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Mississippi Board of Education
September 9, 2005
10:00 A.M.
4th Floor Boardroom
Central High School Building
359 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi

Agenda

 

1. Report of State Superintendent of Education

2. Discussion of report on action of the Commission on School Accreditation concerning the assignment of district accreditation statuses and school performance classifications (Steve Williams/Steve Hebbler/Beth Sewell) Backup material

3. Discussion of grants to Priority Schools to assist in the implementation of the school improvement plan (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

4. Discussion of grants to schools in restructuring as defined by No Child Left Behind to implement the restructuring process (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

5. Discussion of awarding subgrant dollars in support of local school district improvement efforts for Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

6. Discussion of awarding grant dollars to support implementation and continuation of year three of a statewide school reform pilot under Title 1 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

7. Discussion of revision of the Mississippi Language Arts Framework 2006 (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

8. Discussion of contract modification with Harcourt Assessment, Inc., for the assessment item banks (to extend the timeline) (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

9. Discussion of revisions to the Guidelines for Testing Student with Disabilities (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

10. Discussion of methodology for disseminating funds to school districts for the purpose of purchasing English language proficiency assessments from the approved vendor (Harcourt Assessment, Inc.) (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

11. Discussion of contract with University of Mississippi to develop and implement administrator training and follow up in the area of instructional leadership (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

12. Discussion of appointment to Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development and designation of Chair of Commission (Daphne Buckley) Backup material

13. Discussion of awarding grant to Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, Inc. (JMG) (Bonita Potter) Back-up material

14. Discussion of modifying grants to one regional service center and two consortiums to provide on-site technical assistance to local school districts as a part of the Mattie T Consent Decree Agreement (Bonita Potter) Back-up material

15. Discussion of contract with Dr. Marilyn Friend to provide consultative services relative to the Mattie T Consent Decree (Bonita Potter) Back-up material

16. Discussion of contract with Louisiana State University (LSU) to provide consultative services relative to the Mattie T Consent Decree (Bonita Potter) Back-up material

17. Discussion of awarding competitive sub-grants in support of Learn and Serve America Program and service learning (James Sardin) Back-up material

18. Report of personnel actions and discussion of Appointment of Bureau Director II (Secondary Principal) for MS School for the Deaf (Ethel Carson)  Backup material

19. Discussion of consent agenda items Backup material

11:00 A.M.

I. Call to order

II. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Invocation

III. Approval of Minutes of Meeting of August 18-19, 2005

IV. Additions or deletions/approval of agenda

V. Report of the Chair

VI. Approval of Consent Agenda Items

Contract Modification

(Office of Educational Accountability)
01. Deborah Pierce. $30,000 (increase of $10,000). 07/18/05 – 03/31/06. Sole source
This contract modification is to allow for an increase of $10,000 to allow the contractor to provide technical support for the period during which a new employee will be trained to perform the tasks related to the statewide assessment system and the accountability system. Contractor will be required to participate in training of new employee and serve as backup for critical tasks with deliverable timelines falling with the contractual period. The contractor is located in Covington, LA. Department staff was unable to reduce the amount of the contract by negotiation. The personnel who will be working under this contract is a former Department employee but is not related to any Department employee.


(Office of Safe and Orderly Schools) 
State Public School Building Fund

02. Approval of final projects for State Public School Building Fund
The Office of Safe and Orderly Schools requests approval of final projects for state public school building funds. School districts are requested to submit closing documents upon completion of construction projects.

03. Approval of school transportation equipment bids
School transportation equipment bids were received and opened July 28, 2005, in compliance with Mississippi Code § 37-41-101 and State Board of Education policy (ED-1). This office recommends approval of the lowest and the best bids.

Additional Consent Item

04. Approval of required five-year revision to district proposal for gifted education program
(Office of Academic Education)

VII. Other Action Items

Office of Deputy Superintendent
Office of Human Resources
01. Approval of Appointment of Bureau Director II (Secondary Principal) for Mississippi School for the Deaf

Office of Educational Accountability
Office of Accreditation
01. Approval of report on action of the Commission on School Accreditation concerning the assignment of district accreditation statuses and school performance classifications
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

Office of Academic Education
01. Approval to award grant to Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, Inc. (JMG)

Office of Reading, Early Childhood and Language Arts
01. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To revise the Mississippi Language Arts Framework 2006

Office of Special Education
01. Approval to modify grants to one regional service center and two consortiums to provide on-site technical assistance to local school districts as a part of the Mattie T Consent Decree Agreement

02. Approval to contract with Dr. Marilyn Friend to provide consultative services relative to the Mattie T Consent Decree

03. Approval to contract with Louisiana State University (LSU) to provide consultative services relative to the Mattie T Consent Decree

Office of School Improvement
01. Approval of grants to Priority Schools to assist in implementing the school improvement plan in Priority Schools for 2005-2006 and three Priority Schools from 2004-2005 that are currently Level II schools

02. Approval of grants to schools in restructuring as defined by No Child Left Behind to implement the restructuring process

03. Approval to award subgrant dollars in support of local school district improvement efforts for Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

04. Approval to award grant dollars to support implementation and continuation of year three of a statewide school reform pilot under Title 1 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Office of Student Assessment

01. Approval of revisions to the Guidelines for Testing Students with Disabilities

02. Approval of contract modification with Harcourt Assessment, Inc., for the assessment item banks to extend the timeline

03. Approval of methodology for disseminating funds to school districts for the purpose of purchasing English language proficiency assessments from the approved vendor (Harcourt Assessment, Inc.)

Office of Vocational and Technical Education


Office of Vocational Community Development

01. Approval to award competitive sub-grants in support of Learn and Serve America Program and service-learning

Office of Quality Educators
01. Approval to contract with University of Mississippi to develop and implement administrator training and follow up in the area of instructional leadership

Educator Licensure
01. Approval of appointment to Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development and designation of Chair of Commission

VIII. State Board of Education

      01. Report on meetings attended
      02. Approval of attendance at meetings

IX. Other Business

X. Adjournment

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