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Mississippi Board of Education
July 19, 2013
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 June 20-21, 2013

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, July 18,  2013.)

03.       Approval to initiate the process to reconstitute North Panola School District that is in conservatorship
(Office of School Improvement, Oversight and Recovery)

A.     Approval of determination and the Resolution by the State Board of Education that the impairments have been substantially corrected in the North Panola School District

B.     Approval of request to the Governor to dissolve and lift the emergency declaration for the North Panola School District 

04.       Approval to initiate the process to reconstitute Hazlehurst City School District that is in conservatorship
(Office of School Improvement, Oversight and Recovery)

A.     Approval of determination and the Resolution by the State Board of Education that the impairments have been substantially corrected in the Hazlehurst City School District

B.     Approval of request to the Governor to dissolve and lift the emergency declaration for the Hazlehurst City School District 

05.       Approval to initiate the process to reconstitute Tate County School District that is in conservatorship
(Office of School Improvement, Oversight and Recovery)

A.     Approval of determination and the Resolution by the State Board of Education that the impairments have been substantially corrected in the Tate County School District

B.     Approval of request to the Governor to dissolve and lift the emergency declaration for the Tate County School District 

10.       Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process:  To establish State Board Policy 3107 - Home School Enrollment Guidelines
(Office of School Improvement, Oversight and Recovery)

11.       Approval of methodology to pilot an on-line learning program, with sponsoring school districts, to implement “Grade Results” in the Juvenile Detention Centers
(Office of School Improvement, Oversight and Recovery)

12.       Approval of methodology to award discretionary grant dollars to statewide agencies and organizations to provide technical services and training across MDE offices
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

13.       Approval to award a discretionary grant to the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) at Mississippi State University to enhance the statewide system of support and coordinated services to local districts
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

14.       Approval to award discretionary grants to school districts for the purpose of contracting with Educators in Residence to provide consultative services and technical assistance
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

15.       Approval to contract with literacy personnel to provide consultant services relative to serving as literacy director and regional literacy coordinator
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

16.       Approval to contract with the following individuals to provide administrative consultant services to selected local school districts and State agency school programs
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

A.        Approval to contract with Joseph Fisher to provide administrative consultation services to selected local school districts and State agency school programs 

B.        Approval to contract with Robert L. Greer to provide administrative consultation services to selected local school districts and State agency school programs

17.       Approval to award grants to three (3) service providers to provide on-site technical assistance to local school districts as a part of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA)
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

18.       Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process:  Approval to allow up to two (2) of the three (3) required science units (excluding Biology I) to be earned by completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II
(Office of Educational Accountability)

19.       Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process for the following Carnegie unit credit for 8th grade courses:
(Office of Educational Accountability)

A.        Approval to allow Introduction to Agriscience to be taught at the eighth (8th) grade level for one (1) Carnegie unit credit for high school graduation purposes

B.        Approval to allow Carnegie unit credit in Mississippi Studies (1/2 unit) and Geography (1/2 unit) in the eighth (8th) grade beginning in school year 2013-2014 

20.       Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process:  Approval of establishment of the Mississippi Early Exit Diploma
(Office of Educational Accountability)

21.       Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process:  Approval of innovative program courses to be taken in lieu of the required courses for graduation
(Office of Educational Accountability)

22.       Approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Harvard College to participate in the Strategic Data Project (SDP) Fellowship
(Office of Educational Accountability)

23.       Approval to contract with a Harvard Data Fellow with the Office of Educational Accountability as provided by House Bill 1648, 2013 Legislative Session
(Office of Educational Accountability)

24.       Approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process:  To revise State Board Policy 3102 – Reporting Unexcused Absences – to comply with House Bill 1530
(Office of Educational Accountability)
 

27.       Approval of preliminary estimate of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program Base Student Cost for Fiscal Year 2015
(Office of School Financial Services)

28.       Approval of the preliminary estimate of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program for Fiscal Year 2015
(Office of School Financial Services)

29.       Approval of the Mississippi Department of Education FY 2015 Budget Request
(Office of Budget and Planning)

30.       Approval of the State Board of Education’s 2014 Legislative Priorities
(Office of Legislative Services and Communication)
 

31.       Consent Agenda

A.        Approval of monthly contracts with former State Employees receiving retirement benefits
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)

B.        Approval to award competitive contracts to various produce distributors to supply and deliver produce to local organizations in the State Food Purchasing Program (six regions in the state)
(Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations)
 

C.        Approval of the Mississippi School for the Deaf 2013-2014 Staff Handbook
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)
 

D.        Approval of the Mississippi School for the Deaf 2013-2014 Student Handbook and Academic Calendar
(Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

VII. Recognition Ceremony

Parent of the Year
Roberta Weeks of Columbus, MS

2013 July Employee of the Month
Melissa Ausbrooks
Mississippi School for the Deaf
Vision/Hearing Impairment Teachers IV (Dual End)

VIII.     State Board of Education

           01.  Report on meetings attended
           02.  Approval of attendance at meetings
           03.  Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

IX.       Other Business

X.        Adjournment

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