget scenarios and we believe that it may be possible to move forward with the 1 to 1 initiative, but we want to wait until we know the full impact that legislation may have on us financially before committing to this project.

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to reaffirm the purchase of 325 Chromebooks for the Middle School 1 to 1 initiative OR Motion to rescind the previous approval of the purchase of 325 Chromebooks for the 1 to 1 initiative at the Middle School Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
3.4. Discuss, Consider and Approve the 2016-2017 School Calendar
Rationale:  I have attached the Draft 2016-2017 Calendar for you to review.  This calendar was developed collaboratively with the NPS Calendar Committee and was shared with all staff for review/comment last week. 
 
I had four goals that I wanted to achieve with this calendar:
1. Start school one week later.
2.Collaborate with Columbus on PLC training
3.Add one PD day
4. Adjust Parent-Teacher Conference schedule to provide students and families with more consistency and instructional time.  

 

The Calendar Committee had two additional goals:
  1. Add a Work Day at the beginning of second semester

  2. Have December 23rd as a No School day

We met all of these goals except my first goal. We were only able to move the start of school back three days.

Calendar  Committee Members:

Beth Nelson, Tim Kwapnioski, Dennis Dolliver, Deb Brunswick, Caroline Garder, Mary Baumert, Trisha Andreasen, Dee Eden, Jennifer Robinson, Michael Hart, Jake Lhur, Amy Brown

 
4. Future Meetings
Rationale:  Our next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 8th. The Study Session will begin at 5:30 and will be followed by a regular Business Meeting at 6:30. All components of the meeting are open to the public and will be held in the City Chamber Office.
5. Executive Session If Needed to Protect the Interest of the District or to Prevent Needless Injury to the Reputation of an Individual.
5.1. Convene Executive Session -- If Needed to Protect the Interest of the District or to Prevent Needless Injury to the Reputation of an Individual.
5.2. Reconvene Meeting from Executive Session
5.3. Approval of Any Action Deemed Necessary as a Result of Executive Session
6. Adjournment
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