ESU Coordinating Council
February 04, 2015 2:00 PM
SPED 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
3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. Wade Fruhling - SRS Report
Wade Fruhling
Attachments
3.A.I. SRS Report
Rationale

    • New Features went live on the site
      • Notice and Consent for Early Intervention Initial Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Child Assessment
      • Notice of Meeting (IFSP)
      • Filter to sort student lists by Case Manager, Team Member, and with or without NSSRS ID#
      • Added validations to MIPS consent form
      • More Efficient
        • Users will be able to generate key forms, and make changes from the NSSRS report and not have to jump all over the site to fix problems
      • User-Friendly
        • The new report will draw the users attention to the items which need to be fixed in a very direct and clear way
        • User guides and tips will be built into system
      • Addresses nearly all complaints/suggestions from users over the years
      • Work will being in February
    • Developed and submitted a plan for the new NSSRS Report to programmers
      • New Interface
        • We have created a new central NSSRS report screen that contains all of the tools needed to complete this report
    • We will be interviewing three very promising candidates for the System Analyst position.
      • Interviews at scheduled for February 10th

3.A.II. Project Para
Rationale

  • Marjorie is in the process of updating the code for all of the pages with forms
    • Updated code will improve stability and security of site

3.A.III. ILCD
Rationale

  • We continue to maintain the ILCD Staff Survey site
    • Our office emails data (along with a summary) to school districts upon request

3.A.IV. AAP
Rationale

  • Planning has begun for next round of system improvements
    • Reporting feature for Title 1
    • Filter to help sort courses by category

3.B. SRS Budget Goals
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
Rationale

ESUCC will approve a balanced budget beginning the 2015-16 year.  ($42,012 deficit)

Continue the process of employing a System's Analysts within ESUCC. 

Review and/or revise the costs for SRS as reflected in the Master Services Agreement.

3.C. Medicaid (Steve Milliken)
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
Rationale

Earlier this year Dennis Pool and I discussed Medicaid in regard to a statewide service and statewide funding.  Based upon this conversation, this has been listed as one of ten ESUCC Budget Goals.

Prior to the Christmas break, Steve Milliken and I began discussing Medicaid in regard to statewide services and increased funding for school districts, ESU's and ESUCC.  What this would or will be is unknown at this time as dialogue with the DHHS is essential.  A meeting was scheduled January 14, 2015 with Brian Halstead, Steve Milliken and I to discuss this possibility.  Steve and I will attend a meeting with the DHHS January 26, 2015 with the intention of being at the table for a possible partnership.

As per Brian Halstead, statute provides for a partnership between the DHHS and NDE.  With that said, our involvement could be structured as a contracted service provider through NDE; whereby, revision in state statute may not be required.  Again, this is all preliminary but worth pursing. 

NASB is involved in the MAPS portion of Medicaid; whereby, the partnership in question is specific to the MIPS portion of Medicaid.  Steve Milliken did indicate that our funding through this project as it stands now is around $3,000,000 per year which was similar to the state of Virginia.  After implementation of their statewide effort through coordination and increased staff, the total revenue for the state of Virginia increased from $3,000,000 to roughly $17,000,000 per year.  Again, Steve and I will need to have continued conversations with needed stakeholders to determine the possible direction for this project.

Recommended Motion

Recommend the Executive Director to pursue the partnership with NDE and DHHS regarding the statewide Medicaid services and funding

3.D. Rule 11
Committee Chair - Beatty
3.E. Title III and Migrant (NDE)
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
Rationale

How are the boundaries are determined and the options for ESUs. 

3.F. Master Service Agreement
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Recommend to approve changes to Master Service Agreement

3.F.I. ILCD Fees ($5000)
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
3.F.II. SRS Tier Structure
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
Rationale

Tier (Total Enrollment) 2014-15 2015-16
3 (<100)  $124 $130
4 (100-249)  $322 $338
5 (250-499)  $642 $674
6 (500-999)  $1,926 $2,022
7 (1000-1999)  $2,569 $2,697
8 (2000-3999)  $3,211 $3,371
9 (4000-17999)  $6,420 $6,741
 
Estimated Income from Fees = $308,365

3.F.III. ESPD Affiliate Budget Requests
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
Rationale

IEP Training Requests

Requesting IEP Facilitation Training:  New participants - $12,500, Refresher Course $1500 - providing grant from NDE is granted.   This training to be held in June 2015.

They would also like to keep their "one hour" meeting with KSB School Law for each of their three meetings a year. 

Recommended Motion

Recommend approval of ESPD Budget requests

3.G. Change SPED Committee name to Special Populations
Committee Chair - Marge Beatty
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