Public Meeting Agenda: July 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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July 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

July 16, 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:  Minutes:

              June 11, 2012 - 4:30 Study Session Meeting Minutes

              June 11, 2012 - 7:30 Regular Session Meeting Minutes

              June 28, 2012 - 2nd Meeting of the Month Meeting Minutes

              July 9, 2012 - Board Retreat

              5.2. Personnel
              5.2.1. Contract Approval
              5.2.2. Resignations
              5.3. Signature Approval for Federal Programs & Grants
              Rationale:  Recommend approval of the signature of the Associate Superintendent for Student Services for all Federal Grants and Programs and the signature of the Director of Business Services for the Federal Lunch Program for the 2012-2013 school year.
              5.4. Claims
              6. Award for Excellence

              This item will resume when school reconvenes in the fall.

              7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best

              This item will resume when school reconvenes in the fall.

              8. Reports and Discussion Items
              8.1. Superintendent's Report
              Rationale:  1. School Resource Officer

              2. Graduation Credit Policy 

              3. High School Principal -- Mr. James Lake

              4. NCEA "LOCAL FIRST NORFOLK - Strong Schools....Strong Communities....Strong Economy"
              8.2. Financial Report
              Rationale:  The bills approved in the consent agenda for the month of July are as follows:  

              General fund =$315,188.34; Cooperative Fund =$6,711.95; Nutrition Services Fund =$7,240.11; Bond Fund =$524.00; Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund =$524.00; Depreciation Fund =$378,577.68; Employee Benefit Fund =$3,001.00.

              The Finance and Facility Committee reviewed all bills for this consent agenda.  Bills unique to this month were also discussed and clarified. 

              Work continues on the 2012-2013 budget.  I am currently in the process in reviewing all the information that Ms. Schwartz had started prior to leaving.  Final tax figures will be certified on August 20th, once I received those final numbers I will be close to completing the final draft of the 12-13 budget.

              8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports

              Opening Schedule for Staff

              • July 30, 2012—10 month principals and secretaries begin work for the 2012-2013 school year
              • August 9, 2012—new teaching staff begin work
                • 11:45—New Instructional Staff/Board of Education Luncheon @ Norfolk Middle School
              • August 13—veteran teaching staff returns to work
                • 8:00—all staff meeting
                • 9:30—various meetings throughout the district
              • August 16—first day of school for students in most grades


              District technology staff are busy installing some technology updates throughout the district.  Every computer in the districtis being “touched” for one reason or another. Many are being moved to be used for a new purpose and several are being replaced.  As a part of the update, the district is moving to the Windows 7 OS, a new, faster switch is being installed at the high school, and other improvements are being made.  While it will be close, we are confident that all updates will be completed by the beginning of the school year.

              Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, NPS will be offering wireless access to the internet to students in grades 5-12. This will allow students to more fully utilize district-owned devices as well as student-owned machines. Administrators have been working to develop guidelines for this use and have put together a user’s guide that will be given to families before access is opened up.  

              8.4. Student Services Report
              • Norfolk Senior High Summer School sessions came to a close on Thursday, July 12th. Students and staff now have a short break before school reconvenes on August 16th.
              • Progress is being made on many of our summer projects. Some concrete work still needs to be completed. However, we are now working to get our buildings and property ready for the start of school.
              • All Norfolk Public Elementary Schools had student art work displayed at the Madison County Fair this past week. Elementary Art Teachers, Connie Bennett and Bianca Ramirez, had a great selection of student work from many different art mediums on display.
              • TeamMates of Norfolk has two new coordinators to start the 2012-2013 school year. Susan Buss and Morgan Cleveland will be sharing the duties for our program. They will be receiving training from the state TeamMates Mentoring Program organization later this month in Kearney and then will work orienting themselves with Norfolk’s program.
              8.5. Facilities & Finance Committee Report
              Rationale:  The Finance and Facilities committee met at 12:00 p.m. today to discuss the following:

              1. Upcoming dates in August and September concerning the 2012-2013 budget process

              2. Reviewed all facility work that has been going on over the summer and the progress on those projects.

              3. As stated in my earlier report, the committee reviewed all expenditures that are on the consent agenda

              The committee will next meet on August 13th at 12:00 p.m.

              8.6. Activities Committee Report

              The Activities Committee will resume meeting in September.

              9. Action Items
              9.1. Interlocal Agreement for School Resource Officer
              Rationale:  This is an addendum to renew the contract with the city for a school resource officer. This addendum will allow the agreement to automatically renew each year unless action is taken by the city or the school district to terminate or change the agreement. In addition, it changes the assignment of the SRO to the  high school.
              9.2. Second Reading (Approval) of amended Policy No. 504.1 Graduation Requirements

              This addresses the necessary changes due to an increase in science credits for graduation from the Nebraska Department of Education.

              10. Future Meetings

              There will not be a second monthly meeting of the board of education in July.

              The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, August 13, 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. in the City Council Chambers.

              11. Adjournment
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