ESU Coordinating Council
February 10, 2016 12:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site, and host site.

Open Meetings Law
: Pursuant to Section 84 - 1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in this meeting room. 

2. Roll Call
Discussion

Call to order at 12:05 PM. Staff: David Ludwig, Priscilla Quintana, Deb Hericks

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. Executive Director Appraisal
President West
Discussion

President discussed the meeting with the Executive Director and President-Elect to review his appraisal. Next month final appraisal to be brought to the Executive Committee for review.

3.B. ESUCC/PDO Two Year Calendar
President West
Rationale

ESUCC/PDO Two Year Calendar

Discussion

Executive Director discussed the process used to make the two-year calendar. There were some conflicts. Please review calendar and get back with conflicts. Do we want to move back to first week vs second week and Wednesday/Thursday.

3.B.I. ESUCC Meeting Dates and Locations
President West
Rationale

ESUCC Meeting Dates 2016-2018

Discussion

Committee also reviewed the option of rotating meetings per sites. President to discuss with whole Board. If don't use the rotational meeting schedule possibly schedule time over summer for a tour of the state.

3.C. May PDO Celebration
President West
Rationale

Please let Executive Secretary of those ESUs personnel who will be retiring this year so that we can add them to the Celebration.  Each ESU Roasts their own employees at this celebration.  Celebration scheduled for May 4, 2016 at 6:00PM at the Holiday Inn in Kearney. 

Current list includes:

December 2015 retirements - John Stritt (celebrated his last year at PDO), Graci Gilming, Susan Sandoval (Imat), ESU 10; Pam Krambeck, Bill Menosek, ESU 3;  bring back to roast in May.  

May 2016 retirements:  Barb Friesth, ESU 7

Discussion

If there are any staff retiring please let Executive Secretary know so that we can roast them at the PDO Celebration in May.

3.D. Definition of a Statewide Service (Allen)
President West
Discussion

Define what makes a statewide service. One fiscal agent (ESUCC) budget would run through ESUCC. If there are multiple agencies involved, this would become a regional activity outside oft he ESUCC. Tier two support would be to get state-wide pricing and have available through the Coop market place. Tier three support would be to recognize other needs across the state - not involving state-wide negotiations. State-wide initiatives become an automatic part of the ESUCC process (governance defines what becomes an initiative.

3.D.I. Services for Non-Publics (Allen)
President West
Discussion

Federal guidelines say that non-publics participation funds have to either give funds to their ESU or do all their own training. Executive Director to have further discussions.

3.E. ESU Staff Presenting Outside Their Service Agency
President West
Rationale

ESU Staff Presenting Outside Their ESU

Discussion

Reviewed the Google Doc with beginnings of discussions of history of staff presenting outside their service units. We will create a procedure from the information gathered.

3.F. Joint Affiliate Meeting Update (IMAT, TAG, Distance Ed)
Executive Director Ludwig
Rationale

Joint Meeting_012816

Discussion

Executive Director reviewed the Joint Affiliate meeting on January 28, 2016 (IMAT, TAG, Distance Ed and BlendEd. They are proposing to combine the affiliates to Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) and create buckets of affiliate needs. Over have the members of those affiliates serve on one or more of those affiliates.

3.G. NDE State Board: New testing options
President West
Rationale

Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 9:14 AM
Subject: Nebraska Department of Education, news release:

STATE ED BOARD WILL EXPLORE NEW TESTING OPTIONS AFTER ONLINE TESTING BREAKDOWNS, AGAIN

NEWS RELEASE

For more information contact Betty VanDeventer at 402-471-4537 or betty.vandeventer@nebraska.gov

Feb. 5, 2016  

STATE ED BOARD WILL EXPLORE NEW TESTING OPTIONS

AFTER ONLINE WRITING TESTING BREAKDOWNS, AGAIN

·       Ed Board will review contract with testing firm

Reoccurring problems with online state testing coupled with state and federal changes have prompted the Nebraska State Board of Education to look for a new direction in state testing.

On Thursday, some State Board of Education members expressed dismay and frustration when they learned that Nebraska students were once again shut out of their online writing tests? twice in late January and, on another occasion, lost access to online testing tools.

State Assessment Director Valorie Foy outlined the series of problems and told the Board that a number of recent events provide an excellent opportunity to take state testing in a new direction.

On Jan. 21, 325 students from 18 schools in six districts were affected during a 1 hour 47 minute partial state outage. On Jan. 27, at least 1,488 students from 112 schools in 85 districts were affected by a statewide outage. And, on Jan. 28, about 5,340 students at 207 schools from 143 districts lost access to testing tools for 4 hours and 7 minutes.

While no student work was lost, Foy said student performance on the test may have been affected. “I was observing in a school district on Thursday morning, January 21,” she said. “Students who experience technology glitches have anxiety. Students are concerned that their work will be lost.”

Nebraska’s new accountability system that credits schools for effective educational practices coupled with a new federal system, Every Student Succeeds Act, that is less intrusive as well as proposed changes in state education law present new opportunities, Foy said, at a time when the state’s current online testing system has once again broken down under the oversight of the state’s Minneapolis-based testing firm.

Data Recognition Corporation oversees online testing in Nebraska. In 2012-13, the reliability of writing test scores at grades 8 and 11 was considered suspect. Those scores were interpreted with caution because of technology problems. In 2013-14, no scores were released because, again, of technology issues. At that time, DRC assured the State Board of Education that the firm would take additional measures to assure no other problems would occur.

State Board President Rachel Wise of Oakland called the recent outages and loss of testing tools unacceptable, indicating that the State Board will look closely at its contract with DRC and work with Nebraska educators and policy leaders as the department explores new testing options.

“It’s time to explore a different direction,” Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt said. “This pushes me over the top.”

 

 

 

 

Discussion

Discussions regarding NDE will explore new options for online testing.

3.H. North Star Negotiations Software (Craig Caples/NASB)
Rationale

From: "ccaples" <ccaples@nasbonline.org>
To: "Kraig Lofquist" <kraig.lofquist@esu9.us>
Sent: Monday, February 1, 2016 8:08:52 AM
Subject: North Star Negotiations

Kraig

Just sending you a quick reminder about the north star negotiations.  If possible we would like to bring down the cost for bringing all the ESUs on at once.  That will make the price quite a bit lower than what you see on our website.  We could also do the training at one of your meetings so we could train everyone at once.  Please let me know if you need anything from us on this or have any questions.  Thanks.

Craig Caples
Director of Technology
Nebraska Association of School Boards

Discussion

Feedback needed on the interest in using the North Star Negotiations software.

3.I. Student Loan Forgiveness Program
President West
Rationale

A presentation from Jay Bauer, AESA, will be provided during the ESUCC Regular Meeting Thursday, January 14.  The topic for discussion will be student loan forgiveness for staff.

Discussion

Continued discussions regarding Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

4. Next Meeting Agenda Items
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session 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.

6. Adjournment
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn at 1:03 passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Gegg ESU 05.