Public Meeting Agenda: August 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting


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August 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

August 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Budget Amendment Hearing -- 7:30 P.M.

A hearing is scheduled to amend the school budgets for the 2008-2009 school year.  As in the past, the Norfolk School District receives funds from various state and federal sources that are not known during budget development. This public hearing is held to discuss, consider and receive input on the proposed amended budgets. 

The board will not take action during this hearing, but will act on the amendment as an agenda item during the regular board meeting tonight.  The regular business meeting of the board will begin at the close of this hearing.

2. Call to Order
3. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
4. 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.



































        5. Welcome, Public Comments, Communication
        6. 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.
        6.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        6.2. Excused Absences
        6.3. Claims
        6.4. Personnel
        6.4.1. Approval of Teaching Contracts
        Rationale:  Approval of teaching contracts for the 2009-2010 school year for: 
        Sarah Wapelhorst, First Grade, Lincoln Elementary 
        Kim Strand, Kindergarten, Jefferson Elementary
        6.4.2. Resignations
        Rationale:  These resignations are being submitted as these teaches have one-year contracts, thus, they are effective at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Acceptance of the resignations of Sarah Wapelhorst and Kim Strand effective at the end of the 2009-2010 school year Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        6.5. Tuition Waiver for Foreign Exchange Students
        Rationale:  Student is Alexia Armand of France, host family is Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kube.  Mr. Witte's office has approved the application as meeting all of the district requirements.

        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.
        6.6. Board Resolution for ACH Origination Agreement
        7. Award for Excellence
        8. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        9. Reports and Discussion Items
        9.1. Superintendent's Report
        9.2. Financial Report
        9.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports
        9.4. Student Services Report



        ·         All K-12 Norfolk Public School buildings are either ready or in the final stages of readiness to receive staff and students

        ·         Dates of importance for school starting:

        o   Administrators returned to work – August 3

        o   New Teachers report and orientation – August 13

        o   All NPS staff report to work on August 18

        o   FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – August 20

        ·         Norfolk Public Schools has been notified of the preliminary NCLB Allocations for the  2009-10 school year in the following areas:

        Title I – Part A – Title I Reading

        Title I – Part C – Migrant Education

        Title II – Highly Qualified Staff

        Title III- Immigrant Education – No NEW funding, but there will be carry-over dollars

        Title IV – Safe and Drug Free

        Title V – Technology – No NEW Fund, but there will be carry-over dollars

        ·         Additional Federal Funds have been received for our Native American students’ education.  Those funds will be found in our Johnson- O’Malley and Title VII Indian Education Grants.

        ·         Funding for our Early Childhood Programs has been received; but will be need to be supplemented through our State Aid allocation.

        ·         Summer maintenance items are nearing completion in our buildings.  Some of the latest items are:

        o   New carpet installed in Jefferson and Woodland Park Elementary Schools

        o   New MONDO flooring has been installed in the Jefferson Elementary multi-purpose room

        o   Sidewalk replacement and concrete work at the Junior High and Lincoln Elementary are scheduled for next week

        o   HVAC items at Woodland Park Elementary, Middle School and Lincoln Elementary have been repaired or replaced

        o   The drainage issue at Norfolk Senior High has been addressed and completed but is in need of some final adjustments


        9.5. Finance/Activities Committee Reports
        10. Action Items
        10.1. Architect
        Rationale:  The board will be selecting an architect to assist with the planning for changes to the high school building as a result of the Shaping the Future recommendations.
        Recommended Motion(s):  Approve the contract for architectural services with BVH Architects (Bahr Vermeer Haecker Archiects). Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
        10.2. Approval of the Amended Budget
        Rationale:  The amendmendment of the district budget will have NO impact on local property taxes.  The district must amend budgets in order to expend funds that have been received.
        10.3. Appoint Board Member
        Rationale:  The board will take action to make an appointment to the vacant board of education seat.
        11. Future Meetings
        12. Adjournment
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