Public Meeting Agenda: April 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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April 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

April 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Call to Order
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. Excused Absences
        5.3. Personnel
        5.4. Claims
        5.5. Personnel
        5.5.1. Resignations
        Rationale:  Recommend acceptance of the resignation of Michelle Williamson, High School Language Arts and Drama effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. 
        5.6. NASB Membership
        Rationale:  Request to approve membership dues in the Nebraska Association of School Boards.  Dues are $7,467 per year, based on school district size.  The district participates in programs to reduce costs to districts by co-oping with other districts, as well as continuing education programs, and legislative issues support.
        6. Award for Excellence
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        8.1.1. Shaping the Future Recommendations
        8.2. Financial Report
        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        8.4. Student Services Report



        ·         Kindergarten Roundups are scheduled this month in our elementary schools.  It is hoped the numbers are current and accurate as we prepare to act on Boundary Exception requests later this month.


        ·         TeamMates of Norfolk is having their One-Hour Walk on Sunday 19 April at Norfolk Senior High School.  Activities will begin at 1:00 in the Senior High Gym and then we will move to Carson Field.  Funds raised from this “One Hour Walk” will assist with TeamMates Mentee Scholarships and defray some operating expenditures.


        ·         April 28, NPS and the Norfolk Arts Center are hosting a “Link-UP” Concert with the Omaha Symphony.  Two-hundred thirty five (235) upper elementary students have been practicing on their recorders under the direction of their music teachers- Dawn Moore, Nancy Nissen, Nancy Woeppel and Bonnie Begeman--in preparation for the afternoon concert with the symphony.  I’m told it has been great fun and a learning experience for all.


        ·         Mr. Todd Cook, with the assistance of his fellow NPS Band instructors, will host a 5th grade band concert for parents and friends on Monday, May 4that 6:00 p.m. at the Junior High.  The NPS Music Boosters are assisting with providing supper for these 88 band students and they will be entertained with a concert by the 8th grade band.  Students and staff are anticipating a great afternoon and evening of instrumental music.


        ·         A reminder that the Norfolk Arts Center is hosting the Norfolk Public Schools K-12 Art Show during the month of April.  The Arts Center hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 and Saturday from 12:00-5:00.  This is a great showcasing for our NPS district.  I certainly hope you can stop in and have a look.





        8.5. Finance/Activities Committee Reports
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Voluntary Separation Program
        Rationale:  Recommend a board motion to accept, under the terms of the Voluntary Reduction-In-Force Severance Program Agreement, the resignations effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year for:  Kay Stafford, Laura Gass, Paula Aguire, Cheryl Spittler, Cindy Pichler, Pamela Wright, Sharon Cazabon, Shirley Burkhardt, and Stacy Hatten.
        9.2. Closing Sunny Meadow Elementary as Attendance Center
        Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to close Sunny Meadow as an attendance center effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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