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February 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

1. Announcement by the Board President calling this meeting of the Taft Independent School District to order.
Description:  Let the record show that a quorum of Board Members is present, that this meeting has been duly called, and that notice of this meeting has been posted in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.
2. Invocation
3. Public Comments:
4. Consent Agenda
4.A. Approve Minutes of Board Meetings:
4.A.1. Special Board Meeting Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
4.A.2. Regular Board Meeting Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
4.B. Approve Investment Report for January 2021.
4.C. Approve Summary of Taxes paid to Taft ISD ending January 2021.
4.D. Approve Total Expenditures by Function Ending for January 2021.
4.E. Taft ISD Child Nutrition for December 2020 and January 2021.
4.F. School Board Election:
4.F.1. Set Compensation for Election.
4.F.2. Appoint Presiding Judge of the Early Voting Ballot Board. 
4.F.3. Appoint Custodian of Records for Election.
4.F.4. Canvassing the Results of the Board of Trustee Election held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Taft Junior High School. 
4.F.5. Approve the Notice of General Election to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, for the Purpose of Electing Three Trustees. 
5. Discussion:
5.A. Coverage with Local Newspaper.
5.B. Discuss Financial Options to complete Woodroe Petty Elementary Project. 
5.C. Notice of Education Service Center Region 2 Board Election
6. Items for Individual Consideration:
6.A. Discuss and/or Approve Taft ISD 2021 Renewal of Property and Windstorm Insurance.  
6.B. Discuss and/or Approve the Taft Independent School District Budget Calendar for 2021-2022. 
6.C. Discuss and/or Approve New Camera and Surveillance System for Woodroe Petty Elementary. 
6.D. Discuss and/or Approve Texas Education Agency (TEA) Inclement Weather Waiver.  
6.E. Discuss and/or Approve Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Taft Independent School District Regarding Inclement Weather. 
6.F. Discuss and/or Approve the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Educator Appraisal Waiver for all General Teacher Appraisal Requirements, including the student growth requirements and the student growth requirement in the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS).
6.G. Discuss and/or Approve the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Hybrid Instruction During District-Scheduled Testing Days for K-8th Grade Students Waiver. 
7. Closed Session:
Description:  Board will adjourn into Closed Session pursuant to the following sections of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The Board will convene in Closed Session as authorized by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551. et. seq TGC 551.071 and 551.074.
7.A. Consultation with Legal Counsel in Regards to Taft ISD v. HR & R Risk Management Group, LLC d/b/a The Regional Pool Alliance Service Center, Et. Al., in the 343rd Judicial District Court, San Patricio County, Texas.
7.B. Discussion Regarding Specific Employee's Local Leave Days and Recommendation Options. 
7.C. Employee Resignation(s):
7.D. Employee Retirement:
8. Reconvened from Closed Session:
Description:  The Board will take appropriate action on items, if necessary, as discussed in Closed Session.
8.A. Action Regarding Approval of the Board of Trustees Accumulated Local Leave. 
9. Important Dates to Remember:
9.A. Education Foundation of Taft ISD Fifth Annual Superintendent's Golf Tournament Friday, March 5, 2021, at NorthShore Country Club. 
9.B. Regular Boad Meeting Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the Taft Junior High School.
10. Future Board Agenda Items from Board Members
11. Adjourn
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