Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - August 26, 2019

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, August 26, 2019, beginning at 6:00 PM in the District Support Center Board Room, 104 Hawn Street, Athens, Texas.

 

I. Call to Order/Certify Notice/Establish Quorum

Mrs. Alicea Elliott, President of the Board of Trustees, announced a quorum of Board Members was present and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Members present: Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mr. Freddie Paul, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Robert Risko

Members absent: None

Also present were: Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Tony Sikes; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Kendra Hensley; Tony Brooks, Director of Technology; Tim Hensley; Jennifer Livingston; Angie Davis; Shannon Pursley; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Jennifer Nicholson; Jason Iglehart; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Tim Wilson; Jennifer Lehr; Nicole Cornish; Clay Tracy, AHS Principal; Robert Becker; Jessica Tidmore; Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant; and Blake Stiles, Superintendent.

 

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Eugene Buford.

 

III. Pledge of Allegiance was given to the national and state flags.

 

IV. 2019 Tax Rate Hearing

Mr. Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer, conducted the 2019 Tax Rate hearing. This is designated as a public hearing to discuss adoption of the 2019 tax rates. No one signed up to speak.

 

V. Information Items

A. Administrative Reports – Beginning of School Year 2019-2020

Superintendent Blake Stiles informed the Board of Trustees of a productive meeting AISD administrators had with Representative Keith Bell discussing HB3. He also informed them enrollment is at 3,117 and the four day week is running smoothly.

B. District of Innovation Review

Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent gave a summary review of AISD status as a District of Innovation. This was Board approved in February 2017 and is a five year plan.

 

VI. Action Items

A. Consider Adoption of 2019 Tax Rate

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $1.369090, which is effectively a 0.28 percent increase in the tax rate. Trustees adopted the ordinance levying a tax rate for the 2019 tax year in the amount of $1.369090 per $100 valuation ($0.97000 for maintenance and operation; $0.39909 for debt service). The Local Maintenance rate for 2019 is less than the 2018 rate as a result of recent state legislation (decreasing from $1.03738 to $0.97000) and the Interest & Sinking rate is unchanged from 2017. Roll call vote was taken with all ayes. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. Consider Purchase of Chromebooks

Motion was made by Mrs. Gina Hunter and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the purchase of 1,000 Chromebooks from FireFly Computers in the amount of $219,232.00 with the Instructional Material Allotment funds from TEA as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

2. Consider Renewal of the District's Cooperative Risk Pool Management Participation

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the renewal of Athens ISD’s participation in the Texas Rural Education Association Risk Management Cooperative for the period of September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Additional Stipend

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve an additional stipend for a Speech Pathologist Supervisor. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on July 22, 2019 and Special Meeting

Held on August 6, 2019

B. Financial Statements for the Month of July 2019

C. Approve Tax Appraisal Roll

D. Consider Renewal of TASB Unemployment Compensation Program

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VIII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 (Personnel), the Board Will

Convene in Executive Session to Discuss the Following: Possible Termination of Term

Contract Teacher, Leala Aycock

B. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

At 6:31 p.m., the Board President announced that trustees would adjourn to executive session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code and/or Education Code concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act. Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required, then the final action, final decision, or final vote shall take place in open session. The Board returned to open session at 8:37 p.m.

 

IX. Executive Session Action

A. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 (Personnel), the Board Will

Convene in Executive Session to Discuss the Following: Possible Termination of Term

Contract Teacher, Leala Aycock

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford that administration notify Leala Aycock that the board is moving forward to propose termination. Mr. Chris House seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Employment / Resignations of Contract Employees - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

As stated in Policy DC (LOCAL) under Employment of Contractual Personnel: The Board retains final authority for employment of contractual personnel; however, from April 1 to August 31, the Board delegates to the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent the authority

to employ contractual personnel. The following professional personnel contracts have been approved:

Jessica Fleming

Jessica Mebane

 

X. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.

 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:38 p.m.

 


 






                                               


 














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