Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors

Missy Dobish, President

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors (NASES) is to promote quality educational practices by providing visionary leadership, services, and support for its membership.

Belief Statements

  • The Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors has responsibility for establishing Nebraska as a proactive leader in the education of all students.
  • School administrators make a difference in the quality and future of the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families within the educational system and the community.
  • The Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors is an integral part of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and provides a unique vehicle to accomplish our respective missions.
  • The Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors provides a collegial support network and opportunities for professional growth.
  • Educational administrators are change agents who have a significant effect on the quality and future of education of all students.
  • All students have a right to a quality education that will enable them to develop to their maximum potential.
  • The community should celebrate human diversity as enriching the whole of society.
  • Services for students with disabilities should be supportive to all education rather than a separate parallel system.


Board of Directors
President
Missy Dobish
Kearney Public Schools
310 W 24th Street
Kearney, NE 68845
308-698-8019
meldobish@kearneycats.com

President-elect
Jason Harris
Columbus Public Schools
2508 27th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
402-563-7000
harrisj@discoverers.org

Past President
Wendy Kemling-Horner
Scottsbluff Public Schools
1722 1st Avenue
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
308-635-6200
wkemling@sbps.net
     
Secretary
Kris Elmshaeuser
ESU #16
PO Box 915
Ogallala, NE 69153
308-284-8481
kelmshae@esusixteen.org
CASE Representative (8-31-17)
Jane Byers
Papillion-LaVista Community Schools
420 S. Washington 
Papillion, NE  68046
402-331-4700
jbyers@paplv.org
NARSA Representative (8-31-16)T2
Michaela Nelson
1418 24th Ave
Sidney, NE 69162
308-254-3932
michaelanelson8@gmail.com
     
Region I Representative
Jenny Piening T2

Norris School District 160
25211 S 68th Street
Firth, NE 68358
402-791-0030
jenny.piening@nsdtitans.org
Region II Representative
Terry Houlton 
Millard Public Schools
5606 S 147th Street
Omaha, NE  68137
402-715-8200
thoulton@mpsomaha.org
Region III Representative
Sarah Hansen T1
ESU #1

211 Tenth Street
Wakefield, NE 68784
402-287-2061
shansen@esu1.org
     
Region IV Representative
Lona Nelson-Milks T1
ESU #11
PO Box 858
Holdrege, NE 68949
308-995-6585
lonelso@esu11.org
Region V Representative
Laura Barrett T2
ESU #13
4215 Ave I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
308-635-3696
lbarrett@esu13.org
2nd Vice-President
Terry Houlton
Millard Public Schools
5606 S. 147th Street
Omaha, NE 68137
402-715-8200
thoulton@mpsomaha.org


Bylaws

(Revised January 19, 1993)

Article I - Procedure

The latest edition Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority on all questions of procedure not specifically stated in the Constitution.

Article II - Fiscal Years

SECTION 1.  The Association shall abide by the fiscal year set forth by NCSA which shall be the first (1st) day of September through the thirty-first (31st) day of August.

SECTION 2.  The Association shall concurrently abide by the fiscal year set forth by CASE, for purposes of reporting, which shall be the first (1st) day of July through the thirtieth (30th) day of June.

Article III - Membership

SECTION 1.  Membership shall consist of active and associate status:

  1. Active members shall be individuals who are practicing administration and supervision in Special Education in Nebraska.

    Active members shall have the right to vote and hold office in the Association and NCSA and shall be entitled to legal defense services.

  2. Associate members may include individuals from colleges and universities, State Department of Education, vocational and technical schools, retired administrators, full time graduate students, and friends of Special Education. Persons who are not practicing Special Education administration, but who are qualified to do so, may elect to join as either active or associate members.

    Associate members will be afforded all the services of regular membership except voting privileges, election to office, and legal services; provided, associate members shall be entitled to vote in the election of the CASE Officer with the stipulation that they be CASE members.

SECTION 2.  Members choosing to join CEC/CASE may do so subject to membership requirements of that organization.

Article IV - Duties of Officers and Regional Representatives

SECTION 1.  The President shall:

  1. be the chief executive officer of the Association;
  2. call and preside at business meetings;
  3. call and preside at meetings of the Board of Directors;
  4. be an ex-officio member of all committees;
  5. represent the Association in coordinating efforts with other agencies and affiliates;
  6. give leadership to general policy making and carry out directions of the Board of Directors and membership; and
  7. such other duties as prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 2.  The President-elect shall:

  1. serve in the place of the President with the President's authority and in case of absence or disability of the President;
  2. appoint members to standing and special committees;
  3. serve as co-chairperson of the planning committee for the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)/NASES Fall Conference; and
  4. such other duties as prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 3.  The Secretary shall:

  1. keep a record of all proceedings of the business meetings, the meetings of the Board of Directors, any other Association meetings, and such correspondence as necessary for the operation of the organization;
  2. prepare and submit an annual report to the Board of Directors summarizing activities of the preceding year, and this report shall be due within thirty (30) days of the final meeting of the year; and
  3. such other duties as prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 4.  The Past President shall:

  1. serve as chairperson of the NDE/NASES Liaison Committee;
  2. serve as chairperson of the nominating committee;
  3. assist with the recruitment and orientation of new members; and
  4. such other duties as prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 5.  The NARSA (Nebraska Association of Retired School Administrators) Representative shall:

  1. serve as liaison between NASES and NARSA members; and
  2. such other duties as prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 6.  The CASE Officer shall:

  1. serve as the Nebraska Representative at the CASE annual board meeting;
  2. serve as liaison between NASES and CASE; and
  3. such other duties as prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 7.  One (1) regional representative shall be elected by the membership of each of the five (5) regions at the overall election meeting for the Association.

Regional representatives to the Board of Directors shall serve a three (3) year term commencing on the first (1st) day of September after the election day.

A member shall not concurrently serve as a regional representative and member of the Executive Committee (President, President-elect, Past President, Secretary, CASE Officer, and NARSA Representative).  If a regional representative is elected to the Executive Committee, it shall be the duty of the current President to appoint a suitable replacement as regional representative for the duration of the unexpired term.

Article V - Board of Directors

SECTION 1.  The Board of Directors shall recommend policies and programs for the Association at regular business meetings and at general membership meetings.

SECTION 2.  The Board of Directors shall assume such other responsibilities as are deemed appropriate.

SECTION 3.  The Board of Directors shall serve as the nominating committee for the purpose of selecting candidates for election to the offices of President-elect and Secretary.  Qualifications for office and nominating procedures shall be prescribed in the NASES Policy Code and Governing Manual.

SECTION 4.  The Board of Directors shall plan and conduct at least four (4) meetings annually.  The Board of Directors shall also plan and conduct at least one (1) meeting of the general membership for the purpose of holding elections and presenting items of general interest to the membership.  The annual business meeting shall be held prior to the first (1st) day of April of each year.

Article VI - Business Meetings

Activities at business meetings shall include but shall not be limited to the following items:

  1. a report by the President of the Association activities and other matters of concern;
  2. recitation of the minutes of the previous meeting;
  3. a financial report;
  4. approval of programs;
  5. report of all committees;
  6. report on NCSA activities that concern the Association; and
  7. such other matters as are of interest and concern to the Association.

Article VII - Amendments

Amendments to these Bylaws may be effected by a two-thirds (2/3s) vote of the members of the Board of Directors.  All proposed amendments shall be distributed to members of the Board of Directors at least seven (7) days prior to a vote.  The Board of Directors shall issue to the general membership copies of all approved amendments to the Bylaws.


Constitution

(Revised April 2005)

Article I - Name and Organization

SECTION 1.  The name of this organization shall be the Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors, hereinafter referred to as NASES or the Association.

SECTION 2.  The Association shall be a state wide organization with a regional structure consistent with the regions of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, hereinafter referred to as NCSA.

Article II - Purpose

The purpose of the Association shall be:

  1. to promote the education of exceptional children and youth; and
  2. to enhance the professional development of individuals involved in the administration and supervision of special education programs.

Article III - Affiliation

SECTION 1.  The Association shall be a member affiliate of NCSA and shall accept all rights, benefits and privileges associated with such affiliation on behalf of the NASES membership.

SECTION 2.  The Association shall be recognized as the Nebraska chapter and state affiliate of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, hereinafter referred to as CASE.

Article IV - Membership

SECTION 1.  Active and associate memberships in the Association may be obtained by qualified individuals through concurrent membership in NCSA and upon payment of appropriate dues as established by NCSA.

SECTION 2.  Membership in CASE shall not be required for membership in the Association.

Article V - Officers

SECTION 1.  The officers of the Association shall be a statewide elected President, 1st Vice-President/President-elect, 2nd Vice-President, Past President, Secretary, and CASE Officer. In addition, the Nebraska Association of Retired School Administrators, hereinafter referred to as NARSA, shall appoint one (1) member of its organization to serve as an officer of the Association in the capacity of NARSA Representative.

SECTION 2.  The officers shall comprise the membership of the Executive Committee of the Association.

SECTION 3.  The President, President-elect and Past President shall represent the Association on the NCSA Executive Board.

SECTION 4. Following election to the office of 2nd Vice-President, progression shall be as follows: 2nd Vice-President, 1st Vice-President/President-elect, President, Past President.

SECTION 5. All officers except the Secretary and CASE Officer shall serve a term of one (1) year. The Secretary and CASE Officer shall serve a term of three (3) years. All terms of elected and appointed officers shall commence on the first (1st) day of September immediately following election or appointment.

Article VI - Board of Directors

SECTION 1.  The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the members of the Executive Committee and one (1) Regional Representative elected from each of the five (5) NASES regions.

SECTION 2.  The Board of Directors shall constitute the official governing body of the Association and shall act on all matters relevant to the business of the Association.

Article VII - Committees

SECTION 1.  The Board of Directors shall have the authority to create standing and special committees and shall further have the authority to designate the charge of each such committee.

SECTION 2.  The President of the Association shall be empowered to appoint members of the Association to standing and special committees as created by the Board of Directors.

Article VIII - Meetings

SECTION 1.  Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be as scheduled by the President or a majority of the officers.

SECTION 2.  The Board of Directors shall convene not less than two (2) meetings annually.  Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be scheduled by the President or a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3.  At least one (1) meeting of the general membership of the Association shall be convened annually.  Meetings of the general membership of the Association shall be scheduled by the Board of Directors.

Article IX - Amendments

Amendments to this Constitution may be made at an officially called meeting of the general membership or by mail ballot of all members of the Association.  Amendments may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3s) vote of returning ballots or two-thirds (2/3s) consent of voting members present.  Proposed amendments must be sent to members at least thirty (30) days prior to any vote.


Committees

NDE/NASES Liaison Committee
NASES Board of Directors

Legislative Committee (NCSA)
Ellen Stokebrand - (exp. 9-1-2017) term 2
Jane Byers- (exp. 9-1-2018) term 2

Legislative Committee (NASES)
NASES Board of Directors

Administrators' Days Planning Committee (NCSA)
Connie Biaggio - (exp. 9-1-2018)T1
Delanie McMillan - (exp. 9-1-2017)T1
Lynette Mitzel - (exp 9-1-2019)T2


Meeting Dates

GENERAL MEETINGS

  • August 26, 2016 - NASES Fall Workshop - Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln
  • February 23-24, 2017 - NASES Legislative Conference - Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln
  • April 6-7, 2017 - NASES Spring Conference - The Younes Conference Center, Kearney 
  • July 26, 2017 - Administrator Days - Younes Conference Center, Kearney

REGIONAL MEETINGS

Region I Meetings

  • September 30, 2016 - Seward Elementary School (9:00 am), Seward
  • February 28, 2017 - NCSA Offices (9:00 am), Lincoln
  • May 31, 2017 - ESU #4 (9:00 am), Auburn

Region II Meetings

  • September 1, 2016 - Millard Public Schools (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting)
  • October 6, 2016 - Elkhorn Public Schools (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting) 
  • November 10, 2016 - Fremont Public Schools (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting) 
  • January 5, 2017 - Papillion-LaVista Community Schools (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting)
  • February 9, 2017 - Westside Community Schools (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting) 
  • March 9, 2017 - Bellevue Public Schools (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting) 
  • May 11, 2017 - UNO (8:30 am breakfast and 9:00 am meeting)

Region III Meetings

  • October 3, 2016 - Michael's Mexican Cantina (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm), Norfolk
  • November 7, 2016 -  Norfolk Public Schools Board Room (9:00 am - 11:00 am), Norfolk
  • January 31, 2017 -  Prenger's (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm), Norfolk
  • February 28, 2017 - Norfolk Public Schools Board Room (9:00 am - 11:00 am), Norfolk
  • April 28, 2017 - Black Cow Fat Pig (11:00 am - 1:00 pm), Norfolk
  • May 31, 2017 - Prenger's (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm), Norfolk
  • June 30, 2017 - Norfolk Public Schools Board Room (9:00 am - 11:00 am), Norfolk

 

Region IV Meetings

  • October 28, 2016 -  ESU #10 (9:00 am), Kearney
  • January 27, 2017 -  ESU #10 (9:00 am), Kearney
  • April 28, 2017 - ESU #10 (9:00 am), Kearney

Region V Meetings

  • September 30, 2016 - Prairie Winds Community Center (8:30 am), Bridgeport
  • January 26, 2016 - ESU #13 (10:00 am), Sidney
  • April 28, 2017 - Prairie Winds Community Center (8:30 am), Bridgeport
 
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