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May 9, 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:  Wildcat Roar is provided by the High School Principal, Dr. Lindsay Morgan and Athletic Director, Charlie Coker. 
 
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-April 11, 2022
  • Emergency Meeting- April 19, 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. Quarterly Investment Report
Description:  Background: 
Chapter 2256, Government Code Public Funds Investment Act requires the district to provide a written investment report. 
The report contains operating funds not required by the code at the request of the school board.  The district maintains two investment pool accounts with nominal funds as a reference for comparisons only (Lone Star, and TexPool). The district uses the money market with the Commercial Bank of Texas, Emory for the bulk of its investments. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Jeff Fisher is providing the Quarterly Investment Report. 

Recommendation: 
Approve the Quarterly Investment Report, as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
Attachments: (2)
V.A.4. Permanent School Fund
Description:  Background: 
The quarterly Permanent School Fund Report is on the Agenda Calendar for May. 


Administrative Considerations: 
A report is provided according to the information received from Rains County Treasurer, Teresa Northcutt. 

Recommendation: 
No action required. 

Board Action: 
No action required. 
Attachments: (2)
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 and Approve Proposal for Roof Consulting Services
Description:  Background: 
The Elementary and Intermediate School roofs were damaged in a hail storm on October 23, 2020, and will be replaced through an active TASB insurance claim. Insurance will reimburse the district for costs.  Amtech Solutions, Inc (Amtech) has submitted a proposal to provide roof consulting services.  

Administrative Considerations: 
Information on the proposal will be shared by the Asst. Superintendent of Finance, Jeff Fisher at the meeting.  

Recommendation: 
Approve the proposal for roofing consulting services with Amtech Solutions, Inc as presented. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board.
V.B.3. Approve Food Service Equipment Purchase
Description:  Background: 
The Assistant Superintendent has placed this item on the agenda for your approval. 

Administrative Considerations: 
The information will be shared by the Assistant Superintendent at this meeting. 


Recommendation: 
Board approval as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval
V.B.4. Approve Junior High AC Bid
Description:  Background: 
The Junior High AC bid has been received by the Assistant Superintendent and will be provided to the Board for their consideration and approval. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Bid information will be available at the meeting, if not sooner. 

Recommendation:
Consider and approve the recommended bid as presented.  

Board Action: 

Board approval
V.B.5. Review and Consider Action on High School Gym Repair
Description:  Background: 
An update will be provided to the Board on the high school gym repairs by the Superintendent. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None

Recommendation: 
Approval as needed. 

Board Action:
As desired by Board. 
V.C. Curriculum & Instruction
V.C.1. Consider for Approval Resolution of Board Regarding SHAC's Curriculum Recommendations
Description:  Background: 
TEC Section 28.004 (e-1) (1) of the Texas Education Code requires the Board of Trustees to adopt a resolution convening the local school health advisory council (SHAC) for the purpose of making recommendations regarding curriculum materials for the school district's human sexuality instruction. 

Administrative Considerations: 
After the resolution is adopted, SHAC must hold 2 public meetings to discuss and approve the curriculum. (see below)

SHAC Public Meeting 1: May 12, 2022
SHAC Public Meeting 2: May 19, 2022


Recommendation:
Approve resolution as presented. 

Board Action:

Board approval
 
V.C.2. WAIVERS
Description:  Background: 
Consider and take possible action to approve the submission of waiver applications to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction has placed two waivers on the agenda. 
  1. Low Attendance Waiver
  2. Modified Schedule/State Assessment Testing Days for the 2021-22, 2022-23, and the 2023-24 school years
Administrative Considerations: 
The information will be shared by the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at this meeting. 

Recommendation: 
Board approval as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
V.C.2.a. Low Attendance Waiver
V.C.2.b. Modified Schedule/State Assessment Testing Days for 2021-2022, 2022-23, and the 2023-24 School Years
V.D. Federal Programs/Accountability/PEIMS
V.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 all grants received this school year. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None

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

Board Action: 
Action is not required. 
V.E. Superintendent Reports
V.E.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.E.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.E.3. Nomination for TASB Board of Directors Position-Region 7
Description:  Background:
Information has been received from TASB regarding a trustee position election for the Region 7 seat on the TASB Board of Directors.  The term of this position is for three years beginning at the close of the 2022 Annual TASA/TASB Convention and expiring after the Convention 2025. 

Administrative Considerations: 
The position is currently held by Tony Raymond, of the Sabine ISD. He has indicated that he is seeking re-election. 

Districts also have the option of submitting a nomination from the local board for this position.  Nominations must be received by TASB no later than Thursday, June 30, 2022. 

Please note: This is a call for nominationsThe endorsement period, during which your district may support nominated candidates, will be open July 3-August 29, 2022. 

Recommendation: 
Submit a nomination for the Region 7 TASB Board of Directors as desired by Board.   Board approval is required if nominating locally. 

Board Action: 
Board approval 
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:
  • Cristin Gable, Custodial. Effective 4/25/22
  • Mayson Gable, Custodial. Effective 4/26/22
  • Sandra Osornio De Rios, Custodial. Effective 4/26/22
  • LeAnne Verner, Intermediate Dyslexia Teacher. Effective 8/2022
  • Connie Barnes, Elementary Counselor. Effective 8/2022
  • Helen Boatwright, Junior High ELAR Teacher. Effective 8/2022
  • Julie Hensley, Elementary 1st Grade Teacher. Effective 8/2022
  • Jala Jenkins, Speech Language Pathologist, Asst. Effective 8/2022
  • Twillia Owens-Tevebaugh, Diagnostician. Effective 8/2022
  • Rachael Sellers, ARD Facilitator/Diagnostician. Effective 8/2022
Transfers/Reassignments:
  • Patrick Moore, Junior High PE Teacher/Coach transferred to High School Social Studies Teacher/Coach. Effective 8/2022
  • Valerie Coleman, Junior High 6th Grade RLA Teacher transferred to Junior High Reading+ Teacher. Effective 8/2022
  • Matthew Cobb, Junior High CM Paraprofessional transferred to Junior High Keyboarding/Pros Paraprofessional. Effective 8/2022
  • Melissa Parker, Intermediate Paraprofessional transferred to Junior High CM Paraprofessional. Effective 8/2022
  • LaWonda Terry, Junior High CM Teacher transferred to Intermediate CM Teacher. Effective 8/2022
  • Jennifer Worley, Intermediate CM Teacher transferred to Junior CM Teacher. Effective 8/2022
  • Jennifer Melton, Junior High Principal transferred to District 504 Coordinator. Effective 8/2022
  • Noble Kelley, Junior High Health Teacher/Coach transferred to High School History Teacher/Coach. Effective 8/2022
  • Carley Sale, CDC Caregiver transferred to Intermediate Inclusion Paraprofessional.  Effective 8/2022
  • Kristen Poe, High School Science Teacher transferred to High School Instructional Coach. Effective 8/2022
 
Resignations/Terminations:
  • Meadow Messinger, CDC Caregiver. Effective 4/7/2022
  • Randall Northcutt, Bus Driver. Effective 4/18/2022
  • Jayden Briggs, CDC Caregiver. Effective 4/28/2022
  • Ciarra Umbrell, High School Instructional Coach. Effective 5/27/2022
  • Aubrey Stone, Intermediate Paraprofessional. Effective 5/27/2022
  • Trenton Byers, High School History Teacher/Coach. Effective 5/27/2022 
  • Michael Taylor, Junior High Math Teacher. Effective 5/27/22
  • Danette Stone, Intermediate Counselor's Secretary/Registrar. Effective 6/3/2022
  • Laura Teague, CDC Director. Effective 6/3/2022
  • Brandi Page, Speech Language Pathologist Asst. Effective 6/7/2022
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 School Board Summit Information
Attachments: (1)

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