Public Meeting Agenda: September 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM - ESU 18 Board of Education Regular Meeting

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September 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM - ESU 18 Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

September 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM - ESU 18 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.
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6. 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.
7. SECOND READING, RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION
7.1. From Board Committees
7.1.1. 2013-14 Educational Service Unit 18 Property Tax Request
Rationale:  A hearing was held on September 10, 2013, as to whether the governing body should approve or modify the preliminary property tax request for Educational Service Unit 18 (Attachment One).

Explanation
The 2013-14 budget of Educational Service Unit 18 has already been adopted.  According to state law Section 77-1601.02, the preliminary tax request for the unit shall be the property tax request from the prior year, unless the governing body holds a hearing and sets the property tax request at a different amount.  The prior year’s property tax request would not correctly fund the 2013-14 budget, which has already been formally adopted by the Board of Educational Service Unit 18.  Attachment Two reflects last year’s property tax rate, this year’s initial estimate, and the final property tax rate for 2013-14.

Staff recommends that the following resolution be adopted so that the 2013-14 budget may be funded as adopted.  A simple majority vote is required.

Proposal
That the Board approve the following proposal:

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Educational Service Unit 18 hereby sets the unit’s 2013-14 property tax request at a different amount from that of the 2012-13 fiscal year and that, pursuant to State Law Section 79-1601.02 and other Nebraska laws, does hereby set the 2013-14 Educational Service Unit 18 property tax request, including the county’s collection fee and any delinquent tax allowances, at $2,642,305.44; and

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if updated valuation, budget, or other pertinent information is subsequently received by Educational Service Unit 18 or by Lancaster County, the unit, its administration, and the County shall adjust the property tax request to reflect the updated information pursuant to State Law Sections 77-1601 and other Nebraska laws.


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8. REQUEST FOR CLOSED SESSION
8.1. 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.

9. ADJOURNMENT
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