Public Meeting Agenda: January 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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January 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

January 14, 2013 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.
1.2. Swearing in of New Board Members
Rationale:  The Superintendent will administer the oath of office to new school board members: Arnie Robinson, Bob Waite, and Sandy Wolfe.

The new members signed the oath of office at the 4:30 meeting, and will take the oath orally at this meeting.
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
        5.2. Personnel
        5.2.1. Contract Approval
        5.2.2. Resignations
        5.3. Claims
        6. Award for Excellence
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        Rationale:  Digital Citizenship and Junior High Community Initiatives
        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        Rationale:  1. Technology Proposal
        2. Election of Officers as study session
        Dr. Brad Krivohlavek, President
        Mrs. Julee Pfeil, Vice-President
        3. Business Leaders/School Meeting

        • Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
        • Monday, March 4, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (snow date, if needed)
        1. Site: Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center
        2. Facilitator:  Dr. Larry Dlugosh, President and CEO Emilsson & Associates
        3. Agenda Development

        8.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  The total amount of bills approved in the consent agenda for the month of December, 2012 by specific fund are as follows:

        General Fund=$430,756.76; Cooperative Fund=$3,740.03; Lunch Fund=$84,465.92; Bond Fund=$450.00; Student Fee Fund=$1,324.55
        The Finance and Facility Committee reviewed all bills for this consent agenda. Bills unique to this month were discussed for clarification.
        The Business office is currently in the process of getting all W-2's distributed to all employees and should have that done before the end of the month.  The process for developing the 2013-2014 budget is underway, I am looking at actual expenditures over the past few years as well as upcoming needs that the school district has as I develop that budget. The state is starting to run some rough estimates on what state aid could possibly look like for all school districts, we will hopefully have a better idea once the legislative session is done this year.  We did get approved for our IDEA dollars which is component of our special education funding.  I have submitted for quarter one reimbursement on those dollars before the end of the year so hopefully the district will start seeing that revenue being deposited in the next several weeks.

        Our expenditures so far this fiscal year have been in line and I anticipate the remainder of this fiscal year to be the same.
        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Norfolk Public Schools Google Summit

        On Monday, January 7th, Norfolk Public Schools teachers and administrators took part in the Norfolk Public Schools Google Summit.  The Summit was a hands-on conference that provided NPS staff with opportunities to learn how to integrate Google Apps for Education tools into our learning environment.  We began the day with a keynote address from Molly Schroeder titled, The Classroom in the Cloud.  Molly's focus was on why we need to provide our students with opportunities for learning in a digital manner and how that can be done.  Each staff member had the opportunity to attend three break-out sessions during the remainder of the summit which focused on topics such as:
        • Google Docs and Google Drive
        • YouTube in the Classroom
        • Chrome
        • Picasa
        • Classwork Workflow Transformed (developing a paperless classroom)
        • Google Forms and Flabroo
        • Google Sites
        • Google Presentations
        • Google Earth and Maps
        • Google Lit Trips
        • Super Searching and Researching
        Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive.  The one frequent request is that they now need more time to spend working with the tools they have learned about so that they can effectively integrate them into their classrooms.

        NeSA-Writing Test

        We are approaching the window for the NeSA-Writing test.  All students in 4th, 8th, and 11th grade will take NeSA-Writing sometime between January 21 and February 8.  Fourth grade students will continue to take the test in a paper-pencil format, and will write over two, 40 minute sessions.  Eighth and 11th graders will take the test online and will do their writing during one, untimed session.  Training of teachers and principals will be completed by tomorrow.  I am confident that NPS students will continue to perform well on this assessment and look forward to receiving the results later in the spring.
        8.4. Student Services Report

        January 14, 2013




        • The winter break allowed our building custodial staff to get a lot of cleaning done in their buildings.  All facilities were ready for staff and students as they returned for second semester on January 8th.
        • January is National Mentoring Month!  On behalf of the TeamMates of Norfolk Board of Directors, I would like to invite you to attend a Mentor Appreciation reception on January 31st from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at the new Norfolk Chamber of Commerce offices.  This is a small “thank you” for your continued support of this very valuable and worthwhile mentoring program.
        • February 1, 2013 is Dental Day at the UNMC Dental College in Lincoln.  Dr. David Brown and the dental school students and staff will be providing dental care to qualifying students from across the State of Nebraska.  Norfolk will have 12 students attending this event and receiving dental services.  All dental pre-screenings were provided by Kallie Johnson D.D.S. of the Norfolk Community Health Care Clinic.
        • Later this month Norfolk Public School teaching staff will begin collecting and organizing student materials and grades in preparation for spring Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Conference dates are the week of February 4th--8th.  Schools will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday.  There will not be school for students or staff on Friday. 
        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 reviewed all the claims for this months consent agenda and discussed any claims unique to this past month.  Mr. Witte shared some updates on our district roofing projects as well as upcoming HVAC and pneumatic needs at Lincoln and the Jr. High.  The committee will next meet on Feb. 11th at 12 noon.
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        Rationale:  The Activities Committee did not meet this month; the next scheduled meeting is January 27th.
        9. Action Items
        9.1. City of Norfolk Facility Use Agreement
        Rationale:  This is a request for approval of the agreement with the City of Norfolk for use of the Council Chambers for school board meetings.
        9.2. Technology Purchase

        IX. Action Items
        Proposed Budget for Digital Device Initiative

        Estimated Cost:


        Mini – I-Pads / 600 devices @ $309.00 per device = $185,400.00

        Mini – I-Pad covers / 600 covers @ $20.00 per cover = $12,000.00

        Misc. Expenditures (shipping, misc. materials, possible training cost) = $22,600.00

        Total Estimated Cost = $220,000.00

        Revenue Sources:

        Jr. High Building Budget (Gen. Fund) = $20,000.00

        District Technology Budget (Gen. Fund) = $30,000.00

        Special Education Technology Budget (Gen. Fund) = $10,000.00

        Cooperative Tech Bond (Cooperative Fund) = $96,000.00

        Depreciated Technology Expenditures (Depreciation Fund) = $64,000.00

        Revenue Total = $220,000.00

        9.3. Executive Session
        Rationale:  The board may need to move into Executive Session for the purpose of discussion of certified staff contract negotiations and personnel matters. 
        9.3.1. Move out of Executive Session
        10. Future Meetings
        Rationale:  The second meeting of the month will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12:00 noon in the Central Office board room. 

        The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2013. 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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