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October 11, 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 Intermediate will have a presentation for the Wildcat Roar. 
III. OPEN FORUM
Description:  Public Comment: 
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.  The Board cannot deliberate on any subject that is not included on the agenda.
IV. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION
IV.A. Consent Agenda
IV.A.1. Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
Description:  Background: 
The following minutes are provided for your review: 
  • Called Emergency Meeting- September 7, 2021
  • Regular Meeting- September 14, 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 months are presented. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None. 

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As needed. 

 
Attachments: (3)
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)
IV.B.2. Resolution of the Board Regarding Extension of Additional Paid Leave Related to COVID-19
Description:  Background: 
Rains ISD is asking the Board of Trustees to pass a resolution regarding the extension of additional paid leave related to COVID-19. This extended leave expires at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. 

Administration Considerations: 
Consider passing a resolution regarding the extension of additional paid leave related to COVID-19. This extended leave expires at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. 
This local leave is subordinate (and not in addition) to any paid leave mandate under federal law for the same purposes or reasons.  If the federal government mandates additional paid leave after the date of adoption of this resolution, the local leave provided in this resolution will expire effective immediately and the District shall follow the federal guidelines.  This resolution does not extend any expanded FMLA provisions of the FFCRA, or any other provision or policy not addressed expressly herein. 

Recommendation:
Board approval as presented. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
IV.C. Curriculum and Instruction
IV.C.1. Literacy/Math Update
Description:  Background:
The Director of Curriculum/Instruction will provide an update on Literacy and Math using the district's Fall 2021 MAP projections and grade level results in Math and Reading.  

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

Recommendation: 
This is an informational report, action is not required on this item. 

Board Action: 
Action not required.
Attachments: (1)
IV.D. Federal Programs/Accountability/PEIMS
IV.D.1. Federal Programs Update
Description:  Background: 
The item was placed on the agenda by the Director of Federal Programs.  The Board will receive an update on the TCLAS (Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports) grant. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None

Recommendation:
Action is not required for this item, strictly informational. 

Board Action: 
Action is not required. 
Attachments: (1)
IV.E. Superintendent Reports
IV.E.1. Parent Level III Grievance
Description:  Background: 
A formal grievance has been filed by a parent, on behalf of their child. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Grievance documents will be hand-delivered to Board members. 

Recommendation: 
As needed. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
IV.E.2. 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.E.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.E.4. Review 2021 Superintendent/Board Goals & Objectives
Description:  Background: 
A review of the Superintendent/Board Goals & Objectives for 2021-22. This is for informational purposes only. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None

Recommendation: 
No action is required. 

Board Action: 
No action is needed for this item. 

 
Attachments: (2)
IV.E.5. Facility Assessment
Description:  Background: 
Proposal to provide long-range facilities planning for Rains ISD.  Long-range facilities plans provide clear direction to administrators, policymakers, and the community regarding how the district should address facility needs.
TASB's Facility Services planning team is your partner in getting a clear picture of your district's facilities priorities and preparing for the long term.  

Administrative Considerations: 
Facility Assessments are key to understanding what is going on both inside and outside the campuses and pinpointing key issues that may need to be addressed.  

Recommendation: 
Board approval authorizing the Superintendent to move forward with the agreement/proposal. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
Attachments: (1)
IV.E.6. Rains County Appraisal District- Board of Directors Election
Description:  Background: 
Information has been received from the Rains County Appraisal District in regard to their Board of Directors Election. 

Administrative Considerations: 
We received the letter regarding the nominations from Sherri McCall. 
The letter said the deadline to nominate someone for the RCAD Board of Directors is October 15, 2021.  We will submit ours following the October 11, 2021 Board Meeting. 

The current RCAD Board of Directors members are: 
  • Chairman- Ken Player
  • Vice-Chair- Paul Foley
  • Secretary- Alice Wenzel
  • Gary Reeves
  • Robert Resneder

All Board of Directors listed above are willing to serve another term with the exception of Gary Reeves.  You may nominate any person that you would like; it does not have to be the same as above, as long as they meet the requirements. 

Rains ISD has 2,666 votes based on the total levy.  A candidate is elected to the Board by 834 votes.

Recommendation: 
Nominate candidate(s) to serve on the Rains County Appraisal District's Board of Directors. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 

 
V. PERSONNEL ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION
V.A.  Personnel Changes/Update
Description:  The following is for review only and does not require board action: 

Employment:
  • Amanda Smith, Custodian. Effective 9/20/2021
  • Jeremy Patterson, Maintenance. Effective 9/15/2021
  • Tiffany Beebe, Food Service. Effective 9/20/2021
  • Savannah Hollaway, HS SpEd Aide. Effective 10/4/2021
  • Cheyanne Taylor, HS SpEd Aide. Effective 10/5/2021
  • Brandt Morgan, HS SpEd Aide. Effective 10/6/2021
Transfers/Reassignments:
  • Krista Sheldon, HS SpEd Aide transfer to JH SpEd Aide. Effective 9/20/2021
  • Jordan Lee, Caregiver transfer to Substitute Caregiver. Effective 9/29/2021
  • Tabitha Garcia, Substitute Caregiver transfer to full-time Caregiver. Effective 9/29/2021
  • Shirley Wygal, HS SpEd Aide transfer to Long-Term Sub HS Math Teacher. Effective 9/29/2021
  • Heather Bomar, Food Service Substitute transfer to full-time Food Service. Effective 9/30/2021
Resignations/Terminations: 
  • Kasey Keeble, Custodian. Effective 9/10/2021
  • Matthew Miller, Elementary Aide. Effective 9/10/2021
  • Patricia Courverler, JH SpEd Aide. Effective 9/10/2021
  • Robert Hulsey, HS Math Teacher. Effective 12/17/2021
  • Ashlee Arnwine, Food Service. Effective 9/27/2021
  • Alicia Garcia, Food Service. Effective 9/20/2021
  • Jordan Lee, Caregiver. Effective 9/29/2021
  • Amanda Smith, Custodian. Effective 9/29/2021
  • Autumn Nichols, HS SpED Aide. Effective 9/29/2021
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 Discipline, Texas Government Code § 551.082
Description:  TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE § 551.082

Sec. 551.082. SCHOOL CHILDREN; SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES; DISCIPLINARY MATTER OR COMPLAINT.  (a) This chapter does not require a school board to conduct an open meeting to deliberate in a case: 
 
(1) involving discipline of a public school child; or 
(2) in which a complaint or charge is brought against an employee of the school district by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing. 
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply if an open hearing is requested in writing by a parent or guardian of the child or by the employee against whom the complaint or charge is brought. 
 
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 28, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. 
VI.C. Security, Texas Government Code § 551.089
Description:  TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE

18. Section 551.089. Deliberations Regarding Security Devices or Security Audits; Closed Meeting. 

Deliberation Regarding Security Devices or Security Audits; Closed Meeting Section 551.089 provides as follows:
This chapter does not require a governmental body to conduct an open meeting to deliberate: (1) security assessments or deployments relating to information resources technology; (2) network security information as described by Section 2059.055(b); or (3) the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel, critical infrastructure, or security devices. .354

TEX. GOV'T CODE ANN. § 551.089(2).
354 TEX. GOV'T CODE §551.089. Chapter 2059 of the Government Code relates to the "Texas Computer Network Security System" Id. §§ 2059.001-.153.
Closed Sessions
2012 Open Meetings Handbook -Office of the Attorney General

 
VII. BOARD CORRESPONDENCE
VII.A. TASB Fall Legal Seminar 

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