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November 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM - Regular Meeting

A. Call to Order
Description:  The Board President or his/her designee will call the meeting to order.
B. Roll Call
Description:  The Board President or his/her designee will call the roll of members.
C. Student Led Pledge of Allegiance

Students who are currently top point earners from the House of Service at Smithville Elementary will lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those students are:
Stormie Ladewig, Hayden Powell, Sariah Villegas, Jayden Olivares, Ja’Kara McLaurin, Kiersa Henderson, Niko Ellington, Claire Vinklarek, Harper Koi, Peyton Eaton, Olivia Trevino, Luke Oates, Aidan Villalobos, Harper Rydin,  and Roger Coronado.

D. Board Recognitions
D.1. Character Education Speakers
Description:  Student guest speakers will be present at each board meeting to read a short essay on the Character Trait of the Month.  For the November Board meeting, the Board will hear from Nalaya Evans, a second grader in Mrs. Heimann's class, and Josiah Navarro, a fourth grader in Ms. Watson's class, on the character trait "Service".
E. Public Communications
Description:  Citizens wishing to address the Board of Trustees have so indicated by listing their name on the Communications from the Public sign-in sheet located on the table at the entrance to the boardroom if the meeting is done in person, or at the link provided on the published board agenda if conducted remotely. Those signing have given a brief indication of the topics to be addressed.
Comments to the Board of Trustees under this provision will be limited to three minutes.
The members of the Board of Trustees will listen to citizen presentations during this portion of a regularly scheduled meeting, but they will not comment or participate in a discussion of the topic. 
F. Consent Agenda
Description:  Board members routinely approve items on the consent agenda as a group.  These are routine agenda items.  Board members have the option to ask questions regarding any of the items listed under "consent agenda".
F.1. Minutes
Description:  State law requires that a record be kept in the form of official minutes on each meeting held by a governmental body and that these minutes be approved at the next regular meeting.
Attached are the minutes from the October 18, 2021 regular board meeting.
Attachments: (1)
F.2. Financial Statements
Description:  Monthly reporting of financial position in relation to the budget.  The Board is provided monthly financial statements.
F.3. Investment Report
Description:  Meet legal reporting requirements for investments.
In order the meet legal reporting requirements for investments, the Board receives quarterly reports on District investments.
Attachments: (3)
F.4. State Aid Comparison - Budgeted vs. Earned
Description:  The Board has requested a monthly status report of earned state aid in relation to the budget.
Attachments: (1)
F.5. Earned vs. TEA Payments
Description:  The Board has requested a monthly status report of earned state aid in relation to the budget.
Attachments: (1)
F.6. Tax Collection Report
Description:  Attached is the Tax Assessor-Collector's Report.
Attachments: (1)
G. Information Items
G.1. Financial Report
Description:  The Chief Financial Officer, Jean Ann McCarthy, will review the financial disbursements for the previous month with the Board of Trustees.  No action is required.
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Superintendent's Report
Description:  The Superintendent will update the Board on important issues pertaining to the District.
G.3. SISD Instructional/Curriculum Program Highlight
Description:  The Board will be presented with curriculum and program area highlights on a regular basis.  The purpose of each presentation is to keep the Board informed of the academic progress within the district and on campuses.
The Board will hear highlights from the After-School Program at this meeting.
G.4. COVID-19 Update
Description:  Smithville ISD administrators will present an update on COVID-19 as it pertains to instruction and mitigation plans for the district.
G.5. Tentative December Agenda Items
Description:  Tentative items to be included on the December regular agenda:

a.   F.I.R.S.T. Ratings Public Hearing
b.   Consent Agenda - Investment Policy Review
c.   Consent Agenda - Review Approved Providers of Investment              Training

d.   Financial Report  
e.   Superintendent’s Report
f.   Instruction and Curriculum Highlights
g.   Review and Approve 2020-2021 District Financial Audit

h.   Personnel
i.    Superintendent’s Self-Evaluation Submission to the Board
j.   Distribution of Superintendent Evaluation Materials
H. Action Items
H.1. Consider Approval of District and Campus Improvement Plans and Performance Objectives
Board Policy BQ [Legal] requires the Board to annually approve district and campus performance objectives and ensure that the district and campus improvement plans are mutually supportive to accomplish identified objectives and at a minimum, support the state goals and objectives.  Smithville ISD presents these plans and objectives to the Board of Trustees in order to meet legal requirements for approving campus performance objectives and to improve student achievement.
Site-Based committees, campus principals, and central office staff began working on revising our improvement plans and establishing performance objectives for the 2021-2022 school year last spring.  The committees have made final revisions this fall and are ready to present their performance objectives and improvement plans to the Board for approval.  Included with the board packet are the performance objectives and improvement plans established for the district and each campus.
H.2. Consider Approval of Certified Levy in Accordance with the Texas Property Tax Code 26.09(e)
Description:  The district is in receipt of a request from Ellen Owens, Tax Assessor/Collector for the Smithville Independent School District, for approval of the attached document in accordance with Texas Property Tax Code 26.09(e).  This document requires that the Board of Trustees approve the original certified tax levy.
Attachments: (1)
H.3. Review and Approve Local Board Policy Update 118 and Affected Policies
The District must update and maintain its local policies with the most recent legislation and educational regulation changes. In your packet of information, you have been provided the Update 118 Local Policy Overview. The attachments provide you with information concerning the policy changes found in the update.  The information included in the board packet is a summary of each of the policy changes. The update includes changes to the following local board policies:
Attachments: (2)
H.4. Voting for Bastrop Central Appraisal District Board of Directors
Description:  The Bastrop County Appraisal District is governed by a five-member board of directors which is elected by the governing bodies of the taxing entities in Bastrop County.  Board members serve two-year at-large terms, which begin on January 1st of even numbered years. Chapter 6 of the Property Tax Code allows each tax unit to cast votes for the Board of Directors of the Bastrop Central Appraisal District in proportion to their tax levy. The Smithville Independent School District is allocated 435 votes, and the goal is to elect a Smithville representative to the Bastrop County Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.

Included in the board information is a voting entitlement for each of the taxing entities in Bastrop County, and a voting resolution. 
Attachments: (2)
H.5. Personnel
H.5.a. Resignations of Certified Personnel
Description:  There are no resignations to report at this time.
H.5.b. Employment of Certified Personnel
Description:  According to Board Policy DC [Local], the Superintendent has the authority to make recommendations to the Board regarding the selection of all personnel.

Steven Fobert - High School Teacher
Degree - Bachelor of Science from Utah Valley University
Certification - PE (EC-12) Utah certification under one-year review under TEA
Years of Experience - 4 years out of state
Campus - Smithville High School
To replace Linda Neville

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