Public Meeting Agenda: December 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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December 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

December 13, 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
        Rationale:  November 8, 2010 - 4:30 Study Session

        November 8, 2010 - 7:30 Regular Session
        5.2. Personnel
        5.3. Policy
        5.3.1. Second Reading (adoption) of Policy No. 405.6 Professional Growth Policy

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

        5.3.2. Second Reading (adoption) 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.
        5.3.3. Second Reading (adoption) 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.
        5.3.4. Rescind Policy No. 403.1 Retirement
        Rationale:  This policy is outdate, has not been in practice, and is not being used, therefore it should be removed from the policy manual.
        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

        These are challenging times for school districts.  The cost of doing business continues to increase yet our revenue flow seems to be dwindling.   However, the District spending is parallel to the first three months of last year.  If we can continue to spend similar to last year, we will end the year in good shape.  Our federal dollars are less due to the completion of ARRA dollars.  We had minimal carryover of ARRA funds. 

        The first quarter reimbursement requests for NCLB and other grants have been submitted.  We are also working on meeting final requirements for ARRA IDEA funding relative to the Achievement Center, Transition building, Lincoln Elementary and Westside renovation projects.  Once the NDE has given final approval, we will request reimbursement for those monies also.

        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports

        Curriculum & Assessment

        Curriculum Coordinating Council
        The Curriculum Coordinating Council is in the midst of studying and developing homework and grading procedures for the district.  Once completed the procedures will include guidelines for the purpose, amount, design, and grading of homework.  Further updates will be brought to the board as they become available.

        NeSA Tests
        As a result of changes proposed by the Nebraska Department of Education, 11th grade students will begin taking the writing assessment in an online manner beginning with a pilot test later this year.  Along with the new test will come a new set of scoring guidelines that will be more analytical in nature.

        NET Days
        This coming Friday, the all staff will meet together in the Carson Theater for a district-wide update on the progress of the district.  Topics to be discussed include digital conversion and presentations by two groups from the district on their progress during NET meetings.  You are all invited to attend.

        8.4. Student Services Report

        Fall sports are in full swing this month, so please review your Norfolk Public Schools Activity Calendar and select those activities you might want to attend.  This support is very important to our staff and student body.


                    Some important dates to remember:

                                December 22 marks the end of our First Semester

                                Winter Vacation: December 23-January 3, 2011

                                January 4 -Staff Development Activities and Planning

                                January 5- first day of second semester for NPS students


                    Norfolk Public Schools 6th and 8th grades have been selected to participate in the Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Survey.  Participation in this survey is voluntary for the students and the responses are anonymous.  Data will be collected by the University Of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau Of Sociological Research Department.  Data collected are important to funding for the State of Nebraska, but also important to school districts that make various grant applications.  (Sixty to eighty of Nebraska schools were selected to participate.)


                    Test moratorium at Senior High School begins on 12/16 and Final Tests begin on 12/21 and 12/22

                    Fine Arts Holiday Concert will be held on Sunday 12/19 @ 2:00 p.m. at Carson Theatre

                    Norfolk Public Schools activity moratorium will be 12/22-12/26.


        8.5. Finance Committee Report

        The Finance Committee met on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.  The Committee met earlier than usual in order to allow time to adequately review the responses to the District audit and insurance RFPs that were published last month.

        The Finance Committee reviewed the 2009-2010 audit report and is recommending acceptance of the report to the Board. 

        The Finance Committee reviewed the bids for District Property and Casualty Insurance coverage for the 2011 year.  Bids were received from:

        ·         Insurance Associates, Norfolk

        ·         Town & Country Insurance, Norfolk

        ·         Public Risk Management (ALICAP), Omaha

        Action on the District’s property and casualty insurance coverage will be taken later in the agenda.

        The Finance Committee reviewed the bids for District audit services for the fiscal years 2010-2011 through 2014-2015.  Bids were received from:

        ·         Christiansen, Brozek & Faltys, Norfolk

        ·         Kruse, Schumacher, Smejkal & Brockhaus, Columbus/Norfolk

        ·         Morrow, Davies & Toelle, Norfolk

        Action on the District audit services will be taken at the January 10th Board meeting.

        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Personnel
        9.1.1. Approval of Superintendent's Contract
        Recommended Motion(s):  Approval of a two-year contract for the superintendent beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        9.2. Accept District Audit
        Rationale:  The finance committee and board of education have reviewed the district audit.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to accept the district audit for the 2009-2010 school year. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        9.3. Accept Bid for the District Insurance Package
        Rationale:  Last month the board took action to put out a Request for Proposals for district insurance services. The board finance committee has reviewed those submitted bids and is recommending acceptance of the bid from Insurance Associates.
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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