Public Meeting Agenda: January 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting

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January 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

January 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Routine Business -
1.A. Call to Order
1.B. Invocation
Rationale:  Pastor Marvin Valdois from the 56th Street Baptist Church will give the invocation.
1.C. Pledge of Allegiance
1.D. Roll Call
1.E. Oath of Office
Rationale:  We will administer the "Oath of Office" to newly-elected Board members Angela Nickel and Jon Watts, and re-elected Board member Tim Higgins. 
1.F. Welcome New Board Members
Rationale:  We will welcome new Board of Education members Angela Nickel and Jon Watts.
1.G. Public Participation
Rationale:  This is the portion of the agenda that is set aside for public participation.  If anyone wishes to speak to an item that is not on this evening's agenda, they should identify themselves at this time.
If anyone wishes to speak to an item that is on the agenda, they may do so when that item is discussed.
1.H. Approval of Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the agenda for the meeting, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the agenda for the meeting, as presented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. Reorganization of the Board of Education
2.A. President of the Board of Education
Rationale:  We will call for nominations for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2013.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate___________________for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2013. __________________ seconded the motion. Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________________. _______________seconded the motion.
2.B. Vice President of the Board of Education
Rationale:  We will ask for nominations for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2013.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate___________________ for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2013. ____________ seconded the motion. Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________. ______________seconded the motion.
2.C. Secretary of the Board of Education
Rationale:  We will call for nominations for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate____________________for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2013. __________________ seconded the motion. Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________________. __________________seconded the motion.
3. Presentations -
3.A. District Metrics -
3.A.I. MAP Test Data
Rationale:  Lance Fuller will be reviewing the MAP test data collected and analyzed at Sunrise Middle School.  The data includes the percentage of students meeting their growth targets, average RIT scores, and average RIT scores compared to the national norms.  Analysis of data was completed by class cohort (following the same group of students through the grade levels) and longitudinal study (study of each grade level over the course of several years).
3.A.II. Follow-up to School Facility Visits
Rationale:  Dr. Maher, Dr. Dostal and Dr. Meyer visited high schools in Omaha (Westside), Joplin, Missouri, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee to observe how space has been used to enhance instruction and learning in new and remodeled school facilities.  This report will focus on design concepts that were applied in these buildings and how these concepts improved the educational experience for their students.
3.B. Discussion of 2013 GNSA Meetings with State Senators
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will share the schedule of meetings of GNSA representative schools and our State Senators during the 2013 session of the Nebraska Unicameral and talk about the role of Board members at these meetings.
3.C. Announcement of "Nebraska School Board Recognition Week" - January 20-26, 2013
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will announce the special week in January that is set aside to thank our Board of Education members across the state for their dedication and service to the school district and the community.
4. Consent Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, as preseented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, as preseented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
4.A. Approval of the Minutes of the December 10, 2012 Regular Meeting, as presented
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2012 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the January Claims, as presented
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the January Financial Reports, as presented
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January financial reports, as presented.
4.D. Recognition of the Kearney Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for those non-supervisory certificated employees of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2014-2015 contract year
Rationale:  The Kearney Education Association has asked that the Board of Education recognize the Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for those non-supervisory certificated employees of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2014-2015 contract year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to recognize the Kearney Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for those non-supervisory certificated employees of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2014-2015 contract year
4.E. Approval of Check Signing Authority for 2013
Rationale:  We will recommend the following check signing authority for 2013 - Farmers and Merchants Bank, Platte Valley State Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Chris Nelson, and Pat Maurer.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to authorize the following check signing authority for 2013 - Farmers and Merchants Bank, Platte Valley State Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education - Chris Nelson, and Pat Maurer.
4.F. Approval of Extension of the Superintendent's Contract by One Year
Rationale:  After going through the Superintendent's evaluation process, it is customary to act on the Superintendent's contract for the upcoming school year.  This action is a one-year extension of the contract and does not set the salary or benefits for the upcoming school year.  That will be determined at a later date.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve a one-year extension of the Superintendent's employment contract.
5. Regular Agenda - Personnel
5.A. Approval of Superintendent Evaluation Model
Rationale: 

The requirements of State Statute 79-318 and Rule 10 indicate that all school districts are required to submit to the Nebraska Department of Education not only their teacher evaluation policies, but also their administrative policies and procedures.

A review of our standing in meeting this requirement indicated that Kearney Public Schools had an acceptable policy (2410) for the evaluation of the Superintendent.  What was required was the submission of the instrument used to conduct that evaluation.

A review of the current model was conducted and it was determined that this would be an opportune time to update the Superintendent Evaluation Model.  A Board Committee consisting of Mrs. Agard and Mrs. Northwall reviewed the draft document based upon the standards adopted by the American Association of School Superintendents.  These eight professional standards for the Superintendency were incorporated into a model for the evaluation of the Superintendent of the Kearney Public Schools.

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Superintendent Evaluation Model for the Kearney Public Schools, as presented, and direct the administration to submit the Model to the Nebraska Department of Education.
Action(s):
Move to approve the Superintendent Evaluation Model for the Kearney Public Schools, as presented, and direct the administration to submit the Model to the Nebraska Department of Education. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.B. First Reading Approval of Revised Policy for Evaluation of School Administrators
Rationale:  In order to comply with the requirements of State Statute 70-318 and Rule 10, Kearney Public Schools has revised its policy for the evaluation of certificated administrative staff.  The statute requires that the Nebraska Department of Education must approve certificated employee evaluation policies and procedures developed by school districts.  Thus, we are submitting the revised policy for the evaluation of certified administrative staff to the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education for its approval.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to revised Policy 2420 (Evaluation of School Administrators), as presented.
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval to revised Policy 2420 (Evaluation of School Administrators), as presented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.C. Approval of Revised Administrator Supervision and Evaluation Model
Rationale:  With the passage of §79-318 which required that all school districts submit their administrative evaluation policies and procedures, Kearney Public Schools revised its ASEM Model to incorporate the eight Nebraska standards for principal performance, along with the indicators listed under each standard.  The ASEM consists of two parts.  The first is the description of the performance pay component of the model.  This part has remained unchanged in this revision.  The second part lists the standards and the indicators and uses a scale to gauge performance for each indicator.  The ASEM provides the school administrator the opportunity for a self-assessment regarding each of the indicators.  Finally, the ASEM contains the instrument the Superintendent will use to write the evaluation for each administrator.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the revised Administrator Supervision and Evaluation Model for the Kearney Public Schools, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the revised Administrator Supervision and Evaluation Model for the Kearney Public Schools, as presented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.D. Acceptance of Employee Resignation
Rationale:  We have received a letter of resignation from Chris Hessheimer, special education teacher at Northeast and Bryant Elementary Schools.  Her resignation was effective December 21, 2012. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move that the resignation of Chris Hessheimer should be and is hereby accepted effective December 21, 2012, that the Resignation Agreement with Chris Hessheimer should be and is hereby approved, and that the President and Secretary, or any other Official of the Kearney Public School District, should be and are hereby authorized to sign, execute, and put the provisions of the Agreement into effect and place such Agreement into the confidential personnel file of Chris Hessheimer.
Action(s):
Move that the resignation of Chris Hessheimer should be and is hereby accepted effective December 21, 2012, that the Resignation Agreement with Chris Hessheimer should be and is hereby approved, and that the President and Secretary, or any other Official of the Kearney Public School District, should be and are hereby authorized to sign, execute, and put the provisions of the Agreement into effect and place such Agreement into the confidential personnel file of Chris Hessheimer. Passed with a motion by and a second by Dave Glover.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
6.A. Set Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. for a Special Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School
Rationale:  The Board of Education will need to set a date for the January Board Retreat. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Set Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. for a Special Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School.
Action(s):
Set Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. for a Special Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.B. Appointments to Board Committees for 2013
Rationale:  Each year, with the reorganization of the Board of Education, we appoint members to the various Board committees for the upcoming year.  This would include the Board Personnel Committee, the Board Finance Committee, the "Americanism"/Curriculum Committee and the NSBA Federal Relations Network.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint ________________, ______________, and _______________ to the Board Personnel Committee; appoint _____________, ______________, and _____________ to the Board Finance Committee; appoint ________________, _____________, and_________________ to the "Americanism"/Curriculum Committee; and appoint__________________ to the NSBA Federal Relations Network, for 2013.
Action(s):
Move to appoint Tim, Angela, and Julie to the Board Personnel/Americanism/Curriculum Committee; appoint Doug, Jon, and Dave to the Board Finance Committee; and appoint Julie Agard to the NSBA Federal Relations Network, for 2013. Passed with a motion by Dave Glover.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.C. Appointment of Board Member to Serve on the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors
Rationale:  It is customary for the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education to be represented on the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors.  We will appoint a Board member to serve in this capacity.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint___________________ as the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education representative on the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
Action(s):
Move to appoint Jon Watts as the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education representative on the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.D. Move to Closed Session
Rationale:  The Board of Education will need to conduct a closed session at the conclusion of the January 14th meeting for the purpose of discussing negotiations.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to go to closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations.
Action(s):
Move to go to closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.E. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to return to open session.
6.F. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
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