Public Meeting Agenda: January 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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January 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

January 9, 2012 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:  December 10, 2011 - Board Work Session Minutes

              December 12, 2011 - 4:30 Study Session Meeting Minutes

              December 12, 2011 - 7:30 Regular Session Meeting Minutes
              5.2. Personnel
              5.2.1. Resignations
              Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to accept the resignation of Morgan Oliver, effective at the end of the 2011-2012 contract year. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
              5.3. Policy

              5.3.1. Second Reading (Adopt)of the Enrollment - Kindergarten Age Policy No. 501.1
              5.4. NJUMP Interlocal Agreement Resolution
              Rationale:  WHEREAS, participant has previously entered into an Interlocal agreement with other public entities to form and participate in the Nebraska Joint Utilities Management Program (otherwise referred to as NJUMP) as authorized by the Interlocal Cooperation Act, Neb Stat. 13-801 and

              WHEREAS, participant is allowed to participate in said cooperative undertakings; and

              WHEREAS, the current Interlocal agreement will automatically renew July 1, 2012, and 

              NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the governing board hereby:
              1. Declares the board will continue participation in NJUMP and hereby accepts the Participation Agreement which is attached to this resolution and which renews and amends the original Interlocal agreement.
              After motion made by _____________________________ and seconded by _______________________, the following members voted by roll call vote in favor of passage and adoption of the said Resolution:

              The following members voted against the same:

              The following members voted absent or not voting:

              PASSED AND APPROVED this 9th day of January, 2012.

              5.5. Claims
              6. Award for Excellence
              Rationale:  Mark Nathan - Carpenter, Sports Fields, Bus Driver, Maintenance
              7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
              Rationale:  "The Morning Meeting" will be presented by the Jefferson third grade students of Ms. Roggatz and Ms. Wolff. 

              The students are:

              Logan Acklie
              Gavin Flyinghawk
              Ella Smith
              8. Reports and Discussion Items
              8.1. Superintendent's Report
              Rationale:  Update Principal Search
              8.2. Financial Report
              The Bills for January, 2012 as approved in the consent agenda are as follows: 

              • General Fund = $342,930.01
              • Cooperative Fund = $2,616.37
              • Lunch Fund = $71,118.69
              • Special Building Fund = $3,397.47

              NJUMP:  The NJUMP Interlocal Agreement is provided to schools through the Nebraska Association of School Boards.  This interlocal is meant to provide a level of prices certainty for our natural gas purchases.  This interlocal began in the 2004-2005 school year and we have continued it successfully since then.  Last year our natural gas price was .65 cents per therm.  The price per therm this year is .65 cents.  Besides the fact that NJUMP has been among the lowest prices per therm, this allows for a higher level of budget certainty than we could achieve on our own.     

              The District's NCLB application for the 2011-2012 year has been approved.  We will now begin to request reimbursement for the past four months of expenditures.  Generally we have this approval in early Fall. 

              We have also submitted our SPED IDEA application.  This is a new process which aligns closely to the NCLB application process.  In the past, we have not had to request reimbursement for these dollars.  IDEA (Individuals with Disability Education Act) dollars are meant to help pay for the cost of operation of the District's SPED program along with the 48% reimbursement received from the state.  The total SPED IDEA grant amount for the 2011-2012 fiscal year is $961,414.00.  The District's spends over $6 million for Special Education.

              8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports

              Spring Assessment Schedule


              January 23 – February 10                 NeSA-Writing (4, 8, 11)

              February 13 – March 23                   English Language Development Assessment (ELDA)

              February 27 – March 23                   MAP Test (3-8, 10)

              March 26 – May 4                              NeSA-Reading, Math, & Science (3-8, 11)

              April 30 – May 9                                DIBELS (K-4)



              Science Class Development


              Due to recent science credit requirement increases, the science department at the high school is in the process of reworking their offerings.  With the implementation of NeSA-Science at the 11th grade, and the Rule 10 requirement that this year’s freshman achieve 30 science credits to graduate, some fairly significant discussions are taking place.  As a result of these discussions, all students will continue to be required to take science as a freshman (physical/earth science) and as a sophomore (biology).  In addition, a third year will also be required which student will have a variety of offerings to choose from that include Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Chem, AP Physics, Medical Terminology, and a new offering that is in development. 

              8.4. Student Services Report
              • Rasmussen Mechanical was able to complete the glycol replacement at Norfolk Middle School over the Holiday break.  The system is up and running smoothly at this time.  We will now turn our focus to HVAC replacements.


              • NPS is looking for additional bus drivers and custodians, so an ad will be placed in the Norfolk Daily News.


              • Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held February 6-9, 2012.  Parents should be looking for information from their child’s school regarding conference times.


              8.5. Finance Committee Report
              8.6. Activities Committee Report
              Rationale:  The committee will meet again later in January.
              9. Action Items
              9.1. Election of Officers
              Rationale:  The board will elect a President and Vice-President for the 2012 calendar year. 

              Nominations for office do not require a motion or a second, only a nomination.  After nominations are complete, the vote will be taken.  The vote may be taken by roll call or by ballot, however, the total votes the nominated individuals receive must be recorded.
              9.2. Board Appointments
              Rationale:  These responsibilities have been appointed positions that serve the board of education.
              Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the following appointments for the 2012 calendar year: 1) Marlene Uhing, Secretary; 2) Vicky Schwartz, Treasurer; 3) Bob Hastings, Parliamentarian. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
              10. Future Meetings
              Rationale:  The second meeting of the month will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Central Office board room.

              The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2012. The study session will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the central office board room and the regular business meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the city council chambers.

              11. Adjournment
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