ESU Coordinating Council
October 08, 2014 3:30 PM
Legislative Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Chair of Committee
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
Chair of Committee
Discussion

Call to order at 3:40.

Staff: David Ludwig, Deb Hericks

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. ESUCC Action Plan
Executive Director - David M Ludwig
3.B. Distance Ed/BlendEd Funding
Executive Director - David M Ludwig
Discussion

BlendEd met for a planning session in Kearney. Keith Rohwer led the group through the process and came up with talking points for legislative hearings. Try to have people testify at all three hearings and lottery hearing. Can we try to tend BlendEd into the other critical areas (Early Childhood, Incarcerated Youth, etc.) Linda Dickeson, Craig Hicks, Bob Uhing, and David Ludwig met with Senator Sullivan last Friday in her office regarding BlendEd.

3.C. ESU Levy Limits (JPA - Joint Partnership Agreement)
Karen Haase - Board Attorney
Rationale

Karen Haase to discuss statutes regarding ESUs Levy limits. If ESU go into a JPA can they levy above the 1.5 cents?

Attachments
Discussion

The Executive Director reviewed the memo from Harding & Shultz. Board president gave his overview on his presentation of their projects on JPA/Bonds. ESUs can join other ESUs, not depended on geographical area. ESUs need more than one way to build facilities. Change QCPUF to include ESUs? Change restrictive funds? Compile a master list (from ESUS) of needs (ADA, etc.) Three areas of need: Capital improvement, growth, new facilities.

3.D. Budget Goals
Chair of Committee/Executive Director
Attachments
Discussion

Executive Director reviewed the budget goals he has established. Theme of goals: communication, staffing, and funding. We need to support the Commissioner's lead on his funding prospects. Executive Director will continue to work with Commissioner and keep Committee apprised of changes/needs to help support goals.

3.E. Legislative Hearings
Chair of Committee
Rationale

LB1103
October 6  (Data with Dean Folkers) - OMAHA - Gallup - 1001 Gallup Drive

October 15  (AQUESTT with Matt Blomstedt, Valerie Foy, Sue Anderson, Freida Lange) - NORFOLK - Lifelong Learning Center, Suite E -801 East Benjamin Avenue

October 16  (Community Partnerships with EC-Career Ready with Brian Halstead and Rich Katt) - BROKEN BOW - High School - 323 North 7th Avenue

November 19  (Lottery Fund Hearing - LB 497) - Lincoln - State Capitol, Room 1525 - 1445 K Street

Discussion

Reviewed the upcoming legislative hearings. Need support from all (ESUs, Supts., schools, parents, etc.)

4. Next Meetings Agenda Items
Chair of Committee
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 meeting at 4:31 passed with a motion by Beatty ESU 16 and a second by Calvert ESU 15.