Public Meeting Agenda: October 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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October 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

October 8, 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

              September 10, 2012 - 4:30 Study Session Minutes
              September 10, 2012 - 7:30 Regular Session Minutes
              September 27, 2012 - 2nd Meeting of the Month Minutes
              5.2. Personnel
              5.2.1. Contract Approval
              5.2.2. Resignations
              5.3. Claims
              6. Award for Excellence
              Rationale:  Will continue next month.
              7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
              Rationale:  "MS TV News " presentation by Kris Brommer and Middle School students. 
              8. Reports and Discussion Items
              8.1. Superintendent's Report
              Rationale:  1.  Enrollment 2012
              2.  Poverty Enrollment 2012
              8.2. Financial Report
              Rationale:  The bills approved in the consent agenda for the month of September are as follows:

              General fund =$333,418.98; Cooperative Fund =$31,596.84; Lunch Fund =$104,061.71;
              Special Building Fund =$6,135.00; Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund =$20,050.63

              The Finance and Facility Committee reviewed all bills for this consent agenda. Bills unique to this month were also discussed and clarified.
              The district has had its first full month of revenue and expenditures for the 2012-2013 school year.  Staff continue to do a good job monitoring all aspects of our districts finances.
              8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
              Rationale:  Grading Practices Discussions

              Norfolk Public Schools staff has begun the process of studying and discussing the most recent research surrounding grading and reporting practices.  During seven of the district's PLC times, staff across the district plan to dissect and study various aspects of our current grading and reporting practices as well as what things we could do to improve them.  A group of teachers and administrators will also be working in a parallel process to develop a set of uniform  and appropriate practices that will be put into place starting with the 2013-2014 school year.  As a part of this process, we will be reaching out to business leaders, parents, and students for feedback and input on the process.

              A more detailed presentation on the process will be made at the 4:30 meeting in November.  
              8.4. Student Services Report


              • This month 35 staff members from our schools went through AED/CPR training. This annual training is necessary since all of our schools need to maintain a core Emergency Response Team as a part of our Asthma/Anaphylaxis Protocol.
              • October 24th our Norfolk Public School 4th graders will be attending the 9:30 a.m. theatrical performance of “Bunnicula.” The play will be held at Johnny Carson Theartre. The production is sponsored in part by a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council & Cultural Endowment with support from our Norfolk Arts Center.
              • October 25-27 at 7:00 p.m., Norfolk Senior High will present the musical, "Grease!"  Don't miss it!
              • October 15-18th will be Parent/Teacher Conferences for the Norfolk Public Schools. The schedule for these conferences is as follows:

                              Monday 15th - K-12 Students dismissed at 2:00 p.m.
                              (K-8 P/T Conferences, 4:00-7:00 p.m.)

                               Tuesday 16th - K-12 Students dismissed at 2:00 p.m.
                              (K-4 and 9-12 P/T Conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.)

                               Wednesday 17th - K-12 Students dismissed at 2:00 p.m.
                              (5-12 P/T Conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.)

                               Thursday 18th - K-12 Students dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
                              (K-12 P/T Conferences 1:00-4:00 p.m.)

                               Friday 19th - K-12 Students and Staff - No School

              October 20-26th - Red Ribbon Week


              8.5. Facilities & Finance Committee Report
              Rationale:  The Finance and Facility Committee met at 12:00 noon today at the Central office Board Room.  The committee received facilities updates from Mr. Witte concerning roof projects, development of property at 606 South 6th street , HVAC at Washington school, and the completion of the High School locker project.  Mr. Robinson reviewed monthly expenditures for approval,  and updated the committee on the progress that was being made for renewing the districts insurance policy.  Next meeting will be Nov. 12th at 12:00 noon
              8.6. Activities Committee Report
              9. Action Items
              10. Future Meetings
              The second monthly meeting of the board is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2012 at noon in the Central Office Board Room. 

              The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, November 12, 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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