Public Meeting Agenda: September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Budget Hearing -- 7:00 P.M.
Rationale: 

Welcome to the Budget Hearing for the 2010-2011 school year. The purpose of this hearing is to give taxpayers the opportunity to provide support, opposition, criticism, or suggestions and observations regarding the budget.

Ms. Schwartz will review budget items and the board will provide an opportunity for public comment. The adoption of the budget will take place by a vote during the board meeting and not at the hearing.   

2. Tax Request Hearing - Immediately Following Budget Hearing
Rationale: 

Welcome to the Tax Request Hearing for the 2010-2011 school year. The purpose of this hearing is to give taxpayers the opportunity to provide support, opposition, criticism, or suggestions and observations regarding the proposed tax request.

Ms. Schwartz will review the tax requests and the board will provide the opportunity for public input. The regular business meeting of the board will begin at the close of this hearing.

3. Call to Order - Immediately Following Tax Request Hearing
3.1. Roll Call
Rationale:  If any board member is absent, there will need to be a  motion to excuse the absence.
4. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
5. 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.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         

         

         

         

         

         

        6. Welcome, Public Comments, Communication
        7. 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.
        7.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        Rationale:  August 9 - 4:30 Study Session
        August 9 - 7:30 Regular Meeting
        August 21 - Board Retreat
        August 26 - 2nd Meeting of the Month
        7.2. Personnel
        7.3. Policy
        7.3.1. First Reading of Policy No. 606.1 - Records Management and Disposition
        Rationale: 

        LB 742 requires a public record of all settled claims. A written settlement agreement is required when the claim is settled by the payment of $50,000 or more.

         

        7.3.2. First Reading of Policy 507.2 -- Academic Content Standards
        Rationale: 

        Policy 507.2 meets the statutory requirement that school districts adopt academic content standards in line with those adopted by the State Board of Education.

        The statute related to adoption of standards by school districts states:

        79-760.02: In accordance with timelines that are adopted by the State Board of Education, but in no event later than one year following the adoption or modification of state standards, each school district shall adopt measurable quality academic content standards in the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The standards may be the same as, or may be equal to or exceed in rigor, the measurable academic content standards adopted by the state board and shall cover at least the same grade levels.

        7.3.3. First Reading of Policy No. 203.3 -- Bylaws of the Board - Minutes
        7.4. Claims
        8. Award for Excellence
        9. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        10. Reports and Discussion Items
        10.1. Superintendent's Report
        10.2. Financial Report
        Rationale: 

        Total of bills approved by the Board:

                    General Fund =             $460,491.92
                    Cooperative Fund =      $8,678.89
                    Lunch Fund =                $87,025.57
                    Special Building Fund = $344,814.63

        Included in the Special Building Fund expenditures were payments to Beckenhauer for the Senior High Renovation ($175,595.30) and the Lincoln Project ($110,290.52.  The Board also approved final claims for the 2009/2010 fischal year for the General Fund for $439,650.98.

        Business Office personnel have been working toward completion of the September payroll for the new budget year.  Business Office personnel are also working on final financial reports for NCLB and ARRA grants.  SPED PreSchool and SPED Transportation Final Reports are due September 30.  The regular SPED final financial is due in October.

        The application for the State Fiscal Stablization dollars (included in our State Aid dollars) has been submitted.  We plan to spend these dollars for retention of teachers, consequently, we will use them to pay for salaries and salary related items.   We must expend the dollars before we can request reimbursement. 

        We are beginning the audit process for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.  The District audit report is due November 5th. 

        I believe we are in a good place financially as we begin the 2010/2011 fiscal year.  We must continue to monitor our cash flow and spend conservatively.  With a minimum growth in our budget and a reduction in resources, buiding our cash reserves rather than expending them will be challenging.  The small budget growth will be used in salary and benefit increases which results in less dollars for operating our day to day business functions.

        10.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Rationale: 

         

        Assessment / Curriculum

        NeSA-Reading Results

        A detailed overview of the NeSA-Reading results was presented at the board work session earlier. Overall, the performance of our district on NeSA-Reading showed us that we have work to do to ensure that all students are reaching their appropriate levels of proficiency. Teachers and administrators have already began to dissect the NeSA data and are working to incorporate appropriate strategies to improve the performance of our students.

        Parent reports that detail individual student performance on NeSA-Reading were mailed to families early last week. If parents have questions about their child’s performance, they should contact their child’s teacher and/or principal.

        Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing

        All students in grades 3-8 and 11 are currently taking fall MAP tests throughout the district. Our district will be taking part in both fall and spring testing during the current school year. This will allow us to effectively measure student growth throughout the school year.

        Curriculum Coordinating Council

        The Curriculum Coordinating Council will begin meeting this week with our first meeting being scheduled for Thursday, September 16 at 3;45. Topics that will be discussed will include NeSA-Reading results as well as the upcoming NeSA-Math test. Discussion about Digital Conversion will also be held with the team.

        Professional Development

        Friday NET/PLC Meeting Update

        To date, the district has held three NET/PLC sessions on Friday afternoons.

        • August 27th—All NPS staff were together in the Carson Theater and received an overview of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) process.

        • September 3rd—Building NET/PLC sessions were held where teams of teachers developed group norms and outlined goals for the upcoming meetings

        • September 9th—Builidng NET/PLC sessions were held where norms were reviewed and and finalized. Additionally building teams began the process of discussing instruction (specifically Saxon Math) and data (DIBLES and NeSA-Reading).

        10.4. Student Services Report
        Rationale: 

        ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT OF STUDENT SERVICES

         

        v  September 3, 2010 Enrollment

         

        Grade

        BA

        GR

        JF

        LN/MO

        WA

        WE

        WP

        Totals

        PreK

         

         

         

        60

         

         

         

        60

        ECC

         

         

         

        45

         

         

         

        45

        Kdg.

        50

        44

        49

        22

        67

        50

        49

        331

        1st

        50

        50

        57

        21

        51

        48

        34

        311

        2nd

        53

        38

        45

        21

        40

        53

        54

        304

        3rd

        55

        41

        55

        20

        38

        38

        45

        292

        4th

        50

        34

        49

        18

        41

        56

        43

        291

        Totals

        258

        207

        255

        207

        237

        245

        225

        1634

         

        Grade

        MS

        JH

        SH

        5th

        282

         

         

        6th

        272

         

         

        7th

         

        291

         

        8th

         

        309

         

        9th

         

         

        307

        10th

         

         

        312

        11th

         

         

        283

        12th

         

         

        333

        Totals

        554

        600

        1235

         

        v  Building enrollments for the last three years are:

         

        School

        8/29/2008

        8/25/2009

        **9/3/2010

        Bel Air

        289

        332

        258

        Grant

        151

        171

        207

        Jefferson

        197

        217

        255

        Lincoln/PreK/ECC

        121

        107

        105

        Montessori

        78

        82

        102

        Northern Hills

        142

        128

        0

        Reiche

        0

        0

        0

        Sunny Meadow

        72

        0

        0

        Washington

        211

        212

        237

        Westside

        251

        288

        245

        Winter

        0

        0

        0

        Woodland Park

        238

        257

        225

        Middle School

        591

        606

        554

        Junior High

        564

        586

        600

        Senior High

        925

        905

        1235

        Totals

        3830

        3891

        4023

         

        **Sept. 2010—grade configuration change to K-4, 5-6, 7-8 & 9-12

         

         

        v     School had a successful start.  Reconfiguration of grade levels has gone smoothly and schools are settling into a schedule.

         

        v      I had my initial visits with Title I Reading, school nurses, and ELL staff.  We discussed schedules, student numbers, and initial needs.  Plans are that Title I Reading teachers and ELL staff will be forming their own PLC groups for this year and I will continue to meet with the Student Health and Nurses on a regular monthly basis.

         

        v     For your information, the Norfolk Community Health Care Clinic (NCHCC) was of great assistance to the district this past August.  We had many students who needed immunization updates and physicals in order to start school on time and the clinic helped us out immensely.

         

        v     Norfolk Public Schools is a corporate sponsor for the 2010 Norfolk PATCH Fair.  The fair is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th.  This has been a great opportunity for the school to build relationships with the business district and other community members.

         

        v     Our ALICAP (All Lines Interlocal Cooperative Aggregate Pool) Safety representative will be in the district later this month.  He will be reviewing our workers compensation figures, visiting with our district’s Safety Committee as well as visiting with our district’s transportation department.  I will keep you posted regarding any necessary update requirements.

         

        10.5. Finance Committee Report
        Rationale:  Finance Committee:

        1.  Reviewed the Bills for EOY August claims and the September bill list.
        2.  Reviewed the Summary of Funds Report
        3.  Reviewed the proposed 2010-2011 Budget and Tax Request as proposed at the Budget Hearing and Tax Request Hearing.

        10.6. Activities Committee Report
        11. Action Items
        11.1. Adopt Budget for 2010-2011
        Rationale:  Recommend approval of District Budgets for 2010-2011 as published in the Norfolk Daily News on Friday, September 3, 2010.
        11.2. Property Tax Resolution for 2010-2011
        11.3. Adoption of District Math Curriculum
        Rationale:  New Mathematics Standards and Action Required -- New state academic standards in the subject area of mathematics were adopted by the State Board of Education on October 8, 2009.  Each school district will need to adopt these standards,  or standards that are the same as, equal to, or more rigorous.  Under 79.760.02, the school district also need to make sure that local standards cover at least the same grade levels as the state standards.  This process will need to be repeated as the State Board adopst new academic content standards in science and social studies by July 2013.

        It is no longer necessary to submit local standards to NDE for review.  When each school districts completes its assurance statement for Rule 10, due November 1, the superintendent will be assuring that the new mathematics standards adopted by the local board are the same as, equal to, or more rigorous than the adopted state standards.
        11.4. Resolution Regarding City of Norfolk Recreation Upgrades
        12. Future Meetings
        13. Adjournment
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