Mississippi Board of Education
December 14, 2006
10:00 A.M.
4th Floor Boardroom
Central High School Building
359 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi


01. Report of State Superintendent of Education

02. Discussion of status of Holmes County (Hank Bounds)

03. Discussion of methodology for awarding competitive grants to eligible local school districts for the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (Regina Ginn) Back-up material

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

05. Update on Jefferson Davis County financial advisory status (Steve Williams) Back-up material

06. 2007 Legislative Update (Steve Williams) Back-up material

07. Discussion of establishing a State Board of Education policy regarding how the Regional Education Service Agencies will work in partnership with the State Department of Education
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with public comment) (Steve Williams) Back-up material

08. Discussion of continuing in effect Board’s Declaration of State of Emergency based results of Hurricane Katrina (Steve Williams) Back-up material

09. Discussion of establishing the calculation process for state level and school level Dropout and Graduation Rates (Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with no public comment) (Steve Williams) Back-up material

10. [PULLED]

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

12. Discussion of revision of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi 2006-2007 (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

13. Discussion of the access to a substantive and rigorous curriculum policy
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with public comments) (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

14. Discussion of textbook ratings, as recommended by the 2006 State Rating Textbook Adoption Committees (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

15. Discussion of contract modification with Pearson Educational Measurement for the review of the secure test items for the MCT2 (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

16. Discussion of contract modification with Edvantia, Inc., for the development of test item specifications in math and reading/English/Language arts (Kris Kaase) Back-up material

17. Discussion of nonpublic school accreditation statuses for School Year 2006-2007 (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

18. Discussion of awarding competitive grants for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

19. Discussion of contract modification for Jane Black to continue to manage the accounting portion for the non-public and private schools of the Hurricane Katrina Restart Program for the Mississippi Department of Education (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

20. Discussion of contract modification for Billy R. Watson to continue to assist in administering the Hurricane Katrina grants for MDE, Homeless Youth Program, and School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

21. Discussion of contract modification with Gulf Coast Education Initiative to continue to monitor and provide technical assistance to all nonpublic and private schools awarded Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations funds (Beth Sewell) Back-up material

22. Discussion of the Annual Performance Report of Teacher Education Programs (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

23. Discussion of the Nontraditional Teacher Preparation Internship Programs and Nontraditional Administrator Preparation Internship Programs Annual Reports (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material Back-up material

24. Discussion of appointment of Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Advisory Board members (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

25. Discussion of modification of contract with Events Plus, LLC to provide assistance with the Mississippi Project CLEAR Voice, an online survey to assess working conditions in Mississippi schools (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

26. Discussion of FY 2008Adjusted Base Student Cost (Steve Williams) Back-up material

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