Mississippi Board of Education
December 15, 2005
10:00 A.M.
4th Floor Boardroom
Central High School Building
359 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi


1. Report of State Superintendent of Education

02. Discussion of Appointment of Interim Conservator for the North Bolivar School District (Hank Bounds) Back-up material

02-a. Discussion of contract for Interim Conservator for the North Bolivar School District (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

03. Overview of MAEP Study Commission Report (Steve Williams) Back-up material

04. Discussion of FY 2007 Adjusted Base Student Cost (Steve Williams) Back-up material

05. Discussion of Financial Advisor for the Durant School District (Steve Williams) Back-up material

06. Discussion of contract modification with Day, Certified Public Accountant to serve as the financial advisor for the North Panola School District (Steve Williams) Back-up material

07. Discussion to remove Diane S. Day, CPA, Financial Advisor for North Panola School District (Steve Williams) Back-up material

08. Discussion of revision of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi 2005-2006 (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

09. Discussion of awarding of Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) Grants (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

10. Discussion of revision of the proposed Regulations for the Gifted Education Programs in Mississippi 2005 and resubmit for public comment under the Administrative Procedures Act process (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

11. Discussion of modification of grant awards to existing Mississippi Reading First school districts (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

12. Discussion to implement, in part, the termination for convenience clause of the FY 2006 contract with Riverside Publishing due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

13. Discussion of nonpublic school accreditation statuses for SY 2005-2006 (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

14. Report on evaluation assessments of Priority Schools (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

15. Discussion of methodology to award grants to school districts to support Mississippi Future Educators Association Clubs (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

16. Discussion of granting an extension of State accreditation visits as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification, and Licensure Development (Daphne Buckley)  Back-up material

17. Local School Board Meeting Attendance Report (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

18. Discussion to revise State Board Policy ED-3 Transportation Management
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with one public comment) (Regina Ginn) Back-up material

19. Report of personnel actions (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

Consent Items

20. ITS Contract with GCR & Associates. 12/19/2005 – 09/30/2006. No MDE Funds Involved (Regina Ginn – Office of Healthy Schools)
GCR & Associates was the developer of our web based computer application used by the State Purchasing group to place orders with vendors. This contract will provide for evaluation of the current system to discuss updates, new reports and simple maintenance that may be needed. GCR & Associates is the vendor of choice because of their knowledge as designers of the system and prior maintenance contracts. Back-up material

21. ITS Contract with Catherine Horton. 01/06/2006– 12/30/2006. No MDE Funds Involved (Regina Ginn – Office of Healthy Schools)
Request to extend the current ITS contract for one year. Ms. Horton is currently working on our web based computer payment system as the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator oversees the payment system maintenance contract with Ciber, Inc. and will direct the work assignment of an ITS contract for a Dot Net Programmer with Ciber, Inc. Contractor was originally selected from ITS Pool of Service Providers. Back-up material

22. ITS Contract with Ciber, Inc. 01/01/2006– 12/30/2006. No MDE Funds Involved (Regina Ginn – Office of Healthy Schools)
This contract is for a Dot Net Programmer for our web based computer payment system. The programmer will develop new reports and enhancements to the payment system. Programmer was selected from an ITS Pool of Service Providerss. Back-up material

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