Public Meeting Agenda: November 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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November 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

November 27, 2018 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. Student Celebration: Lincoln Public Schools Computer Science Students Take Coding to New Heights
Rationale: 

Code for Change is a student created and a student-led group that started last year at East High.  Pranav Rajan is one of the co-founders and will be giving a brief overview of what this group has done in the last six months.

EXPLANATION:
Lincoln Public Schools curriculum for Computer Science includes robust lessons in coding - something Lincoln Public Schools students have taken to new heights.  Kent Steen, Curriculum Specialist for Computer Science, will present a brief overview of the growth of Computer Science and coding curriculum at Lincoln Public Schools before introducing Pranav Rajan, a junior at Lincoln East High School, and co-founder of Code For Change, a national computer science education organization based in Lincoln.
6.2. United Way Community Campaign Update
7. PUBLIC COMMENT
Rationale: 

In keeping with Board Policy 8420:

  1. Persons speaking during Public Comment will be called forward individually by the Board Chair to the location identified for such purpose. 
  2. 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. Board members may share, address or consider comments from the public during public comment, at the end of public comment or when related business is on the agenda.
  3. Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to identify himself or herself prior to giving public comment. A "Record of Appearance" card is provided for this purpose.
  4. Persons wishing to appear will be heard in the order in which the Chair of the meeting determines appropriate.
  5. In cases where more than one person wishes to speak on the same topic, their presentations to the Board may, at the discretion of the chair, be grouped together by topic.
  6. If the number of people wishing to speak under the public participation portions of the agenda is large, the chair may rule that a public hearing be scheduled or the discussion be limited on the issue in question.
  7. Persons speaking to the Board during public comment may make printed materials available to the Board but may not use any other form of media.
If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this policy or on the agenda or if persons appearing before the Board or who are present at the Board meeting or public hearing become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the chair to declare that person or persons out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board, require a change in behavior and may require the person or persons to leave the premises of the Board meeting.
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.  Certificated Employees:
             Elections - 3
             Leaves of Absence - 1
             Changes of Status - 1
             Separations - 3
   b.  Substitute Certificated Employees:
             Elections - 10
             Changes of Status - 1
             Separations - 1
   c.  Classified Employees:
             Elections -  29
             Changes of Status - 2
             Separations - 23
   d.  Other:
            Employment of Family Members - 2
            Civic Leaves - 2

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 the Associate Superintendent’s designee, and that the Board hereby authorizes the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, or the Associate Superintendent’s 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 period ending November 27, 2018, were previously provided.

                Federal Tax ACH Deposit of $56,112.80.

                State Tax ACH Deposit of $945,493.38.

                Procurement Card ACH Transfer of $102,272.79.

                Child Support ACH Transfer of $741.49.

                Office Depot ACH Transfer of $6,482.48.

                Retirement ACH Transfer of $5,165,607.05.

                Vendor ACH Transfer of $106,418.33.

b.  PAYROLL FOR RATIFICATION - Payroll for the periods ending November 6 and November 15, 2018, in the amount of $190,931.20.
 
c.  GIFTS - Approval for the gifts listed on the attached gift report.
 
d.  BIDS/CONTRACTS/OTHER ROUTINE BUSINESS - Bids/contracts/other routine business for replacement skylights at Culler; an Interlocal Agreement for School Resource Officers; a MOU related to video access; an Interlocal Agreement for Radios; a subscription for cybersecurity services; an agreement for the lease of building space; Kooser right-of-way for Stonebridge Bike Trail; items listed for auction; 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 period ending November 27, 2018.
 
b.  Payroll for the periods ending November 6 and November 15, 2018.
 
c.  Gifts for Beattie, Elliott, Northeast, Randolph, and the district.
 
d. Bids/contracts/other routine business for replacement skylights at Culler; an Interlocal Agreement for School Resource Officers; a MOU related to video access; an Interlocal Agreement for Radios; a subscription for cybersecurity services; an agreement for the lease of building space; Kooser right-of-way for Stonebridge Bike Trail; items listed for auction; and any other bids/contracts/routine business as presented.
Attachments:
8.3. Option Enrollment Student Application for 2018-19
Rationale: 

On February 13, 2018, the Board adopted a resolution to accept an option enrollment student for the 2018-19 school year.  An application for enrollment during the 2018-19 school year has been received and is in compliance with the Board resolution of February 13, 2018.      

Explanation
The application included in this agenda item has been examined by staff and meets one of the criteria set forth by the Board in the resolution of February 13, 2018.  Staff recommends approval of this application.  

Proposal   
That the Board adopts the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the student who has been assigned student number 246593 (for purposes of confidentiality, assigned numbers are being used) meets one or more of the criteria of the Board resolution of February 13, 2018, with regard to such option student;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the aforementioned student be accepted as an option student 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 2018-19
Rationale: 

March 15, 2018, 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 2018-19 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  
A request from a student who resides in the district of Lincoln Public Schools and wishes to attend school outside of Lincoln Public Schools has been received after the March 15, 2018, deadline.  The Lincoln Board of Education may deny or approve this request.  If the request is approved by the Board of Education, it will be forwarded to the option school district for their approval. 

Student Number            Option District
428670                           Seward

Proposal  
That the Board approve the request for option out for the 2018-19 school year.

8.5. Enrollment of Expelled Student
Rationale:  Lincoln Public Schools regulation 5460.1 and Nebraska state law provides that if a student has been expelled from any public or private school, and the student has not completed the terms or time period of the expulsion, the student shall not be permitted to enroll in this school district until the expulsion period from such other school has expired, unless the Lincoln Board of Education approves by a majority vote the enrollment of such student prior to expiration of the expulsion period. Student number 283996 (for purposes of confidentiality we are using an assigned number) has filed the proper application and has requested enrollment. 

Explanation 
The Department of Student Services has reviewed the application and the background information on the student and is recommending that the application be approved and that the student be enrolled in the Lincoln Public Schools Expelled Student Program for the remainder of this school year, subject to such terms and conditions as imposed by the Director of Student Services and all program rules and regulations until the term or time period of the original underlying expulsions are completed.                                                 
Proposal 
That the Board approves the application and all recommendations of the Department of Student Services.
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. 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 has annexed a parcel of land, which automatically brings this property into the district of Lincoln Public Schools.  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:

N 84th St & Holdrege St, Annexation Ordinance #20579, for 2018-19 school year:  Meadow Lane Elementary School, Culler Middle School, and East 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. Fruits, Vegetables, and Potatoes #9513
Rationale: 
Bids were requested from interested vendors to provide frozen and canned fruit, vegetable, and potato products for use by Nutrition Services for all locations.  The contract prices are for the period of December 1, 2018, through November 30, 2019.  There are two optional one-year renewal periods.

Explanation
It is recommended that award be made to the lowest responsible vendors meeting specifications, based on estimated expenditures:

Churchfield Trading Company (Boise, Idaho)                                  $49,607.55
Sysco Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska)                                                   $79,635.39
J.R. Simplot Company (Boise, Idaho)                                            $339,170.70
Simco Foods (Los Angeles, California)                                            $48,864.00
Total                                                                $517,277.64 (estimated annual)

There were 43 items on the bid.  Proposals and contracts are available in the Purchasing Department.

This will be an estimated annual expenditure of $517,277.64 from the Nutrition Services Fund.
 

Proposal
That the Board approve this award to the above listed vendors.  The Board, by approving these purchases with the above vendors, hereby designates the Director of Nutrition Services or another person as selected by the Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs or a designee from time to time as its program administrator under these purchase orders.
11. EXPEDITED/EMERGENCY ACTIONS
12. ITEM(S) REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA
13. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/REPORTS
13.1. From Board Committees
13.2. From The Career Academy
13.3. From the Superintendent
13.3.1. Superintendent Update
13.3.2. Annual Financial Audit
Rationale: 
State Law Section 79-1089, Chapter 1, of Title 92 of the Nebraska Administrative Code, Board Policy 3600, and other state and federal laws and regulations require an annual financial audit for Lancaster County School District 001 (Lincoln Public Schools).

Explanation
The 2017-18 audits for the school district and for Educational Service Unit No. 18 have been completed.  A representative from HSMC Orizon CPAs, LLC will be present to discuss the audits.

Proposal
Information item; no action is required.
13.3.3. 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 October 31, 2018, is attached.
 

Proposal
Information item; no Board action required.
Attachments:
14. ANNOUNCEMENTS OF UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE BOARD
Rationale:  December 5:  Chamber Coffee, 8:00 a.m., Chamber office
December 11:  Board Work Session, 4:00 p.m., LPSDO
                         Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., LPSDO
 
15. PUBLIC COMMENT
Rationale: 

In keeping with Board Policy 8420:

  1. Persons speaking during Public Comment will be called forward individually by the Board Chair to the location identified for such purpose. 
  2. 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. Board members may share, address or consider comments from the public during public comment, at the end of public comment or when related business is on the agenda.
  3. Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to identify himself or herself prior to giving public comment. A "Record of Appearance" card is provided for this purpose.
  4. Persons wishing to appear will be heard in the order in which the Chair of the meeting determines appropriate.
  5. In cases where more than one person wishes to speak on the same topic, their presentations to the Board may, at the discretion of the chair, be grouped together by topic.
  6. If the number of people wishing to speak under the public participation portions of the agenda is large, the chair may rule that a public hearing be scheduled or the discussion be limited on the issue in question.
  7. Persons speaking to the Board during public comment may make printed materials available to the Board but may not use any other form of media.
If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this policy or on the agenda or if persons appearing before the Board or who are present at the Board meeting or public hearing become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the chair to declare that person or persons out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board, require a change in behavior and may require the person or persons to leave the premises of the Board meeting.
16. REQUEST FOR CLOSED SESSION
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.

16.1. 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.

17. ADJOURNMENT
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