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Board Learns More about Professional Learning Communities

At the February 14 meeting of the Norton Board of Education, the BOE set a special meeting for noon, February 24. The purpose of the meeting was to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Dr. Karl Clauset, the National Director of the "Whole Faculty Study Group" system of Professional Learning Communities. Professional Learning Communities are being looked at for implementation in USD 211 in time for the 2012-13 school year.

Dr. Clauset was in Kansas and Nebraska during the week visiting schools in Osborne, Holdrege and Kearney who have adopted the WFSG method of Professional Learning Communities.

The scheduled 4:00 p.m. meeting for staff was cancelled due to many staff having already made prior arrangements and, as it turned out, the weather would have undoubtedly led to it being canceled.

At the special noon meeting on February 24 Dr. Clauset explained the work of Professional Learning Communities, their organization, purpose and educational benefits. He also answered questions that the BOE members had about implementation and use of PLCs and how they could be used to support the USD 211 MTSS Initiative.

The minutes of the special meeting are available here. Minutes are not official until approved at a subsequent meeting of the Board of Education.


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Minutes of the Feb. 14 Board Meeting

Minutes of the February 14, 2011 meeting of the USD 211 Board of Education are available here:

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These minutes are not official until approved at a subsequent meeting of the Board of Education.

BOE holds Special Meeting

A special meeting of the USD 211 Board of Education was held on Tuesday, February 8 @ 1:00 p.m.

At the January 10 BOE meeting, BOE Member volunteers were requested to attend an informational meeting with Mr. Joe Hurla of the “Energy 360” company at 1:00 p.m. on February 8. The purpose of the meeting with Mr. Hurla would be to go over potential savings possible in USD 211 as the result of upgrades in the energy efficiency of the District’s facilities and to also discuss the possibility of having an Investment Grade Audit completed in USD 211 by the “Energy 360” Company. At the January 10 meeting three BOE Members volunteered to attend which, under Kansas Open Meeting Laws, does not constitute a meeting of the Board of Education. No action of any kind could be taken by the BOE at such a meeting as four affirmative votes are required for any action.

At 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 four USD 211 BOE members were present for Mr. Hurla's presentation: Mrs. Karnopp, Mr. Berry, Mr. Ellis and Mr. Wyatt. Therefore, as a quorum of the Board was present, this gathering did constitute a meeting of the Board of Education and a meeting of the Board of Education was called to order by BOE Vice-President Scott Ellis and a 24-hour waiver of notice signed by the members present.

No action was taken by the Board at this meeting.

The minutes of this special meeting are available here: download

These minutes are not official until approved at a subsequent meeting of the Board of Education.

Greg Mann, Supt.

Feb. 14, 2011 Meeting Agenda

The agenda for the Feb, 14, 2011 meeting is as of 02.08.11 and is subject to change.

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