Public Meeting Agenda: March 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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March 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

March 14, 2011 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:  February 14, 2011 - 4:30 Study Session
        February 14, 2011 - 7:30 Regular Session
        February 24, 2011 - 2nd Meeting of the Month
        5.2. Personnel
        5.2.1. Resignations
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to accept the resignation of Dennis Miller and Sally Stevens effective at the end of the 2010-2011 contract year. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        5.3. Option Enrollment
        5.4. Nebraska Association of School Boards Membership
        5.5. Claims
        6. Recognize Norfolk Public School's Resource Officer
        Rationale:  The district award will continue next month.
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        8.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  Total bills for March are as follows:

        General Fund - $325,703.12
        Cooperative Fund - $2,469.86
        Lunch Fund - $77,220,83

        We have received the reimbursement for our IDEA ARRA dollars relative to the renovations at the High School and Lincoln and Westside elementaries. 

        We continue to work on holding down our expenditure and monitoring our cash flow.  Along with this, we are working on budget projections for the 2011-2012 budget.  As we will not know our state aid until July, it is difficult to pinpoint dollars amounts at this time. 
        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports


        Assessment / Curriculum

        NeSA-Writing Assessment

        The district is preparing to take part in NeSA Reading, Mathematics, and Science starting March 28. Training will occur later this week. These assessments will primarly take place on-line. Raw score results will be available immediately after the test, but overall results will not be available until the fall. No results will be provided for science as it is in the pilot phase.

        8.4. Student Services Report




        Ø    On March 31 Norfolk Public first graders will be attending a play at Carson Theatre entitled “The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters.”  This is another opportunity to work through our Norfolk Arts Center to bring a quality theater presentation to our school-age youth.  These presentations have also been well attended by other Northeast Nebraska schools.


        Ø    Be sure to review the many school activities that are listed on the school web page.  Club sports in girls BB and softball have begun and baseball practice has started as well.  Spring track practices are on the horizon.


        Ø    2011-2012 Student Fee information is being collected at this time.  Suggested revisions will be discussed by the administration and their recommendations will come to the Board of Education hopefully at the May meeting.


        Ø    English Language Developmental Assessments (ELDA) will be completed by 1 April and sent in for scoring purposes.  This is an assessment that is taken by our LEP/ELL students that measures their progress in the acquisition of English in their academic skill areas.  These results are usually returned to us in the summer to assist us with instructional plans in the fall.



        8.5. Finance Committee Report
        Rationale:  The Finance Committee used this meeting to review and discuss proposed reductions relative to the 2011-2012 budget year.  Further discussion would be heard at the Business meeting at 4:30 today.
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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