Public Meeting Agenda: April 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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April 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

April 9, 2019 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. The Lincoln Board of Education shall also make available for examination and copying as requested by members of the public, at least one copy of all reproducible written materials to be discussed at the meeting.

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. Melissa Hernandez Named 2018 World Language Teacher of the Year
Rationale: 
The Nebraska International Languages Association named Spanish teacher Melissa Hernandez from Lincoln Northeast High School the 2018 Outstanding World Language Teacher. The Nebraska International Languages Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages in the state of Nebraska. Anyone who is actively engaged in the teaching of a world language at any level of education in Nebraska is eligible for membership. The organization annually recognizes outstanding Nebraska educators and supporters of world language education at its fall conference.
 

Explanation:
The Nebraska International Languages Association named Spanish teacher Melissa Hernandez from Lincoln Northeast High School the 2018 Outstanding World Language Teacher.

Piper Porras, a Spanish teacher for Bellevue Public Schools, said this about Hernandez in her nomination letter for the award:

"Her work ethic is seen in all she does both within and outside of the school building. She has been a colleague with whom I can share lesson ideas and know I’ll end up with an excellent plan once she puts in her thoughts.  She is tirelessly working to create a classroom that not only prepares students for applying Spanish language knowledge in real-life settings, but also developing global citizens who are compassionate, thoughtful of others, and confident in becoming shining examples of who they truly are."
 
6.2. Kristen Tangen Named 2018 Nebraska French Teacher of the Year
Rationale: 
The Nebraska International Languages Association named Kristen Tangen, a French teacher at Lincoln Southeast High School, its 2018 Nebraska French Teacher of the Year. The Nebraska International Languages Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages in the state of Nebraska. Anyone who is actively engaged in the teaching of a world language at any level of education in Nebraska is eligible for membership. The organization annually recognizes outstanding Nebraska educators and supporters of world language education at its fall conference.

Explanation:
The Nebraska International Languages Association named Kristen Tangen from Lincoln Southeast High School its 2018 Nebraska French Teacher of the Year.

Lisa Maupin, a French teacher at Lincoln East High School, said this about Tangen in her nomination letter for the award:

"In the classroom, Kristen constantly searches for ways to reach students and to find methods to teach to their interests. She is aware of their activities outside the classroom and engages them in ways that make connections, often lasting well after they have finished her French classes. Kristen spends a great deal of time looking for resources that will stretch her students linguistically and provides the right amount of scaffolding so they do not become too frustrated. When she finds the right resource, she is quick to pass it along to her colleagues so that we and our students in turn may all benefit."
6.3. Mariah Wailes Named 2018 Nebraska New World Language Teacher of the Year
Rationale: 
The Nebraska International Languages Association named Spanish teacher Mariah Wailes from Lincoln High School its 2018 New World Language Teacher of the Year. Wailes is in her second year of teaching at Lincoln High. The Nebraska International Languages Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages in the state of Nebraska. Anyone who is actively engaged in the teaching of a world language at any level of education in Nebraska is eligible for membership. The organization annually recognizes outstanding Nebraska educators and supporters of world language education at its fall conference.

Explanation:
The Nebraska International Languages Association named Spanish teacher Mariah Wailes from Lincoln High School its 2018 New World Language Teacher of the Year. Wailes is in her second year of teaching at Lincoln High.

Janet Eckerson, chair of the World Languages Department at Lincoln High, said this about Wailes in her nomination letter for the award:
 

"She is a great collaborator with the teachers in our department and always willing to try a new idea. I have no doubt that she will continue to seek out opportunities to grow as a practitioner and expand her language proficiency. Mariah is enthusiastic, open-minded, thoughtful, and always seeking ideas to improve her teaching. She’s everything you hope for in a new teacher; she takes initiative to address problems, imagines new possibilities for lessons and reflects thoughtfully on her work."

 
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.  Administrator Certificated Employees:
             Changes of Status - 1
             Separations - 1
   b.  Certificated Employees:
             Elections - 10
             Re-Elections Same Assignment - 2
             Changes of Status - 1
             Leaves of Absence - 71
             Separations - 84
   c.  Substitute Certificated Employees:
             Elections - 7
             Changes of Status - 3
             Separations - 2
   d.  Classified Employees:
             Elections - 22
             Separations - 39
   e.  Other:
             Employment of Family Members - 1
             Workers' Compensation Lump Sum Settlements -1
   f.  Approval of recommended agreement with Gallup Inc. to subscribe
       to TeacherInsight, PrincipalInsight and SupportInsight.
 

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 April 9, 2019, were previously provided.

                Federal Tax ACH Deposit of $5,871,116.74.

                Procurement Card ACH Transfer of $97,985.05.

                Child Support ACH Transfer of $18,883.41.

                Office Depot ACH Transfer of $50,035.38.

                Blue Cross/Blue Shield ACH Transfer of $5,154,564.05.

                Vendor ACH Transfer of $158,207.41.

b.  PAYROLL FOR RATIFICATION - Payroll for the period ending March 29, 2019, in the amount of $16,924,982.00.
 
c.  BIDS/CONTRACTS/OTHER ROUTINE BUSINESS - Bids/contracts/other routine business will be presented for approval for the purchase of textbooks; the purchase of computers; a lease agreement with the Nebraska Sports Council; a Memorandum of Understanding with the Foundation for LPS; an agreement with the City of Lincoln; the purchase of a route management system for Transportation; 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 April 9, 2019.
 
b.  Payroll for the period ending March 29, 2019.
 
c.  Bids/contracts/other routine business for the purchase of textbooks; the purchase of computers; a lease agreement with the Nebraska Sports Council; a Memorandum of Understanding with the Foundation for LPS; an agreement with the City of Lincoln; the purchase of a route management system for Transportation; items listed for auction; and any other bids/contracts/routine business as presented.
Attachments:
8.3. Option Enrollment Student Applications for 2019-20
Rationale: 

On March 26, 2019, the Board adopted a resolution to accept an option enrollment student for the 2019-20 school year.  An application for enrollment during the 2019-20 school year has been received and is in compliance with the Board resolution of March 26, 2019.      

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 March 26, 2019.  Staff recommends approval of the application.  

Proposal   
That the Board adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the student who has been assigned student number 420201 (for purposes of confidentiality, assigned numbers are being used) meets one or more of the criteria of the Board resolution of March 26, 2019, with regard to such option students;

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 Requests for Enrollment Option Out 2019-20
Rationale: 

March 15, 2019, 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  
Requests from students who reside in the district of Lincoln Public Schools and wish to attend school outside of Lincoln Public Schools have been received after the March 15, 2019, deadline.  The Lincoln Board of Education may deny or approve these requests.  If the requests are approved by the Board of Education, they will be forwarded to the option school districts for their approval. 

Student Number            Option District
403337                            Raymond Central
293245                            Milford
233269                            Crete
224512                            Crete
423158                            Seward
270686                            Seward
263203                            Malcolm
221964                            Norris
429366                            Norris
417019                            Norris
295303                            Norris

Proposal  
That the Board approve the requests for option out for the 2019-20 school year.
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. Processing of USDA Commodities #9605, 9608, 9609
Rationale: 
Bids were requested from interested vendors to process and deliver diverted USDA foods (Commodities) for use by Nutrition Services for all locations. Commodities to be processed include mozzarella cheese, barrel cheese, and bulk chicken.  The contract prices are for the period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.  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:

Nardone Brothers Baking Co. (Hanover, Pennsylvania)               $388,382.70
Land O’ Lakes, Inc. (Arden Hills, Minnesota)                                  102,427.70
TysonFood, Inc. (Springdale Arkansas)                                          529,701.00
Total                                                             $1,020,511.40 (estimated annual)

Bids and contracts are available in the Purchasing Department.

This will be an estimated annual expenditure of $1,020,511.40 from the Nutrition Services Fund.
 

Proposal
That the Board discuss 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.
9.2.2. Tuition Charges for 2019-20
Rationale: 
Each 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 2019-20 school year for the programs noted.  The rates are intended to recover the district’s anticipated actual costs for the 2019-20 school year.
  1. Regular Instructional Program:
2019-20 Rates
                                             Per Year                Per Semester            Per Day
          Grades K-6                    $10,000.00                  $5,000.00          $56.82
          Grades 7-8                    $12,000.00                  $6,000.00          $66.67
          Grades 9-12                  $14,000.00                  $7,000.00          $77.78

          Based on 176 days elementary and 180 days secondary.
  1. Specialized Services for Special Education Programs:
 
Special education tuition rates will be determined using the calculation provided by the Nebraska Department of Education.  The rate will include Lincoln Public Schools’ cost per student calculated pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-598(3) plus Lincoln Public Schools’ average cost per student for special education services adjusted upward for students receiving an even more intense program.

Proposal
That the Board discuss the proposed tuition rates.
10. SECOND READING, RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION
10.1. From Board Committees
10.2. From the Superintendent
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. Strategic Plan Update - Family and Community Partnerships
Attachments:
13.3.2. Superintendent Update
14. ANNOUNCEMENTS OF UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE BOARD
Rationale:  April 10: Face the Chamber, 12:00 pm, Country Club
April 11: FLPS Board Meeting, 8:30 am, Beattie Elementary
April 15: LPS Learning Lunch, 11:45 am, LPSDO
April 17: GNSA, 9:30 am, NCSA
April 18: AFJROTC Awards night, 6:00 pm, LNE
April 19: Holiday - No School
April 22: No Elementary School
April 23:
TeamMates Spring Celebration, 9:30 am, Kimball Hall
Board Meeting, 6:00 pm, 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 a closed session by the affirmative vote of a majority of its voting members if a closed session is clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual.  The subject matter and the reason necessitating the closed session are to be identified in the motion to close. Closed sessions may be held for, but shall not be limited to, such the subject matter and the reasons set forth in the Proposal section below.

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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