Public Meeting Agenda: June 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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June 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

June 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. LPS BOARD OF EDUCATION INFORMATION
Rationale: 

Notice of the time and place of the Lincoln Board of Education meeting was e-mailed to an extensive list of local and regional news media.  A mailing list is maintained at the Lincoln Public Schools District Office.  A public notice was 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.
2. CALL TO ORDER
3. ROLL CALL
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.
Attachments:
6. SPECIAL REPORTS, PRESENTATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS OF SUCCESS
6.1. The American School Counselor Association Honors East, Northeast, and Southwest High Schools, Pound Middle School, and Randolph and Zeman Elementary Schools
Rationale: 

The American School Counselor Association(ASCA) recognizes schools with a comprehensive, data-driven approach to school counseling.  The school must have successfully implemented the program and applied for the status from the ASCA, which starts with the question, “How are students different because of what school counselors do?”  There are six schools in Lincoln Public Schools that have the Recognized ASCA Model Program, (RAMP) status:  East, Northeast, and Southwest High Schools, Pound Middle School, and Randolph and Zeman Elementary Schools.

Explanation
The RAMP designation is the culmination of a comprehensive approach to school counseling.  As one LPS school counselor said, “A school counselor is the only one in the school building who sees the student from all angles: career planning, academic achievement, and personal/social development.”

At East High School, counselors targeted several key areas: students who started high school elsewhere and struggled academically and students who struggled in math.  After interventions over a period of years, counselors noted that the academic failure rate of students who had not started high school at East had dropped by 50 percent.  When targeting students with math struggles, the number of students repeating a math class dropped by 25 percent, and the school’s percentage of students attaining or exceeding the ACT benchmark for success in college math rose 9 percent. During that same time period, graduation rates increased from 88.3 to 92.6 percent.

Counselors at Northeast High School set goals of increasing the graduation rate and decreasing sophomore failure rate. An early watch system was developed and meetings became more regular between counselors, teachers, students, and families.  Individual four-year graduation plans were established and checked each semester. In addition, on-site mental health services were added.

At Southwest High School, counselors turned a critical eye to self-analysis of their own counseling department.  The team identified several areas where it could benefit from better data collection and then went to work implementing those ideas.  The counselors used the information, in one case, to restructure its work with juniors by establishing small group interviews.  From there, assessments provided data to help the team improve upon its work with students.

Pound Middle School counselors became more intentional about analyzing data, leading to an increased comfort level for making decisions.  This led to more guidance for teachers during their Professional Learning Community time. An advisory council offered input that led to new programs for students.  One example is the Spotlight Students idea, where students are recognized weekly for modeling positive behavior.

Randolph Elementary School aimed for a proactive program that would reach all students, using data to make programming decisions.  Randolph set a goal of 100 percent attendance at parent-teacher conferences and hit it.  Randolph educators noticed second-graders were more likely to have office referrals, so they put in place a unit on conflict resolution and saw referrals drop by 40 to 50 percent.  The school counselor said, “The ASCA model and RAMP process has helped me to work "smarter,” not harder.  It has helped me to focus where there is a need, and to look for solutions.  It has made me a better school counselor.”

Zeman Elementary School took a classroom approach, where all students received lessons on impacting attitudes, knowledge, and skills in three areas: academics, personal/social, and career. “Without the classroom guidance component, I would not have an opportunity to establish rapport with the student body and teach direct skills to the masses,” the Zeman counselor said, noting that the program had an impact on the entire school.  In one example, the counselor targeted age-appropriate behavior as an area of concern and since then has used classroom guidance lessons.  By the end of the third quarter, 88 percent of students met the new expectations.

Proposal
That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the American School Counselor Association designates the RAMP honor for schoolsthat implement a comprehensive approach to student counseling using properdata, and

WHEREAS, six LPS schools have attained the RAMP status: East, Northeast and Southwest high schools, Pound Middle School, and Randolph and Zeman elementary schools, and

WHEREAS,the high school counseling departments of East, Northeast and Southwest high schools have used positive interventions to garner significant student improvements in academics, while also increasing student access to social and mental health services, and increase student focus on career goals, and

WHEREAS, the counseling team at Pound Middle School is using data to drive decisions throughout the school while implementing new programs for professional learning and highlighting positive student behavior, and

WHEREAS, counselors at Randolph and Zeman elementary schools have started programs to increase parent involvement, improve conflict resolution among students, and add guidance lessons to classrooms to impact attitudes, knowledge, and skills in three areas: academics, personal/social,and career.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education does hereby congratulate the counseling departments and the schools of East, Northeast, and Southwest high schools, Pound Middle School, and Randolph and Zeman elementary schools for the ASCA’s RAMP designation, highlighting the hard work and proven results these teams have demonstrated for the betterment of their schools,their students, and their community.

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: 
Explanation
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 – 3
             Changes of Status – 2
   b.  Certificated Employees:
             Elections – 4
             Re-Elections Same Assignment – 3
             Re-Elections Re-Assignment – 2
             Changes of Status – 3
             Leaves of Absence – 5
             Separations – 14
   c.  Substitute Certificated Employees:
             Changes of Status – 1
             Separations – 4
   d.  Classified Employees:
             Elections – 22
             Changes of Status – 3
             Separations – 3

Proposal
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 maybe 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:

a.  REGULAR CLAIMS – Claims for the periods ending June 12, 2012, were previously provided.

    Insurance ACH Transfer of $3,509.45.

    Federal Tax ACH Deposit of $4,645,396.71.

    Procurement Card ACH Transfer of $109,553.32.

    Office Depot ACH Transfer of $40,004.73.

    Vendor ACH Transfer of $55,441.83.

b.  PAYROLL FOR RATIFICATION – Payroll for the period ending May 31, 2012, in the amount of $13,544,077.96.

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

d.  BIDS/CONTRACTS/OTHER ROUTINE BUSINESS – Bids/contracts/other routine business will be presented for approval for a vehicle with a refrigerated van body for Nutrition Services; Advanced Placement Exam Program for student testing at Southeast High School; advanced placement American history textbooks for use at all high school locations; nursing and first aid supplies for use at all locations; computers, mobility carts, and mini-display adapters for Roper and Kloefkorn elementary schools; refrigerated, frozen, shelf-stable food, and Frito-Lay products for all cafeterias; Educare Facility kitchen equipment; playground rubber tiles and installation at Belmont Elementary School; an agreement to provide media products and services for library media centers and classrooms at all locations; and any other bids and contracts as presented.

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

a.    The regular claims for periods ending June 12, 2012.

b.    Payroll for the period ending May 31, 2012.

c.    Gifts for Adams, Belmont Campbell, Clinton, East, Eastridge, Irving, Lux, Saratoga, West Lincoln, Zeman, and the district.

d.   Bids/contracts/other routine business for a vehicle with a refrigerated van body for Nutrition Services; Advanced Placement Exam Program for student testing at Southeast High School; advanced placement American history textbooks for use at all high school locations; nursing and first aid supplies for use at all locations; computers, mobility carts, and mini-display adapters for Roper and Kloefkorn elementary schools; refrigerated, frozen, shelf-stable food, and Frito-Lay products for all cafeterias; Educare Facility kitchen equipment; playground rubber tiles and installation at Belmont Elementary School; an agreement to provide media products and services for library media centers and classrooms at all locations; 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. Late Request for Enrollment Option Out 2012-13
Rationale:  Explanation
March15, 2012 was the deadline for enrollment option applications to be completed for students wishing to attend school in a district other than the one in which they reside for the 2012-13 school year. The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education has authority to waive the deadline for late enrollment option requests (NDE Rule 7, Section 004.05).

Background

Requests from students who reside in the Lincoln Public Schools District and wish to attend school outside of the Lincoln Public Schools District have been received after the March 15, 2012, deadline.  The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education may deny or approve these requests.  If these requests are approved by the Board of Education, they will be forwarded to the option school district for their approval.

                                    Student Number                                    Option District

                                    286063                                                   Norris     
                                    286064                                                   Norris
                                    233744                                                   Norris
                                    217790                                                   Norris

Proposal             
That the Board approve these requests for option out for the 2012-13 school year.                     

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
9.1.1. 2012-13 Transportation Plan
Rationale: 

Each spring a transportation plan is prepared for the following school year.  District Policy 3710 is reviewed and recommendations for operation changes are solicited from individual school buildings and various departments.  Schedules are prepared and a summary of needs is balanced against staff and equipment available to the district.  Each year a review of all routes for the current year are reconsidered.

Explanation
The Lincoln Public Schools Transportation Department will transport only those students that qualify under provisions of state law, including:

1.    Elementary and middle school students residing over four miles from the school in their attendance area within which they reside.

2.    Special education students whose individual education plan (IEP) require transportation as essential to learning.

3.    Students that have been moved for the benefit of the district in instances to relieve overcrowding, major facility renovations, or efficiency in use of buildings and/or staff.

In addition, the Board, at its discretion, may approve other transportation areas based upon unique circumstances and for the purpose of equalizing school enrollments and facilitating programs.

Attachment One is a tentative listing of all routes recommended for the 2012-13 school year. 
Attachment Two details the recommended elimination of bus routes.

Proposal
That the Board discuss the 2012-13 transportation plan, including proposed reductions.
Attachments:
9.1.2. Policy 5506: Use of Restraints and Seclusion
Rationale: 
Background
A proposed revision of Rule 10, the rule for accredited schools in the state of Nebraska, requires school districts to have a policy on restraint and seclusion of students.  The revised Rule 10is expected to become effective for the 2012-13 school year.

Explanation
Staff is recommending the adoption of the proposed Policy 5506.  The supporting regulation is presently a procedure in use in the district; it will be changed to regulation status with the adoption of 5506. 

The Policy Review Committee of the Board has met and discussed the proposed policy.

Proposal

That the Board discuss the proposed policy on use of restraints and seclusion.

Attachments:
9.2. From the Superintendent
9.2.1. Tuition Charges for 2012-13
Rationale: 
ProposalEach year the Business Affairs Office makes recommendations to the Board of Education for tuition charges for regular and special education programs.  This is done in accordance with Policy 3300 and Regulation 3300.1.

Explanation
The following is the recommendation for tuition charges for the 2012-13 school year for the programs noted.  The rates are intended to recover the district’s anticipated actual costs for the 2012-13 school year.

1.    Regular Instructional Program:

2012-13 Rates
  Per Year   Per Semester  Per Day
Grades K-6
  $7,500.00    $3,750.00 $42.61
Grades 7-8
  $9,000.00    $4,500.00 $50.00
Grades 9-12
$10,500.00    $5,250.00 $58.33
     
Based on 176 days elementary and 180 days secondary.

2.    Specialized services for Special Education Programs:

   Per Hour
Paraeducator $12.75
Teacher $49.00*
Audiology $49.00*
Counselor $49.00*
Homebound $49.00*
Program Supervision
$49.00*
School Nurse
$49.00*
Speech Therapy
$49.00*
Physical/Occupational Therapy
$58.00*
Low Vision Assessment
$72.00*
Psychological Services
$72.00*
 
*    Rates are based on Nebraska Department of Education approved rates for these services.

That the Board discuss the proposed tuition rates.
9.2.2. Elementary and Secondary School Counseling (ESSCP) Grant
Rationale:  Background
The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs (ESSCP), is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education (Department). This grant competition will provide funds to local educational agencies to enable schools to develop promising and innovative approaches for initiating or expanding counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools and enabling more data-based, decision-making to support student success. Each grant project will contribute to the personal growth, educational development, and the social-emotional, well-being of students at this critical time in their lives.

Explanation
Funds from the ESSCP grant will be used for the Lincoln Northeast High School (LNE) Early Intervention Program. This program will support and expand existing efforts in the Counseling Department to reduce course failures and improve the overall graduation and college matriculation rates. The LNE Early Intervention Program will align the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) models to improve delivery of mental health, social work, and counseling services to students at risk of not graduating on time. This program will be coordinated by the LNE Counseling Department and will primarily serve250 students annually.

The LNE Early Intervention Program will partner with the Lincoln Child Guidance Center and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) Psychology Department to achieve anticipated outcomes:

Goal 1:Reduce percentage of students failing two or more classes by one percent annually (from2011-12 benchmark).

Goal 2:Increase graduation rates to 83 percent by 2015.

Goal 3:Increase college-going rates of graduating seniors by one percent annually (from the2011-12 benchmark).

Proposal
That the Board discuss submission of this three-year ESSCP Award application to the Department of Education for $1,200,000 ($400,000 per year) dependent upon final funding determination.  No matching funds are required. 
10. SECOND READING, RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION
10.1. From Board Committees
10.1.1. Naming the Coordinated Development at the New Lincoln Public Schools District Office Site
Rationale: 

The Lincoln Board of Education established a Naming Committee with seven community members (Shari Anderson, Stephanie Dinger, Karen Peppmuller, Ann Powers, Amy Prenda, Kevin Pringle, and Ed Swotek) and three members of the Lincoln Board of Education (Katie McLeese Stephenson, Barb Baier, and Ed Zimmer).  The Committee solicited and reviewed suggestions for the name of the new development at 59th and O streets where the new Lincoln Public Schools District Office building is under construction. 

The school district asked the community for suggestions and more than 150 names were submitted.  

Explanation

The Naming Committee met on May 17 to discuss the submissions and any other suggestions.  The Committee also consulted with Continuum Partners, the company developing additional retail shops and stores at the corner of 59th and O streets.  The Board discussed proposed names at the May 22 Board of Education meeting, and the Naming Committee engaged in further consultation.  The Naming Committee agreed to make a final recommendation with Continuum’s concurrence.

Proposal
That the Board approve the final recommendation.

 

10.2. From the Superintendent
10.2.1. LinkED to Success and Knightly Studies Grant Application to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Rationale:  Background
The W.K.Kellogg Foundation’s mission statement reads, “We support children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society." To further their mission, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation allocates funds to focus on “protecting, nurturing and supporting opportunities for children in an effort to improve one generation over another.”   The Kellogg Foundation does not have any submission deadlines.

Board members discussed this grant at their May 22 meeting.

Explanation
In an effort to propel the current generation to do better than the generation before, Lincoln High School(LHS) and Lincoln Southeast High School (LSE) have made it their mission to increase graduation rates and academic achievement of vulnerable students. In an effort to fulfill their mission, LHS and LSE are seeking funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement, in collaboration with Lighthouse,the after-school programs, “LinkED to Success” and “Knightly Studies.”        

“LinkEDto Success” and “Knightly Studies” will utilize each school’s library to provide homework support, to foster relationships, and to provide a safe place for students to be after school.  Students can participate in the program by staff referral, family referral, or by just choosing to attend.  LHS and LSE will target incoming ninth-grade students who have been identified as at-risk for not graduating based on course failures and attendance concerns at their middle schools.

“LinkED to Success” and “Knightly Studies” focus on helping students overcome obstacles to graduation and life success by providing tutors, credit recovery options, and extended learning time.  By creating an after-school program, struggling students will have access to educational opportunities that will help improve their chance of gaining meaningful employment after high school and to promote post-secondary success. “LinkED to Success” and “Knightly Studies” will also provide ACT-prep programs and college-access activities.

The grant is for $647,058 over a five year period to fund “LinkED to Success” and “Knightly Studies.”  This amount will fund annually at both schools a contract for  two Lighthouse employees and three tutors, curriculum materials (including ACT prep), student incentives,and healthy snacks.  In addition, it will pay for an LPS certified staff member to be present each day to provide an eLearning option period.           

Proposal

That the Board approve submission to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of this grant in the amount of $647,060 for the 2012-2017 school years to fund "LinkED to Success" and "Knightly Studies".

10.2.2. Proposed Negotiated Agreement with the Lincoln Education Association
Rationale: 
Explanation
The Lincoln Board of Education has recognized the Lincoln Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent to negotiate salary, fringe benefits, and working conditions for members of that employee group.  The negotiation teams, representing LEA and Lincoln Public Schools, have reached a tentative agreement for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 years and the LEA has approved the tentative agreement.

The proposed agreement calls for a two and one-half (2.5) percent total package increase for 2012-13.  The total package increase for 2013-14 is 1.89 percent. These settlements are within the parameters set by the Board of Education.  Included in the package increases are all District costs including the District’s contributions to health insurance, state retirement, and Social Security.

Proposal
That the Board of Education ratify the proposed negotiated agreement for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years with the Lincoln Education Association.
10.2.3. Item(s) Removed from Consent Agenda
10.2.4. Expedited/Emergency Actions
11. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/REPORTS
11.1. From Board Committees
11.1.1. Regulations Revisions
Rationale: 

Board polices and regulations are regularly reviewed to assure consistency with changes in state or federal statutes.  Changes in state statutes related to truancy and attendance must be incorporated into the district's regulations.  The Board’s Policy Review Committee has reviewed the changes in regulations and recommended they be presented to the Board and public as an information item.

Explanation
The revisions to the following regulations incorporate changes in state statute:

•    Regulation 5140.3:  Mandatory Attendance Ages.  The revised regulation incorporates the requirement that students older than 16 but not yet 18 may withdraw from school only if an exit interview is conducted and the proscribed withdrawal form is signed.  The regulation notes the persons who must be in attendance at the interview and the reasons for which a student may withdraw before age 18.

•    Regulation 5140.4:  Reporting and Responding to Excessive Absenteeism and Truant Behavior.  The revised regulation makes a distinction between excused and unexcused absences and how they will be reported to the County Attorney when the number of absences exceeds 20.

Regulation 5140.5 is renumbered to accommodate the previous regulations.  Policy 5140 is included as the policy under which these regulations fall.

Proposal
Information item only; no action is requested.
Attachments:
11.2. From the Superintendent
11.2.1. Superintendent Update
12. ANNOUNCEMENTS OF UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE BOARD
Rationale:  June 19 - Budget work session at Hawthorne @ 6p
June 26 - Board meeting
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, Litigation, 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.

PROPOSAL:

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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