Mississippi Board of Education
November 21, 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 October 23-24, 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, November 20, 2008.)

4. Approval of methodology for awarding Even Start subgrants to assist local school districts and communities in improving educational opportunities for low-income families
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

5. Approval to award continuation grants for Even Start Family Literacy Program
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

6. Approval to award competitive continuation grants for the Reading First Initiative in support of districts’ implementation of Reading First programs and practices
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

7. Approval to award competitive initial grants for the Reading First Initiative in support of districts’ implementation of Reading First programs and practices
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

8. Approval to modify an Interagency Agreement with Information Technology Services for Phases IV and V for MSIS Special Education Development
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

9. Approval to modify agreement with Blackboard, Incorporated to provide and host an on-line instructional software solution for the Office of Vocational Education and Workforce Development
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

10. Approval of the Critical Needs Teacher Scholarship (CNTS) and Incentive Program Reports and the Report on the 2007-2008 Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher and Administrator Certification Programs.
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

11. Approval to enter into an Interagency Agreement with the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (Shane McNeill)
(Office of Policy and Operations)

12. Approval to modify contract with Suzanne E. Smith, Certified Public Accountant, to serve as the financial advisor for the Hazlehurst City School District
(Office of Policy and Operations)

13. Approval to modify contract with Day, Certified Public Accountant, to serve as the financial advisor for the Jefferson Davis County School District
(Office of Policy and Operations)

14. Approval to modify contract with Billy R. Watson to serve as the financial advisor for the Tate County School District
(Office of Policy and Operations)

15. Approval to revise State Board Policy 4904 – Withholding of Mississippi Adequate Education Program Funds
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with no public comments)
(Office of Policy and Operations)

16. Approval of appointment of School Finance Officer for the Office of School Financial Services
(Office of the State Superintendent)

17. Approval of appointment of Director (Education Bureau Director ll) of the Office of Communications
(Office of the State Superintendent)

VII. Approval of Consent Items

A. Awarding of competitive contracts to various manufacturers to supply food and non-food products to local organizations in the State Food Purchasing Program (All Regions in the State)
(Office of Policy and Operations)

B. Modifying of contract with NURSEstat, Inc. for the provision of nursing services on the campus of the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and the Deaf
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

C. Contract with Glynn Griffing & Associates, Administrators to provide administration of the Mississippi Department of Education Cafeteria Plan
(Office of Policy and Operations)

VIII. Recognition Ceremony

Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Award
Alyssa Ware
Richland High School

Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen
Morgan Burnett
Northwest Rankin High School

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Science Finalist
Myra Kinchen

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Science Finalist
Kerry Matthews

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Science Finalist
Jeanette Simmons

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Mathematics Finalist
Amy Ellis

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Mathematics Finalist
Charise Wilson

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Science Awardee
Debra Madjlesi

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching- Mississippi Mathematics Awardee
LaVonda White

Outgoing Members of the Commission on School Accreditation
Mr. John Johnson
Mr. James Tims

IX. State Board of Education

    01. Report on meetings attended
    02. Approval of attendance at meetings
    03.    Approval to schedule a combined work session and State Board meeting for 1:00 p.m. on December 11, 2008

X. Other Business

XI. Adjournment

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