ESU Coordinating Council
January 07, 2015 3:00 PM
Legislative Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
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
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Discussion

Call to order at 3:08 PM.

Staff: David Ludwig, Deb Hericks

2. Roll Call
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
3. Agenda Item
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
3.A. Network NE Membership (Non-Profit Agencies)
ESUCC Executive Director David Ludwig
Rationale

From: "John Stritt" <jstritt@esu10.org>
To: "David Ludwig (dludwig@esucc.org)" <dludwig@esucc.org>, "Uhing Bob" <buhing@esu1.org>
Cc: "Scott Jones" <scott.jones@esusixteen.org>, "Schroeder Deb" <schroederd@unk.edu>
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:22:59 AM
Subject: Wording change in state statute

As shared in an earlier email both NNAG and DEAC discussed the idea of expanding the authority of the OCIO to allow for Network Nebraska participation by both public libraries and non-profit entities.  Current statute limited it to private and public schools plus post-secondary.  The reasons for the change was that public libraries and non-profit entities can be valuable educational partners.  Many states with similar broadband services allowing for their membership.

 
State statute along with the current statute read and the updated version can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uUlWkHE08UiJb_MrKoSprTNOUOpJi8UWYreeie_qbOQ/edit?usp=sharing
 
If you agree that this statute upgrade is worth pursuing, we would like your input on moving the process forward.  Dave I believe that you have one if not several meetings scheduled with members of the education committee.  We are wondering if you sharing this with them to get their input would be a starting step.  
 
Getting letters of support from ESUCC, K12 administrators and teachers, as well as a public library and non-profit education provider could also be gathered in support.  
 
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John Stritt - jstritt@esu10.org
ESU 10 Distance Learning Coordinator
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The pros to the amended language include:
  • new educational opportunities from the partnership between libraries and non-profit content providers
  • allows for both libraries and non-profit to connect through current Network Nebraska members backbone connection
  • as new members these entities would provide additional membership revenue to Network Nebraska

Discussion

Executive Director shared email from John Stritt for discussion regarding word changes in statute to include participation of public libraries and non-profit entities. Potential to increase Network NE expenses. Would need bigger equipment to increase hardware to include extra bandwidth. They would like a letter of support to move forward to allow the legislation to be changed to include public libraries or non-public to be added to Network Nebraska. Wait until after February meeting when we have more information. Executive Director will have discussion with OCIO to gather more information on how it will impacts costs to current K-12 schools and ESUs.

3.B. LB 497
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Discussion

Executive Director discussed the recent conversations regarding the lottery funds. The lottery funds need to be utilized for new and innovative projects.

3.B.I. NE Repository for Online Blended Learning
ESUCC Executive Director David Ludwig
Attachments
Discussion

Executive Director shared diagram of what the repository concept could look like. (BlendEd) this model could include master courses for each content, digital content, course repository, etc.

3.B.II. Senator Kolowski (Tier 2 Funding)
ESUCC Executive Director David Ludwig
Attachments
Discussion

Executive Director discussed the Tier 2 Funding and how it will affect distance learning across the state. Schools District and ESUs will need approval of courses. (career readiness, dual credit, etc.)

3.C. Facility Funding
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Discussion

Three specific needs - capital, additions to facilities, new facilities. Facility funding, what can we currently find that we have in place that will help meet these needs. Can we modify language in QCPUFF to include ESUs. What that help ESUs? Joint Partnership Act to help provide additions to buildings. (Cap is 5% of restricted funds, increase to 10%) ESU #6 has already had documents updated and will share with Executive Director and others to try and move forward.

4. Next Meetings Agenda Items
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Discussion

Next agenda items: Network NE Membership (Non-Profit Agencies)

5. Executive Session
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
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
Committee Chair - Liz Standish
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn meeting at 4:08 PM. passed with a motion by Shoemake ESU 06 and a second by West ESU 13.