Public Meeting Agenda: June 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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June 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

June 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale:  The Norfolk Public School District's board of education meeting is called to order.  At some point in the meeting, the Board of Education will briefly adjourn for a meal and will reconvene the meeting immediately following. No school board business or discussion will be conducted during this time.
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance
Rationale:  Please stand and join us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
1.2. Roll Call
Rationale:  If any board member is absent, there will need to be a  motion to excuse the absence.
1.3. 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 students with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a complex, global society.






































        1.4. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
        2. 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.
        2.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        • Minutes for Regular Board Meeting held Monday, May 13, 2013
        • Minutes for Second Monthly Meeting held Thursday, May 23, 2013
        2.2. Personnel
        2.2.1. Contract Approval
        Rationale:  Approval of contracts for 2013-2014 school year for:
        1. Silas Fluellen, Half-time Special Education, High School
        2. Brittany Hank, Math Instructor, Junior High School
        2.2.2. Resignations

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

        1. Verdean Meyer, 6th Grade Teacher, Middle School
        2. Anne Darnall, 3rd Grade Teacher, Westside Elementary
        3. Kayla Varley, Special Education, High School
        2.3. Approval of School Meal Prices
        Rationale:  Reviewed by the finance committee, approval of school lunch and breakfast program prices for the 2013-2014 school year:

        Secondary Lunch $2.85
        Middle School Lunch $2.75 
        Elementary Lunch $2.65 
        Reduced Lunch 0.40
        Reduced Breakfast 0.30 
        Paid Breakfast $1.25 
        Milk 0.50 
        Adult Lunch $3.90 
        Adult Breakfast $2.10
        2.4. Bids for Services 2013-2014
        Rationale:  The board reviewed the bids for these items in the finance committee meeting.

        Recommend motion to award the following bids for the 2013-2014 school year: 
        1. Pest Control to S& W Pest Management
        2. Sanitation Services to Prime Sanitation
        3. Bread to Bimbo Bakeries USA
        4. Milk to Robert's Dairy
        5. 403 (B) service provider to (403b Consultants LLC of Norfolk)
        2.5. Claims
        3. Presentations, Special Recognition, Focus on Students
        3.1. Award for Excellence

        This item will resume when school reconvenes in the fall.

        3.2. Focus on Students/Best of the Best

        This item will resume when school reconvenes in the fall.

        3.3. Update on Nebraska State Legislature and Education Issues
        4. Public Comments & Communication
        Rationale:  This is the time during the board meeting when the public may request to address the board regarding an agenda item. If you wish to comment, we ask that you identify yourself and indicate the agenda item to which you will be speaking.
        5. Information and Discussion Items
        5.1. Financial Report
        Rationale:  The total amount of bills approved in the consent agenda for the month of May, 2013 by specific fund are as follows:

        General Fund=$417,637.33
        Cooperative Fund=$93,979.59
        Lunch Fund=$58,849.08
        Special Building Fund=$172.18
        QCPUF Fund=$8,137.50
        Bond Fund=$44.90
        Student Fee Fund=$3,064.50

        The Finance and Facility Committee reviewed all claims for this consent agenda.  The legislature has passed legislation to help secure the financial health of the public schools retirement plan.  Current contributions from employer and employee will remain the same as well as an increase from the state.  There also were some adjustments for new employees coming into the plan starting in 2013-2014.  All Title, IDEA, and other grants reimbursements have been submitted for 3rd quarter.  As we start bringing the 2012-2013 fiscal year to an end our cash flow has remained healthy with principals and departments doing a nice job of staying within their budgets.  The development of the 2013-2014 budget is well underway and will once again be reflective of our students educational needs. 

        5.2. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        Rationale:  Language Arts Program Training

        Teachers from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade have recently spent two days working to prepare for the implementation of the new Wonders language arts program.  The purpose of the work session was to give teachers an opportunity to fully dig into the program and begin making plans for the start of the school year.  Topics covered include the beginning of the year, assessments, communication with parents, schedules, grading, the online side of Wonders, small group work, and writing.  Later this summer staff from each grade will attend additional training in Lincoln.  Our full district training is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 when a representative from the company will be on site to provide training and our teachers will share with their colleagues what they have learned throughout the summer.

        District Used Technology Sale

        The district recently held their semi-annual used technology sale.  We appreciate having the opportunity to sell some of our used and outdated tech tools to community members and families.  Kudos to tech staff who put in quite a bit of time preparing for and holding the sale.  Thanks to Jana Jenkins, Sandy McConnell, Aaron Rang, Bruce Peterson, and Mike Thomas for their help.  A special note of recognition goes out to Pat Wolff, the district's network administrator, who spent hours getting ready for the sale, pricing, organizing, and assisting customers who made purchases.  Without all of Pat's hard work, this sale would not happen.
        5.3. Student Services Report


        1.  Summer School programs operating in the Norfolk Public Schools have the following student numbers enrolled at this time:

        K-4 Title I Reading - 266 students

        Grades 7 & 8 - Credit recovery Math- 21 students

        Grades 9-12 and AFS - Credit Recovery and/or Credit accrual - 315 students

        These program offerings continue to provide good service to our student’s academic needs.

        2.  Our Maintenance and Building and Grounds Supervisors- Ron Lilja and Aaron Rang continue to prioritize our summer requests to see what items can be completed through the summer months and still remain within our budgeted allocations.

        3.  -Prime Time Reading - a FREE Reading program sponsored by the Humanities of Nebraska - started on June 4th at Grant Elementary School.  This program will meet every Tuesday night until July 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Grant Elementary. Lisa Guenther, Title I teacher at Westside Elementary, has organized this program.

        5.4. Superintendent's Report
        1. Updated Board Meeting Calendar attached
        2. TEOSSA
        5.5. Student Handbooks for 2013-2014
        Rationale:  Mr. Witte will update the board on any changes for the student handbooks for the 2013-2014 school year.
        6. Action Items
        6.1. Approval of Student Handbooks
        Rationale:  Approval of student handbooks for the 2013-2014 school year.
        6.2. Approval of Math Curriculum Purchase
        Rationale:  Approval of the purchase of high school math materials for the 2013-2014 school year.
        6.3. Approve Bid for High School Roof Project
        7. Committee Reports
        7.1. Board Building Visit Reports
        7.2. Facilities & Finance Committee Report
        Rationale:  The Facility and Finance Committee met today at 12:00 noon in the central office board room. The committee had an opportunity to review all claims for May and all the balances in our different funds.  The committee reviewed numbers within the Lunch Fund and estimates for 2013-2014.  A recommendation was made for increasing the lunch prices for 2013-2014 due to anticipated food and labor increases in this upcoming fiscal year.  The committee spent the remainder of the meeting reviewing the different bids in the following areas: Milk, Bread, Pest Control Services, Sanitation, and 403 (B) plan services.  Recommendations from the committee on these bids are listed in the consent agenda items.  The next scheduled meeting will be on July 15th at 12:00 noon in the central office board room.
        7.3. Activities Committee Report
        Rationale:  This committee will not meet until the next school year.
        7.4. Policy & Government Relations Report
        7.5. Minutes of Committee Meetings
        8. Executive Session
        8.1. Convene Executive Session
        8.2. Reconvene Meeting from Executive Session
        8.3. Approval of Any Action Deemed Necessary as a Result of Executive Session
        9. Old Business
        10. Future Meetings
        Rationale:  The second meeting of the month will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:00 noon.

        The next regular meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2013. The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Norfolk City Council Chambers. 
        11. Adjournment
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