Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - July 30, 2018
The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, July 30, 2018, 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. Eric Smith, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Bob Spears
Members absent: None
Also present were: Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Larry West; Mary Henderson; Henry Tracy, AHS Principal; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Cathy Kirkland; Nicole Cornish; Kevin Smith; Lance Aaron; 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 High School UIL Students
Nicole Cornish, Dean of ECHS, introduced the students who exceled at state in speech and debate. Tucker Hall won state in extemporaneous speaking, Will Honea and Gavvy Lott won sixth place in policy debate, and Jose Sanchez and Ale Pedroza won second place in debate. This is the fifth year in a row Athens has debated in the final round.

V. Information/Discussion Items
A. Administrative Reports
Superintendent Blake Stiles asked Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent, to report on funding in Mr. Jones absence. Dr. Sims reported that the auditors will be here in August, fund balance is favorable, and as reported to the news, there is an increase in taxable property values from last year. Mr. Stiles explained the possibility of an early pay off of maintenance tax notes and discussed remaining renovations at the Annex gym and at South.

VI. Action Items
A. Consider Extending Contract of Claycomb and Associates as the Architect for Athens ISD
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve to extend existing contract and continue the relationship with Claycomb & Associates as architect for Athens ISD as presented. Motion carried 7:0.
B. Consider Selection of Construction Manager-Agent as the Delivery Method for the Pressbox Project
Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the Construction Manager-Agent delivery method for the Pressbox project as presented. Motion carried 7:0
C. Consider Selection of Gallagher Construction Services as the Construction Manager-Agent for the Pressbox Project
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve Gallagher Construction Services as Construction Manager-Agent for the Pressbox Project. Motion carried 7:0.
D. Consider Endorsement of Region 10 Candidates to the TASB Board of Directors
Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees endorse the candidacy of Ty G. Jones, board member at Lancaster ISD, to fill Region 10 Position D on the TASB Board of Directors as presented. Motion carried 7:0
E. Consider TASB Policy Update 111, Affecting (LOCAL) Policies
Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter 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 111 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on June 25, 2018 and Special Meeting Held on July
9, 2018
B. Financial Statements for the Month of June 2018
C. Quarterly and Annual Investment Reports
D. Set Tax Rate Hearing for August 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
E. Approve Purchasing Method for Fuel
F. Adopt Student Code of Conduct
G. Consider December 2018 Regular Board Meeting Date Change to December 20, 2018
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.
VIII. Executive Session Discussion
A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees - Texas Gov't Code 551.074
B. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation
At 6:25 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.

IX. Open Session - Executive Session Action
A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees - Texas Gov't Code 551.074
Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following employment professional contracts:
Stephanie Brookens
Tamara Anderson
Jonathan Ehlinger
Amber Shoup
Darris Turner
Shar’Lon Lane
Bradley Lewis
Carrie Proper


Susana Garcia
Jessica Jones
Paul Waldon
Amanda Robinson
Casey Cunningham
John Kelly
Kinsey Martin



Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:
Briana Hope
Joy Cumby
Pauletta Barron
Sandra Choate

Robin Allen
James Darby
Dallas Robertson
Rachele Robertson


B. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation
No action taken.

X. Audience Participation
No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

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


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