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October 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board Meeting

Agenda
I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
Description:  __ Rafael Garza, President                    __ Raymundo Martinez, Vice-President
__ Benjamin Arjona, Secretary               __ Luis Trejo Jr., Treasurer
__ Yesenia Ayala, Member                     __ Carlos Cardoza Sr., Member
__ Norma Torres, Member                       __Xavier Salinas, Superintendent
__Eden Ramirez,  School Board Attorney
III. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, TEXAS PLEDGE AND OPENING PRAYER
IV. AWARDS & RECOGNITION
V. SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
V.A. Announcements
V.A.1. Blue Ribbon Announcement
V.A.2. FACE Institute Report
V.A.3. K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project Grant
V.A.4. House Bill 2563 Requirements - announcing Board's Continuing Education Credit
V.A.5. Transfer Procedures  
V.A.6. COVID-19 Update
V.A.7. Grant Award: Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS)
V.A.8. Enrollment Updates
V.A.9. United States District Court Probation Office - Donation
V.A.10. DHR Medical Beds - Donation
VI. PUBLIC COMMENTS
VII. ACTION TAKEN ON CONSENT ITEMS:
VII.A. Approve minutes of Board Meetings: July 25, 2021
VII.B. Tax Collector's Report:
VII.B.1. Hidalgo County Tax Office Tax Collection Report for August 2021
VII.C. Advertisement of Bids/Quotes/Proposals:
VII.C.1. Architectural Services Contract RFQ #21-22-02
VII.C.2. Engineering Services Contract RFQ #21-22-03
VII.D. Consideration of Bids/Quotes/Proposals:                 NONE
VII.E. Other:
VII.E.1. Request for Class size waiver in schools that exceed the 22:1 ratio in grades K-4th grades
VII.E.2. Budget Amendment Request 2122–001
VII.E.3. Quarterly Investment Report as of August 31, 2021
VII.E.4. Request for waiver for Homebound Remote Instruction (Special Education)
VII.E.5. Waiver Request: Extension of Remote Conferencing
VII.E.6. Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) at McAllen ISD and Hidalgo ISD
VII.E.7. Consider and take action on request for Students to travel out-of-town/state overnight:
VII.E.7.a. The Hidalgo ISD Fine Arts Mariachi Dept. is requesting permission for Mia Mendoza to travel and compete in the Mariachi Vargas National Vocal Competition.  The Mariachi Vargas Competition is the premier Mariachi vocal competition in America.  The preliminary round will be done through video due Friday, October 1, 2021.  Finalists will be announced on October 29, 2021 and National finals will be held downtown San Antonio on December 4, 2021.  
VII.E.8. Donation:
VII.E.8.a. United States District Court Probation Office
VII.E.8.b. DHR Medical Beds 
VIII. ACTION TAKEN ON INSTRUCTION AND STUDENT SUPPORT:
VIII.A. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2021-2022 Hidalgo ISD District and Campus Improvement Plans
VIII.A.1. HISD District Improvement Plan
VIII.A.2. HECHS
VIII.A.3. Ida Diaz Jr. High
VIII.A.4. Hidalgo Elementary
VIII.A.5. JC Kelly Elementary
VIII.A.6. Salinas Elementary
VIII.A.7. Hidalgo Park Elementary
VIII.B. Discussion and possible action Senate Bill 15, Local Remote Learning Program Resolution #2021-12
IX. ACTION TAKEN ON FINANCE, HUMAN RESOURCES & OPERATIONS:
IX.A. Update on the Safe Start>>>Strong Start Hidalgo ISD School Opening Phase-In Plan
IX.B. Consideration and approval of a Resolution #2021-13 authorizing the issuance of obligations designated as "Hidalgo Independent School District Limited Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2021"; making provision for the payment thereof by the annual levy of the District's maintenance and operations ad valorem taxes; providing the terms and conditions of said Notes and resolving other matters incident and related thereto
IX.C. Consideration and approval of an Order authorizing the issuance of obligations to be designated "Hidalgo Independent School District Time Warrants, Series 2021"; making provision for the payment thereof; providing the terms and conditions of said Time Warrants and resolving other matters incident and related thereto
X. CLOSED SESSION:
Description:  The Board may convene in Closed Session in accordance with the provisions of Texas Government Code, Sections 551.071 and 551.074
X.A. Consultation with School attorney to receive legal advice
Description:  (Section 551.071, Texas Government Code)
X.A.1. Discussion and possible action to exchange Salinas' property with the landowner.
X.B. Personnel Matters:
Description:  (Section 551.074, Texas Government Code)
X.B.1. Discussion of Superintendent Recommendations concerning Employment, Resignations, Reassignments, Retirements, Renewals, Non-Renewals, Terminations, Staffing Status, discipline or to hearing complaints or charges regarding personnel
XI. RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION:
XII. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION:
XII.A. Discussion and possible action to exchange Salinas' property with the landowner
XII.B. Personnel Matter:
Description:  (Section 551.071, Texas Government Code)
XII.B.1. Consideration of and Possible Action Regarding Superintendent's Recommendations Concerning Employment, Resignations, Reassignments, Retirements, Non-Renewals, and Terminations
XIII. CONSIDER ACTION ON:
XIV. ADJOURNMENT:
Description:  Agenda items may be considered, deliberated and/or acted upon in a different order than numbered above.  The Board of Trustees of The Hidalgo ISD reserves the right to adjourn into Executive (Closed) Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the items listed on this agenda as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act.  No final action will be taken in Executive Session.
Public Input Policy: “During the meeting, the Hidalgo ISD will allow for an open public forum/ comment period.  This comment period shall not exceed one-half hour (1/2) hour in length and each speaker will be allowed a maximum of five (5) minutes to speak.  All individuals desiring to address the Hidalgo ISD must sign up to do so, prior to the open comment period.  The purpose of this comment period is to provide the public an opportunity to address issues or topics that are under the jurisdiction of the Hidalgo ISD.  For issues or topics which are not otherwise part of the posted agenda for the meeting, members may direct staff to investigate the issue or topic further.  No action or discussion shall be taken on the issues or topics which are not part of the posted agenda for the meeting.  Members of the public may be recognized on posted agenda items deemed appropriate by the President as the items are considered, and the same time limitations five (5) minutes applies.”
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