Public Meeting Agenda: October 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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October 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

October 10, 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:  September 12, 2011 - 4:30 Study Session Minutes
        September 12, 2011 - 7:00 Hearing and 7:30 Regular Meeting Minutes
        September 22, 2011 - 12:00 Noon 2nd Meeting of the Month Minutes
        5.2. Personnel
        5.3. Claims
        6. Award for Excellence
        Rationale:  This agenda item will be presented next month.
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        Rationale:  Jennifer Showalter and Junior High Students will present "Digital Technologies".
        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        1. Enrollment
        2. Grant Award
        3. Middle School Award
        8.2. Financial Report

        October 10, 2011

        Financial Report

        Bills for October, 2011:

        General Fund:                         $405,398.10

        Cooperative Fund:                  $    3,787.59

        School Lunch Fund:               $115,186.38

        Depreciation Fund:                 $  20,000.00

        Special Building Fund:           $  30,699.50


        The Special Education Final Financial Reports for the Preschool, Transportation and School Age programs have been submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education for their review.  We have also completed and submitted our LEP (Limited English Proficiency) and Poverty Plans for the 2012-2013 school year. 


        The District accounting software is with Software Unlimited.  The accounting staff  have agreed to be a beta tester for Software Unlimited, Inc.’s School Accounting System SQL version.  Beta testing is the second level of testing normally performed by the end users of the software upgrade and is used to help identify software bugs and anomalies that may occur with real-world use.    Implementation and final testing of the various add-on modules will be completed at a later date (e.g. inventory module).  The beta testing phase will continue through January, 2012. 

        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports

        Curriculum Coordinating Council


        The Curriculum Council has began meeting and is working on finalizing and defining goals for the year.  Areas identified for work during the upcoming year include:

        1. Grading Practices
        2. How We Can Deliver Education Differently/21st Century Skills/Technology
        3. Data—How we can better use the data we have
        4. NeSA—How will we respond a student doesn’t pass the test
        5. Changes in Science Requirements in Rule 10
        8.4. Student Services Report

        v  The state review of NCLB programs was completed on September 28th and we are awaiting a written report pertinent to the review.


        v  Red Ribbon Week is set to kick off activities on Saturday, 22 October.  The main event that day will be the Red Ribbon Run.  Several of our schools are involved in other projects unique to their schools, while some are participating in activities sponsored by our local Elks Club.


        v  October 14—end of First Quarter


        v  October 17-20—Parent/Teacher conferences across the district


        v  Monday, October 17            2:00 p.m. dismissal for K-8 grade students

                                                  4:00-7:00 p.m. Elementary conferences

                                                  4:00-7:00 p.m. Middle School and Jr. High conferences


        v  Tuesday, October 18           2:00 p.m. dismissal for K-4 & 9-12 grade students

                                                  4:00-7:00 p.m. Elementary conferences

                                                  4:00-7:00 p.m. Sr. High conferences


        v  Wednesday, October 19     2:00 p.m. dismissal for K-12 grade students
                                                  4:00-7:00 p.m. Middle School, Jr. High & Sr. High conferences


        v  Thursday, October 20          11:30 a.m. dismissal for K-6 grade students

                                                    1:00-4:00 p.m. Elementary and Middle School conferences



        8.5. Finance Committee Report
        Rationale:  The Finance Committee met at noon today in the Boardroom at Central Office.  Mr. Witte was present to discuss the repairs needed on the roof on the little gym at the High School.  This roof incurred damage in a wind storm in late June.  Bids from Western Roofing Co. and Guarantee Roofing & Sheet Metal were discussed.  Mr. Witte also gave an update to other necessary building maintenance in the District.  He noted that the heat pump at the middle school will need to be updated and/or replaced sometime before next Spring.  He is currently seeking information as to what needs to be done and how much it will cost.  The sale of the house on sixth street was also discussed.

        The committee members reviewed the bills as approved in the consent agenda. 

        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        Rationale:  The committee met on September 26, 2011.
        9. Action Items
        9.1. High School Roof Repair Bid
        Rationale:  The district received 2 bids for the repairs to the roof of the high school little gym.
        1. Guarantee Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, $43,552.00
        2. Western Roofing Company, $55,338.00
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to accept the bid for the roof repair on the High School little gym for ______ (dollars) from _____ (company). Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        10. Future Meetings
        Rationale:  The second monthly meeting of the board is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2011 at noon in the central office board room.

        The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2011. The study session will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the central office board room and the regular business meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

        11. Adjournment
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