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


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

November 12, 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
        4.1. Visitor's Bureau Presentation
        Rationale:  Mrs. Kwapnioski, representing the Visitor's Bureau, will be presenting a check to the Norfolk Public School District for $15,000. This money will be used to assist with upgrades to Johnny Carson Theatre. 
        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
        5.2. Personnel
        5.2.1. Contract Approval
        5.2.2. Resignations
        5.3. Claims
        6. Award for Excellence
        Rationale:  Becky Lechner, Media Specialist, Junior High School
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        Rationale:  Challenge Program - iMovie

        Instructor:  Amy Casey

        Washington Students Presenting: 

        3rd Grade:  Adrian Romero

        4th Grade:  Jordy Benitez, Michael Hennessey, Riley Moler

        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        8.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  The total amount of bills approved in the consent agenda for the month of October by specific fund are as follows:

        General Fund=$330,882.65; Cooperative Fund=$10,127.51; Lunch Fund=$130,765.50; Special Building Fund=$3,376.50; Student Fee Fund=$10,317.04; Employee Benefit Fund=$1,594.00

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

        Our receipts and expenditures have been somewhat consistent over the past few months.  We continue to have adequate cash flow in all of our funds while keeping up with essential needs of our staff and students.  I will be submitting for our first reimbursements of Grant and Title funds in the next few weeks and expect to receive final allocations of IDEA dollars sometime in December.
        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Rationale:  State Reporting

        Later this month, the Nebraska Department of Education will release the State of the Schools Report.  Contained within this report will be information about NeSA and ACT testing that has previously been released along with other information including demographic information, Adequate Yearly Progress, and a new accountability system created by the NDE called NePAS (Nebraska State Accountability System).  NePAS will rank schools across the state on various measures related to NeSA testing including average scale scores, growth, and improvement.  Additionally, reports of four-year graduation rates will be ranked as well.  

        Once the State of the Schools report is released publicly, the district will be better able to comment on our results.  However, as is generally the case with the State of the Schools report, new data will not be released with this report.  Teachers and administrators are already working diligently with the information that is available to make the necessary changes and improvements to instruction.  

        The release of this report will again show that that academic performance of Norfolk Public Schools students continues to improve.  Our district some some significant improvement in the areas of reading and math and will expect to see the growth continue over the coming school years.  

        Until all students coming through our district achieve proficiency and better, we will not be satisfied with our performance.  Rankings, AYP results, and other accountability measures put forth by state and federal officials will not change that.  We will continue to make the necessary improvements to meet the need of all of our students.  
        8.4. Student Services Report
        • Parent/Teacher Conference Attendance


          Fall 2010 

        Fall 2011

        Fall 2012

        Bel Air
























        Woodland Park




        Middle School




        Junior High




        Senior High





        • Norfolk Public School’s annual safety inspection was conducted on November 6, 7, & 8 by Dave Lutt from Wayne. We await his final report.
        • Norfolk’s School Nurses—Blair Brink, Cindy, Fox, Cori Pena, and Diane Schilling--will be completing the annual student health screenings by the end of November. Norfolk’s Immunization Summary, detailing the status of all students’ immunization compliance, has been compiled by the nurses and submitted to the Nebraska Health & Human Services Dept.
        • Mid-2nd quarter progress reports for elementary students will be sent home on November 16. 

        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 updates from Scott Williams who handles the districts insurance coverage on a couple of different options to consider for 2013 calendar year.  Our current carrier (Indiana Insurance) is no longer covering school districts in Nebraska.  All committee members had a chance to review the information from Mr. Williams as well as ask any questions about the proposed carriers for 2013.  The committee then received an update from Mr. Witte concerning district roof projects and Mr. Robinson reviewed all claims for the month of October.  The committee will next meet on Dec. 10th at 12 noon. 
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Policy
        9.1.1. Second reading (adoption) of Policy No. 503.7 - Activities - Concussions.
        Rationale:  This is a new policy required by statute.
        9.2. Recognize NCEA (Norfolk City Education Association)
        Rationale:  The board of education received a letter on October 26, 2012 from the Norfolk City Education Association regarding contract negotiations.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Move that the Norfolk City Education Association be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for the Norfolk Public School District’s non-supervisory certificated employees as defined by Neb. Rev Stat. § 79-824, (excluding administrators as defined in Neb. Rev Stat. § 79-101) for the 2014-2015 contract year[s]. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        9.3. Guidelines for Negotiations
        Rationale:  The board will consider approving Guidelines for the Conduct of Board/NCEA negotiations for the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 contract years.
        9.4. Roof Projects Contract
        Rationale:  The District is looking to move ahead with a contract for management and supervision of district roofing repairs, replacement and renovation.
        9.5. District Lobbyist
        Rationale:  The District will be approving a contract for a lobbyist for this legislative year.
        10. Future Meetings

        A second meeting of the month will not be conducted due to the Thanksgiving holiday break. 

        The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, December 10, 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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