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April 11, 2022 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. 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. The Board cannot deliberate on any subject matter that is not included on the agenda.
III. WILDCAT ROAR
Description:  Rains Elementary School will have a presentation for the Wildcat Roar. 
IV. CLOSED SESSION
IV.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
IV.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. 
IV.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

 
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- March 7, 2022
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
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. 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. 
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.C. Curriculum & Instruction
V.C.1. Region 7- Reading Academies Purchase
Description:  Background: 
The cost of the Region 7 Reading Academies for teachers and principals will exceed the threshold of $50,000.  

Per HB3(House Bill 3), passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June 2019, all kindergarten through third-grade teachers and principals must attend a teacher literacy achievement academy by the 2022-2023 school year. 

The goal of the Texas Reading Academies is to increase teacher knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practices to positively impact student literacy achievement. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Approval of purchase as presented. 

Recommendation: 
Purchase approval. 

Board Action: 
Board approval
Attachments: (1)
V.C.2. Rains ISD Spring 2022 Survey Results 
Description:  Background: 
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction will present the Spring 2022 Survey Results for the district. 

Administrative Considerations: 
The following items are provided: 
  1.  Staff Survey
  2.  Parent Family Survey
  3.  Student Surveys ( Grades K-5 & 6-12)
  4.  Special Programs Survey
  5.  First-Year Teacher Survey
  6. RHS Senior Class of 2022 Exit Survey

Recommendation: 
Action is not required for these reports. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
Attachments: (1)
V.C.3. Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification, 2022-2023
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. 

 
V.C.4. Staff Development 2022-23
Description:  Background:
Staff Development is coordinated by the Curriculum Office.  A professional development site was created for the staff.  This site has all the information one needs to choose the development that fits them.  

PD website.


Administrative Considerations: 
Current information for the 2022-23 Staff Development is provided. 

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As needed.

 
Attachments: (2)
V.D. Superintendent Reports
V.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
V.D.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.D.3. TASB Risk Management Fund Interlocal Participation Agreement (IPA)
Description:  Background:
The Interlocal Participation Agreement (IPA) is the foundational agreement of the TASB Risk Management Fund (Fund).  The IPA was last approved by the Fund Board in April 2012 as a universal IPA covering all Fund programs. It has not been modified since 2012.  

Administrative Concerns:
Board approved IPA 

Recommendation: 
Approve the IPA as presented and authorize Jeff Fisher as the Fund Member's Authorized Representative.

Board Action: 

Board approval. 
V.E. Board Member Continuing Education Hours Reporting
Description:  Background:
Announcing Board Continuing Education Credit
At the last regular board meeting before an election of trustees, the board president 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 meeting the required continuing education as of the anniversary of the date of each board member’s election or appointment to the board or two-year anniversary of his or her previous training, as applicable. The announcement shall state that completing the required continuing education is a basic obligation and expectation of any board member under SBOE rule. The minutes of the last regular board meeting 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 or two-year anniversary of his or her previous training, as applicable. The president shall cause the minutes to reflect the announcement and, if the minutes reflect that a trustee is deficient in training as of the anniversary of his or her joining the board, the district shall post the minutes on the district’s internet website within ten business days of the meeting and maintain the posting until the trustee meets the requirements. 19 TAC 61.1(j); Education Code 11.159(b)
 
Administrative Considerations:
The only action required is that a report of training-to-date is included in the minutes of this meeting.  Trustees have until April 30th to complete any training that may be needed for reporting purposes. 
 
Recommendation:
Fulfill reporting requirements, as needed.

Board Action:
Board approval is not required for this report.

 
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:
  • Jayden Briggs, CDC Caregiver. Effective 3/10/22
  • Tabetha Evans, JH SpEd Aide. Effective 3/23/22
  • Lorinda Knight, Technology Admin. Asst. Effective 4/11/22
Transfers/Reassignments:
  • Randall Northcutt, Bus Driver transferred to Sub Bus Driver. Effective 3/1/22
  • Kamesha Hobbs, 1st Grade Teacher transferred to 2nd Grade Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Leslie Kuch, 5th Grade Teacher transferred to JH Art Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Shannon "Shantil" Wallace, HS Science Teacher transferred to HS Health Science Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Brandon Kajihiro, Intermediate PE Teacher/Coach transferred to HS Science Teacher/Coach. Effective 8/1/22
  • LaWonda Terry, Diagnostician transferred to JH Content Master Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Lindsay Chamness, VI ARD Facilitator transferred to 5th Grade RLA Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Ginger Bartley, Asst. SpEd Director transferred to 4th Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Cheyanne Taylor, HS SpEd Aide transferred to JH SpEd Aide. Effective 8/1/22
  • Misty Tifft, JH SpEd Aide transferred to HS SpEd Aide. Effective 8/1/22
  • Darlene Laney, Elementary ECSE/PPCD Aide transferred to Elementary Life Skills Aide. Effective 8/1/22
  • Megan Cobb, Elementary Life Skills Aide transferred to Elementary ECSE/PPCD Aide. Effective 8/1/22
  • Nathan Bounds, 5th Grade RLA Teacher transferred to Intermediate PE Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Kimberly Hobbs, JH ESL Aide transferred to JH 6th Math Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Melissa Evans, Elementary Life Skills Teacher transferred to Elementary ECSE/PPCD Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Michelle Virgel, Pre-K/HeadStart Teacher transferred to Elementary Life Skills Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Miriam Vail, Elementary Life Skills Aide transferred to Elementary ECSE/PPCD Aide. Effective 8/1/22
  • Lisa "Michelle" Watkins, 3rd Grade RLA Teacher transferred to 4th Grade RLA Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Lindsay Chamness, 5th Grade RLA Teacher transferred to Intermediate RLA Intervention Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
  • Hannah Ellis, 4th Grade RLA Teacher transferred to 5th Grade RLA Teacher. Effective 8/1/22
 Resignations/Terminations: 
  • Ganie Stenline, Food Service. Effective 3/3/22 (Retire)
  • Elmira Kaushnyan, JH SpEd Aide. Effective 3/11/22
  • Derame Mitchell, Custodian. Effective 3/17/22
  • Whitney Hutchins, JH RLA Aide. Effective 4/8/22
  • Nancy Bell, JH 6th Grade Math Teacher. Effective 5/26/22
  • Joshua Jones, JH 8th Grade Math/Alg 1 Teacher. Effective 5/26/22
  • Misty McAree, JH Math Teacher. Effective 5/27/22
  • Connie Johnson, JH Art Teacher. Effective 5/27/22
  • Elizabeth "Diane" Klump, Intermediate Intervention Teacher. Effective 5/27/22 (Retire)
  • Ashton Lane, 3rd Grade Teacher. Effective 5/27/22
  • Candice West, 4th Grade Teacher. Effective 5/31/22
VI.B. Letters of Assurance- Paraprofessionals, and Support Staff
Description:  Background: 
Letters of Reasonable Assurance are considered for paraprofessionals, and support staff 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. 

 
Attachments: (1)
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 17 ESC Spring Workshop- Lubbock, TX
Description:  Region 17 ESC Spring Workshop
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Region 17 Education Service Center
Lubbock, TX

Cost: $40 per person (includes dinner)
Deadline to register: Thursday, April 14, 2022 by 5pm

Please register for the workshop through the TASB Events Calendar at
https://events.tasb.org/?eventId=6643

Preregistration is required.

 
VII.B. Area School Boards Spring Workshop- Nacogdoches, TX
Description:  Area School Boards Spring Workshop
Monday, May 2, 2022
Student Center Theater, Twilight Ballroom, University Student Center
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Cost: $30 per person (includes dinner)
Deadline to register: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Please register for the workshop through the TASB Events Calendar at
https://events.tasb.org/?eventId=6641

Preregistration is required.
Payment methods: Credit Card payments accepted online when registering.
VII.C. School Board Spring Workshop- Texas A&M Commerce
Description:  School Board Spring Workshop
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Sam Rayburn Student Center
Commerce, TX

Cost: $60 per person (includes lunch)
Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, by 5pm

Please register for the workshop through the TASB Events Calendar at
https://events.tasb.org/?eventId=6651

 

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