Public Meeting Agenda: March 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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March 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

March 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Budget Hearing -- 7:15 P.M.
Rationale: 

Welcome to the Budget Hearing to amend the school budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The purpose of this hearing is to give taxpayers the opportunity to discuss, consider, and receive input regarding the proposed amended budget.

Ms. Schwartz will review it and the board will provide an opportunity for public comment. The adoption of the budget will take place by a vote during the board meeting and not at the hearing.   

This is approval for the Norfolk Public Schools current year budget (2011-2012). The budget amendment will increase the General Fund Budget of Expenditures and Revenues. No other district funds will change. This action will protect the District’s budget growth in the event that unforeseen additional dollars become available.

  • This action will not increase taxes or change the tax levy amount.
  • This action will not increase district spending. The district is continuing to restrict spending as much as possible to help address the state aid reductions.
  • The amended budget will provide the District with a broader base to apply the state’s revised spending lid formula.
  • This action protects the budget authority of the district.
2. Call to Order
2.1. Roll Call
Rationale:  If any board member is absent, there will need to be a  motion to excuse the absence.
3. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
4. Vision/Mission/Strategic Goals of the Norfolk Public School District
Rationale:   

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.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         

         

         

         

         

         

        5. Welcome, Public Comments, Communication
        6. 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.
        6.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        Rationale: 
        Minutes

        February 12, 2012 - 4:30 Study Session Meting Minutes
        February 12, 2012 - 7;30 Regular Meeting Meeting
        February 23, 2012 - 2nd Meeting of the Month
        6.2. Personnel
        6.2.1. Approval of Teaching Contracts
        Rationale:  Contract approval for Alyssa Hayse - Middle School Music. this is a replacment position for an earlier resignation.

        Recommended Motion(s):  Approve contract for Alyssa Hayse. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        6.2.2. Resignations
        Rationale:  Recommend approval of the retirement resignation of:
        1. Angie Zach, Autism/BD instructor at the high school, effective at the end of the 2011-2012 contract year.


        6.3. Nebraska Association of School Boards Membership
        6.4. Claims
        7. Apple Distinguished Program Award
        Rationale:  Mark Billington, Apple representative, will be present to award the Distinguished Program Award to Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education.
        8. Award for Excellence
        Rationale: 
        Jeff Mrsny, Junior High history teacher
        9. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        Rationale: 
        Jan Dyer and 4th grade Student Council members will present "Woodland Park Way."
        10. Reports and Discussion Items
        10.1. Superintendent's Report
        Rationale:  Items from study session.
        10.2. Financial Report
        Rationale: 

        Bills for the month of March, 2012:

         

        General Fund:.................... $300,327.89

        Cooperative Fund:................. $6,937.45

        Lunch Fund:......................... $93,966.65

        Special Building Fund:........... $28,586.00

        10.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Rationale: 

        High School AdvancedEd Accreditation Visitation

        Norfolk High School will be hosting an external team on March 19 and 20 as the final steps in completing the AdvancedEd (formerly NCA) accreditation process.  The team will be chaired by Dr. Larry Dlugosh from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  The team is made up of administrators and ESU personnel throughout Nebraska.  They will be studying the school’s improvement processes that have been centered around AdvancedEd’s seven standards.  Further reports will be delivered upon the completion of the visit and receipt of the external team’s report.

        10.4. Student Services Report
        Rationale: 

         

        • Spring Parent/Teacher Conference Attendance  

        School

        Spring, 2009

        Spring, 2010

        Spring
        2011

        Spring 2012

        Bel Air Elementary

        98.2%

        99.4%

        98.0%

        99.2%

        Grant Elementary

        100%

        100%

        99.5%

        96.5%

        Jefferson Elementary

        99.5%

        100%

        97.0%

        98%

        Lincoln Elementary

        96%

        98.2%

        100%

        100%

        Washington Elementary

        94.1%

        92.9%

        99.2%

        97.2%

        Westside Elementary

        98.5%

        91.8%

        97.3%

        93.9%

        Woodland Park Elementary

        98%

        99.6%

        99.0%

        99%

        Norfolk Middle School

        50%

        65.6%

        80.5%

        78.7%

        Norfolk Junior High

        68%

        62.0%

        66.0%

        66%

        Norfolk Senior High

        64.4%

        65.8%

        69.6%

        63.7%

         -          I have attached the February Parent/Teacher Conference results for our schools for your perusal.

        -          Summer maintenance items have been received from all the schools and Central Maintenance.  Next week priorities will be established and funds allocated for their completion.

        -          Spring activities practices have begun for: Speech and Debate, Track and Field, Soccer, Baseball and Tennis.

        -          Central Maintenance is busy preparing practice fields and areas for our spring activities and readying all of our lawn equipment, as that season will soon be upon us.

        -          United Way funding applications have been completed for the Student Health Fund Council and TeamMates of Norfolk.

         

        10.5. Facilities & Finance Committee Report
        Rationale: 

        The Facilities & Finance Committee met today at noon at the Central Office board room.  Committee members present were:  Clark Froehlich, Bruce Mitchell and Alfredo Ramirez.  Also present were:  Dr. Uhing, Doug Witte, Vicky Schwartz, Teri Medelman, Remax Agent, Bill Beevers and Jay Spearman, Ameritas.

        Facilities update:

        1)  Completion of the HVAC revamping at the Middle School
        2)  Reroofing project at Senior High School

        Financial update:

        1)  Review of the status of the sale of Northern Hills Elementary by Teri Medelman.
        2)  Presentation of the process for accessing QCPUF bonds to be used for several maintenance and upgrade projects in the District.  Several roofing projects need to be addressed in the next couple of years.  Administrators will bring more information regarding improvement projects to the board before further discussion takes place.

        There were no questions on the March bills as approved in the consent agenda.
        10.6. Activities Committee Report
        Rationale: 
        1. Updates on the winter sports seasons.
          • Girls BB Team Records: 9th grade 7-9; Rerserves 10-2; JV 9-12; Varsity 7-17

          • Boys BB Team Records: 9th grade 13-5; Reserves 10-5; Varsity 23-1, conference champions, will participate iin State BB Tourney

          • Wrestling: 6 qualified for state, one 4th place finish; varsity record 53-52

          • Swim/Dive: Girls and Boys Conference Champions

        2. Spring Sports - approximately 60 for baseball and 60 for soccer.
        3. Bruce Strong reported that the overall numbers in junior high sports have been down the past two years. 
        4. Memorial Field for football  -- Dennis reported that he has been working with the parochial schools on a schedule for using Memorial Field for football games.  There will be several times when we will be playing on Thursday evening instead of Friday evening.
        5. Coop Policy -- review of the current coop policy. 
        6. Coaching Vacancies -- working to fill some coaching vacancies for next year.

        Next Activities Committee Meeting – March 26, 2012 – 12:00 at CO.

        11. Action Items
        11.1. Amend 2011-2012 Budget
        Rationale: 

        We are requesting approval of the amendment to the Norfolk Public Schools current year budget (2011-2012). The budget amendment will increase the General Fund Budget of Expenditures and Revenues. No other district funds will change. This action will protect the District’s budget growth in the event that unforeseen additional dollars become available.

        • This action will not increase taxes or change the tax levy amount.
        • This action will not increase district spending. The district is continuing to restrict spending as much as possible to help address the state aid reductions.
        • The amended budget will address the receipt of Federal Education Jobs funds.
        • The amended budget will provide the District with a broader base to apply the state’s revised spending lid formula.
        • This action protects the budget authority of the district.
        11.2. Technology Bond Resolution
        Rationale:  This resolution expresses the District's intent to consider accessing a joint project with other educational entities (schools or ESUs) as a Nebraska Technology Cooperative.

        The NPS Board of Education would determine at an upcoming meeting whether it would be appropriate to issue general obligation bonds of up to $100,000 for the project once all the terms and conditions are completed.
        12. Future Meetings
        Rationale:  The second meeting of the month will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Central Office Board Room.

        The next meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2012. 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. at the City Council Chambers.

        13. Adjournment
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