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November 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Regular Meeting

1. Announcement by the Board President calling this meeting of the Taft Independent School District to order. 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. Taft ISD Credo and Taft ISD Goals
4. Public Comments: Comments are limited to five minutes per speaker. The Board Secretary will be the timekeeper and will inform the speaker when they have one (1) remaining minute. Should there be more than five (5) people who wish to speak on a particular issue they need to select one (1) representative to speak for them. The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person who wishes to address the Board has attempted to solve the matter administratively. If not, the person shall be directed to the appropriate policy, as noted in BED (Local), to seek resolution before bringing the matter to the Board at a subsequent meeting. Pursuant to 551.042 of the Texas Government Code, no Board Member or Administrator may respond to a member of the public, unless such response is a recitation of District policy or a statement of specific factual information.
5. Recognition of Congressional Debate Students:
Congressional Debate is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements), which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law. 
6. Public Hearing:
6.A. Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST)
6.B. Petty Elementary Student Improvement Plan (SIP)
(This plan can be amended at anytime during the 2014-2015 School Year.)
7. Consent Agenda
7.A. Approve Minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 23, 2014
7.B. Approve Investment Report for October 2014
7.C. Total Expenditures by Function Ending October 2014
7.D. Summary of Taxes Paid to Taft ISD for October 2014
7.E. Child Nutrition Report for October
8. Information Only
8.A. Report on Highly Qualified
8.B. Board Self Evaluation
8.C. Taft ISD Christmas Tree Writing Project    
8.D. Taft Christmas Festival
8.E. Bond 2012 Remaining Funds
8.F. Principal's Report
9. Procedure for naming buildings.    
10. Items for Individual Consideration
10.A. Discuss and/or Approve Improvement Plans for the 2014-2015 School Year.
10.A.1. District
10.A.2. Petty Elementary
10.A.3. Taft Junior High
10.A.4. Taft High School
10.A.5. PBMAS
10.B. Discuss and/or Approve Taft ISD's Vision
10.C. Discuss and Approve Election of San Patricio County Appraisal District Board of Directors' Special Election to fill Vacancy.
10.D. Discuss and/or Approve TCEQ payment from Taft ISD.    
11. Closed Session: Board will adjourn into closed session pursuant to the following sections of the Texas Open Meetings Act
11.A. The Board will convene in closed session as authorized by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551. et. seq. TGC 551.071, 551.072, and 551.074
12. Reconvened from Closed Session: The Board will take appropriate action on items, if necessary, as discussed in Closed Session
13. Future Board Agenda Items from Board Members
14. Adjourn
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