Public Meeting Agenda: November 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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November 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

November 8, 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. 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. Policy
        5.2.1. First Reading of Policy No. 405.6 Professional Growth Policy
        Rationale: 

        Policy 405.6 aligns policy with administrative regulations developed by the board and professional growth committee.

        5.2.2. First Reading of Policy 603.3 Contracting for Services
        Rationale:  In regard to 603.3 LB 403 states:Every contract between a public employer and public contractor shall contain a provision requiring the public contractor to use a federal immigration verification system to determine the work eligibility status of new employees physically performing services within the State of Nebraska.
        5.2.3. First Reading of Policy No. 606.2 Public Access to School Records - Examination, Making Memoranda, and Copying
        Rationale:  Policy 606.2 specifies in policy criteria to assist in meeting requests for public records.
        5.3. Personnel
        5.4. 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: 

        The Board has approved payment of General Fund bills for November totaling $407,918.12.   Bond fund payments due in December are $1,487,321.25 for regular bonds and  $382,778.75 for Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking bonds.  The bond payments will be held and mailed prior to the payment due date. Special Building Fund bills were approved for payment totaling $108,234.30.  The Annual Financial Report was due November 1st and the District Audit Report was due November 5th.  Both reports were filed on time. 

        The Audit report will be emailed to Board members sometime next week and on the agenda for their approval at the December meeting.  The audit went well and there were no findings. 

        The District will be requesting  proposals for District Property and Casualty Insurance coverage and also for the District audit services.  The ads for Requests for Proposals will be published in the Norfolk Daily News on Wednesday, November 10th.  Bids will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8th. 

        Business services personnel will begin requesting reimbursement for the first quarter expenditures for NCLB grants and any additional ARRA grants that may have had activity.  We are currently working on requesting reimbursement for the ARRA dollars due to the renovation of SPED classrooms at the high school and Lincoln Elementary.

        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Rationale: 

        Assessment / Curriculum

         

        Science Curriculum Development

         

        The State Board of Education recently adopted a newly developed set of science standards.  This then will lead to our district entering into the curriculum revision process for science.  The science standards adopted by the state are a bit different than those adopted for language arts and mathematics.  The primary difference is that the science standards have been developed in grade bands instead of for grade levels.  The grade bands that have been defined by the state are K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  This will require us to more specifically define the standards and apply concepts and objectives contained within the standards to the grade level we feel is most appropriate.  Creating this break-down becomes a bit more complicated due to the upcoming NeSA-Science test that will be administered.  Until we are sure which standards will be addressed by NeSA-Science, it is difficult to determine where to place concepts.  We hope to begin our curriculum development during either December or January and will use the talents and expertise of our science teachers throughout the district to guide us through this process.

         

        Professional Development

         

        Friday NET/PLC Meeting Update

         

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

        ·         October 22nd—No School for Staff or Students

        ·         October 29th— Elementary teachers met as grade-level teams.  Team norms were reviewed and groups began to work on the PLC question #1, “What do we want our students to learn?”  District department PLC meetings were held with PE, music, art, and media.  Junior High and High School staff members had building-level meetings.

        ·         November 5th— Building NET/PLC sessions were held.

        8.4. Student Services Report
        Rationale: 

           

        School

        Fall 2008

        Fall 2009

        Fall 2010

        Bel Air

        99.6%

        98.7%

        100%

        Grant

        99.6%

        100%

        97%

        Jefferson

        99.0%

        99.5%

        99%

        Lincoln

        97.5%

        98%

        100%

        Montessori

        100%

        100%

        With LN

        Washington

        96.6 %

        97.1%

        98.3%

        Westside

        97.4%

        93%

        95.3%

        Woodland Park

        99.6%

        98.6%

        99%

        Middle School

        74.2 %

        60%

        92%

        Junior High

        75.5%

        67%

        73%

        Senior High

        80.4%

        72.6%

        71.7%

        Parent/Teacher Conference results from October are noted above.  These are a three year comparison; but remember this year’s results are the first conferences under the new grade level reconfiguration.

        Norfolk Elementary 4th grade students attended a theatrical presentation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on November 1st at Carson Theater.  The production was hosted by the Norfolk Arts Center and was sponsored in part by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment Center.  Norfolk first graders will have the opportunity to see a Children’s Theater production on March 31, 2011 entitled “The Berenstein Bears in Family Matters.”

        Winter sport practices have begun so be sure to check your school calendars for upcoming activities and performances.

         

        8.5. Finance Committee Report
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Approval to Release Request for Proposal for Property Casual Insurance
        Rationale:  The district will release a RFP (Request for Proposals) for district property and casualty insurance.
        9.2. Approval to release Request for Proposals for Auditing Services
        Rationale:  The district will release a RFP (Request for Proposals) for district auditing services.
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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