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Mississippi Board of Education
August 18, 2006
8:30 A.M.
4th Floor Boardroom
Central High School Building
359 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi

Agenda

I.       Call to order

II        Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Invocation

III.       Approval of Minutes of Meeting of July 20-21, 2006

IV.       Additions or deletions – Approval of agenda
 

V.        Report of the Chair

VI.       Approval of Action Items
           (Items below are numbered to correspond to the items as discussed on Thursday, August 17, 2006.)

03. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To adopt school district snack regulations to determine what and when products can be sold
(Office of Business and Support Services)

04. Approval of methodology for awarding discretionary grants to the local school districts currently participating in the EPSDT School Nurse Program under Phases I, II, and III
(Office of Business and Support Services)

05. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To revise Mississippi Minimum Standards for School Buses (SBE Policy EDJ) to become effective with new bid period beginning October 1, 2006
(Office of Business and Support Services)

06. Approval of request to contract for pupil transportation services
(Office of Business and Support Services)

07. Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Mississippi Department of Education and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges necessary to operate Post-Secondary Vocational and Technical Education programs for the State of Mississippi
(Office of Business and Support Services)

08. [PULLED]

09. [PULLED]

10. [PULLED]

11. Approval of FY 2007 Legislative Priorities Brochure
(Office of Educational Accountability)

12. Approval to continue in effect Board’s Declaration of State of Emergency based on the findings that, pursuant to the continuing proclamation issued by the Governor of the State of Mississippi, a state of emergency continues to exist as a result of Hurricane Katrina and that, pursuant to the provisions of the Hurricane Education Recovery Act, federal funds have been allocated to address educational needs resulting from this disaster
(Office of Educational Accountability)

13. Approval of the request from the Richton School District to issue a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note with a twenty-four month maturity date as authorized by Section 37-59-37 as amended by Senate Bill 2014 passed during the 2005 Fifth Extraordinary Session
(Office of Educational Accountability)

14. Approval of five-year district proposals under the new regulations for the gifted education program
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

15. Approval of revision of the Textbook Administration Handbook’s Rules and Regulations
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with public comments)
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

16. Approval of appointments to the State Advisory Panel for Special Education
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

17. 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 Instructional Programs and Services)

18. Approval of Mississippi Alternate Assessment of Extended Curriculum Frameworks (MAAECF) Student Proficiency Level (Cut) Scores and General Student Proficiency Level Descriptors (Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with public comments)
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

19. Approval 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 MDE
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

20. Approval of contract modification for Joe Haynes to continue to serve as Interim Conservator for the Holmes County School District
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

21. Approval of contract modification for Billy R. Watson to continue to assist in administering the Hurricane Katrina grants for MDE
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

22. Approval of contract modification for Howard Sanders to continue to serve as Interim Conservator for the North Bolivar School District
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

23. Approval of appointments to the Commission on School Accreditation
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

24. Approval to award grants for Hurricane Katrina Education Recovery Act through the Assistance for Homeless Youth Program
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

25. Approval of requests for relief related to the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Includes “hold harmless” waiver requests for the state Achievement and Growth Models and requests for a one-year delay of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under NCLB
(Office of Educational Accountability)

26. [PULLED]

27. Approval to renew subgrant awards in support of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

28. Approval to contract with Mississippi Public Broadcasting
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

29. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To establish the Mississippi Virtual Public School State Board Policy
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

30. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To establish the Mississippi Virtual Public School Handbook
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

31. Approval to establish Cut Scores for Validated Praxis II Exams, 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)
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

32. Approval to revise the Current Five-Year Educator License – School Psychologist policy from “Complete an approved specialist degree program in school psychology ” to “Complete a specialist degree or equivalent program approved by the National Association of School Psychologist-NASP 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)
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

33. Approval of the Mississippi School for the Blind 2006-07 Endowment Fund Budget
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

34. Approval of the Mississippi School for the Deaf 2006-07 Endowment Fund Budget
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

35. Approval of appointment of School Finance Officer for Office of Internal Accountability
(Office of Business and Support Services)

36. Approval of appointment of Bureau Director II (Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services), Director of the Office of Dropout Prevention
(Office of Business and Support Services)

37. Approval to increase the salary of the Senior Assistant for the Office of Research and Statistics
(Office of Business and Support Services)

VII. Approval of Consent Items

39. Approval to contract with Mississippi Society for Disabilities
(Office of Qualtity Professionals and Special Schools)

40. Approval of change orders for the State Public School Building Fund
(Office of Business and Support Services)

41. Approval of final projects for the State Public School Building Fund
(Office of Business and Support Services)

VIII. Recognition Ceremony

Peggy Carlisle, Jackson Public Schools
Inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame

Dr. Earl Watkins, Jackson Public Schools
2006 Superintendent of the Year

Bobbie Clifton, North Bolivar School District
Winner of the Dolly Pardon Chasing Rainbows Award

IX. State Board of Education

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

X. Other Business

XI. Adjournment

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