Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - June 24, 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, June 24, 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

Members absent: Mr. Robert Risko

Also present were: Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Deborah Deas; Cathy Kirkland; Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; 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. Public Hearing to Discuss the Proposed 2019-2020 Budget and Proposed Tax Rate

Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget for: Local Maintenance Fund (199), Debt Service Fund (599), and Child Nutrition Fund (240). The tax rate will be presented in August.

No one signed up to speak.

 

V. Information Items

A. Administrative Reports – Summer Projects / Administrative Calendar Update

Superintendent Blake Stiles reported that concrete had been poured at Bruce Field under bleachers where the old concessions had been removed. He also told the Board the Middle School practice field would have new grass put in as soon as the weather permitted and that all the schools were being thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the next school year.

Mr. Stiles asked Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability, to update the Board on the administrative calendar. The administrative summit will be July 24th and 25th. All campus employees will report back to work on July 29th with a new teacher orientation that morning and Convocation that afternoon. Board members are invited to attend.

 

VI. Action Items

A. Consider 2019-2020 Compensation Plan

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the 2019-2020 compensation plan that includes the (1) hiring schedule for teachers, librarians, counselors, diagnosticians, nurses, speech therapists; and (2) pay increase of 3% of midpoint for auxiliary, manual trades, and professional employees as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

B. Consider 2019-2020 Stipends

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the stipends for elementary and secondary teachers and athletics as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

C. Consider Final Budget Amendment(s) for 2018-2019

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the proposed budget amendments for the 2018-2019 fiscal year and the related funds transfer from Maintenance & Operations Fund to Capital Projects Fund in the amount of $300,000 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

D. Adopt Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 for three specific funds: Local Maintenance Fund (199), Debt Service Fund (599), and Child Nutrition Fund (240) as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

E. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. Region X and Region VII ESC 2019-2020 Contracts

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve service agreements with ESC Region X and ESC Region VII for the 2019-2020 school year in the total amount of $102,059. as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

2. Elementary School Supplies for 2019-2020 School Year

Motion was made by Mrs. Gina Hunter and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the purchase of elementary school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year from Ables Land, Inc. in the total amount of $48,176.22 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

3. IMAT Expenditures

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the purchase of instructional materials for ELAR (English language arts and reading) for 6th – 8th grades from Texas StudySync in the amount of $85,725. as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

F. Consider Revised Use of Facilities Charges

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the revised use of facilities charges as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

G. Consider Appointment of Henderson County Extension Agents as Adjunct Faculty

Members of Athens ISD for the 2019-2020 School Year

Motion was made by Mrs. Margaret Richardson and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the appointment of the three Henderson County Extension agents as adjunct faculty members of Athens ISD for the 2019-2020 school year as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

H. Consider Revision to TASB Policy DEC(LOCAL)

Motion was made by Mrs. Gina Hunter and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the revision to TASB policy DEC(LOCAL) as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

I. Consider TASB Policy Update 113, Affecting (LOCAL) Policies

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the additions, revisions, or deletions of (LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service and according to the Instruction Sheet for TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 113 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on May 30, 2019 68

B. Financial Statements for the Month of May 2019

Motion was made by Mr. Freddie Paul and seconded by Mr. Chris House that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

VIII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment of Contract Employees - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

At 7:17 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 8:57 p.m.

IX. Executive Session Action

A. Employment 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:

Karla Getz

Annette Graham

Steven Villani

Sam DeShazo

Olga Quedens

Sarah Robb

Terri Hart

Melissa Barraza

Kristie Dawson

Amanda Huffer

Robin Allen

Destyn Crow

Daniel Fears

Victoria Riback

Ginger Pierce

Danae Spencer

Jennifer Davis

Carla Cullum

Jamie Dozier

Katherine Horton

Saint Miller

Scott Pace

The following resignations have been approved:

Jacy Coston

Stephanie Bassinder

Brenda Jackson

Susana Garcia

 

X. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

 

 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

 


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