Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - March 27, 2017
The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, March 27, 2017, 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

Mr. Robert Risko, 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: Mr. Robert Risko, Mr. Steve McElhany, Mr. Eric Smith, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud

Members absent: Mrs. Renda Garner

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Diana Vaughn, Student Services Director; Jami Ivey, AHS Principal; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; Nikki Mason; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Ginger Morrison, AMS Principal; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Renee Campbell, Educational Services Director; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Noah Bush; Jacob Ickes; Lauren Takata; Sue Takata; Cathy Kirkland; Jennifer Risinger, CAE Principal; Alisa Stephens; Thomas Faulk; Jennifer Bradford; Walt Mahmoud; Maalik Hall; Makayla Traxson; Samantha Smith; Kristen House; Chris Stephens; Chief Paul Redic; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Nicole Cornish; Cliff Thompson; Natalie Kincy; Toni Clay, Communications Coordinator; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant; and Blake Stiles, Superintendent. 

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Eric Smith. 

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

IV. Recognition of Athletic Students

Coach Paul Essary presented the All State Team athletes, Noah Bush, Jacob Ickes, Lauren Takata, Jennifer Bradford, and Walt Mahmoud to the Board of Trustees. Coach Essary also introduced the State powerlifters, Noah Bush and Walt Mahmoud and Cliff Thompson, Henderson County Coach of the Year. He also presented the six athletes that have signed to play their sports in college. They are Noah Bush, Maalik Hall, Makayla Traxson, Samantha Smith, Kristen House, and Chris Stephens. Boys Basketball were regional quarter-finalist, girls soccer are area champions and boys soccer are in area playoffs this Friday. 

V. Recognize March Teachers / Employees of the Month

Toni Clay, Communications Coordinator, introduced the March Teachers/Employees of the Month: Norma Thompson-BAE, Erica Rodriguez-CAE, Shelley Rasco-SAE, Kim Storey-AMS, Cliff Thompson-AHS, Natalie Kincy-CATE, Keith Porter-Operations. 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

Secondary principals Ginger Morrison and Jami Ivey presented the benchmark testing data to the Board of Trustees. They explained their methods and strategies for improvement. Ms. Ivey shared activities and accomplishments for the high school campus.

Superintendent Blake Stiles asked Barry Choate, Director of Operations, to report the status of construction projects. The new fieldhouse completion date is anticipated to be June 1. Clean up at Bruce Field will be completed before graduation. Mr. Blake Stiles shared the change order information and discussion from the Freeport Tax workshop held at TVCC. 

B. Discussion to Schedule Date for Budget/Goals Workshop

The date decided on for a Budget/Goals workshop is Wednesday, April 12th at 5:30 p.m. to be held at the District Support Center. 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1. Consider Purchase of Career and Technology Education Pickup Truck

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the purchase of a career and technology education pickup truck from Elder Chrysler Dodge in the amount of $44,400.00 as presented.Motion carried 6:0. 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on February 27, 2017

B. Financial Statements for the Month of February 2017

C. Consider Granting Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Final Authority for

Selection of Personnel from April 1, 2017 until September 1, 2017

D. Instructional Materials Allotment & TEKS Certification

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

A. Consideration of Administrator Contracts for 2017-2018

B. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

At 6:51 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 7:50 p.m. 

X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Consideration of Administrator Contracts for 2017-2018

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the following administrator contracts. Motion unanimously carried.

Assistant Superintendent

Janie Sims

2 Year

12 Month

Chief Financial Officer

Randy Jones

1 Year

12 Month
Non-Chapter 21

Directors

Brooke Brock

2 Year

12 Month

 

Renee Campbell

2 Year

12 Month

 

Barry Choate

2 Year

12 Month

 

Paul Essary

2 Year

12 Month

 

Diana Vaughn

2 Year

12 Month

Principals

Lisa Howell

2 Year

12 Month

 

Claudia Stiles

2 Year

12 Month

 

Jennifer Risinger

2 Year

12 Month

 

Ginger Morrison

2 Year

12 Month

 

Jami Ivey

2 Year

12 Month

Assistant Principals

Shannon Pursley

1 Year

11 Month

 

Amanda DeShazo

1 Year

11 Month

 

Nikki Mason

1 Year

11 Month

 

Tony Sikes

1 Year

11 Month

 

Cathy Kirkland

1 Year

12 Month

AP Probationary

Kristen Clickner

1 Year

11 Month

 

Kendra Hensley

1 Year

11 Month

 

Jason Iglehart

1 Year

11 Month

 

B. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignation:

Linda Johnston

Jimmy Turner

Mary Garmon

Ivory Nichols

Melody Brantley

Carlie Rosenthal

Sarah Frankland

Margaret Johns

Robyn Blanchard

Kathleen Cleaveland

Cassie Munden

Carol Kamp

Linda Quattlebaum

 

XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting. 

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m. 

                                                

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