Public Meeting Agenda: September 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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September 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

September 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Budget Hearing -- 7:00 P.M.
Welcome to the Budget Hearing for the 2012-2013 school year. The purpose of this hearing is to give taxpayers the opportunity to provide support, opposition, criticism, or suggestions and observations regarding the budget.
The Director of Business Services will review budget items 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.   

2. Tax Request Hearing - Immediately Following Budget Hearing
Welcome to the Tax Request Hearing for the 2012-2013 school year. The purpose of this hearing is to give taxpayers the opportunity to provide support, opposition, criticism, or suggestions and observations regarding the proposed tax request.
The Director of Business Services will review the tax requests and the board will provide the opportunity for public input. The regular business meeting of the board will begin at the close of this hearing.
3. Call to Order - Immediately Following Tax Request Hearing
3.1. Roll Call
Rationale:  If any board member is absent, there will need to be a  motion to excuse the absence.
4. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
5. 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.






































        6. Welcome, Public Comments, Communication
        7. 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.
        7.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        Rationale:  Minutes

        August 13, 2012 - 4:30 Study Session

        August 13, 2012 - 7:30 Regular Session

        August 23, 2012 - 2nd Meeting of the Month
        7.2. Personnel
        7.2.1. Approval of Teaching Contracts

        Approval of teaching contract for the 2012-2013 school year for:

        1.   Taysha Schold, Westside and Washington Elementary Schools, ELL/READ    

        7.3. Claims
        8. Award for Excellence
        Rationale:  Kathie Sovereign, Special Education paraprofessional, Norfolk High School
        9. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        Bringing Writing to Life in the 21st Century

        Fourth grade students from Mrs. Priebe's and Mrs. Olmer's fourth classes will present a "newscast" on Jefferson - Celebrating 80 Years!  Students are Griffin Saunders, Ashley Sanne, Jagger Spiering and Amanda Brasch. 

        10. Reports and Discussion Items
        10.1. Superintendent's Report
        Rationale:  1. Report on budget outlook.
        10.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  September Bills:

        GENERAL FUND:                                                       $290,993.74
        COOPERATIVE FUND:                                                   $5,255.33
        LUNCH FUND:                                                           $128,445.98
        SPECIAL BUILDING FUND:                                          $92,958.50


        GENERAL FUND:                                                       $749,743.55

        Final Financial request in all IDEA, and Title programs that are due have been submitted for 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Some additional final request will be submitted yet this month and in October.  The fiscal year for those grants ends in October.  

        Auditors will start the annual audit process tomorrow Sept. 11th and will be in the District for at least the next two weeks.  Morrow, Davies, and Toelle will be in charge of the audit.  Payroll has been working extremely hard at getting pay issues finalized for the  2012-2013 fiscal year.  The first payroll for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is Sept. 18th

        We are closing out the 2011-2012 year in good shape. Principals and Administrators, along with all District staff, have done a great job in prioritizing their needs and monitoring spending. The 2012-2013 budget continues to reflect a fiscally conservative but yet educationally sound approach.  Our district should be able to maintain all essential educational needs of the district while still moving forward in educating all students for the 21st century.

        10.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        1. Nebraska State Accountability Results
        2. ACT Results
        10.4. Student Services Report

        - Fall activities have started. I hope you are able to view these activities on our NPS Website and attend as many as you are able.

        - August and early September weather has allowed us to complete many of our concrete projects across the district. Work at Woodland Park, Senior High and Middle School were completed over the last couple of weeks.

        - Mid-quarter reports will be sent home with all K-4 Students on Friday 14 September.

        - Our Central maintenance staff is finishing up some of our summer projects with regard to HVAC and building maintenance. The unseasonably warm summer, as well as the hot weather to start the school year, has kept them all "real busy" addressing the needs in our school buildings.

        10.5. Facilities & Finance Committee Report

        The Finance Committee met on Thursday Sept. 6th at 12:00 noon and also on Monday Sept. 10th at 12:00 noon.  All members of the committee were present for both meetings.
        The committee spent the entire time on Sept. 6th reviewing all aspects of the 2012-2013 budget.  Details of the General Fund and Bond Fund were presented and examined by all committee members as well as details of the proposed tax levy.  The committee had time to review all information prior to the meeting and time to ask question both during after the meeting on Sept. 6th.   
        During the Sept. 10th meeting the committee members reviewed the final bill list for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The September bills were also reviewed.




        10.6. Activities Committee Report
        Rationale:  The Activities Committee will not meet until the end of September.
        11. Action Items
        11.1. Adopt Budget for 2012-2013
        Recommend approval of District Budgets for 2012-2013 as published in the Norfolk Daily News on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
        11.2. Property Tax Resolution for 2012-2013
        Recommend approval of the District Tax Request Resolution as read and published in the Norfolk Daily News on September 4, 2012.


        11.3. Approval of Negotiated Agreement for 2012-2013
        Rationale:  This agreement between the NPS Board of Education and the Norfolk City Education Association is for a $200 increase on the base salary and equal to a 3.02% increase in the total compensation package.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the negotiated agreement for 2012-2013. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        11.4. Swimming Cooperative

                                        Resolution Approving Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement

        WHEREAS, a proposed agreement has been negotiated and drafted regarding the cooperative sponsorship of a joint high school Boys' and Girls' Swimming program. 

        WHEREAS, a copy of the proposed draft is attached and Incorporated by reference.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of School District No. 59-0002, as follows:

        1. That the attached Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement do and hereby is approved.
        2. That the chairman and clerk are hereby authorized to execute the attached Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement and to make the required application to the Board of Directors of the Nebraska School Activities Association; and
        3. That this resolution shall be effective only upon the adoption of a similar resolution by the Governing Board or School Board of the cooperating school(s) or school district(s).
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to introduce the resolution and move for its adoption Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        11.5. Approval and Adoption of Post-Issuance Tax Compliance Procedures.
        Rationale:  This action is to ensure that the District satisfies all applicable post-issuance requirements of federal income tax law needed to preserve the tax status of the District’s tax-exempt bonds.
        12. Future Meetings
        The second monthly meeting of the board is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2012 at noon in the Central Office Board Room.

        The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, October 8, 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.
        13. Adjournment
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