Public Meeting Agenda: May 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Board of Education 2nd Monthly Meeting

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May 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Board of Education 2nd Monthly Meeting Agenda

May 26, 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. Action Items
2.1. Discuss, consider, and take action to approve resignations
Rationale: 

Approve due to extenuating circumstances:

* Kristin Brommer--5th grade at Norfolk Middle School

 

Approval contingent upon finding suitable replacement:

* Gregory Johnston--English at Norfolk Junior High

*  Lee Irvine -- AFS Instructor

 

Board Policy 4110 says:

"It is the intent of the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education to assist an employee in his or her professional growth, professional advancement, and personal needs.  To that end an employee under contract will be granted a release from his or her contract if the request is received on or before April 30. Unless extreme extenuating circumstances apply, a request for release from contract received after April 30 will only be granted after a suitable replacement has been found.  The board of education reserves its right to contact the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission for those certificated personnel who may breach their contract obligations."

2.2. Discuss, consider and take action to approve contracts
Rationale: 

Brianne Marmolejo: Preschool Teacher

Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Unified from Wayne State College

Currently a long term substitute for the Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership at the Norfolk Head Start location.

Tony Siske: Senior High Physical Education

Bachelor of Science: Education and Physical Education at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska

Master of Science: Curriculum and Instruction at Peru State College

Currently a Physical Education Teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Scottsbluff Public Schools

Blake Wockenfuss- Special Education Teacher at the Senior High

Bachelor of Science: Elementary and Special Education K-12 from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska

Currently a student teacher at Waverly Public Schools

 

 

 

2.3. Discuss, consider and take action regarding Elementary Class Sizes
Rationale: 

District recommended class size caps:

Kindergarten:  25 per section

Grades 1-4:  30 per section

Kindergarten enrollment at Jefferson and Woodland Park are both at 53 students.  Jefferson students will be bussed to Westside, so an overflow teacher will not be needed.  However, it is not feasible to bus students from Woodland Park to Westside.  We asked for voluntary transfers, but we have not received any.  I am asking you to approve an overflow kindergarten teacher for WLP--IF we do not receive enough voluntary transfers to keep class sizes below the recommended cap.  (The deadline is tomorrow and we have not received any.)

We also have two third grade classes and one fourth grade class that are approaching the cap.  I will continue to monitor these, but am not recommending overflow classrooms for those grade levels at this point.

Recommended Motion(s):  A motion to approve the hiring of an overflow kindergarten teacher for Woodland Park Elementary School--if we do not receive enough voluntary transfers to keep class sizes below the recommended cap Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
3. Future Meetings
Rationale:  Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13th. The Study Session will begin at 5:30 and will be followed by the Business Meeting at 6:30.  All components of the meeting will be held at the City Chamber Office and are open to the public.
4. Adjournment
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