Public Meeting Agenda: August 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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August 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

August 9, 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. Tuition Waiver for Foreign Exchange Students
        Rationale:  Mr. Witte's office has approved the applications as meeting all of the district requirements. There are two students:
        1. Vitor Squecola Pereira of Brazil.  He is sponsored by Rotary and the host family is Bob and Michelle Dudley.
        2. Alejandra Alliende Piotrowski of Chile. He is sponsored by the EF Foundation for Foreign Study and the host family is Steve and Heidi McNally.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Approval of tuition waiver for foreign exchange students. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        5.3. Second Reading (Adoption) of Amended Policy 501.04 -- Attendance and Excessive Absenteeism
        5.4. Personnel
        5.4.1. Approval of Teaching Contracts
        5.4.2. Resignations
        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
        Rationale:  We have a preliminary budget, however we will not be able to finalize the numbers until we have our valuation on or before August 20th. 

        There will be a budget workshop at the second meeting of the month, Thursday, August 26th at noon.

        All funds look good and I believe we are ending the year in good financial shape.  We continue to monitor the funds, our cash flow while striving to grow our cash reserves.
        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        8.4. Student Services Report


        • Summer maintenance items are being narrowed down and we should have most items completed by the time students enter the buildings for classes.  Some items had to be delayed due to additional snow removal expenses from last fall.  Many of those deferred items will be high on the priority list for the summer of 2011.

        • The Spring ELDA (English Language Development Assessment) results were received at the end of July.  ELL teachers have received those result s and will be applauding the students with their success; but they are also planning to address any areas where student performance was less than anticipated.  In a “nutshell” many of our middle level grade students (grades 3-5) performed very well and were able to exit our ELL program based on our exit criteria.

        • Norfolk Public Schools has received notification of NCLB funds for the 2010-2011 school term in the following areas:

          Title I Part A – Reading

          Title I Part C - Migrant Education

          Early Childhood Education

          We are waiting to be advised on Title II A- Teacher and Principal Training.

          We will not be receiving additional funds in Title II D Technology or Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools.

        • Renovation of the Special Education Transition Program modular at the Senior High is progressing quite well.  It should be ready for occupancy by the start of school.

        • The Elementary Behavioral room renovation at Westside is complete with the exception of the bathroom tile, stool and sink.  These should be completed by the end of next week, August 13th.

        • Concrete work on some sections of the Senior High parking lots are complete and concrete work at Woodland Park Elementary will be nearing completion by the August 13th date as well. 

        8.5. Finance Committee Report
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Additional August Bills
        Rationale:  Motion to authorize additional expenditures of up to $500,000.00 by August 31, 2010 to close out the 2009-2010 fiscal year.  In addition, the board approves the expenditures of grant funds to close out the fiscal year and meet reporting requirements.
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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