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February 21, 2017 at 7:00 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. Senate Resolution 14 by State Senator Judith Zaffirini
5. Board Social Contract
6. Recognition of Taft ISD Students:
6.A. CX Debate Team
6.B. Science Fair Winners
6.B.1. High School
6.B.2. Junior High
6.B.3. Petty Elementary
7. District of Innovation
8. Public Hearing: District of Innovation Plan
9. 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.
9.A. Consent Agenda
9.A.1. Approve January Board Meeting Minutes.
9.A.1.a. Special Board Appreciation Meeting January 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
9.A.1.b. Regular Board Meeting January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
9.A.1.c. Special Board Meeting January 24, 2017. 
9.A.2. Approve Investment Report for January 2017.
9.A.3. Approve Total Expenditures by Function Ending January 2017.
9.A.4. Approve Summary of Taxes Paid to Taft ISD for January 2017.
9.A.5. Approve Taft ISD Child Nutrition Report for January 2017.
9.A.6. School Board Election:
9.A.6.a. Consideration and Approval of an Election Order calling for an election to be held on May 6, 2017 for the Purpose of Electing Two Trustees.
9.A.6.b. Set Compensation for Election.
9.A.6.c. Appoint Presiding Judge of the Early Voting Ballot Board.
9.A.6.d. Appoint Custodian of Records for Election.
9.A.6.e. Canvassing the Results of the Trustee Election Held May 6, 2017 at a Special Meeting on May 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
10. Discussion
10.A. Technology Department Report
10.B. Facilities Assessment Update 
10.C. Taft v. Krueger Construction Update
10.D. Maintenance and Operations Department Report
10.E. Annual Financial Auditor
10.F. Curriculum and Instruction Update    
10.G. Principal's Report:
10.G.1. High School: End of Course Retest (EOC Retest)
10.G.2. Junior High: Attendance and Tutorials
10.G.3. Petty Elementary: Attendance and Tutorials
11. Items for Individual Consideration
11.A. Discuss and/or Approve the Resolution to Adopt a District of Innovation.
11.B. Discuss and/or Approve School Uniform Policy.
11.C. Discuss and/or Approve Taft Independent School District Budget Calendar for 2017-2018.
11.D. Discuss and/or Approve Annual Investment Policy.
11.E. Discuss and/or Approve Election Equipment Options.
11.F. Discuss and/or Approve entering into a Finance Agreement with Government Capital on Purchasing the Election Equipment.
11.G. Discuss and/or Approve request for Additional State Aid for Ad Valorem Tax Credit Texas Education Agency (TEA) for 2009 EC & R Papalote Creek I, LLC and 2010 EC & R Papalote Creek II, LLC.
11.H. Discuss and/or Approve Utility Assessment Report (UAR) for SECO Loan.
12. Closed Session: Board will adjourn into closed session pursuant to the following sections of the Texas Open Meetings Act
12.A. The Board will convene in closed session as authorized by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551. et. seq. TGC 551.071.
12.A.1. Employee Resignations:
12.A.1.a. Herby Dale Woolverton Resignation
12.A.1.b. Mary Ann Chavez Resignation
12.A.2. Employees Retiring:
12.A.2.a. Juanita M. Carvajal
13. Reconvened from Closed Session: The Board will take appropriate action on items, if necessary, as discussed in Closed Session
14. Future Board Agenda Items from Board Members
15. Important Dates to Remember
15.A. Regular Board Meeting Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m at the Administration Building, Board Room.
15.B. Taft ISD Employee Appreciation Banquet Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at Petty Elementary.
15.C. First Annual Superintendent's Golf Tournament Friday, May 19, 2017, at Sinton Municipal Golf Course.
16. Adjourn
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