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August 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Committee of the Whole

1. Public Comments on Agenda Items - This is the proper time for public questions and comments on agenda items only. Please make sure a request form is given to the Board Vice-President before the meeting begins.
Speaker(s):  Jon Zimmerman
Discussion:  Jon called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Doris Martin, Randy Coleman and Steve Winter present. Absent Lisa Pieper Janet Byars Nancy Sedlacek Jim Spangler Mitch Deines No one spoke at this time.
2. NeSA Update
Speaker(s):  Jackie Nielsen
Discussion:  Standard Based Grading. Want to keep everyone imformed. Will be sharing with staff at staff meeting. Grading Committee has developed the presentation. Shared the Process. Reviewed the Purpose - and focus on student learning and not on student behavior Shared Goals Create grading practices that are accuart, consistent, meaningful and supportive of learing. Late work changed in spring of 2013 Focus on meainngful as compared to busy work Accepted for full credit. Not reduced/penalized for lateness some may have a fixed deadline at the end of unit, zeroes remain. Alternate assignments may be give. Attendace in 2013 changed but is not reflected in the grad. - it does not reflect the knowledge of the student. Extra Credit Changed Spring 2013 No extra credit or bonus points given. This is not a true reflection of a child's learning. Scaling Grades Changed Spring 2013 - Not an accurate measure of the student achievement. Reteaching and retesting is more effective. Students did not get all the material reteach. Group Grades Changed 2013 reflect on individual achievement Overview of Next Steps for fall of 2013 Redo/Retake Formative vs. Summatimve. We will implement in Fall of 2014 Behavior Rubric and Grading Scale. Redo/retakes - All students will have the opportunity to red/retake formative and summative assements after completing extra coursework. Higher grade will be assigned. Students will need to have all homework completed to take advantage of the opportunity. Formative/Summative Grading Folders Formative 10% Summative 90% - Grades reflect knowledge rather than effort or completiong. Behavior Rubric Changing in fall 2014 (explaing Rubric Grading Scale change in fall 2014 see handout. 1-4 grade scale with 4 being the highest. K-5 use this now so we will start at 6th grade in 2014 and then will go 6-12. Will look at GPA changes. Looking to the Future Shared a sample of a possible report card based on the rubric scale. sent an article out showing the same card. One parent responded and loved it. Parents are asking to be on the grading committee. Doris expressed conceren about the number grades that will have to be given when you have so many kids. Infinite Campus will help with this. Average vs trending. (see notes)we are working with teachers to look at where students ended. Similar to college grading. Key points to remember education is crucial, going slow is key to sustainability, mindsets need to be changed, education is about growth and improvement.
3. Grading Update
Speaker(s):  Jackie Nielsen
4. Budget Review 2013-14
Speaker(s):  John Brazell
Discussion:  John B - Budget Review 2013-14 Background 3-4 crisis Received ARA Fuunds Last year not ARA funds would 1.5 expenses exceed revenue. Budge of 20,570.266.00 will spend about 101% over revenue. Budget expenses high and reveney low. 200,000 over revnue and 550,000 expenses less. Will cause us to dip into reserve. Used VSP to bring rev and expenses and will present us a balanced budget. Reviewed the 13-14 revune local district taxes is biggest change. Reviewed Summary of Expenditures comparing 13-14 and 12-13. John explained what each line item included. Legislature is looking at the funding formula. 1210 will be hire more like last year will have more kids. 2212 down due to jackie funded under principalinstad of curriculum. Review of Program Budget. Review at Land valuation and tax information. Valuations are up almost 60,000. a 6.48% increase. Mil levy is declining since valuation went up. Take this time now where we are more stable. To move from survivle mode to planning for future. Consider as look forward Changes in State Aid Affordable Health Care - how will it affect. Next year know we will have to provide insurance to more staff. Almost 250,000. District staffing issues Strategic planning items Randy - Could we pay anything down that might put us in a better position. Most of the is bond money probably limit almost 3 to 3 1/2 to pay it off. Pat at a good point now plan for the future. Strategic Plan will have cost. Adding technology staff and a para in the Library and learning coaches. Elementary facility how do we get it done by a time in bond payment. Technology 1 to 1 one large time cost, but also a yearly cost. Started to look John and Pat. One time vehicle expense. Maintenance projects to complete. Economic growth might see some as he has talked to the community members involved. This will help us also. As a board/administration go back to plan to put a timeline together to move forward. Steve internet items we did this summer will there be more. John thinks infrustructure is done. Middle School renovation lots of big stuff done, but is some more to do. We did a large reduction of force. We will have to review. If number of students stay the same makes this decision a little harder. Caution about adding staff back. 85% is personnel. Can't take anymore out of utilities and maintenance. Board how do we want to move forward. Jon - cut board down from 9 to 6 a small cost, but would be a cut. Pat asked they look at pforward. Groups talking with them will be sending out in city bills a newsletter. Talk about a new elementary building. Talked about this in the newsletter. Budget Request and Tax Request and Bond Update. These are budget authority hearings.
5. Superintendent Items
Speaker(s):  Pat Nauroth
5.1. Grant Writer
Discussion:  Pat - Tailgate forward on Sept 6 at 6:00 PM at the High School. Asked Board to let us know - Steve will go. Randy will go. Jon and Terri will be there (5) Doris will go. BEA is doing a fine job. Grant Writer Educational Foundation a part time position to look at technology and career academies. Might want put some money about 5 to 6,000 with their 5,000 for more time. Might look at Aim out of Omaha. These fund might help. Jackie other wrote revision fund of 1 million. Funded at 78,000 to 79,000 for career academies. Jackie will met with group and and Southeast. What we can do and not do. This will help us move forward. Aims used by Pat. Has had good success. Board would tell they always wrote themselves into it to monitor and Board wondered what they monitored. Has used UNL. Better to use our own? See what Foundation feels would be best. Good grant writer takes lots of money. Randy they are the experts and he does not have a problem paying them by a portion of the grant. Go for it. Have to know who you look. Usually pay some up front. But with Aims and UNL he did not.
5.2. Technology
5.3. Career Academies
6. Public Comments - This is the proper time for public questions and comments on any topic. Please make sure a request form is given to the Board Vice-President before the meeting begins.
Speaker(s):  Jon Zimmerman
Discussion:  None Done at 8:34
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