Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - December 15, 2016
The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Thursday, December 15, 2016, 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. Steve McElhany, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud (arrived at 6:37 p.m.)

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Renee Campbell, Educational Services Director; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Chief Paul Redic; Liz Vaughn; Anna Fontana; Kathy Brown; Diana Vaughn, Student Services Director; Moises Sanchez; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; David Glover; Thomas Faulk; Karla Rodriguez; Kyle Januszeski; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Toni Clay, Communications Coordinator; 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. Recognize December Teachers / Employees of the Month

Toni Clay, Communications Coordinator, introduced the December Teachers/Employees of the Month: Karla Rodriguez-BAE, Moises Sanchez-CAE, Barbara Railsback-SAE, Cindy Pace-AMS, Kyle Januszeski-AHS, Tammy Clemmons-ECHS, David Glover-Operations.

 

V. APEF (Athens Public Education Foundation) Presentation

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, introduced Sarah Grey, Athens Public Education Foundation (APEF) Board President. Mrs. Grey presented the District with a check for $29,596 which will fund many innovative teaching grants submitted by District teachers.A total of fifteen grants were awarded among all five campuses. This is the largest award and the largest number of grants awarded to date. The APEF Cash Bus visited campuses today, Thursday, December 15th, to honor and award the teachers whose grants were funded.

 

VI. Delinquent Property Tax Collections Report

Liz Vaughn of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, presented the delinquent property tax report. Ms. Vaughn gave a brief overview of the activities undertaken to collect the delinquent taxes owed to Athens I.S.D.Ms. Vaughn stated their collection procedures provide the district with maximum recovery of delinquent taxes in the shortest period of time possible.

 

VII. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

Superintendent Blake Stiles asked Barry Choate, Director of Operations, to report on the current construction status. Mr. Choate said the construction was on time for a July 1 completion depending on the weather conditions. The High School CTE, Central Athens Elementary new Library, and the new gyms at Bel Air Elementary and South Athens Elementary will start simultaneously.

 

B. Announcement of Board Member Training Hours

Board President Mr. Robert Risko read aloud and presented to Board members their annual accrual of board member continuing education training hours and the TASB continuing education requirements. All members have completed and/or exceeded the required hours of training. The completion of the required annual training is an obligation and expectation of any Board member under SBOE (State Board of Education) rule.

 

VIII. Action Items

A. Consider Out of State Student Travel

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the out of state student travel for the Athens High School Choir to travel to Nashville, Tennessee May 21-24, 2017 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

B. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1. Consider Disbursement of Funds for HVAC Training Equipment for CTE Course

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees approve the disbursement of funds for the purchase of HVAC training equipment from Technical Laboratory Systems, Inc. in the amount of $332,882. to be reimbursed to AISD by the JET (Jobs & Education for Texans) grant as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

C. Consider Adopting Resolution Concerning the A-F Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees adopt the resolution concerning the A-F accountability rating system for Texas public schools as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

D. Adopt Board Resolution of Legislative Priorities

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees adopt the resolution of legislative priorities as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

E. Consideration of Award for Construction of Athens High School, Bel Air Elementary, Central Athens Elementary, South Athens Elementary Additions and Renovations for Athens ISD

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the award for construction of Athens High School, Bel Air Elementary, Central Athens Elementary, South Athens Elementary additions and renovations in the amount of $19,963,629. as presented. Motion carried 6:0. Mr. Steve McElhany abstained.

 

IX. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on November 28, 2016

B. Financial Statements for the Month of November 2016

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

X. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

At 6:44 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 7:29 p.m.

 

XI. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following professional personnel contracts that have been approved:

Deidre Pool
Grethel Martinez

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignation:

Barbara Neff

 

XII. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

XIII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

 


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