Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - September 25, 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, September 25, 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. Eric Smith, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud, Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Members absent: Mrs. Renda Garner

Also present were: Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Ward Wilbanks; Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal; Cathy Kirkland; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; Cindy Kling; Doenye Essary; Jennifer Nicholson; Tony Sikes; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Kathy Davis; Bree Parnell; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Pauletta Barron; Chera Lambright; Cheryl Lambright; Reagen Adair; Beth Boyd; Sandy McPherson; Crystal Langley; Steve VanCleave; Sandy Carter; Jane Johnson; Sarah Williams; Becky Rogers; Bonnie Pearson; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Adriana Ornelas; Barbara Railsback; Lynn Hugghins; Maria Barron; Cara Leoni; Jenna Faul; Robin Edlin; Cindy Baker; Caitlin Livingston; Paula Bales; B. Elaine Nelson; Raquel Lozano; Jennifer Clarke; Jami Ivey, Secondary Education Director; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Renee Campbell, Elementary Education Director; 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. Recognize September Teachers / Employees of the Month

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, introduced the September Teachers/Employees of the Month: Keishia Garrett-BAE, Erica Rodriguez-CAE, Bree Parnell-SAE, Desmond Bowie-AMS, Cindy Kling-AHS, Kelley Wiswell-ECHS, Raquel Lozano-Operations.

 

V. Campus Performance Recognition

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, presented banners to two campuses displaying their distinction designations awarded by Texas Education Agency. Athens High School was awarded distinction designations by TEA for student performance in five areas: Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent Student Progress and Postsecondary Readiness. South Athens Elementary was also awarded distinction designations by TEA in five areas: Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

All three elementary campus Principals reported on elementary events and activities going on at their campuses and that there would be parent/teacher conferences on the staff development day, October 3rd. The middle school Principal reported on happenings at her campus and some of the student clubs that were added for U.I.L. competition. The high school Principal explained how the embedded tutorial time during the school day is helping with intervention and enrichment. Mr. Blake Stiles, Superintendent, relayed that the construction manager has given some earlier dates for completion of the construction projects at the high school.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Request for Maximum Class Size Waiver

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve to apply for the maximum class size exception waiver for kindergarten at South Athens Elementary and third grade at Central Athens Elementary as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

B. Consider Nominee to HC Appraisal District Board of Directors

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve to nominate Jack Bailey for Place 2 on the Board of Directors of the Henderson County Appraisal District which represents Athens ISD and the City of Athens as presented. The vote for the Board of Directors of the Henderson County Appraisal District will occur in November. Motion carried 6:0.

 

C. Consider Out of State Student Travel

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve out-of-state travel for the Athens High School FFA Chapter to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana next month to serve as courtesy corps members during the national convention as presented. Motion carried 6:0

 

D. Consider Revision to 2017-18 School Calendar

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the revised 2017-2018 school calendar as presented. Due to the revised state assessment calendar May 14th holiday/bad weather day is changed to April 23rd. The April 9th work day is changed to April 2nd. Also added is an early release day (1:00 p.m.) on December 12th for U.I.L. competition hosted by Athens I.S.D. Motion carried 6:0

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on August 28, 2017 and Special Meeting Held on

September 18, 2017

B. Financial Statements for the Month of August 2017

C. Consider Approval of Hazardous Two-Mile Transportation Policy

D. Consider Additions, Revisions or Deletions of (LOCAL) Policies Affected by District of

Innovation Status as Recommended by TASB Policy Service FEC(LOCAL): Attendance

– Attendance for Credit

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

B. School Safety Audit (pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.076)

C. Real Property

At 6:32 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 7:20 p.m.

 

X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

B. School Safety Audit (pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.076)

C. Real Property

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Harris Hodgkiss

Hannah Burkham

 

XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.

                                                

 

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