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Mississippi Board of Education
December 15, 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 November 16, 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, December 14, 2006.)

03. Approval of methodology for awarding competitive grants to eligible local school districts for the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
(Office of Business and Support Services)

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)
(Office of Educational Accountability)

08. 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)

09. Approval of establishing the calculation process for state level and school level Dropout and  Graduation Rates
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with no publiccomment)
(Office of Educational Accountability)

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
(Office of Educational Accountability)

12 . Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To revise the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi 2006-2007
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

13. Approval of the access to a substantive and rigorous curriculum policy
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with public comments)
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

14. Approval of textbook ratings, as recommended by the 2006 State Rating Textbook Adoption Committees
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

15. Approval of contract modification with Pearson Educational Measurement for the review of the secure test items for the MCT2
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

16. Approval on contract modification with Edvantia, Inc., for the development of test item specifications in math and reading/English/Language arts
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

17. Approval of nonpublic school accreditation statuses for School Year 2006-2007
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

18. Approval to award competitive grants for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
(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 the Mississippi Department of Education
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

20. Approval 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)
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

21. Approval 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
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

24. Approval of appointment of Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science Advisory Board members
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

25. Approval 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
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

26. Approval of FY 2008Adjusted Base Student Cost
(Office of Educational Accountability)

VII. Recognition Ceremony

Bianca Knight, Ridgeland High School
2006 Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Education Services Foundation
Granted the license for the ChoicesTM Planner software to all Mississippi schools at a cost of $100,000 per year

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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