Mississippi Board of Education
August 15, 2008
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 24-25, 2008

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 14, 2008.)

02. Approval of methodology for awarding competitive grants for the Dyslexia Program in support of districts’ implementation of scientifically research-based programs
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

03. Approval to award competitive grants for the Dyslexia Program in support of districts’ implementation of scientifically research-based programs
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

04. Approval of appointment of Chairman of the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

05. Approval of methodology for awarding non-competitive grants for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to selected elementary schools
(Office of Policy and Operations)

06. Approval to allocate funds to school sites under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
(Office of Policy and Operations)

07. Approval to increase the salary of Teresa Johnson, Director of the Office of Reading, Early Childhood and Language Arts
(Office of Policy and Operations)

08. Approval to increase the salary of Trecina Green, Director of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction
(Office of Policy and Operations)

09. Approval to increase the salary of Toni Kersh, Director of the Office of Compulsory School Attendance
(Office of Policy and Operations)

10. Approval to increase the salary of Cynthia Simmons, Director of the Office of Student Assessment
(Office of Policy and Operations)

11. Approval of appointment of School Finance Officer for the Office of School Financial Services
(Office of Policy and Operations)

12. Approval of Financial Advisor for Shaw School District
(Office of Legislation and Budget)

VII. Approval of Consent Items

A. Approval of accepting procurement authorization from the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) for Ardent Technologies, Inc., professional services
(Office of Policy and Operations)

B. Approval to award the Talent Search Grant to Newton Municipal School District
(Office of Student Performance)

C. Approval to renew the contract with Mississippi Society for Disabilities for the provision of Language/Speech services on the campus of the Mississippi Schools for the Blind.
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

D. Approval to contract with LSU to provide consultative services relative to the modified Mattie T. Consent Decree
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

E. Approval to contract with Dr. Marilyn Friend to provide consultative services relative to the modified Mattie T. Consent Decree
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

F. Approval to award the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds to Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, Inc. (JMG)
(Office of Student Performance)

G. Approval to modify contract with Oak Hill Technology, Inc., to add services related to English II professional development
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

VIII. Recognition Ceremony

Academic Achievement
Victorica Monroe
Mississippi School for the Deaf

Finalists for Administrator of the Year
Congressional District 1: Dr. Terry Harbin---Tupelo Public School District
Congressional District 2: Suzanne Holloway---Clinton Public School District
Congressional District 3:Teri White---South Pike School District
Congressional District 4: Pamela Manners---Biloxi Public School District

The United States Army Cadet Commands 2008 Instructor of the Year
Major Frank Branch

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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