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December 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM - Regular Meeting

Agenda
I. OPENING - CALL TO ORDER, PLEDGE(S) OF ALLEGIANCE & INVOCATION
Description: 

UNITED STATES FLAG

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible, 
With Liberty and Justice for all. 

TEXAS FLAG

The amended (HB1034, effective June 15, 2007) pledge of allegiance to the Texas state flag is: 
"Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, 
Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
II. PUBLIC HEARING
II.A. FIRST REPORT- School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas
Description:  The School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas information for Ranis ISD will be shared as a Public Hearing. 

III.  WILDCAT ROAR

Description:  Athletic Director, Randy Barnes will present the Fall Athletics update for the Wildcat Roar. 
Attachments: (3)
IV. OPEN FORUM
Description:  Persons desiring to address the Board of Trustees must fill out a speaker's card and submit it to the Administrative Assistant to the Board prior to the meeting.  No presentation shall exceed three minutes. The Board cannot deliberate on any subject matter that is not included on the agenda.
V. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION
V.A. Consent Agenda
V.A.1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
Description:  Background: 
The following minutes are provided for your review: 
  • Regular Meeting- November 9, 2020
  • Special Meeting- November 12, 2020

Administrative Considerations: 
Minutes become official when approved by the Board of Trustees.

Recommendation: 
Approve the minutes of the meetings as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board Approval
Attachments: (2)
V.A.2. Financial Reports
Description:  Background: 
Financial reports for the previous month are presented. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board

Board Action: 
As needed
Attachments: (3)
V.A.3. High School 2021-2022 Course Description Guide 
Description:  Background: 
High School Dean of Students, Nicole Timmons has requested that the 2021-2022 Course Description Guide be placed on this agenda. 

Administrative Considerations: 
The 2021-2022 Course Description Guide is provided in this packet. 

Recommendations: 
Approve the High School Course Description Guide for 2021-2022 as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval
Attachments: (1)
V.B. Business and Finance
V.B.1. WAG Report
Description:  Background: 
The WAG Report is provided by the Assistant Superintendent of Finance. 

Administrative Considerations: 
This report keeps the Board apprised of the district's current financial status. 

Recommendation: 
As needed

Board Action: 
Approval is not required for this report, unless action is needed. 

 
Attachments: (1)
V.B.2. Consider Purchase of Buses
Description:  Background:
Consider purchasing two buses. Information will be shared at this meeting. 

Administrative Considerations:
The administration will provide information regarding the purchase consideration. 

Recommendation:
Board approval. 

Board Action:
As desired by Board. 
Attachments: (1)
V.C. Superintendent Reports
V.C.1. District Activities & Projects
Description:  Background: 
The Superintendent will share information with the Board on district activities and projects. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Any items that would require Board action will be presented along with the report. 

Recommendation: 
As needed

Board Action: 
As needed
V.C.2. Report of Disbursements
Description:  Background: 
A report on the payment of bills is provided under this item. 

Administrative Considerations:
The payment of bills is only reported to the Board. 

Recommendation: 
No action required

Board Action: 
No action required
Attachments: (1)
V.C.3. COVID 19- Update
Description:  Background: 
Superintendent will give updates related to COVID-19. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Approve any update that would require action. 

Recommendation: 
Board approval on any item needed relating to COVID-19. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
V.C.4. iPad Purchase
Description:  Background: 
Update the Board on the purchase of iPads done with the intent of using prior purchase reimbursement from TEA.

Administrative Considerations: 
Approval from the board. 

Recommendation: 
Board approval. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
Attachments: (2)
V.C.5. Amend the 2020-2021 Calendar
Description:  Background: 
The administration has placed this item on the agenda. 


Administrative Considerations: 
The early release days that were scheduled for December 17th & 18th, and May 26th & 27th have been removed.  

Recommendation: 

Approve the amendments to the 2020-2021 calendar as presented. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
Attachments: (1)
VI. PERSONNEL ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION
VI.A. Personnel Changes/Update
Description:  The following is for review only and does not require board action: 

Employment:
  • Victoria Mattison, Food Service. Effective 11/30/2020
  • Paula Potts, Intermediate SpEd Aide. Effective 11/30/2020
  • Sara Washburn, Caregiver. Effective 12/2/2020
Transfers/Reassignments: 


Resignations/Terminations: 
  • Belinda Lewis, Custodian.  Effective 11/6/2020
  • Brittany Crawford, Custodian. Effective 11/25/2020
  • Paula Wellman, Cosmetology. New Effective Date 12/18/2020
  • Shane Webber, History Teacher/Coach. Effective 12/18/2020
VI.B. Superintendent Evaluation and Contract
Description:  Background: 
The Superintendent's annual evaluation will be conducted. 

Administrative Considerations: 
The forms are being provided to the Board at this meeting. 

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
Attachments: (2)
VII. CLOSED SESSION
VII.A. Personnel, Texas Government Code § 551.074
Description: 

TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE

6. Section 551.074. Personnel Matters

Section 551.074 authorizes certain deliberations about officers and employees of the governmental body to be held in executive session: (a) This chapter does not require a governmental body to conduct an open meeting: (1) to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee. (b) Subsection (a) does not apply if the officer or employee who is the subject of the deliberation or hearing requests a public hearing.267

This section permits executive session deliberations concerning an individual officer or employee. Deliberations about a class of employees, however, must be held in an open session.268 For example, when a governmental body discusses salary scales without referring to a specific employee, it must meet in an open session.269 The closed meetings authorized by section 551.074 may deal only with officers and employees of a governmental body; closed deliberations about the selection of an independent contractor are not authorized.270

Section 551.074 authorizes the public officer or employee under consideration to request a public hearing.271 In Bowen v. Calallen Independent School District,272 a teacher requested a public hearing concerning nonrenewal of his contract but did not object when the school board moved to go into executive session. The court concluded that the school board did not violate the Act.273

Similarly, in James v. Hitchcock Independent School District,274 a school librarian requested an open meeting on the school district’s unilateral modification of her contract. The court stated that refusal of the request for a hearing before the school board "is permissible only where the teacher does not object to its denial."275 However, silence may not be deemed a waiver if the employee has no opportunity to object.276 When a board heard the employee’s complaint, moved on to other topics, and then convened an executive session to discuss the employee after he left, the court found that the employee had not had an opportunity to object.277


263 TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. § 551.0726.
264 Id. § 551.073.
265 See Act of Mar. 28, 1973, 63d Leg., R.S., ch. 31, § 2, 1973 Tex. Gen. Laws 45, 46 (former article 6252-17, § 2(f), Revised Civil Statutes).
266 See, e.g., Dallas Cnty. Flood Control Dist. No. 1 v. Cross, 815 S.W.2d 271, 282-83 (Tex. App.—Dallas 1991, writ denied).
267 TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. § 551.074.
268 Gardner, 21 S.W.3d at 777; Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. H-496 (1975) (construing predecessor to Government Code, section 551.074).
Closed Sessions
2012 Open Meetings Handbook • Office of the Attorney General
VIII. BOARD CORRESPONDENCE, HANDOUTS (As Available)
Description:  The Superintendent has placed this item on the agenda for the purpose of sharing miscellaneous correspondence/information item(s) that may be of interest to Board members. 

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