Public Meeting Minutes: January 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

January 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Call to Order
1.1. Roll Call
Rationale:  If any board member is absent, there will need to be a  motion to excuse the absence.
1.1.1. Recognition of Re-Elected Board Members
2. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
3. Vision/Mission/Strategic Goals of the Norfolk Public School District

It is the vision of the Norfolk Public Schools to actively engage all students in learning
through a relevant and comprehensive standards-based curriculum that integrates
 21st century skills, tools, context, and assessments.

    • Goal #1:  All students will succeed at each grade level and graduate from high school well-prepared for a variety of post-secondary pursuits.

    • Goal #2:  All students will feel connected with the school and the learning process.

    • Goal #3:  District resources, programs, and departments will be aligned to attain high levels of student achievement and instructional excellence.

    • Goal #4:  The community will be engaged to support high levels of student achievement.

      The mission of the Norfolk Public Schools is to prepare studentswith the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a complex, global society.









































        4. Welcome, Public Comments, Communication
        5. Amendments to Agenda/Approval of Consent Agenda Items
        5.1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
        Rationale:  Minutes

        December 13, 2010 - 4:30 Study Session
        December 13, 2010 - 7:30 Regular Session
        5.2. Personnel
        5.3. Claims
        6. Award for Excellence
        Rationale:  Postponed until February.
        7. Focus on Students/Best of the Best
        Rationale:  Postponed.
        8. Reports and Discussion Items
        8.1. Superintendent's Report
        8.2. Financial Report
        Rationale:  This month's finance report is brief.  The total bills for December are down due to the Christmas break.  We will soon be half way through the 2010/2011 budget year.  We continue to monitor our spending and align it to our revenues.  

        It is anticipated that state aid funding for next year will be less.  Along with that, all Federal ARRA dollars will go away.  We are projecting a possible revenue shortfall of approximately $1.7 to $2.2 million dollars for the 2011/2012 year.  Administration and the Board are looking at how we can continue to offer necessary services to our students. 

        General Fund bills = $254,795.31
        Cooperative Fund bills = $13,380.37
        Lunch fund bills = $80,472.07
        Special Building Fund bills = $871.61

        8.3. Instruction/Personnel Reports

        Assessment / Curriculum

        MAP Academy


        During the summer of 2011, the district will be offering a MAP Academy to interested teachers.  MAP Academy is a workshop designed to engage teachers in active learning strategies that reinforce prior learning and help them apply the use of MAP data in their classrooms.  The ultimate goal of the academy is to guide participants to better be able to use MAP data to inform instruction in their classrooms.  Teachers who participate will be able to earn professional growth points and may be able to earn college credit as well.

        Professional Development


        NET/PLC Meeting Update

        ·         December 17th—All district staff met at the Carson Theater to hear an update of the district’s digital conversion planning and learn of examples of PLC work throughout the district.

        ·         January 4th—Each building had separate NET meetings for either half or all day depending on the level and studied data, assigned students to appropriate groups, and held curriucular meetings.

        ·         January 7th—Building NET/PLC sessions were held.


        2011-2012 Calendar


        As was presented at the 4:30 work session, administration is studying whether the Friday early release model is appropriate for the district moving foward.  The information provided to you at the 4:30 meeting will be submitted for final approval at the February board meeting.

        Professional Growth Report

        Attached you will find a report on Professional Growth for 2010 submitted by the Professional Growth Committee.

        8.4. Student Services Report
        8.5. Finance Committee Report
        Rationale:  We received three bids as a result of the RFP.  Morrow, Davis & Toelle had the low bid.  The Finance is recommending approval of the bid for district audit services as submitted by Morrow, Davies & Toelle.

        The District's 403(b) program was discussed. 

        Preliminary budget projections for the 2011/2012 budget year were discussed. 
        8.6. Activities Committee Report
        9. Action Items
        9.1. Accept Bid for the District Audit Services
        Rationale:  In November the board took action to put out a Request for Proposals for district audit services. The board finance committee has reviewed those submitted bids and is recommending acceptance of the bid from Davies, Morrow and Toelle.
        9.2. Board Appointments
        Rationale:  These responsibilities have been appointed positions that serve the board of education.
        9.3. Election of Officers
        Rationale:  The board will elect a President and Vice-President for the 2011 calendar year. 

        Nominations for office do not require a motion or a second, only a nomination.  After nominations are complete, the vote will be taken.  The vote may be taken by roll call or by ballot, however, the total votes the nominated individuals receive must be recorded.
        10. Future Meetings
        11. Adjournment
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