Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals
Jim Widdifield, President
An Organizational Philosphy Statement
Circumstances have changed since the time when NAESP (Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals) was formed to serve elementary school principals. Our organization needs to protect its autonomy and significance, yet we must continue to remain flexible in order to work effectively and efficiently within Nebraska's educational family.
A turning point came in 1970 with the decision of many Nebraska educators to pool resources through formation of an umbrella structure. And, as the NCSA (Nebraska Council of School Administrators) has matured and grown over the years, NAESP's structure has worked well within the umbrella's flexibility. The primary benefit emerging in recent years has been NCSA's assumption of many organizational tasks that frees NAESP to better narrow its focus.
NAESP must continue to focus attention on the internal politics of NCSA to assure the continued and consistent presentation of the views of elementary and middle level principals.
Elementary and middle level curriculum, the structure of the elementary and middle level school, the further refinement of the role of the building administrator in these settings, and other efforts consistent with our stated mission and goals will receive high priority by our association. Our organization will continue its expansion of activities and projects to support the above purposes and work to provide forums for our members to share their expertise and to organize committed efforts.
The mission of the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals is to provide leadership and support to elementary and middle level principals through the development, maintenance, and implementation of policies and practices which enhance the quality of education provided to the elementary and middle level youth of Nebraska.
Gothenburg Public Schools
1322 Avenue I
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Hershey Public Schools
PO Box 369
Hershey, NE 69143
Bryant Elementary School
1611 Avenue C
Kearney, NE 68847
Josie Floyd T1
Sutherland Elementary School
PO Box 217
Sutherland, NE 69165
Mary Derby T2
Eisenhower Elementary School
3900 West A Street
North Platte, NE 69101
Federal Relations Coord.
Jeff Ellsworth T2
PO Box 119
Chapman, NE 68827
Amber Johnson T1
Bellevue Public Schools
14110 Tregaron Drive
Bellevue, NE 68123
1413 East 69th St
Kearney, NE 68847
NDP Laision (ex officio)
Papillion-LaVista Com. Schools
420 S. Washington
Papillion, NE 68046
President: The President is the chief officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee. The President shall perform such functions as:
- Serve as a voting member and presiding officer of the Executive Committee;
- May serve as a voting delegate to the National Delegate Assembly;
- May represent State at Zone Conference;
- Review Association policies and recommend priorities to be considered by the Board of Directors;
- Represent and speak for the Association on matters of policy or may assign responsibility for such functions;
- Meet periodically with the Executive Committee of the Association;
- Delegate duties to the President-Elect, Past President and Vice President;
- Propose the agenda for meetings of the governing bodies of the Association;
- Except as otherwise provided in the Constitution and Bylaws, appoint all Chairs and members of Association committees;
- Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of all Association committees, except the Nominating Committee;
- Serve as a voting member of the NCSA Executive Committee;
- Have such other powers and duties as are authorized by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors.
- Secure Past President plaque for presentation at Annual Fall Conference.
The Vice President shall:
- Act for the President when the President is unable to perform the duties of his office;
- Perform other duties as directed by the President or the Board of Directors;
- Serve as primary communication developer and shall organize the Association’s communication program;
- Serve as Chair of nominating committees in consort with the five Region Presidents;
- Coordinate NAESP Handbook.
President-Elect: The President-Elect should make a thorough study of the President’s duties and responsibilities and be familiar with the work of the Association, and:
- Assumes the duties of the President in case of his resignation until the position is filled, in accordance with the Bylaws;
- Serves as an ex officio, voting member of the NCSA Executive Committee;
- May serve as Delegate to National Assembly;
- Performs other duties as directed by the President or the Executive Committee;
- Chair for Awards Committee along with six other appointed members.
Past President: The Past President shall serve as needed in various capacities, and:
- Serve as Representative to National Federal Relations Board;
- Chair for Annual Research Committee;
- Serve as Co-Chair for Nominating Committee - (Vice President is First Chair);
- Secure past Region President’s Awards;
- Secure National Distinguished Principal Plaque and Award with other four Regional Distinguished Principal Awards for presentation at Annual Fall Conference.
The Secretary shall:
- Record all business transacted at each meeting of the Association and of the Executive Committee/Board, and present the minutes for approval at the next meeting;
- Act as custodian of all records, except those specifically assigned to others, and promptly deliver all records to his/her successor;
- Count a rising vote when required by the presiding officer;
- Read minutes of any previous meetings when asked to do so;
- Have on hand, for reference at each meeting, a copy of the Bylaws, the standing rules, the agenda, the minutes of previous meetings, and a list of all committees, including names of members of committees; and
- Send out notices of Executive Committee/Board and other meetings.
Minutes should contain records of all action taken by the group, including the exact wording of every motion, the name of the member who introduced the motion, and the action taken on the motion. The secretary may request the maker of a motion to put it in writing, if the motion is long and involved. The minutes should report the action taken by the Association, not the dialogue by the members.
State Representative: The Representative of the National Association of Elementary Principals will be a member of the Executive Committee, and Board of the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals. The State Representative shall serve for a three-year term commencing when elected to take office at the state level. No State Representative may serve more than two consecutive terms. The State Representative shall be a regular member of the State and National Association. In the event that a State Representative does not complete the three-year term, the Board of Directors shall designate a successor to fill the unexpired term.
The State Representative shall:
- Serve as liaison between the national and state associations;
- Coordinate the association membership campaigns within the state;
- Advise the Executive Committee and Board on policies and programs;
- Serve on the Executive Board;
- Serve as voting member of the National Delegate Assembly;
- Perform other duties according to the Bylaws;
- Perform other duties as directed by the President or Executive Committee.
Federal Relations Coordinator: The Federal Relations Coordinator shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee, and Board of the Nebraska Association of Elementary Principals. The Federal Relations Coordinator shall serve for a three-year term commencing when elected to take office at the state level. No Federal Relations Coordinator may serve more than two consecutive terms. The Federal Relations Coordinator shall be a regular member of the State and National Association. In the event that a Federal Relations Coordinator does not complete the three-year term, the Board of Directors shall designate a successor to fill the unexpired term.
The Federal Relations Coordinator shall:
- Represent the Association in the governing body of the National Association of Elementary School Principals;
- Serve as liaison between the national and state association;
- Advise the Executive Committee and Board on state and federal policies and programs;
- Attend the NAESP Leadership Conference held annually and attend the Conference for the same year he or she is elected;
- Perform other duties as directed by the President or Executive Committee.
Public Relations Coordinator: The Public Relations Coordinator shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee, and Board of the Nebraska Association of Elementary Principals. The Public Relations Coordinator shall serve for a three-year term commencing when elected by the Executive board to take office at the state level. No Public Relations Coordinator may serve more than two consecutive terms. The Public Relations Coordinator shall be a regular member of the State and National Association. In the event that a Federal Relations Coordinator does not complete the three-year term, the Board of Directors shall designate a successor to fill the unexpired term.
The Public Relations Coordinator shall:
- Press releases to various media sources relating to awards given by NAESP or received by members of NAESP; Coverage will be given to the following awards: National Distinguished Principal; Regional Distinguished Princpal; Outstanding New Principal of the Year; Friend of Education Awards
- Press releases to various media sources relating to NAESP election results
- Reporting on any other noteworthy activities and awards, as deemed necessary by the President of NAESP in consultation with the Vice President.
Freeman Public Schools
PO Box 259
Adams, NE 68301
Malcolm Public Schools
10000 NW 112th
Malcolm, NE 68402
Walt Disney Elementary School
5717 S. 112th Street
Omaha, NE 68137
Fairview Elementary School
14110 Tregaron Drive
Bellevue, NE 68123
Pierce Public Schools
201 N. Sunset
Pierce, NE 68767
PO Box 8
Laurel, NE 68745
St. Paul Elementary School
PO Box 325
St. Paul, NE 68873
Wallace Elementary School
2975 S. Baltimore Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901
Gordon Elementary School
PO Box 530
Gordon, NE 69343
Morrill Elementary School
PO Box 486
Morrill, NE 69358
(Amended June 2013, May 2016)
Article I – Name and Organization
Section 1. The name of the Organization shall be the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
The Association is a state organization, with region organizations whose boundaries will coincide with the regions of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, hereinafter NCSA.
Article II – Purpose
The Association is formed to further the educational needs of Nebraska elementary and middle school youth.
The Association is also created to serve as a collective political force to address the identified purposes and needs of elementary and middle school administrators.
Article III – Affiliation
The Association shall be affiliated with NCSA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Nothing in the Association’s Constitution or Bylaws shall conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of NCSA or the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Article IV – Membership
Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be in conjunction with active membership in the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.
Section 2. All persons shall be eligible for active membership who holds the appropriate Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate.
Section 3. Active membership shall be open to all persons engaged in practicing, teaching or promoting elementary school administration, education, and/or supervision, and upon payment of dues.
Section 4. Association members as prescribed by the NCSA Constitution shall be non-voting members of the Association and may not be elected to office. Members of the Nebraska Association of Retired School Administrators, hereinafter NARSA, shall be non-voting members within the Association but may not hold any office within the Association other than NARSA Representative.
Article V – State Officers
Section 1. The state officers of the NAESP shall be an elected President, President-elect, Past President, Vice President and Secretary. The President-elect shall be elected at large from the active membership by U.S. Postal Service or electronic mail ballot. Each term of office shall be for a period of one year. The state officers of the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals shall be voting members of the NAESP Executive Board. The President, President-Elect, and Past President shall also serve as voting members of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators Executive Board.
Section 2. The President-elect shall assume the office of the President at the end of his term or at any time a vacancy occurs in the office of the President.
Section 3. The Secretary and Vice President shall be elected for a two-year term but may only serve two consecutive terms.
Section 4. The State Representative and Federal Relations Coordinator shall be elected for a three-year term but may only serve two consecutive terms.
Section 5: The Public Relations Coordinator shall be elected by the Executive Board for a three (3) year term and may only serve two consecutive terms.
Section 6. All state officers shall be active members of NCSA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Section 7. All terms of office will begin the September 1 following the election.
Section 8. It is the intent of NAESP to encourage all members to consider holding office within and on behalf of the organization. It is further the intent of NAESP that a member should not seek appointment or run for election of any appointed or elected office more than once. This section should not be construed to preclude a member from seeking re-appointment or re-election to a consecutive term if permitted in the NAESP Bylaws and Constitution.
Article VI – The Executive Board
Section 1. The Executive Board of the Association shall consist of state officers and President and President-elect of each region.
Section 2. A NARSA Representative may serve on the Executive Board as a non-voting, ex-officio member.
Section 3. The Executive Board shall meet at least three times per membership year.
Section 4. The Executive Board may appoint committees and task forces as needed.
Article VII – Parliamentary Procedure
Section 1. The Association shall be governed by the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Article VIII – Amendments To The Constitution
Section 1. This Constitution may be amended by an affirmative two-thirds vote of those voting at any regular or special meeting of the NAESP Executive Board provided that any such amendment is sent to each member of the Board at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting and vote. If approved by the NAESP Executive Board, the amendment also must be approved by the NAESP active membership by an affirmative vote of those voting through an election via U.S. Postal Service or electronic ballot.
Administrators' Days Planning Committee
Haeven Pedersen (exp 9-1-18)T2
Holmes Elementary School
5230 Sumner Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
Allison Kelberlau (exp 9-1-16)
Bell Field Elementary School
1240 East 11th Street
Fremont, NE 68025
Tony Little (exp 9-1-19)T2
Nebraska City Northside Elementary School
1212 12th Ave.
Nebraska City, NE 68410
NCSA Legislative Committee
Mark Johnson (exp. 9-1-18) t1
1611 Ave. C
Kearney, NE 68847
Jim Widdifield (exp. 9-1-17) t1
Gothenburg Public Schools
1322 Ave I
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Distinguished Elementary/Middle School Principal Award.The Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals annually recognizes a distinguished principal from each region. One of these principals will be recognized as the Nebraska Distinguished Principal (NDP) and will represent Nebraska in the National Distinguished Principal recognition sponsored by NAESP.
- Special Requirements: The nominee must be a member of both the state and national elementary school principal's association. Nominees must have been a practicing principal for the past five years. Note: Current NAESP President, President-Elect, Past President, Zone Director, or State Representative is not eligible for the Award.
- Nominations: Any educator who feels that a particular elementary or middle school principal exemplifies quality leadership in education may nominate that principal for consideration. All nominations must be received no later than May 1st.
- Acceptance of Nominations: Upon receipt of the nominations, the NCSA office will notify the nominee. The nominee must agree to complete an application form documenting his/her leadership skills and activities.
- Application Format: All applications should be submitted in a regular manila folder. The material presented should be in the form as specified in the application. Each criterion should be addressed.
- Applications: The NCSA Office will send an application to each principal who is nominated. The application, based on criteria as outlined in this form, is to be completed and returned no later than November 1st to NCSA.
- Selection Procedure: The NDP State Committee of NAESP will review all applications to determine that the basic criterias have been met. Members of the Committee will select a finalist to represent Nebraska at the National Distinguished Principals Recognition.
- Awards: The Nebraska Distinguished Principal will be presented in January and recognized at the State Convention of NAESP.
- Criteria: Contact NCSA to obtain a form (800-793-6272 or 476-8055).
NAESP Longevity Awards.The NAESP Executive Board recognizes the importance of acknowledging principals who have devoted a lifetime to education.
- Purpose of Award: To recognize individuals who have served as Elementary/Middle School Principals in Nebraska for 15, 20, or 25 or more years.
- Must be current member of the Nebraska Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals.
- Must have completed service as an elementary/middle school principal in Nebraska for at least 15 years. Recognition will be given for service at 15 years and increments of five years thereafter up to 25 years.
- Any years served that include elementary/middle administrative school service will qualify (i.e. K-12, 7-9).
- Data will be kept with other membership information at the NCSA office.
- The awards will be given at the Convention.
- Recipients will be notified of the award and data verified before the convention.
Award of Excellence for Making Education Come Alive for Children.The "Award of Excellence" is an attempt to foster the sharing of successful ideas and programs among schools within the state. The NAESP will award a certificate to each school willing to submit a brief description of a successful program in place in their school. The main thrust of this program is to promote excellence in all our schools.
- Special Requirements: Nominated schools must employ a principal who is a current member of NAESP.
- Nominations: Any educator may nominate a school for this recognition. Nominations must be in writing, but should be brief. Self nominations by principals are encouraged.
- Deadline: Nominations must be typed and submitted to NCSA prior to January 1st of each year. Nomination forms may be obtained by contacting NCSA at 800-793-6272 or 476-8055.
- Selection Procedure: The NAESP Executive Board will annually select recipient(s) for the award. Schools are limited to one award per year.
The Friend of Education Award. The Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals recognizes the important contribution made by many businesses, civic groups and individuals to elementary and middle level schools throughout our great state. To acknowledge these contributions and to demonstrate appreciation of these efforts, the NAESP proudly offers the "Friend of Education Award." Deserving businesses, civic groups or individuals may be nominated by any NAESP member. The completed nomination form will be reviewed by the NAESP Executive Board which will serve as the selection committee. Five awards will be given, no more than one recipient from each region. The selection committee will make selections based solely upon the information provided on the nomination form which may be obtained by contacting NCSA at 800-793-6272 or 476-8055.
- Exemplary leadership in promoting public awareness of elementary and middle level education.
- Exemplary efforts providing special services and unique opportunities for children in elementary and middle level schools.
- Exemplary efforts becoming involved in elementary and middle level education.
- Exemplary efforts to support the mission of elementary and middle level schools as well as the mission of the NAESP.
- One "Friend of Education Award" shall be presented in each NAESP Region.
- To be accepted, nomination forms must be completed by an NAESP member.
- Nomination forms must be received by January 1st of each year.
- Awards may be presented at the final Region meeting or when deemed appropriate by the Region President.
- Criteria for the award has been established by the NAESP Executive Board, and recipients will be selected by the Board or its designee.
Outstanding New Principal Award.
- Nominations: The nomination process consists of submitting a deserving individual's name to the NCSA office by September 15th. NCSA will mail an application packet to each nominee and the completed packet must be returned to the NCSA office by January 1st along with the following materials: a. A resume, including: (i) number of years as a member of NCSA; (ii) number of years as a member of NAESP; (iii) number of years as a member of NAESP; (iv) membership in other professional organizations; and (v) significant contributions to your profession and/or professional organization at the local, state and national levels. b. Four letters of recommendation, one each from the following: (i) an administrator; (ii) a staff member; (iii) a community member; and (iv) a student. (NOTE: The NCSA office will solicit the letters of recommendation should the nominee provide the NCSA office with the names and addresses.)
- Carry-over Nominations: The files of those nominees not selected will remain active for one additional years. A new file of carry-over nominees should be established at the conclusion of the selection meeting. The NCSA liaison person will be responsible for compiling such a file. Provided, outstanding new principal candidates must be in their first five years as a principal to be eligible.
- Qualifications: The nominee must be a member of NAESP (state and national) and NCSA. To be eligible a member must be nominated and selected before they begin their sixth year of experience as an administrator (Assistant Principal or Principal).
- Criteria: Person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in their school, their region and at the state level. Person will have demonstrated their enthusiasm for the principalship by support from students, parents, teachers, and peers.
- Selection Procedure: The past recipient of the award and the five Region Presidents will review all applications to select the recipient of the award.
- Award: The award will be presented a plaque at the annual State Convention.
NAESP Executive Board
- September 28, 2016 - NCSA Conference Room (9:00 am), Lincoln
- December 8, 2016 - Younes Conference Center (10:00 am), Kearney
- February TBD, 2017 - TBD
- May 3, 2017 - NCSA Conference Room (9:00 am), Lincoln
- July 26, 2017 - Holiday Inn (11:00 am), Kearney
NAESP National Convention
- July 9-11, 2017 - Philadelphia
NAESP State Convention
- December 8-9, 2016 - Younes Conference Center, Kearney
Region I Meetings
- September 14, 2016 - Classic's, Beatrice
- November 9, 2016 - Parker's, Ashland
- February 22, 2017 - The Pour House, Friend
- April 19, 2017 - TBA (Awards Night)
Region II Meetings
- September 28, 2016
- October 18, 2016
- December 7, 2016
- March 2, 2017
- April 26, 2017
Region III Meetings
- September 14, 2016 - Life Long Learning Center (1:30 p.m.), Norfolk
- December 7, 2016 - Life Long Learning Center (1:30 p.m.), Norfolk
- March 15, 2017 - Life Long Learning Center (1:30 p.m.), Norfolk
Region IV Meetings
- July 27, 2016 - Kearney
- October 28, 2016 - UNK, Kearney
- February TBD, 2017 - Secretary Appreciation Dinner, TBD
- May TBD, 2017 - Kearney
Region V Meetings
- September 7, 2016 - WNCC, Sidney Campus
- January 18, 2017 - Mid-Plains CC, Ogallala Campus
- March 9, 2017 - WNCC, Sidney Campus