Mississippi Board of Education
October 20, 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

2. Report on the 2005 Special Session on Hurricane Katrina (Steve Williams/Joy Milam) Back-up material

3. Discussion of adopting a process to extend the period of time within which money borrowed by a school district in anticipation of revenue must be repaid if the extension is related to Hurricane Katrina (Steve Williams) Back-up material

4. Discussion of A Memorandum of Understanding between the Mississippi Board of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, and the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges Relating to Articulation of Credit for Secondary Career-Technical Students to Postsecondary Career-Technical Programs (James Sardin) Back-up material

5. Report on High School Redesign Program pilot schools (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

6. Discussion of awarding additional grant funds in support of the existing pilot study for high school redesign (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

7. Annual report from the Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement for school year 2004-2005 (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

8. Report on increasing rigor in curriculum and assessment (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

9. Report on planned revisions to the Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT) (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

10. Discussion of methodology to award grant dollars in support of local improvement efforts for the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

11. Discussion of approving the Mississippi Gifted Education Program Regulations (Susan Rucker)  Back-up material

12. Discussion of interagency agreement number 36112 not to exceed $130,000 between the Division of Information Systems Services of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services and the Mississippi Department of Education (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

13. Discussion of granting Leland School District the opportunity to establish an evening/night GED Program (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

14. Discussion of awarding Reading Sufficiency grants to local school districts to assist in the implementation of the Mississippi Reading Reform Model (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

15. Discussion of the methodology to award discretionary subgrants to districts for Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

16. Discussion of awarding subgants to local school districts affected by Hurricane Katrina to provide counseling services and support (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

17. Discussion of awarding grants for the Title III English Language Acquisition Program in support of districts’ implementation of high-quality language instruction education programs that are based on scientifically based research, enabling districts to increase the English proficiency of limited English proficient (LEP) students, including immigrant children and youth (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

18. Discussion of methodology for awarding discretionary grants to districts that have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina from the Mississippi Department of Education (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

19. Discussion of a Dual Licensure Program in Elementary/Special Education at the University of Southern Mississippi as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

20. Discussion of revision to Guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure K-12 change in requirement for renewing a Standard Career Level Administrator license as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development (Daphne Buckley)  Back-up material

21. Discussion of revision to Guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure K-12 to include an interim alternate route license
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with no public comment) (Daphne Buckley)  Back-up material

22. Discussion of amending Guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure K-12 “Alternate Route One-Year Certification Highly Qualified Designation for Teachers not new to the Profession,” as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with no public comment) (Daphne Buckley)
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23. Discussion of extending the expiration date for one year for all five-year licenses set to expire on June 30, 2006 as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

24. Discussion of amending the Mississippi Department of Education FY07 Budget Request (John Jordan/Gracie Sanders) Back-up material

25. Discussion of awarding competitive grants to 25 local school districts for the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (Regina Ginn/Gary May) Back-up material

26. Discussion of Appointment of Director, Office of Communications (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

27. Discussion of Appointment of Director, Office of Educator Licensure (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

27a. Discussion of Appointment of Special Assistant for Leadership and Professional Development (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

27b. Discuss of Appointment of State Superintendent's Office Chief of Staff (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

28. Discussion of Appointment of Bureau Director II – Elementary Principal, Mississippi School for the Deaf (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

29. Report of Personnel Actions (Ethel Carson) Back-up material

Consent Items

30. Full-Line Distributor. 10/22/05-06/30/06. No MDE Funds Involved. RFP Purchase Procedures (Regina Ginn/Gary May)
The following contract will provide service and delivery of food, supplies and USDA Commodities to local organizations in Region 2 of the State Purchasing Program. Payment will be made directly to the contractors by the local organizations purchasing these products. The Office of Child Nutrition will administer the contract; no MDE funds will be expended for these services. City Wholesale was awarded this contract at the June 2005 State Board meeting but has asked to be released from their contractual obligations. Briggs, Inc. submitted the second lowest bid for Region 2 at the original bid opening on April 29, 2005, which totaled $2,829,745.29. Briggs, Inc. is also the current contractor for distribution to Region 1. We are asking for approval to award a contract to Briggs, Inc. for the period of 10/22/05 – 06/30/06, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods. The owner and/or personnel who will be working under these contracts are not former Department employees or related to any Department employee. Back-up material

31. Approval of contracts for State Public School Building Fund
The Office of Safe and Orderly Schools requests approval of contracts for state public school building funds. School districts are requested to submit an agreement that has been made and properly executed between the school district and contractor for capital improvements. (Regina Ginn/Robert Campbell)
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32. Approval to borrow funds with which to purchase school transportation equipment (Regina Ginn/Robert Campbell) Back-up material

Hattiesburg School Districts……………………………………..$267,300.00

Four (4) new 2004 Diesel/IC, 71-seating capacity school buses and one (1) new 2006 Diesel/IC, 83 capacity school bus.

Sections 37-41-85 through 37-41-101, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, authorized school districts to borrow money with which to purchase motor vehicles and/or other transportation equipment to be used in transporting public school students.

33. Consideration of Executive Session

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