Public Meeting Agenda: August 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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August 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

August 28, 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. Coalition For Community Schools Leadership Award Cathie Petsch
Rationale: 

Cathie Petsch has nurtured, developed, and broadened the Community Learning Centers of Lincoln over the past 11 years, as well as expanding their role in our community. Her Leadership Award from the Coalition for Community Schools was given in honor of her leadership and contribution to the community, but also symbolizes her positive impact on thousands and thousands of Lincoln’s children.

Explanation

Community Learning Centers in Lincoln improves student learning and development by working with children and their families in the neighborhoods they support.  By using the local schools as the center and hub of activities and services, these centers provide a safe and positive atmosphere for before- and after-school programs, weekend and summer enrichment programs, and various other supportive services for children, families, and caring adults.  These centers provide enriching places where students continue learning outside of the traditional school hours and where families find help so integral in their child’s development.

Cathie Petsch has helped nurture, develop, and grow the CLC initiative in 11 years, from 9 sites to 25, developing connections with business groups in the Lincoln community to provide opportunities and funding for CLCs. She also helped develop preventive health services at two schools to help students and families remove barriers for learning. In addition, she wrote successful grants, clearly explaining the vision for CLCs and the constructive impact they have on the community. These grants and her work with leaders in Lincoln Public Schools ensure the ability to carry out the long-term vision and sustainability plan.

Lea Ann Johnson, coordinator of CLC, said this about her colleague:  “Cathie provided a clear sense of direction and purpose to the initiative.  She was an out-of-the box thinker who challenged everyone to be better. She researched and had political knowledge that others did not have or did not have the moxie to go after. She was and is a straight shooter who called it like it was and always had the CLC vision and outcomes at the core of every contact. She truly espoused the operating principles of the CLCs.”

Cathie Petsch championed those basic guiding principals of our CLCs: life-long learning, strong collaboration, and integrating the use of data to show results.  She also continued to develop the concept of using community expertise and support as a cornerstone from which to build educational environments.

Cathie Petsch has successfully shared the vision of CLCS:  success stories of children learning English, developing unexpected creative skills, supporting a newly-healthy girl in catching up on her homework, helping a family locate someone to fix a leaking faucet, or watching a young boy expand his skills by reading to a dog.  Sharing her stories, sharing her vision and mission, Cathie Petsch made us all believers.

Proposal

That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Cathie Petsch has earned the prestigious Coalition for Community Schools’ Leadership Award, and

WHEREAS,
Cathie Petsch has made a positive impact on thousands of children who participated in Lincoln’s Community Learning Centers, helping provide them with a safe, nurturing, and enriching place to learn, and

WHEREAS,
Cathie Petsch has pursued the vision of CLCs through a shared sense of leadership and a passion in what she believes – to strengthen our neighborhoods and our schools, and

WHEREAS, Cathie Petsch has worked collaboratively with students and their families, local businesses, and key community organizations to provide the financial, educational and professional resources to ensure the ongoing success of Community Learning Centers, and

WHEREAS, Cathie Petsch has shared her stories, her vision, and mission to make believers of us all.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
that the Lincoln Board of Education does hereby congratulate Cathie Petsch for her outstanding contribution to Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln community for her development of Community Learning Centers.

 

 

6.2. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching to David Hartman
Rationale: 

David Hartman, a math teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School, has been honored as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award, given to high school teachers every other year, is considered the highest honor bestowed upon a high school math teacher.   

Explanation

David Hartman is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an award considered the highest honor bestowed upon a high school math teacher.  Hartman has taught mathematics at Lincoln Southwest High School for 10 years and now chairs the mathematics department. He has taught at Lincoln Public Schools for 17 years, previously serving at Mickle Middle School.

Hartman says he remembers enjoying math as far back as elementary school, and by the time he was a high school freshman, he knew he would become a math teacher.  He has taught classes from algebra to pre-calculus, and now focuses mostly on algebra extension classes.  As chair he puts students first, while encouraging teachers to collaborate and work on professional development activities.

For his own professional growth, he focuses on learning from others:  “During the first few years, I closed my door, did not collaborate with others, thought I knew what I was doing, and just viewed my students as empty vessels that I needed to fill with my wisdom.  As the years have progressed, a multitude of professional development activities (ranging from experiences and coursework at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to mini-sessions and committee work within LPS), have 'opened' my eyes to a landscape of best practices that I can shape according to my personality.  I love trying new things and tweaking others.”

Matt Larson, mathematics curriculum specialist for LPS, said Hartman is a most deserving recipient:  “David epitomizes what it means to be a professional teacher.  He is passionate about teaching and supporting his students’ learning.  He continuously inquires and reflects on his own teaching to improve it.  He seeks to deepen his own understanding of mathematics and integrate that understanding into his teaching.  He does not treat teaching as an isolated act but rather effectively collaborates with his colleagues not only at Southwest, but across the district to improve mathematics education in Lincoln and support all students.”

Rob Slauson, principal at Lincoln Southwest, said Hartman is great at encouraging students and staff members to work on challenges together:  “David is a true professional.   He is a strong leader who leads by example from his work with his colleagues and his students.  He is not a big, 'rah-rah' guy, but he does it the old fashioned way by rolling up his sleeves and working with people.  He is a master at helping new teachers plan and prepare appropriately.  In addition, he assigns himself some of the more difficult courses so that he remains in touch with the challenges of teaching.  David is a people-person who is motivated by the success of others. He is successful because he makes others successful.”

Proposal

That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Lincoln Southwest High School mathematics teacher David Hartman has earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an award considered the highest honor bestowed upon a high school math teacher, and

WHEREAS, as chair of the math department at Lincoln Southwest High School, David Hartman is a strong leader whose priorities are students and student learning, and

WHEREAS, David Hartman encourages math teachers, at Southwest and across the school district, to plan, prepare, and collaborate in recognition of a landscape of best practices he can help shape and share, and 

WHEREAS, David Hartman deepens his own education of math principles and the best teaching strategies to integrate that into his teaching. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education does hereby congratulate David Hartman, teacher and department chair of mathematics at Lincoln Southwest High School, for earning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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.

Explanation

This report includes routine Human Resources changes:
   a.  Certificated Employees:
            Elections – 19
            Re-Elections Same Assignment – 15
            Re-Elections Change Assignment – 13
            Changes of Status – 23
            Leaves of Absence – 60
            Separations – 3
   b.  Substitute Certificated Employees:
            Elections – 21
            Changes of Status – 5
            Separations – 16
   c.  Classified Employees:
            Elections – 91
            Changes of Status – 18
            Leaves of Absence – 1
            Separations – 82

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 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:

a.    REGULAR CLAIMS – Claims for the periods ending August 28, 2012, were previously provided.

        Federal Tax ACH Deposit of $16,643.14.

        State Income Tax ACH Deposit of $693,875.56.

        Procurement Card ACH Transfer of $82,367.11.

        Office Depot ACH Transfer of $27,406.62.

        Retirement ACH Transfer of $3,520,262.73.

        Vendor ACH Transfers of $12,794.31.

b.    PAYROLL FOR RATIFICATION – Payroll for the period ending August 15, 2012, in the amount of $124,891.98.

c.    BIDS/CONTRACTS/OTHER ROUTINE BUSINESS – Bids/contracts/other routine business will be presented for approval for taxi service for students for the 2012-13 school year; finish package for steel fabrication, steel erection, firestopping and fire resistive systems, joint sealants, doors and frames supply, door hardware supply, fire sprinkler system, plumbing, HVAC, HVAC controls, and electrical for LPSDO; sound system for Lincoln High School gymnasium; wireless access points and associated management/ security software licenses and network switches capable of delivering full capacity of wireless access points; services and licensing of the Pinnacle Student Information System; reading assessment materials for use at all K-3 elementary locations; an agreement with Southeast Community College for family literacy projects; and any other bids/ contracts/routine business as presented.

Proposal

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

a.    The regular claims for periods ending August 28, 2012.

b.    Payroll for the period ending August 15, 2012.

c.    Bids/contracts/other routine business for taxi service for students for the 2012-13 school year; finish package for steel fabrication, steel erection, firestopping and fire resistive systems, joint sealants, doors and frames supply, door hardware supply, fire sprinkler system, plumbing, HVAC, HVAC controls, and electrical for LPSDO; sound system for Lincoln High School gymnasium; wireless access points and associated management/security software licenses and network switches capable of delivering full capacity of wireless access points; services and licensing of Pinnacle Student Information System; reading assessment materials for use at all K-3 elementary locations; an agreement with Southeast Community College for family literacy projects; and any other bids/contracts/routine business 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 2012-13
Rationale:  On January 24, 2012, the Board adopted a resolution to accept option students for the 2012-13 school year.  Applications have been received from students requesting that they be accepted as option students for the 2012-13 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 January 24, 2012.

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 January 24, 2012.  Staff recommends approval of these applications.

Proposal

That the Board adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS the students who have been assigned student numbers 254837, 178594, 260580, 172958, 193020, 290903, 290904, 290909, 290915, and 275627 (for purposes of confidentiality, assigned numbers are being used) meet all criteria of the Board resolution of January 24, 2012, 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:
8.4. Late Request for Enrollment Option Out 2012-13
Rationale:  March 15, 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).

 Explanation

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

                                    225936                                           Seward
                                    290912                                           Palmyra
                                    290914                                           Palmyra
                                    290913                                           Palmyra

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
9.2. From the Superintendent
9.2.1. Proposed Agreement With Office Professionals
Rationale: 
The Board of Education has recognized the Lincoln Public Schools Association of Office Professionals and Ken Babcock negotiated with this group.  A tentative agreement with the group has been reached.

Explanation

The tentative agreement for the group 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.  This settlement is 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 discuss the proposed agreement with the Office Professionals for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
10. SECOND READING, RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION
10.1. From Board Committees
10.1.1. 2012-13 Lincoln Public Schools Budget Adoption
Rationale: 

The Board of Education held a public hearing on the 2012-13 budget on August 14, 2012.

Explanation

Staff recommends that the Board approve the budget statement as amended (Attachment One) prepared in compliance with the Nebraska Budget Act, the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act, State Law Sections 79-1081, 79-1085, and 79-10,110 R.R.S. Neb., and other Nebraska laws.  
 
RESOLVED by the Board of Education of Lancaster County School District 001:

1.    That the following is the Board’s estimate of the total amount under its adopted budget statement to be received by the district from taxation of the taxable property within the school district for the fiscal year beginning September 1, 2012, and ending August 31, 2013, namely:

$178,329,623  -  To provide for the financing of all facets of services rendered by the school district, inclusive of operations and maintenance, and further known as the General Fund.

$27,208,571  -  To provide for payment of interest and the retirement of the school district’s unlimited tax general obligation bonds, further known as the Bond Fund.

$5,229,944  -  To provide for environmental hazard abatement and accessibility barrier elimination projects; to provide for Qualified Zone Academy Bond projects; to provide for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Academy Bond projects; and to provide for building modifications to address life safety code violations, indoor air quality, and mold abatement/prevention; further known as the Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund.

2.    That the County Commissioners of Lancaster County be requested and directed to levy and collect for said mentioned purposes the tax rate necessary to produce $210,768,138, after the county’s tax collection fee has been deducted, the same as other property taxes are levied and collected.

3.    That the officers of the Board be directed to report the action of the Board of Education to the County Commissioners of Lancaster County (in their capacity as the levying board) and to the Auditor of Public Accounts not later than September 20, 2012, in accordance with State Law Section 13-508 R.R.S. Neb., and that the officers be further directed to report the action of the Board to the Lancaster County Clerk in accordance with State Law Section 79-1083 R.R.S. Neb.

4.    That the 2012-13 budget as presented, and amended, and all supporting documents (copies of which are on file with official district records and which are hereby incorporated herein by this reference as though set forth in full) as developed by the administration are hereby approved and adopted.

5.    That the administration is hereby authorized to take all action necessary to implement the adopted budget herein, and to make any necessary changes or adjustments as required by Nebraska laws to properly reflect such adopted budget statement hereby approved, due to assessed valuation certifications or re-certifications or such other matters which require necessary fiscal adjustments to complete the budgeting process for the 2012-13 fiscal year adopted budget and budget statement hereby approved.

6.    That in accordance with Section 79-10,110 R.R.S. Neb. and other Nebraska laws, the Board has made a determination that an actual or potential environmental hazard or accessibility barrier exists, that a life safety code violation exists, or that expenditures are needed for indoor air quality or mold abatement and prevention within the school buildings or grounds of the Lincoln Public Schools and that approval of the budget and this resolution shall constitute: (a) establishment of the qualified capital purpose undertaking fund and accounts by the Board; (b) a determination by the Board that an actual or potential environmental hazard or accessibility barrier exists, that a life safety code violation exists, that expenditures are needed for indoor air quality or mold abatement and prevention within the school buildings or grounds under its control; (c) Board ratification of the accompanying itemized estimate of the amounts necessary to be expended for such matters, such estimate having been approved by the Board on August 9, 2005, June 23, 2009, and June 8, 2010; (d) Board approval and designation of the particular projects for which the tax levy will be expended, and as known or appropriate, the relevant period of years (not to exceed ten) for which the tax will be levied for such projects, and the amount of the levy (not to exceed five and two-tenths cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation) for each year of the period; (e) Board approval of any listed undertaking for any qualified capital purpose in any qualified zone academy under its control and the tax levy to repay any qualified zone academy bond issued for such undertaking, and designation of the particular qualified capital purpose for which the qualified zone academy bonds were or are to be issued and for which the tax levy will be expended, and as known or appropriate, the relevant the period of years (not to exceed fifteen) for which the taxes will be levied, and the amount of the levy (not to exceed five and two-tenths cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation) for each year of the period; (f) Board designation of more than one project or qualified capital purpose in any qualified zone academy, and approval of the tax levy for each such project or qualified capital purpose, concurrently or consecutively, as the case may be, the aggregate levy of which in each year and the duration of each such levy shall not exceed the limitations as specified in § 79-10,110, and other laws; (g) Board approval of any listed undertaking for the construction of a new public school facility or the acquisition of land on which such a facility is to be constructed or any expansion, rehabilitation, modernization, renovation, or repair of any existing school facilities under its control and the levy of a tax to repay any American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 bond and Board designation of the particular project or projects for which the bond has been or will be issued and for which the tax levy provided will be expended and the period of years for which the tax will be levied to repay such bond not exceeding the maximum term of thirty years for Build America and/or qualified school construction bonds and the amount of the levy (not to exceed five and two-tenths cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation) for each year of such period and Board ratification and approval of the accompanying itemized estimate of the amounts necessary to be expended for such project or projects; (h) Board approval that the levy may be imposed for such duration as the Board specifies, notwithstanding the contemporaneous existence or subsequent imposition of any other levy for another project, qualified capital purpose, qualified zone academy purpose or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 purpose imposed, up to the limit specified in  § 79-10,110, and other laws, and notwithstanding the subsequent issuance by the district of bonded indebtedness, if any is permitted, payable from its general fund levy or otherwise; and (i) Board establishment and approval to maintain with submission of the itemized estimate, an environmental hazard abatement and accessibility barrier elimination project account, a life safety code modification project account, an indoor air quality project account, a mold abatement and prevention project account, and a qualified capital purpose undertaking or other such sub-accounts, within the qualified capital purpose undertaking fund, so that taxes collected shall be credited to the appropriate account to cover project or undertaking costs and so that such estimates may be presented to the county clerk and taxes levied accordingly (Attachment Two).

7.    That the officers of the Board be directed to make and deliver to the County Clerk, not later than September 20, 2012, the approved itemized estimates of the amounts necessary to be expended for the abatement of environmental hazards, for accessibility barrier elimination, and for modifications for life safety code violations, indoor air quality, or mold abatement and prevention in the school buildings or grounds of the Lincoln Public Schools and for any necessary or required qualified zone academy purpose or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 purpose as provided by § 79-10,110 and other laws.

8.    That in accordance with Section 003.04C of Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 2, Section 79-1070 R.R.S. Neb., and other Nebraska laws and regulations, the Board authorizes that at any time during the 2012-13 school fiscal year there is temporarily insufficient money in any of the particular funds detailed in section 1 of this resolution, or in any of the funds of a “blended component unit” of the district as such term is defined in the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 14, the Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs or his designee may transfer money from other funds to such fund, such transfer to be considered a loan subject to repayment as soon as funds are available to do so.

Proposal

That the Board approve the 2012-13 budget statement, itemized estimate, and the above resolution as amended.


Attachments:
10.1.2. Newly Annexed Property to the City of Lincoln
Rationale:  The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the City of Lincoln or newly platted.  This action establishes school attendance areas prior to the sale of residential lots, allowing purchasers to know what schools their children will attend.

Explanation

The City of Lincoln recently annexed one parcel of land, which automatically brings this property into the Lincoln Public Schools District.  This property needs to be assigned attendance centers so that potential purchasers of homes in this area will know which schools they will be attending.

South 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road, Annexation #11005, for 2012-13 school year:  Maxey Elementary School, Pound Middle School, and Southeast High School
Proposal

That the Board approve the proposed attendance area assignments of the newly annexed property.



Attachments:
10.2. From the Superintendent
10.2.1. Proposed Agreements With Administrators, Custodial Employees Association, Maintenance Employees Association, Nutrition Services Workers Association, Technicians, and Transportation Employees Association
Rationale: 
The Board of Education has recognized the Custodial Employees Association, the Maintenance Employees Association, the Nutrition Workers Association, and the Transportation Employees Association; and Ken Babcock negotiated with these groups.  Mr. Babcock has also met and conferred with the representatives from the administrator and the technician groups.  A tentative agreement with each group has been reached.

Explanation:

The tentative agreement for each group 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 ratify the proposed agreements with the administrators, the Custodial Employees Association, the Maintenance Employees Association, the Nutrition Workers Association, the technicians, and the Transportation Employees Association for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
10.2.2. Proposed 2012-13 and 2013-14 Pay Rates for Substitute and Miscellaneous Employees
Rationale: 
The Board of Education must approve all salary schedules/pay rates for the employees of Lincoln Public Schools.

Explanation

Attached are the 2011-12 pay rates for substitute and miscellaneous employees and the proposed 2012-13 and 2013-14 pay rates for such employees.

The recommended salary increases range from no increase to a one (1) percent increase, depending on the employee group.  The determination of what salary to recommend is made in conjunction with the supervisor of that employee group and an assessment of the availability of candidates for the positions.

Proposal
That the Board of Education ratify the proposed pay rates for substitute and miscellaneous employees for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
Attachments:
10.2.3. 2012-13 Insurance Rates
Rationale: 
For 17 years, Risk Management has arranged for the district’s insurance coverage through an Owner Controlled Self-Insurance program.  The advantages of self-insurance are:  1) lower premiums, 2) district holds funds [in the Insurance Fund] until needed to pay claims, 3) district legal counsel is involved in all lawsuits, 4) all claim settlements are approved by the district, 5) LPS staff and legal counsel are involved in claims from the beginning.  The LPS insurance broker, UNICO, provides Risk Management with a report comparing the estimated premium costs for standard insurance coverage to the actual Owner Controlled Protected Self-Insurance program costs and estimates a savings to the district to be over one million dollars per year in premium costs alone.

Explanation
Risk Management annually solicits quotes for all property and all liability insurance coverage, as well as excess Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage, Boiler and Machinery insurance, and the third party claims handling service for property/liability, through the Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) Company and UNICO, the LPS insurance broker.

Proposal
That the Board approve the recommended 2012-13 insurance rates.
Attachments:
10.2.4. Interlocal Agreement with City of Lincoln for Sherman Field Project Cooperative
Rationale: 

Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) has used the Sherman Field Complex as part of its baseball program for many years.  To continue that use, LPS and the City of Lincoln (City) have agreed to create the Sherman Field Project Cooperative (Cooperative) and that LPS shall make a $200,000 contribution (in accordance with the terms and conditions as finally negotiated) to the Cooperative in return for a ten-year agreement of priority use of Sherman Field for its school programs, practices, and ball games.

Explanation

It is recommended that the Board approve an interlocal agreement with the City which provides for the Cooperative.  The Cooperative provides for LPS use of Sherman Field.

A complete copy of the proposed agreement is available in the Purchasing Office.

Proposal

That the Board approve the proposed Sherman Field Project Cooperative Interlocal Agreement.
10.2.5. Item(s) Removed from Consent Agenda
10.2.6. Expedited/Emergency Actions
11. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/REPORTS
11.1. From Board Committees
11.1.1. NeSA/ACT Data Release Update
Attachments:
11.2. From the Superintendent
11.2.1. Superintendent Update
11.2.2. Monthly Financial Report
Rationale:  At the second Board meeting of the month, information regarding the district’s monthly financial report is presented.

Explanation

The monthly financial report for the month ending July 31, 2012, is attached.

Proposal

Information item; no Board action required.
Attachments:
12. ANNOUNCEMENTS OF UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE BOARD
Rationale:  September 3 - No School (all levels)
September 5 - 8 a.m., Chamber Coffee @ Chamber Office
September 11 - 6 p.m., 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
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