ESU Coordinating Council
November 18, 2014 3:30 PM
Legislative 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 3:34 PM

Staff: David Ludwig, Deb Hericks

Guests: Jan Glenn, ESU 3

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. LB 1103 Hearings
David Ludwig
Discussion

Executive Director gave an update from the legislative hearings. David Ludwig, Linda Dickeson, Beth Kabes and Craig Hicks have also had individual conversations with several administrators.

3.B. LB 497 Hearing
David Ludwig
Discussion

The Lottery Hearing is scheduled for 1:30 PM tomorrow at the State Capitol. Again several meetings have been held in support of testimonies to be given. Three people slotted to give testimonies: BJ Peters, ESU 13; Linda Dickeson, LPS: ESU 7, Humphrey school teacher. Keep testimonies short and succinct. ESU 13 has a Chadron superintendent who will also testify in support of BlendEd.

3.C. ESU Levy (JPA-Joint Partnership Agreement)
David Ludwig
Discussion

Executive Director will schedule a meeting with Senator Davis.

3.C.I. Overview of the Joint Partnership Agreement
David Ludwig
Attachments
3.C.II. Overview of Senator Input from ESU 1 & 8 Meeting
David Ludwig
Discussion

Invited senators to a joint meeting of ESU 1 and ESU 8, Executive Director was the moderator of this meeting. Facilities questions: bond issue is available to ESUs in the same way that is available to school districts. This has not been tried by an ESU in NE.

3.C.III. Development of a Master List of ESU Facility Needs Across the State
David Ludwig
Discussion

Create a master list of needs across the state: capital improvement, growth, new facilities. Public Facility and Construction Finance Act was used by ESU 13. Five percent of restricted funds can be used for facilities and for technology.

3.C.III.a. Capital Improvement
David Ludwig
3.C.III.b. Growth
David Ludwig
3.C.III.c. New Facilities
David Ludwig
3.D. NDE Budget Proposal
Discussion

Commissioner has included in his draft budget: core funding, data collection, NE elearning project. NDE and ESUCC are working on creating a Master Service Agreement between the two entities.

3.E. Blue Cross, Blue Shield
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Discussion

Insurance pooling between two entities (ESUs and Schools) - Legislative proposal out of Grand Island for a change in statute. This will be a topic of discussion at the NASBO round table tomorrow. It would be hard for some entities to go it on their own, if someone has a claim, everyone goes rate goes up. Size can change variability quickly. Huge population that does not fit under the seven areas that can continue care with doctors. Majority of people who have responded are neutral in their position.

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 at 4:22 passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Beatty ESU 16.