Public Meeting Agenda: November 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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November 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

November 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. LPS BOARD OF EDUCATION INFORMATION
Rationale: 

Notice of the time and place of the meeting of the Lincoln Board of Education is given by mail to the following news media: Television Stations KOLN, KETV, and KMTV; Radio Stations KFOR, KLIN; and to the LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR newspaper.  A public notice is published in the LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR.

The Lincoln Board of Education is empowered to act on any item listed on the Agenda at any time during the meeting, irrespective of the time or order listed. Pages listed, or further detail, are available upon request. The Open Meetings Act requires and the intention of the Board is that agenda items be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the matters to be considered at the meeting. The Lincoln Board of Education releases its agenda well in advance of most meetings and desires that all interested persons are fully informed. Any interested person who has a question or needs clarification about the sufficiency of a descriptive item should contact the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

Attachments:
2. CALL TO ORDER
3. ROLL CALL
Rationale: 

Staff in Attendance:
Dr. Steve Joel, Secretary of the Board and Superintendent
Mr. James Gessford, Attorney for the Board
Dr. Marilyn Moore, Associate Superintendent for Instruction
Dr. Nancy Biggs, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources
Mr. Mark Shepard, Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs
Ms. Mary Campbell, Assistant to the Superintendent for Governmental Relations

4. ANNOUNCE OPEN MEETING ACT POSTING AND LOCATION
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Rationale:  The attached minutes are intended to accurately reflect the action of the Board at its previous meetings.

Explanation:
The minutes have been prepared for Board approval.

Recommended Motion:

President will approve as published or as corrected
Attachments:
6. SPECIAL REPORTS, PRESENTATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS OF SUCCESS
6.1. Roscoe Shields Service Award from the Nebraska Art Teachers Association to Nancy Childs
Rationale: 

Nancy Childs, Visual Art Coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools, has been honored with the Roscoe Shields Service Award from the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA).

NATA is a professional organization whose mission is to develop and promote quality art education in Nebraska through a statewide professional support system, offering opportunities for growth and development through leadership and service. Each year NATA recognizes outstanding contributions to student learning in Nebraska classrooms, leadership in curriculum and staff development in local school districts and communities, and contributions to professional endeavors on state and national levels.

Explanation:

The Lincoln Board of Education would like to recognize Nancy Childs for earning the Roscoe Shields Service Award from the NATA.  Childs has been with Lincoln Public Schools for 17 years and is currently the curriculum specialist for Visual Art.  She works with 70 teachers across all grade levels in all buildings, helping them develop curriculum, assessments, and professional growth.

She also administers the Arts Are Basic program, which includes the opportunity for every fourth, fifth, and sixth grade LPS student the experience of visiting and touring the Sheldon Art Museum.  That translates into providing 8,000 LPS students with a unique opportunity to see art in one of the state’s finest art museums.

Childs believes that the visual arts must be an integral part of every child’s education.    She says:  “The life-long gifts of quality art education are:  One, the development of creativity and problem solving skills; and Two, knowledge of self.  As we send students off into a world where the amount of information is going to double every 10 years there is no longer one right way to do some thing. Students will have to select what information they want to interact with - what is right for them to help them solve their problems and reach their goals. They will only know what is right for them if they know who they are.  The expressive and reflective facets of good art education are how they know who they are.”

Recommended Motion:

That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:  

WHEREAS, Nancy Childs has been honored with the Roscoe Shields Service Award from the Nebraska Art Teachers Association, and,

WHEREAS, Childs has been instrumental in working with art teachers across the school district and across the state to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop their creative skills, and,

WHEREAS, Childs has developed, expanded and administered the Arts Are Basic program for Lincoln Public Schools, providing thousands of students the opportunity to experience the exhibits and artwork at the Sheldon Art Museum, and,

WHEREAS, Childs understands that fine arts are an integral part of every child’s education,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education does hereby  
recognize and thank Nancy Childs, curriculum specialist for Visual Art for Lincoln Public Schools, for her passion for art, her dedication to educating young people, and her ability to encourage and cultivate effective art teachers.

 

6.2. Student Wellness Update
Attachments:
7. PUBLIC COMMENT
Rationale:  In keeping with Policy 8420, a time limit of five minutes will be allotted for any speaker. At the discretion of the Chair, the speaker may be allotted additional time.
8. CONSENT AGENDA
Rationale: 
8.1. Human Resources Matters
Rationale:  The Human Resources Division also includes the Office of Risk Management.  As such, in addition to the Lincoln Board of Education approving all contractual agreements with employees, all employee benefit issues, all personnel actions and all other matters within the scope of the Human Resources Division, as part of the Human Resources Matters agenda, the Lincoln Board of Education also must approve the settlement of Workers’ Compensation claims, take action on tort claims filed against the District, and take action on all other matters within the scope of the Office of Risk Management.

This report includes routine Human Resources changes:

      a.  Administrator Certificated Employees:
                 Elections - 2
                 Substitute Administrator Elections - 1

      b.  Certificated Employees:
                 Elections - 3
                 Changes of Status - 2
                 Leaves of Absence - 5
                 Separations - 1

      c.  Substitute Certificated Employees
                 Elections - 21
                 Separations - 169

      d.  Classified Employees
                 Elections - 24
                 Changes of Status - 4
                 Separations - 12

Recommended Motion:

That the Board approve the human resources items presented in the attachment(s).*

*The information in the attachment(s) may be protected by privacy legislation until the Board of Education takes action on the staff recommendations.  Therefore, this attachment(s) is not included in agenda materials provided the public and the news media.  Any information in the attachment(s) that is not protected by privacy legislation, however, is available for public inspection from the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources upon request.

That the Board is approving the Human Resources items attached with the information as presented or as on file with official district records and documents relating to each such item, or in such other form as may be approved by the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, or her designee, and that the Board hereby authorizes the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, or her designee, to transact and complete each such item approved hereby, and to sign, execute, and deliver necessary documents or contracts, and to take or cause to be taken any and all other action as may be necessary to complete each such item of transaction as contemplated, for and on behalf of this school district.

8.2. Routine Business
Rationale:  At each meeting, the Board of Education is asked to approve certain items of routine business of the school district.

Explanation:

The items included in routine business for this meeting are:

  1. REGULAR CLAIMS – Claims for the periods ending November 8, 2011, were previously provided.
    Federal Tax ACH Deposit of $4,695,344.06.
    State Tax ACH Deposit of $725,337.42.
    State Diesel Tax ACH Deposit of $11,340.00.
    Procurement Card ACH Transfer of $96,034.46.
    Office Depot ACH Transfer of $11,056.98.
    Vendor ACH Transfer of $51,922.60.

  2. PAYROLL FOR RATIFICATION – Payroll for the period ending October 31, 2011, in the amount of $13,647,714.52.

  3. GIFTS – Approval for the gifts listed on the attached gift report.

  4. BIDS/CONTRACTS – Bids/contracts will be presented for approval for Windows computers for Lincoln High, North Star, and Southeast high schools; frozen potatoes for use in all school cafeterias; an agreement for education services with Omaha Public Schools; dropout prevention and re-engagement services at Lincoln High School; an agreement for education services with Fairbury Public Schools; an agreement for education services with Mosaic at Bethphage Village; membership participation fee in the statewide consortium Partnerships for Innovation; an agreement with Huddle Learning Inc. for tutoring services; an agreement with Partners in Learning, Inc./Sylvan; an agreement with ATS Project Success; lease extensions for Celerion and Experian buildings; and any other bids and contracts as presented.

Recommended Motion:

That the Lincoln Board of Education approve the following items of routine business:*

  1. The regular claims for periods ending November 8, 2011.

  2. Payroll for the period ending October 31, 2011.

  3. Gifts for Beattie, Kahoa, Northeast, and West Lincoln.

  4. Bids/contracts for Windows computers for Lincoln High, North Star, and Southeast high schools; frozen potatoes for use in all school cafeterias; an agreement for education services with Omaha Public Schools; dropout prevention and re-engagement services at Lincoln High School; an agreement for education services with Fairbury Public Schools; an agreement for education services with Mosaic at Bethphage Village; membership participation fee in the statewide consortium Partnerships for Innovation; an agreement with Huddle Learning Inc. for tutoring services; an agreement with Partners in Learning, Inc./Sylvan; an agreement with ATS Project Success; lease extensions for Celerion and Experian buildings; and any other bids and contracts as presented.

*That the Board is approving routine business and the listed bids and contracts with the information and in the form as presented, and except as to amount bid or total contract price, in such other form as may be approved by the Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs, or his designee, and that the Board hereby authorizes the Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs, or his designee, to sign, execute, and deliver necessary documents or contracts, and to take or cause to be taken any and all other action as may be necessary to complete the transaction as contemplated, for and on behalf of this school district.

 

Attachments:
8.3. Option Enrollment Student Applications for 2011-12
Rationale: 

On March 8, 2011, the Board adopted a resolution to accept option students for the 2011-12 school year.  Applications have been received from students requesting that they be accepted as option students for the 2011-12 school year.  Staff recommends that the students referred to in this agenda item be accepted for enrollment as they are in compliance with the Board resolution of March 8, 2011.

Explanation:

Staff has examined the applications of the students included in this proposal.  The students meet all of the criteria set forth by the Board in its resolution of March 8, 2011.  Staff recommends approval of these applications.
 
Recommended Motion:

That the Board adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS the students who have been assigned Student Numbers 267220 and 252194,  (for purposes of confidentiality, assigned numbers are being used) meet all criteria of the Board resolution of March 8, 2011, with regard to such option students,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the aforementioned students be accepted as option students on the condition and with the express understanding that all programs, all classes, and all buildings of assignment, except as otherwise required by law, shall at all times and from time to time during attendance at Lincoln Public Schools be determined solely by Lincoln Public Schools.

Attachments:
9. FIRST READING, ACTION AT NEXT MEETING
Rationale:  *The Lincoln Board of Education is empowered to act on any item listed on the Agenda at any time during the meeting, irrespective of the time or order listed. Pages listed, or further detail, are available upon request. The Open Meetings Act requires and the intention of the Board is that agenda items be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the matters to be considered at the meeting. The Lincoln Board of Education  Board releases its agenda well in advance of most meetings and desires that all interested persons are fully informed. Any interested person who has a question or needs clarification about the sufficiency of a descriptive item should contact the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
9.1. From Board Committees
9.2. From the Superintendent
10. SECOND READING, RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION
10.1. From Board Committees
10.1.1. Board Member Election Districts
Rationale:  Under Sections 79-551 and 32-544, Lincoln Public Schools’ (LPS) seven Board members are elected by wards or election districts.  The Board committee on redistricting, along with the Lancaster County Election Commissioner, are charged with redrawing boundary lines of the seven wards or election districts from time to time in accordance with law and presenting such proposals for review and action by the entire Board.


Explanation:
 

As a result of the recent Federal Decennial Census and the population changes shown therein, Section 32-552 and other laws require that the seven ward and election district boundaries from which LPS Board members are elected be redrawn. 

The Board committee on redistricting in conjunction with the Lancaster County Election Commissioner have redrawn the seven ward and election district boundaries as necessary to meet legal requirements, and the map attached (Attachment One) is proposed for review and approval as the new boundaries of the seven LPS wards and election districts.  The attached spreadsheet (Attachment Two) delineates the population per election district and the deviation from the mean population of 37,407.

Recommended Motion:

The Board hereby approves the Committee's recommendation and the map for the new boundaries of the seven (7) LPS wards and election districts, as attached and on file with official district records  incorporated herein by this reference as though set forth in full, and that the new boundaries of the seven (7) LPS wards and election districts are hereby ordered created and implemented according to law, to be effective on the passage of this motion and approval by the Lancaster County Election Commissioner, and that the Superintendent or his designee, are hereby authorized to certify the same to the Lancaster County Election Commissioner for approval and implementation, and that the Superintendent or his designee, are further hereby authorized to take or cause to be taken for and on behalf of the school district, all other action as necessary to carry out the boundary change action as approved herein.

Attachments:
10.2. From the Superintendent
11. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/REPORTS
11.1. From Board Committees
11.2. From the Superintendent
11.2.1. 2011 Graduation/Dropout Rates
Rationale: 

Graduation, dropout, and still attending rates are computed each year for the graduating class in Lincoln Public Schools.  Dropout rates are also computed for the total high school enrollment for each school year.  All information is disaggregated by race and by gender.

This information is used to monitor trends within the district and as an indicator of what is happening in students’ lives, both in the schools and in the larger community.  The information is also used in grant submissions by the district and by several community agencies.

Explanation:

The first table of longitudinal information about the class of 2011 shows the status four years later of the 2588 students who entered Lincoln Public Schools as 9th graders in 2007:  graduation (82.4%), dropout (8.8%), or still enrolled in LPS as fifth-year seniors (8.8%).  The data indicates a decrease in the dropout rate, as compared to the data from 2010.  The graduation rate for the class of 2011 is the highest since 1987, the year the district began calculating graduation and dropout data in this manner, and the dropout rate is the lowest in that same time period. 

The second table reports the annual dropout rate for all high school students enrolled at any time during a single year in LPS.  For the 2010-11 school year, the annual dropout rate was 3.2%.

Information including trend data for total and disaggregated groups will be presented by LPS staff at the Board meeting.

Recommended Motion:

This is an information report; no Board action is requested

11.2.2. Superintendent Update
11.2.2.1. RFP for 59th & O Street site
12. ANNOUNCEMENTS OF UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE BOARD
Rationale:  Wednesday, November 9 - Face the Chamber at Country Club of Lincoln at 12 noon
Sunday, November 13 - Zeman Community Open House from 2-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 through Friday, November 18 - State Education Conference, LaVista, NE
Sunday, November 20 -  Fredstrom Elementary Open House from 1-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22 - Board of Education Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

REMINDER:  The Board of Education will only hold one meeting in December - December 13, 2011.
13. PUBLIC COMMENT
Rationale:  In keeping with Policy 8420, a time limit of five minutes will be allotted for any speaker. At the discretion of the Chair, the speaker may be allotted additional time.
14. REQUEST FOR CLOSED SESSION
14.1. REQUEST FOR CLOSED SESSION – NEGOTIATIONS/COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, PROPERTY/REAL ESTATE, SECURITY, CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT, PERSONNEL, AND LEGAL ADVICE MATTERS
Rationale:  The Lincoln Board of Education is authorized by state statute to hold closed sessions.  Closed sessions may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual.  Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to:  (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation:

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

Recommended Motion:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1.  For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2.  For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3.  For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4.  For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5.  For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6.  For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7.  For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of  needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

15. ADJOURNMENT
16. BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING INFORMATION
Rationale:  The Lincoln Board of Education is empowered to act on any item listed on the Agenda at any time during the meeting, irrespective of the time or order listed. Pages listed, or further detail, are available upon request. The Open Meetings Act requires and the intention of the Board is that agenda items be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the matters to be considered at the meeting. The Lincoln Board of Education releases its agenda well in advance of most meetings and desires that all interested persons are fully informed. Any interested person who has a question or needs clarification about the sufficiency of a descriptive item should contact the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
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