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March 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM - Regular Meeting

1. Call to Order
Presenter:  Ralph Ramon
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
Presenter:  Ralph Ramon / Doug Neff
4. Open Forum / Public Comments
5. Consent Agenda
Presenter:  Dr. Eddie Bland, Ed.D.
Description:  Action Required
5.A. Minutes from Regular Board meeting on February 4, 2020 and Special Meeting February 25, 2021
5.B. Accounts Payable
5.C. Finance Reports
Presenter:  Morgan Preston
5.D. Approve Cancellation of the Snyder School Board Election for May 1, 2021
Description:  According to the Texas Secretary of State in the case of an election in which any members of the political subdivision’s governing body are elected from territorial units such as single-member district, each candidate for an office that is to appear on the ballot in that territorial unit is unopposed and no at-large race is to appear on the ballot, the election for the unopposed candidates can be canceled.

After receiving the certification of unopposed status from the authority responsible for preparing the ballot, the board must take action in a properly-posted open meeting to cancel the election and declare the unopposed candidates elected.

If the election is canceled, the Texas Election Code requires the board to issue a Certificate of Election to each candidate who is declared elected in the same manner as required for a candidate elected at the election. The elections division of the Secretary of State’s office advises that Certificates of Election are issued to unopposed candidates after election day, and the unopposed candidates are then sworn in just as candidates elected at an election.
5.E. Approve 2021-2022 Student Insurance Contract at a cost not to exceed $29,000.00.
Presenter:  Morgan Preston
Description:  This will be the final year of a three year agreement. 
5.F. Approve Resolution supporting "Attend Today...Achieve Tomorrow" grant.
Description:  A Juvenile Justice and Delinquency grant application has been completed for continuation of grant funding from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. A resolution is needed to complete the application process.  Each applicant agency is required to submit a resolution from the school board before the grant will be considered for final approval and funds released.  We have received this grant the last 3 years and the award amount for the 2020-2021 school year was $52,956.04. The funds were used to fully fund our district truancy officer. 
5.G. Approve Resolution supporting "Road to Success" Grant
Description:  A Juvenile Justice and Delinquency grant application has been completed for continuation of grant funding from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  A resolution is needed to complete the application process.  Each applicant agency is required to submit a resolution from the school board before the grant will be considered for final approval and funds released. We have received this grant the last 3 years and the award amount for the 2020-2021 school year was $25,507. The funds were used to pay for Restorative Discipline conferences, contracted services, supplies and materials.


5.H. Approve 1 Year Contract Extensionsons for Snyder ISD District Level Administrator Contracts:

Rachael McClain
Clay Cade
Morgan Preston
Jeff McGinnis
Wesley Wood
Janell Martin
Kathy Scott
Matthew Nelson
Jesus Gomez
Valerie Morris
John Rush

Presenter:  Eddie Bland
Description:  Administration is recommending 1 year contract extensions for district level administrators.
5.I. Approve 1 Year Contract Extensions for Snyder ISD Campus Level Administrators.

Shaye Murphy
David Tate
Travis Gregory
Rebecca Mebane
Stephen Parker
Joshua Parker
Katy Cade
Thad Myers
Canita Rhodes
Rode Merryman
Stacy Head
Courtney Boyd
Description:  Administration is recommending the board approve one year contract extensions for all  campus level administrators. Principals will remain on two-year contract and assistant principals will be on one-year contracts.
6. Executive Session (G1-G4)
The Board may go into closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act,     Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E. Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in an open meeting. 
7. Reconvene from Closed Session
8. LSG Goal Monitoring Monthly Report

Goal 1, 4 (ELA)
GPM 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Goal 2, 5 (Math)
GPM 2.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Presenter:  Rachael McClain

Description:  The monthly monitoring report will share the current status of student outcomes in math and RLA as related to the progress towards annual board goals. 

Monitoring Report Presentation available here.  Additional student data and constraint information will be presented as the interim assessments for elementary campuses are completed prior to the board meeting. 

Link to presentation.
9. G/T & Dyslexia Annual Report
Presenter:  Rachael McClain
Description:  Annually, the board receives information regarding the Gifted and Talented and the Dyslexia programs offered in the district.  The reports will provide information regarding enrollment numbers, services provided, and screening processes. 

Link to G/T Presentation

Link to Dyslexia Presentation
10. Action Agenda
10.A. Consider and take action on amending Snyder ISD face covering COVID-19 Protocol.
Description:  Governor Abott's Exectuive Order 34 (GA-EO-34) requires school board approval to remove the mandatory mask protocol for district facilities and functions.  A board resolution to remove the mandatory mask wearing protocol is attached. It would be my recommendation that the board wait until the regular board meeting scheduled for April 8, 2021 to approve this resolution. This will allow ample time for all Snyder ISD employees that want to be vaccinated to complete that process. Additionally, there have been significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in the two weeks following extended holidays.  Waiting until the next regularly scheduled board meeting will allow us to keep all protocols in place for a few weeks after spring break, our last extended holiday this school year.
10.B. Consider and take action to approve Snyder ISD 2021-2022 School Calendar
11. Information
11.A. Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Adoption & Public Hearing
Presenter:  Rachael McClain
Description:  The SPS PK Curriculum Committee has reviewed multiple options for potential curriculum adoption launching in the 2021-22 school year.  The committee is recommending the SAVVAS Three Cheers for Pre-K program.  The curriculum provides 100% alignment to the state standards and supports the play-based learning environment.  The cost for the material will be $45,570.  The curriculum materials are available for review and members of the PK curriculum committee will be available for questions. The board will be requested to approve the adoption and purchase in the April board meeting. 
11.B.  ADSY/ACE FundedSummer Programs Curriculum
Presenter:  Rachael McClain
Description:  ACE has partnered with a technical service provider to provide an intensive summer program to support learning loss that has been experienced in the 20-21 school year due to COVID absences.  The presentation for the planned curriculum is attached.  The overall cost is above the $25,000 threshold for the summer curriculum.  ACE/ADSY grant funds will be used to purchase the curriculum and will serve students in grades K-5.

The summer program will be an engaging academic program combined with ACE enrichment activities.  The planned summer programs will start June 14 - July 30 and run daily from 8am to 3pm.  The ADSY initiative funds provided by the summer learning agenda allocated a budget for 4 components.  A partnership with a design and implementation team, professional development, summer curriculum, and travel for the summer steering committee members. 

The steering committee reviewed multiple options for summer-specific curriculum and all agreed the BellXcell curriculum is the most cost-effective and the best fit for the SISD summer program.  The cost includes an academic blended curriculum focused on Math, ELA  and Reading Corners, SEL, Wellness, STEAM Enrichment, Professional Development, and Assessment tools.  

The request to approve the purchase will occur at the April Board Meeting. 
11.C. Comprehensive Counseling Plan
Description:  HB18 requires that the school counseling programs conform to the most recent edition of the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.  Snyder ISD is working with SPS, SIS, and SHS counseling departments to complete a comprehensive review of counselor duties and provide an updated district plan to support campus counseling activities.  Current work to date has been a completion of a review of counselors' duties and a calendar audit of daily duties for the counselors.  The model template provided by TEA is being used as a framework for establishing the updated plan.  The model plan will describe four delivery components:  Guidance Curriculum, Responsive Services, Individual Planning, System Support.  The work will also identify non-counseling duties/inappropriate counseling duties and work to reduce these areas for our school counselors.

The following infographic details the steps of the multi-year process.  

Attached for reference are the TEA slide deck on CCP and a summary chart from the model plan regarding sample counselor duties in each of the delivery components.
11.D. Potential Innovative Partnership between Responsive Education and Snyder ISD
Description:  The board approved the partnership application to open a high school program with intensive support for at-risk students including drop-out prevention and recovery programs submitted by Responsive Education Solutions during the February 4, 2021 regular meeting. We are currently negotiating the contract terms for the partnership. The contract will then be brought back to the board for consideration and possible action. To be eligible for the SB1882 funding we were originally required to submit our SB1882 application with the board approved contract on or before March 31, 2021.  That submission date has now been extended to April 15, 2021.  Winter storm Uri significantly slowed the negotions process.   We do not have a contract to present at this time. Once the terms are negotiated we will present the contract for the board to consider and take possible action during the regularly scheduled meeting on April 8, 2021.  This will also allow additional time for board members to make a site visit to one of the Responsive Education Solutions Premier HS campuses prior to considering the action on a contract.
11.E. Upcoming Bank Depository Request for Proposal
Presenter:  Morgan Preston
Description:  Each school district's depository contract must be renewed every two years, ending in odd-numbered years and coinciding with the district's fiscal year-end date. The next cycle is 2021-2023. The district must choose to select a depository either by bid or by request for proposals. Districts have the option to extend the current contract for 3 two year terms.  For the 2021-2023 cycle, Snyder has reached its limit on extensions and must proceed with the request for proposal.  
12. Superintendent's Report 
Presenter:  Eddie Bland, Ed.D.
12.A. March Enrollment Comparison Report
12.B. Spring Break- March 15-19
12.C. Holiday- April 4, 2021
12.D. Regular board Meeting- April 8, 2021
12.E. Snyder ISD Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting- April 12,  2021 @ 9:00 am
13. Adjourn
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