Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - September 23, 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, September 23, 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, Mr. Robert Risko

Members absent: None

Also present were: Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Clay Tracy, AHS Principal; Stephen Morman; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Jennifer Nicholson; Robin Edlin; Maria Barron; Holly Allen; Reagan Adair; Jamie Brant; Chelsey Hall; Jennifer Lehr; Taylor Hennig; Shannon Pursley; Bree Parnell; Ashley Williamson; Sanetta Johnson; Sherry McPike; Cindy Pace; Kendra Hensley; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Becky Rogers: Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Kathy Davis; Jennifer Livingston; Tony Sikes; Jason Iglehart; Nicole Cornish; Robert Becker; Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent; 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. Campus Performance Recognition

Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability, presented banners to three campuses displaying their distinction designations awarded by Texas Education Agency. South Athens Elementary was awarded distinction designations by TEA for student performance in four areas: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, and Postsecondary Readiness. Athens High School was also awarded distinction designations by TEA in two areas: Academic Achievement in Science and Postsecondary Readiness and Athens Middle School in Postsecondary Readiness.

 

V. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.

 

VI. Information Items

A. Administrative Reports – 4 Day Progress / Data Reports

Superintendent Blake Stiles informed the Board of Trustees that AISD is preparing a survey to go out to administrators, teachers, parents, and students following the first 9 week reporting period about the 4 day week. He also informed them that the district is covering the snacks provided to students through HB3 funds which is the general funds along with the backpack program. Enrollment as of September 23rd is 3,126.

Each principal reported on the first testing data of this school year to the Board of Trustees and informed the Board they are addressing individual needs.

B. Chartwells Presentation

Chartwells representatives were not available for the presentation. Chartwells presentation will be on the October regular board meeting agenda.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Out of State Student Travel

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve out of state travel for the Athens High School Band to travel to Orlando, Florida next May 21-26, 2020 to perform in the sight-reading clinic at Disney World as presented. Motion carried 7:0

B. Consider Nominee to HC Appraisal District Board of Directors

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Robert Risko 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 7:0.

C. Consider Approval of Master Interlocal Agreement with Region 10

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the master Interlocal agreement with Region 10 to meet the standards set by TEA for documenting the procurement process as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

D. Consider Revision of TASB Policy BED(LOCAL)

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the local policy changes to BED(LOCAL) as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on August 26, 2019

B. Financial Statements for the Month of August 2019

Motion was made by Mrs. Margaret Richardson and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

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

B. Discussion of the Following Real Property - Texas Gov't Code 551.072

.5 acre of 16.09 acre tract AB782 T Parmer Survey Block 31 Lot 4C (Robbins Rd)

At 6:58 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 8:10 p.m.

 

X. Executive Session Action

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

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the professional personnel contract for: Lori Turner. Motion carried 7:0.

The following resignations have been approved: Heather Brooks and Colleen Bradshaw.

B. Discussion of the Following Real Property - Texas Gov't Code 551.072

.5 acre of 16.09 acre tract AB782 T Parmer Survey Block 31 Lot 4C (Robbins Rd)

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that administration accept the proposal for the .5 acre of the 16.09 acre tract on Robbins Road. Motion carried 7:0.

 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

                                               


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