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September 12, 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---added 09/08/2022
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 Previous Meeting(s)
Description:  Background: 
The following minutes are provided for your review: 
  • Public Hearing- August 8, 2022
  • Regular Meeting- August 8, 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 months are presented. 

Administrative Considerations: 
None. 

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As needed. 

 
Attachments: (3)
V.A.3. Contract for Assessment and Collection Services
Description:  Background: 
The Rains County Appraisal District submitted their 2023 Assessment/Collection Contract after their August meeting for our Board to consider. 

Administrative Considerations: 
This contract partners Rains ISD with the Rains County Appraisal District for the assessment and collection of taxes for 2023. 

Recommendation: 
Approve the proposed contract between Rains ISD and the Rains County Appraisal District for 2023.

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
Attachments: (2)
V.A.4. RCAD Property Value Study
Description:  Background: 
This report prepared by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP provides information to the Board regarding Rains County Appraisal District's Property Value Study.

Administrative Considerations: 
The Assistant Superintendent of Finance will provide information.

Recommendation: 
No action is required. 

Board Action: 
No action is required. 
V.B. Business and Finance
V.B.1. Skyward Invoice, Purchase over $50,000- Board Policy CH(LOCAL)
Description:  Background: 
Board Policy CH(LOCAL) states: 

The Board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to make budgeted purchases for goods or services. However, any single, budgeted purchase of goods or services that costs $50,000 or more, regardless of whether the goods or services are competitively purchased, shall require Board approval before a transaction may take place, except as otherwise provided in this policy. The Superintendent is not required to obtain Board approval for the following types of budgeted purchases, regardless of cost, but shall subsequently report them to the Board: 1. A purchase made pursuant to a Board-approved interlocal contract, in accordance with Government Code Chapter 791; 2. A continuing or periodic purchase under a Board-approved bid or contract; or 3. A purchase for food, fuel, or utilities.

Administrative Considerations: 
The Skyward invoice is for the Annual License Fees for 9/1/22 - 8/31/2023 and is in the amount of $51,814.00.  

Recommendation: 
Approve payment of Skyward invoice #0000216005 in the amount of $51,814.00, as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval
Attachments: (1)
V.B.2. Contract for Election Services with Rains County Clerk's Office
Description:  Background: 
Contract for election services between the Rains County Clerk's Office and Rains ISD for November 8, 2022, election.  (Voter Approval Tax Rate Election)

Administrative Considerations: 
The Assistant Superintendent will present the contract to the Board. 

Recommendation: 
Board approval. 

Board Action: 
Board approval. 
V.B.3. Approve Updated Administrative/Professional Pay Structure 
Description:  Background: 
Asst. Superintendent Jeff Fisher has requested this item be placed on the board agenda.  The Administrative/Professional Pay Structure was approved at the July 11, 2022 board meeting.  

Administrative Considerations: 
The Administrative/Professional Pay Structure had corrections that needed to be made.  Corrections were made and an updated structure will be presented at this meeting. 

Recommendation: 
Approve the updated Administrative/Professional Pay Structure as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board Aprroval

 
V.C. Curriculum and Instruction
V.C.1. Teacher Certification Recommendation for District of Innovation (DOI) Exemption
Description:  Background: 
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction requested this item be placed this item on the agenda. 

Administrative Considerations: 
This item is placed on the agenda when we have teachers working under the following permit: D.O.I. (District of Innovation) exemptions.

Recommendation: 
Board approval. 

Board Action: 
Board approval
V.C.2. Consider and Approve Professional Development Plan for 2022-2023
Description:  Background: 
Senate Bill(SB) 1267 requires the school board to annually review the clearinghouse and adopt a professional development policy that must: 
  1.  Be guided by SBEC (State Board for Educator Certification) clearinghouse training recommendations. 
  2.  Note any differences in the professional development policy from the clearinghouse recommendations. 
  3.  Include a schedule of all training required for educators or other school personnel.
DMA (LOCAL)
The Superintendent shall recommend the District's professional development plan for all District employees.  The Board shall annually review the professional development clearinghouse published by the State Board of Educators (SBEC) and annually approve the District's professional development plan. The District's professional development plan must: 
  1.  Be guided by the SBEC clearinghouse training recommendations;
  2.  Note any differences in the District's plan from the clearinghouse recommendations; and
  3.  Include a schedule of the required professional development for all District employees.
Administrative Considerations: 
The Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction will present the District's Professional Development Plan for 2022-23. 

Recommendation: 
Approve the District's Professional Development Plan for 2022-23 as presented. 

Board Action: 
Board approval

 
V.D. Federal Programs and Accountability
V.D.1. Review and Update RISD Return to School Guidance 2021-23
Description:  Background: 
Review and update RISD Return to School Guidance for 2021-23.

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board. 

Board Action: 
As desired by Board. 
V.D.2. Review Federal Programs Use of Funds Plan for 2022-2023
Description:  Background: 
In the TEA(Texas Education Agency) General Provisions and Assurances section GG.ITEM 6. states,"Availability of Information:  That any Applications, evaluation, periodic program plan or report relating to each program will be made readily available to parents and other members of the general public (20 USC 1232 (e)).

Federal Grant applications are to be made aware of to the public and the use of those funds if granted. 

Administrative Considerations: 
Holly Wasson, Director of Student Services will go over the Intent to Apply Form for the purpose of informing the stakeholders of the Use of Plans for the following federal grants.

-Title I, Part A:  Improving Basic Programs
-Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction
-Tile IV, Part A: Subpart 1

Recommendation: 
As desired by Board

Board Action: 
As desired by Board
Attachments: (1)
V.D.3. Review State Accountability Ratings
Description:  Background: 
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2022 A-F accountability ratings for districts and campuses on Monday, August 15, 2022.  These were the first ratings to be issued since 2019 due to the COVID-19 related pauses for two years. 

A-F accountability ratings were established by House Bill 22 during the 85th Texas Legislature.  The A-F accountability system provides educators, parents, and communities with a transparent view of the academic performance of Texas public schools based on three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps. 

Administrative Considerations: 
This year, in order to align with Senate Bill 1365, districts and campuses received an A, B, or C rating or were assigned a label of Not Rated: Senate Bill 1365, both overall and in each domain.  This Not Rated: Senate Bill 1365 label was applied when the domain or overall scaled score for a district or campus was less than 70. 

Holly Wasson, Director of Student Services will go over the ratings that were received by Rains ISD and campuses.  

Recommendation: 
As desired by the Board

Board Action: 
As desired by the Board
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. Safety & Security Committee Update
V.F. Discussion and Possible Action Pertaining to the Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE)
Attachments: (1)
V.G. Review and Act on Amending Policy CW(LOCAL) Naming Facilities---added 09/08/2022
V.H. Consider Naming of Facilities
Description:  Background: 
Rains ISD’s Board of Trustees approved a process for considering facility names; whether it be for a full facility or a portion of a facility.  This process for naming facilities is outlined in CW(LOCAL) policy (i.e., Naming Facilities).  The term "facility" refers to a new or existing school or Districtwide complex owned and operated by the district.  The term "portion of a facility" includes a building, library, media center, auditorium, performing arts center, gymnasium, athletic field, or other portion of a school or support complex or property owned and/or operated by the District. A portion of a facility shall not include individual classrooms.  

Administrative Considerations: 
Review the nomination form for naming facilities received by the district. 

Recommendations: 
As desired by Board

Board Action: 
As desired by Board
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:
  • Jacqueline Craft-Baxter, High School Paraprofessional. Effective 8/17/22
  • Kaydee Pippin, Elementary Paraprofessional. Effective 8/25/22
  • Marci Baker, Special Education Secretary. Effective 8/15/22
  • Aubrey Davis, High School Library Paraprofessional. Effective 8/9/22
  • Laura Teague, Bus Monitor. Effective 8/17/22
  • Valerie Smith, Bus Monitor. Effective 8/17/22
  • Jessica Austin, High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher. Effective 8/17/22
  • Stephanie Greenhaw, Elementary SpEd Paraprofessional. Effective 8/17/22
  • Sandra Groom, Elementary SpEd Paraprofessional. Effective 8/17/22
  • Kellie Miller, Intermediate BASE Paraprofessional. Effective 8/17/22
  • Hannah Ogles, Elementary SpEd Paraprofessional. Effective 8/17/22
  • Sarah Kreck, Intermediate PE Teacher. Effective 9/12/22
Transfers/Reassignments:
  • Ausena Hernandez, Intermediate 1-1 Paraprofessional, transferred to Intermediate Life Skills Paraprofessional. Effective 8/8/22
  • Makayla Bass, Intermediate Life Skills Paraprofessional, transferred to Intermediate 1-1 Paraprofessional. Effective 8/8/22
  • Mallory Hensley, Intermediate BASE Paraprofessional, transferred to JH 1-1 Paraprofessional. Effective 8/12/22
Resignations/Terminations: 
  • Nathan Bounds, Intermediate PE Teacher. Effective 9/9/22
VII. BOARD CORRESPONDENCE

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