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April 12, 2021 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. WILDCAT ROAR
Description:  Rains Junior High will have a presentation for the Wildcat Roar. 
III. 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.
IV. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION
IV.A. Consent Agenda
IV.A.1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
Description:  Background: 
The following minutes are provided for your review: 
  • Regular Meeting- March 1, 2021
  • Special Meeting- March 23, 2021 
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)
IV.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)
IV.A.3. Region 7- Certification of Superintendent to Regional Advisory Committee
Description:  Background: 
Region 7 has provided a form for Certifying the Superintendent to the Regional Advisory Committee.  This committee is comprised of all Superintendents/
Charter School CEO's in the region. 


Administrative Considerations: 
If approved by the Board, the Superintendent would be authorized to serve on the Regional Advisory Committee and execute all documents related to the Education Service Center. 

Recommendations: 
Designate our local Superintendent to serve on the Regional Advisory Committee, as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
IV.B. Business and Finance
IV.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)
  • 4/7/2021 at 1:36 PM
IV.B.2. Self- Certification of Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold
Description:  Background: 
Assistant Superintendent, Jeff Fisher requested this item
 be placed on the agenda due to changes in federal law.  

Administrative Considerations:
None

Recommendation:
Board approval as presented. 

Board Action: 

Board approval.
 
IV.C. Curriculum & Instruction
IV.C.1. Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification, 2021-2022
Description:  Background: 
This information is provided by the Curriculum and Instruction Office. 

Administrative Considerations:
Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification information for the upcoming school year is provided to the Board. 

Recommendation: 
Board approval as needed. 

Board Action: 
Board approval as needed. 

 
IV.C.2. Literacy/Math Update- NWEA Map Data
Description:  Background:
The Director of Curriculum/Instruction will provide an update on Literacy and Math using the district's MAP data. 

Administrative Considerations: 
An update of spring scores will be presented to the Board. 

Recommendation: 
Action not required

Board Action: 
Action not required
Attachments: (1)
IV.C.3. School Calendar, 2021-22
Description:  Background: 
The 2021-22 final school calendar has been through the approval process of the district committees and will be provided to the Board. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Approve the 2021-22 final calendar recommendation provided by the district committees. 

Recommendation: 
Approve 2021-22 final calendar recommendation as presented.

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
Attachments: (1)
IV.C.4. Staff Development 2021-22
Description:  Background:
Staff Development is coordinated by the Curriculum Office. 


Administrative Considerations: 
Current information for the 2021-22 Staff Development is provided. 

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As needed.

 
IV.C.5. Consider the purchase of the Edgenuity Credit Recovery Program
Description:  Background: 
Consider the purchase of the Edgenuity Credit Recovery program which exceeds $50,000.   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)
IV.C.6. MOU with Texas A&M University
Description:  Background: 
The District and Texas A&M University agree to facilitate a learning-centered partnership between the District and the University's Educator Preparation Program("EPP") to prepare future teachers for Texas schools. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Consider entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with Texas A&M University for a term of 3 years. 

Recommendation: 
Board approval as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 


 
Attachments: (1)
IV.D. Superintendent Reports
IV.D.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
IV.D.2. 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. 
IV.D.3. 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)
IV.D.4. Therapy Dog
Description:  Background: 
High School Counselor, Jeana Penny requested that this item be placed on the agenda.  Mrs. Penny will present a PowerPoint presentation to the Board. 

Administrative Considerations:
Process for implementing a therapy dog. 
  • School board approval to move forward with a School Therapy Dog Program. 
  • Develop and adopt a School Therapy Dog program policy and procedures, if required by the School Board. 
  • Introduction of Lola, through social media and other forms of communication to students, parents, and staff. 
  • The therapy dog would start 1-2 days a week starting this school year. If the results of having the therapy dog on campus are extremely successful, then it would be increased to 3-4 days a week the next school year. 
  • Opportunity to have the therapy dog visit other campuses throughout the year as part of awareness, training, and support of AAT. 
Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
IV.D.5. Discussion and Possible Action on Establishing Board Policy for Naming District Facilities. CW(LOCAL)
Description:  Background:
Discuss and develop a district policy for naming district facilities. 

Administrative Considerations:
Establish board policy and procedures for proposing naming district facilities. 

Recommendation:
As desired by Board.

Board Action: 

As desired by Board. 
IV.D.6. Discussion and Possible Action on RISD Face Covering Protocol in regard to Governor Abbot's Executive Order
Description:  Background: 
At a Special Meeting on March 23, 2021, the Board voted to make masks optional for students/staff for outdoor events only.  At the request of the Board, this item has been placed back on the agenda for review. 

TEA's most recent update to their public health guidance document states if a district plans to implement a mask protocol different from the one currently in place, the governing board may modify or eliminate, by formal action, the current mask requirement.

Administrative Considerations: 


Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 

 
IV.E. Board Member Continuing Education Hours Reporting
Description:  Background:
In 2007, the legislature added an additional requirement to the Education Code 11.159(b) as follows:
(b) A trustee must complete any training required by the State
Board of Education. The minutes of the last regular meeting of the
board of trustees held before an election of trustees must reflect
whether each trustee has met or is deficient in meeting the training
required for the trustee as of the first anniversary of the date
of the trustee's election or appointment. If the minutes reflect
that a trustee is deficient, the district shall post the minutes
on the district's Internet website within 10 business days of the
meeting and maintain the posting until the trustee meets the
requirements.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30,
1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1244 (H.B. 2563), Sec. 5, eff.
September 1, 2007.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 925 (S.B. 1566), Sec. 5, eff.
September 1, 2017.
Administrative Considerations:
The only action required is that a report of training-to-date is included in the minutes of this meeting.
It should be noted, that although this preliminary report of training is now required, the fiscal year for meeting the recommended hours does not end until February.
Announcing Board Continuing Education Credit
Annually, at the last regular board meeting held before an election of trustees, the current president of each local board of trustees shall announce the name of each board member who has completed the required continuing education, who has exceeded the required hours of continuing education, and who is deficient in the required continuing education as of the date of the meeting. The announcement shall state that completing the annual required continuing education is a basic obligation and expectation of any sitting board member under State Board Of Education rule. The president shall cause the minutes
of the local board to reflect the information and shall make this information available to the local media. (19TAC §61.1(j).

Recommendation:
Fulfill reporting requirements, as needed.

Board Action:
Board approval not required for this report.

 
Attachments: (1)
V. PERSONNEL ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION
V.A. Consider and Hire High School Principal Position
Description:  Background: 
Consider and hire the High School Principal position. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Consider and take action. 

Recommendations: 
Administration recommends Lindsay Morgan as the High School Principal. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
V.B. Consider and Hire Junior High Principal Position
Description:  Background: 
Consider and hire the Junior High School Principal position. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Consider and take action. 

Recommendations: 
Administration recommends Jennifer Melton for Junior High Principal. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
V.C.  Personnel Changes/Update
Description:  The following is for review only and does not require board action: 

Employment:
  • Ashley Mattison, Food Service. Effective 2/25/2021
  • Kimberly Hobbs, JH ESL Aide. Effective 3/1/2021
  • Michael Houston, Maintenance. Effective 3/16/2021
  • Eric Jeffery, SpEd Aide. Effective 3/18/2021
  • Ashley Reagan, SpEd Aide. Effective 3/31/2021
  • Wilma Upchurch, Custodial. Effective 3/31/2021
  • Cynthia Spigner, Custodial. Effective 4/8/2021
Transfers/Reassignments:
  • Charles Paris, Custodial transfer to Sub-Custodial List. Effective 4/1/2021
  • Diane Klump, 2nd Grade Teacher transfer to 3rd Grade Teacher. Effective 8/2021
  • Tami Maberry, 4th Grade Teacher transfer to 3rd Grade Teacher. Effective 8/2021
  • Kenya Davis, HS SpEd Teacher transfer to Intermediate Math Intervention/Title I Teacher. Effective 8/2021
 
Resignations/Terminations: 
  • Stephen Byrd, Maintenance/Security. Effective 3/20/2021
  • Ashley Mattison, Food Service. Effective 3/26/2021
  • Jenna Corley, Pre-K/Headstart Teacher. Effective 4/1/2021
  • Austin Wasson, HS History Teacher/Coach. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Richard "Trey" Neighbors, Intermediate PE Teacher/Coach. Effective 5/27/2021
  • Steve Hodge, JH History Teacher/Coach. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Diana McDowell, Intermediate Aide. Effective 5/27/2021
  • Caitlyn Hodo, Elementary ECSE Teacher. Effective 5/28/2021 
  • Brandy Dixon, JH Teacher/Coach. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Alejandra Reyna, 3rd Grade Teacher. Effective 5/27/2021
  • Erin Wilcox, Intermediate SpEd Teacher. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Hollie Thomas, 1st Grade Teacher. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Kiante Holmes, JH History Teacher/Coach. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Lisa Kneifl, JH SpEd Aide. Effective 5/28/2021
  • Valerie Hoover, HS SpEd Aide. Effective 5/28/2021
V.D. Letters of Assurance- Paraprofessionals, Support Staff, and Substitutes
Description:  Background: 
Letters of Reasonable Assurance are considered for paraprofessionals, support staff, and substitutes in April of each school year.  A list of the employees receiving Letters of Reasonable Assurance is provided. 

Administrative Consideration: 
Board action is not required since these positions are under the jurisdiction of the superintendent's position. 

Recommendation: 
None

Board Action: 
As needed. 

 
VI. CLOSED SESSION
VI.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
VI.B. Student Information, Texas Government Code § 551.0821
Description: 
TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE
Sec. 551.0821. SCHOOL BOARD: PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT. (a) This chapter does not require a school board to conduct an open meeting to deliberate a matter regarding a public school student if personally identifiable information about the student will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.
(b) Directory information about a public school student is considered to be personally identifiable information about the student for purposes of Subsection (a) only if a parent or guardian of the student, or the student if the student has attained 18 years of age, has informed the school board, the school district, or a school in the school district that the directory information should not be released without prior consent. In this subsection, "directory information" has the meaning assigned by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g), as amended.
(c) Subsection (a) does not apply if an open meeting about the matter is requested in writing by a parent or guardian of the student or by the student if the student has attained 18 years of age.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 190, Sec. 1, eff. June 2, 2003.

    

 
VII. 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. 
VII.A. Region 7 Board of Directors Election
Attachments: (1)
VII.B. School Board Virtual Spring Workshop- Gulf Coast Area Houston
Attachments: (1)
VII.C. School Board Virtual Spring Workshop- Uvalde ISD
Attachments: (1)
VII.D. 2021 Summer Leadership Institute Conference Preview
Attachments: (1)

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