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Mississippi Board of Education
June 19, 2009
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 May 14-15, 2009

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, June 18, 2009.)

02. Approval of Qualified School Construction Bond Application
(Office of Policy and Operations)

03. Approval to award contracts for eight Team Leaders for the Program Improvement Monitoring Process
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

04. Approval to award continuation grants to one regional service center and two consortiums to provide on-site technical assistance to local school districts as a part of the Modified Mattie T. Consent Decree and Implementation Plan
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

05. Approval of revisions to State Board Policy 7219 and the State Policies Regarding Children with Disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
(Has cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process with public comment)
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

06. Approval to renew contract with Desire2Learn for the purpose of providing a Learning Management System (LMS) to host online courses for the Mississippi Virtual Public School
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

07. Approval to modify contract with NCS Pearson, Inc. to reduce the scope of technical services and products for the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition in grades three, four, five, six, seven, and eight
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

08. Approval to modify contract with NCS Pearson, Inc. to reduce the scope of technical services and products for the Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

09. Approval to modify contract with NCS Pearson, Inc. to reduce technical services for the Mississippi Writing Assessment in grades four, seven, and ten
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

10. Approval of school districts with need for administrators to participate in the Mississippi School Administrator Sabbatical Program
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

11. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To approve a revision to the Licensure Guidelines for American Board Certification (ABCTE) Alternate Route to amend the Mentoring Requirements as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

12. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To approve a proposal from Vocational Education for new Occupational and Technical Competencies for Vocational Licensure as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

13. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To approve four new Praxis II Subject Area Exams and Cut Scores as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

14. Approval to offer a Master's level program in Early Oral Intervention for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the University of Southern Mississippi
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

15. Approval of appointments to the Commission on School Accreditation
(Office of Student Performance)

16. Approval of methodology to award Education for Homeless Children and Youth, Recovery Act grant dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to local educational agencies
(Office of Student Performance)

17. Approval for the Mississippi State Board of Education to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Association of State Boards of Education for school health
(Office of Policy and Operations)

18. Approval of $1.2 million loan from the School District Emergency Assistance Fund to the Tate County School District
(Office of Policy and Operations)

19. Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process: To revise State Board Policy 4906 for the selection of successful districts used in the calculation of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program Base Student Cost
(Office of Policy and Operations)

20. Approval to contract with Glenn Swan to serve as Interim Conservator for the Jefferson Davis County School District
(Office of Student Performance)

21. Approval to contract with James Reeves to serve as Conservator for the Hazlehurst City School District
(Office of Student Performance)

22. Approval to modify the term of the contract and the method of award for James Malone to serve as Interim Conservator for Tate County School District
(Office of Student Performance)

23. Approval to modify method of selection for contract with James Malone to serve as Interim Conservator for Tate County School District
(Office of Student Performance)

24. Approval of appointment of an Interim Conservator for the Indianola School District
(Office of Student Performance)

25. Approval to contract with Dr. George Gilreath to serve as Interim Conservator for the Indianola School District
(Office of Student Performance)

26. Approval of contract renewal with the Office of the Attorney General to provide the full-time equivalent of three attorneys and the half-time equivalent of one attorney to perform legal services and one full-time administrative assistant to perform support services for legal staff for the State Board of Education for FY 2010 (subject to Attorney General’s approval)
(Office of the State Superintendent)

27. Approval of appointment of Interim for the Mississippi School of the Arts
(Office of the State Superintendent)

28. Approval of appointment of Director of the Office of Educational Accountability
(Office of the State Superintendent)

VII. Approval of Consent Items

A. Approval to contract with the Department of Finance and Administration, Capitol Police, for the provision of security services at the Mississippi Department of Education, Central High School Building, beginning July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010
(Office of Policy and Operations)

B. Approval to contract with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., for the provision of security services for the Mississippi Department of Education, Greymont Building, beginning July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011
(Office of Policy and Operations)

C. Approval to award competitive contracts to bread vendors for product distribution to local organizations in the State Food Purchasing Program (all 7 regions in the State)
(Office of Policy and Operations)

D. Approval to award competitive contract to manufacturer to provide distribution of non-food products to local organizations in the State Food Purchasing Program (all 7 regions in the State)
(Office of Policy and Operations)

E. Approval to award competitive contracts to produce vendors for product distribution to local organizations in the State Food Purchasing Program (Regions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7)
(Office of Policy and Operations)

F. Approval to renew contract with MEA Drug Testing Consortium to coordinate and administer the Mississippi Department of Education drug and alcohol testing program in accordance with the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act
(Office of Policy and Operations)

G. Approval of request of the Columbus Municipal School District to contract for pupil transportation services
(Office of Policy and Operations)

H. Approval to contract with Angel McMurtry to serve as a coordinator for Reading Academies and maintain the warehouse
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

I. Approval to contract with Barbara Kastner to provide consultative services relative to the Educable Child Program process
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

J. Approval to contract with Betty Wimberley to review and validate compliance standards cited for Special Education on site monitoring visits
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

K. Approval to contract with Deborah Pierce to provide consultative services relative to data analysis for the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) as required by IDEA
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

L. Approval to contract with Linda Greaux to provide technical assistance to MDE and selected LEA’s with the development and implementation of interventions; provide technical assistance to LEA’s with achieving compliance with Mattie T. and IDEA goals
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

M. Approval to award contracts to full-time online teachers to provide excellent learning and growth opportunities whereby all students will have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and psychological growth
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

N. Approval to contract with Carley Platt to provide support for online instructors in pedagogy that is unique to online best practices, extended guidance to online students through online instructional methodology, and to measure online instructor growth and practice
(Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

O. Approval to enter into an agreement with the Mississippi Community College Foundation to continue to Administer the Alternate Route Administrator Program known as the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership for the 2009-2010 School Year
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

P. Approval of the Mississippi School of the Arts 2009-2010 Student Handbook and Academic Calendar
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

Q. Approval of the Mississippi School of the Arts School Wellness Policy
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

R. Approval of the revision of the Mississippi School of the Arts Admission Criteria
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

S. Approval to modify term of contract and funding source with Rivers Educational Services to review applications for the disbursement of funds under the FY10 Consolidated Federal Programs Application (CFPA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Application for Title I, Part A
(Office of Student Performance)

T. Approval to contract with TempStaff to provide agency Document Imaging support
(Office of Policy and Operations)

VIII. Recognition Ceremony

Top 13 American Idol Contestant
· Jasmine Murray

Prudential Spirit of Community Winner
· Elizabeth Seratt

Intel International Science Fair Finalists
· Courtney Ramsey

Mississippi Parents of the Year
Congressional District Finalists


· Paula J. Walters – Fourth Congressional District
· Haley Guest – Third Congressional District
· Michael and Pam Brown – First Congressional District

Mississippi Parent of the Year
· Rev. Troy D. Truly, Sr. – Second Congressional District

IX. State Board of Education

     01. Approval of meeting dates for Fiscal Year 2010
     02. Discussion of National Association of State Boards of Education Membership
     03. Discussion of Council of Chief State School Offices Membership
     04. Report on meetings attended
     05. Approval of attendance at meetings

X. Other Business

XI. Adjournment

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