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August 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM - Regular Meeting

A. Introduction of Meeting and Pledge of Allegiance
B. Public Comments
C. Public Meeting to Discuss Spending Plan for CRRSA Act: ESSER II Federal Funds
D. Public Meeting to Discuss Tax Rate 
E. Closed Meeting (TX Govt Code 551.071/551.072/551.074/551.082)
E.1. Personnel Concerns
E.2. Discuss Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property
E.3. Safety/Security
E.4. Consultation with Board Attorney
F. Reconvene for Open Meeting
G. Information Items
G.1. Superintendent's Report
G.1.b. Instructional Update

Attachments: (1)
G.1.c. COVID Update
G.1.d. Policy DBD Update
H. Consent Items (All items listed under this subheading will be adopted with one motion unless they are removed from the Consent Agenda by a Trustee or the Superintendent for discussion.)
H.1. Approve Minutes of June 21, 2021 Regular Meeting, July 1, 2021 Special Meeting, and August 9, 2021 Special Meeting
H.2. Consider Monthly Expenditures for June and July 2021
Description:  The monthly expenditures is presented for the Board of Trustee review in the Revenue and Expenditures Report and the Check Register in the Financial Update Section.
H.3. Consider Approval of the 2021-2022 T-TESS Appraisers
Description:  The teacher appraisal process requires at least one certified appraiser. An appraiser must be the teacher’s supervisor, or a person approved by the Board. A list of appraisers who will be responsible for conducting teacher appraisals is attached.
H.4. Consider UIL Course Exemptions for 2021-2022
Description:  Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74 and Texas Education Code 33.081 allows school districts to establish a list of courses that are exempt from the "No Pass, No Play" requirements.  See attached list.  
H.5. Consider 2021-2022 Staff Development Waiver
H.6. Consider Changing the Date of the Regular Board Meeting from December 20, 2021 to December 13, 2021, and the Regular January Meeting from January 17, 2022 to January 24, 2022
Description:  Due to the winter break and MLK holiday, staff recommends that we move the December Regular Board Meeting to Monday, December 13, 2021, and the January Regular Board Meeting to Monday, January 24, 2022.  
H.7. Consider Approval of the Student Code of Conduct for 2021-2022
Description:  The Student Code of Conduct is the district’s response to the requirements of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code that addresses student discipline. The current Student Code of Conduct must be adopted each year.  A copy of the revised Student Code of Conduct is attached.

H.8. Consider Approval of Vendor(s) for Educational Diagnostician Contract Services
Description:  The District is anticipating the possibility of needing contracted diagnostician services in the 2021-2022 school year.  The District released a Request for Proposal (RFP).  There were 10 vendors that responded to the RFP. The District recommends using one of the following vendors based on cost and availability:
1. Invo
2. Stepping Stone
3. Soliant
Depending on the amount of services needed, the amount of the purchase order could exceed $25,000.

These services will be funded from the Federal IDEA- Formula Grant.

I. Separate Items
I.1. Consider Policy Update 117
Description:  Update 117 includes recommended policy revisions concerning the board’s delegation of authority to the superintendent to approve purchases or construction in an emergency. Recommended revisions to the district’s leave and absence policy are included. Finally, there are policies that have been updated from the 86th Legislative session and recent changes to Administrative Code.
I.2. Consider Approval of Resolution of the Board to Set Tax Rate 
Description:  The District is proposing a 2021 tax rate of $.9803 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations (M&O) and  a $.4800 per $100 valuation for interest and sinking (I&S) for a total tax rate of $1,4603 per $100 valuation.

The M&O tax rate is calculated and certified using the TEA Tax Rate Survey template..  The M&O compressed rate calculated was $.8503.  The District is allowed to add $.05 to the compressed rate without an election. The District is proposing to add this $.05 plus $.08 that will require a  Voter Approved Tax Rate Election (VATRE). The total proposed M&O tax rate is $.9803.  

In May 2021, the Board of Trustees approved increasing the I&S rate above the rate calculated on the Comptroller's Truth and Taxation Worksheet ($.3644) to allow the District to exercise the option to redeem bonds prior to the stated maturity.

The total proposed tax rate is $1.4603 per $100 valuation.
I.3. Consider an Order Calling a Bond and VATRE Election 
Description:  District personnel deem it advisable to modify the Original Order to call a bond election that was approved at the June 21, 2021, Board Meeting, and to adopt this order to provide for the calling of the bond election and the addition of a proposition for a tax ratification election to be held on November 2, 2021.

The proposition will read as follows:

Shall the Board of Trustees of the White Settlement Independent School District be authorized to issue the bonds of the District, in one or more series, in the aggregate principal amount of $115,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, and equipping school facilities within the District and to purchase sites necessary therefor; with the bonds to mature, bear interest, and be issued and sold in accordance with law at the time of issuance; and shall the Board of Trustees be authorized to levy and pledge, and cause to be assessed and collected, annual ad valorem taxes, on all taxable property in the District, sufficient, without limit as to rate or amount, to pay the principal and interest on the bonds and the cost of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds?

Ratifying the ad valorem tax rate of $1.4603 per $100 valuation in White Settlement Independent School District for the current year, a rate that will result in an increase of two percent (2%) in maintenance and operations tax revenue for the district for the current year as compared to the preceding year, which is an additional $410,059.
I.4. Consider Endorsement of Candidate to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors for Region XI
Description:  The Board is invited to endorse a candidate for the open position for Region XI on the TASB Board of Directors. 
J. Consider Items Discussed in Closed Meeting Including Personnel
K. Adjourn

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