Public Meeting Agenda: March 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


View Options:

Show Everything
Hide Everything

March 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

March 11, 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.
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
        Rationale:  Approval of contract for 2013-2014 school year for:
        1. Sarah Taylor, Speech Pathologist
        5.2.2. Resignations

        Recommend approval of the resignations, effective at the end of the 2012-2013 contract year, for:

        1. Kathy Friedrich, 4th Grade Teacher, Washington Elementary School
        2. Janet Gannon, Kindergarten Teacher, Westside Elementary School
        5.3. Tuition Waiver for Foreign Exchange Students
        Rationale:  Mr. Witte's office has approved the application as meeting all of the district requirements.
        1. Gustav Landgree-Petersen. Host family is Brad and Lori Strong and sponsor is Student American International. 
        Recommended Motion(s):  Approval of tuition waiver for foreign exchange student. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        5.4. Option Enrollment
        5.5. Technology Bond Process
        Rationale:  This is approval for the district to move ahead with the process to continue access of the Technology Bond. Further action at a later meeting will need to be taken to approve the bond.
        5.6. Claims
        6. Award for Excellence
        Rationale:  Auni Strong from Jefferson Elementary is the Award For Excellence recipient this month.
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best

        Joe Myers, Instructor and high school students presentation:

        "K-NEX/Vernior Motion Sensor Lab"

        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        Rationale:  1. School - Business Leader Meetings
        2. Norfolk Area Sports Council & Norfolk Area Visitor's Bureau & Dennis Dolliver, NPS A.D. -- State One Act 

        8.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  The total amount of bills approved in the consent agenda for the month of February, 2013 by specific fund are as follows:

        General Fund= $380,932.52; Cooperative Fund= $99,241.94; Lunch Fund= $108,273.49;
        Special Building Fund= $8,138.00; Depreciation Fund= $35,580.00; QCPUF= $1,050.00
        The Finance and Facility Committee reviewed all claims for this consent agenda. Claims unique to this month were discussed for clarification.

        Title I (part C) was approved by the Department of Education.  This was last of our district Title grants that we were waiting approval on. Quarter one expenditures for Title I (part C) were turned in and approved for reimbursement.  Starting this week I will be submitting all quarter two expenditures for all Title, IDEA, and Indian Education grants.  The Business office will also be handling this years Medicaid time study.  This time study with selected staff provides the necessary data that demonstrates we are meeting all state and federal requirements.  All of our E-Rate 470's were filed in early January and all of our 471's have been filed to receive  e-rate on our eligible communication expenditures.
        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Rationale:  Saxon Math & MAP Test Results

        In 2010-2011, NPS began phasing in the Saxon Math program.  The program entered the district during that year in grades K-6.  We then expanded the program to 7th grade last year and finally into 8th grade this school year.  As we have implemented the program, we have been extremely pleased with the improved academic performance of our students.  To highlight this point, let's take a look at the historical results on the spring MAP test for our 8th grade students.
        • Spring 2010--41st %ile
        • Spring 2011--41st %ile
        • Spring 2012--46th %ile
        • Spring 2013--61st %ile (preliminary data)
        This improvement pattern has been consistent throughout the entire Saxon Math implementation.  For instance, the implementation year of Saxon saw a 17 %ile point jump for 3rd grade, an 8 %ile point jump in 4th grade, a 10 %ile point jump in 5th grade, a 29 %ile point jump in 6th grade, and a 23 %ile point jump in the 7th grade.  These types of results have remained consistent after the initial implementation of the program.

        Data like this illustrates a well-accepted fact in the teaching and learning world.  There are two things we can change that will directly impact and improve student learning:  1) what we teach and 2) how we teach it.  Implementing Saxon has helped us in both areas.  The spiraling nature of Saxon with constant review of previous learning and limited introduction of new concepts is an extremely powerful teaching methodology.  

        I am extremely proud of the efforts of our students, teachers, and administrators as they have made these changes.  They have not come without tremendous efforts, sacrifice, and in some cases, a few tears.  The work is paying off for our students and that is a fact worth celebrating!
        8.4. Student Services Report

        Report D

        March 11, 2013


        Kindergarten registrations for fall 2013 have been on-going since early January. Plans are now underway for our second annual district Kindergarten Round-up at all of our elementary schools on May 1st. More information will be sent to all registered families regarding the activities that will be scheduled. Last year’s activities proved beneficial to staff in preparing for their new class, so we hope this year it will be just as productive.

        Our district ELL teachers will complete the ELDA (English Language Development Assessment) by March 22. The assessments will then be sent back for scoring. We anticipate a June/July report on how much growth our second language students have made in their acquisition and use of English in their reading, writing, speaking and listening.

        During this school year I have been a part of a group of administrators who have been attending Safety Training at ESU # 1. March 18th marks the end of our training sessions with School Security Services out of Lincoln, NE. It is anticipated that by the time school starts in August, Norfolk Public Schools will have a new, updated Emergency Response Manual. Once received, administrators and staff will review these new safety procedures and practice putting them into action.

        There are many groups practicing and preparing for spring activities. Athletes in soccer, baseball and track and field are currently conditioning on a daily basis. Our Speech and Debate team prepares for Districts this coming Saturday and our Fine Arts groups in music are preparing for their District competition in April.

        March 13th marks the end of our Third Quarter of this 2012-2013 school year

        Spring Parent/Teacher Conference Attendance


        Spring, 2010

        Spring 2011

        Spring 2012

        Spring 2013

        Bel Air Elementary





        Grant Elementary





        Jefferson Elementary





        Lincoln Elementary





        Washington Elementary





        Westside Elementary





        Woodland Park Elementary





        Norfolk Middle School





        Norfolk Junior High





        Norfolk Senior High





        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 with the committee the need to replace the water conditioning system at the High School.  The current system needs replacement because it is no longer fixable.  Mr. Witte did a nice job of getting bids and competitive pricing before moving forward with this project.  Information concerning the Cooperative Tech Bond process was shared with the committtee.  Details concerning the purchase of a new mini-van for the use of transporting students with physical disabilities was also discussed.  This van will need to be modified in order to accomodate individuals that are in a wheelchair and that modification will take place to the van prior to delivery.  Students that are wheelchair bound will be able to enter the van from the rear which is safer for both the student and driver.  The van also provides easy access in and out of parking lots as well as mobility around town.  Mary Luhr and Kathy Amen were very helpful in providing assistance in providing specifications for this vehicle.  The committee also reviewed specifics from our current 403 B provider. Our next meeting will be at 12:00 noon on April 11th, 2013.
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        Rationale:  The committee did not meet with the board this month. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25.
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Superintendent Contract
        Rationale:  Approval of contract for Dr. Jami Jo Thompson for position of superintendent beginning July 1, 2013.

        9.2. Retain Legal Counsel
        Rationale:  The board will consider and act upon issues relating to retention of legal counsel to assist it in administering the personnel hearing requested by Elaine Jorgensen to be conducted April 3, 2013.
        Recommended Motion(s):  To retain legal counsel for the personnel hearing for Elaine Jorgensen. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        10. Future Meetings
        Rationale:  The second meeting of the month will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 12:00 noon in the Central Office board room. 

        The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, April 8, 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
        << Back to the Public Page for Norfolk Public Schools