Nebraska Department of Education
September 05, 2014 8:30 AM
State Board of Education Meeting Notification and Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER
President Wise
1.1. Roll Call
President Wise
1.2. Pledge of Allegiance
President Wise
1.3. Announcement of the placement of the Open Meetings Act information
President Wise
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
2.1. Approve the minutes of the August 7-8, 2014, State Board of Education meeting as published
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3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Commissioner Blomstedt and President Wise
3.1. Commissioner’s recommendations and items to be removed from consent agenda (if any)
Commissioner Blomstedt
4. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
4.1. Special Presentation on Accountability (8:45 a.m.)
Chad Buckendahl, Valorie Foy and Marilyn Peterson
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4.2. REQUEST FOR APPEARANCE
President Wise
4.2.A. ESEA Waiver (10 minutes)
4.3. PUBLIC COMMENT
5. HEARINGS(NONE)
6. EXECUTIVE SESSION –if needed
6.1. Monthly update of contested cases and litigation
7. ACTION ITEMS
7.1. Approve proposed revisions to STATE BOARD POLICY D12, "Ethics/Accountability & Disclosure."
John Sieler
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7.2. Authorize the Commissioner to submit the Department's budget request for the 2015-17 biennium on behalf of the State Board of Education.
Bryce Wilson/Shane Rhian
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7.3. Adopt the updated English Language Arts Standards
Donlynn Rice and Tricia Parker-Siemers
Rationale

Link:  http://www.education.ne.gov/StandardsSurvey/Documents/ELA_Draft_Standards.pdf

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7.4. Grant the Commissioner the authority to contract with Vivayic, Inc. to develop and provide professional development on a middle school career education and planning curriculum
Rich Katt
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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7.5. Grant the Commissioner the authority to contract for program evaluation services for the federally funded State Personnel Development Grant
Mary Ann Losh and Jolene Palmer
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7.6. Grant the Commissioner the authority to approve an amendment to the contract with the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children (NeAEYC)
Melody Hobson
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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7.7. Approve Appointment of member to the Council on Student Attendance
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8. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
8.1. Identify items for separate vote
8.2. Approve consent agenda
8.3. Personnel Report
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8.4. Miscellaneous
8.4.A. Approve school districts' request for exclusions to the budget limitation in accordance with the provisions of the Tax Equity & Educational Opportunities Support Act (TEEOSA)
Bryce Wilson
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8.4.B. Authorize the Commissioner to approve McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Grants to eleven school districts
Diane Stuehmer and Cathy Mohnike
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8.4.C. Authorize the Commissioner to approve computer equipment for Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) upgrade
Mark Schultz and Leslie Novacek
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8.5. Grants
8.6. Contracts
8.6.A. Grant the Commissioner the authority to continue to contract with NCSA to provide Conference management services
Donlynn Rice
8.6.B. Grant the Commissioner the authority to carry over unused funds to the 2015 contract for maintenance of the Grants Management System by MTW Solutions
Bryce Wilson and Shane Rhian
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8.6.C. Grant the Commissioner the authority to approve the contract with Easter Seals Society of Nebraska, Inc. to provide benefits analysis services for Nebraska VR consumers
Mark Schultz
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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8.6.D. Grant the Commissioner the authority to approve the renewal of a contract with The Abilities Fund to provide management services to assist individuals with disabilities in starting and/or expanding self-employment opportunities.
Mark Schultz
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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8.6.E. Grant the Commissioner the authority to purchase Microsoft IT Academy licenses for implementation in Nebraska secondary schools and community colleges
Rich Katt
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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8.6.F. Grant the Commissioner the authority to amend Contract #35034 with Papillion-La Vista Public Schools.
Mary Ann Losh
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8.6.G. Grant the Commissioner the authority to continue to contract with the American Institutes for Research
Mary Ann Losh
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8.6.H. Grant the Commissioner the authority to continue to provide contracts with PBiS Regional Coaches.
Mary Ann Losh and Jolene Palmer
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8.6.I. Grant the Commissioner the authority to continue to contract with Demerath Counseling and Therapy LLC
Melody Hobson
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8.6.J. Grant the Commissioner the authority to continue to contract for coaching services to implement the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children
Melody Hobson
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8.7. Leases
8.8. Committees
8.8.A. Approve Member for Council on Student Attendance
Brian L. Halstead
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8.8.B. Approve appointments to the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)
Gary M. Sherman/Ann Bird
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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9. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS
10. BOARD REPORTS, DATES AND DISCUSSION ITEMS
10.1. Meeting participation
10.1.A. NASBE Annual Conference, October 16-18, 2014, Westminster, Colorado
Commissioner Blomstedt and President Wise
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10.1.A.1. Consider the candidates for NASBE President-Elect for 2015
Commissioner Blomstedt and President Wise
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10.1.A.2. Consider the proposed amendments to the Bylaws and additions to the NASBE Public Education Positions
Commissioner Blomstedt and President Wise
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10.1.A.3. Select the Nebraska voting delegate and alternate for the 2014 Annual Conference in Westminster, Colorado
Commissioner Blomstedt and President Wise
11. INFORMATION ITEMS/WRITTEN REPORTS
11.1. Statutorily required notice of contracts involving public employees
Bryce Wilson
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11.2. Contracts approved by Commissioner
Bryce Wilson
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11.3. Competitive grants and contracts less than $10,000 issued July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014
Bryce Wilson
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11.4. Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Annual Report
Gary M. Sherman/Ann Bird
Rationale

See the attached support document.

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12. ADJOURNMENT
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The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska State Office Building, Nebraska Department of Education, Sixth Floor, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509.  A work session will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nebraska State Office Building, Nebraska Department of Education, Sixth Floor, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509.

This agenda contains a list of subjects known at the time of its distribution on August 27, 2014.  A copy of the agenda reflecting any changes will be available for public inspection during the normal business hours in the Office of the Commissioner of Education and on the State Board of Education's Agenda pagewww.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Agendas.html.  Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda will not be changed later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting.