Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - July 31, 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, July 31, 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, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Eric Smith, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Members absent: None

Also present were: Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; Taylor Carson; Stacy McGowen; Renee Campbell, Elementary Education Director; Deborah Deas; Diana Vaughn, Student Services Director; Jami Ivey, Secondary Education Director; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Kim Hodges; Lonnie Hodges; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Tony Brooks, Technology 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. Information/Discussion Items

A. District of Innovation Update

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, informed the Board of Trustees that after Texas Education Agency’s final review of AISD District of Innovation Plan, one of the exemptions was removed. The exemption was intended as a means to include an expansion of the at-risk indicator list so expenditures of state compensatory education funds could be broadened. However, this is not an allowable exemption and it was removed from the DOI plan.

B. Administrative Report

Beginning of 2017-18 School Year Information and Construction Update

Mr. Blake Stiles, Superintendent, asked Dr. Sims to introduce Kim Hodges from First State Bank who provided an engraved level to Taylor Carson. Taylor was a 2017 AHS graduate and placed 5th in the national masonry/bricklaying competition. Mr. Stiles then informed the Board that Bruce Field and the new fieldhouse are complete and the construction at the elementary campuses would be complete prior to school starting. Construction at the high school will continue and the new cafeteria is expected to be ready and used after the Christmas break. The rest of the high school project should be complete by next May.


V. Action Items

A. Consider Expenditures Greater Than $25,000

1. Roof for Annex Gym

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the repair and replacement of the 20 year old roof on the Annex gym. Costs came in under the $25,000 threshold. Motion carried 7:0.

2. HVAC Units for Annex Gym

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the replacement of the two 20 year old roof top HVAC units. AISD is still obtaining qualified purchasing cooperative vendor quotes. Motion carried 7:0.


VI. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on June 26, 2017

B. Financial Statements for the Month of June 2017

C. Quarterly and Annual Investment Reports

D. Consider Tax Collections Contract

E. Set Tax Rate Hearing for August 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

F. Approve Purchasing Method for Fuel

G. Adopt Student Code of Conduct

H. Consider December 2017 Regular Board Meeting Date Change to December 21, 2017

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


VII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

At 6:18 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 8:26 p.m.


VIII. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

Motion was made by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve professional personnel contracts for:

Emily McIver

Chelsi Huff

Aaron Austin

Christine Capel

Brent Achorn

Patrick Cristy

Ryan Coffey

Franklin Scott

Jermane Longino

Cara Leoni

Debbie Palmer

Michelle Price

Jennifer Threet

Hannah Burkham

Javonte Johnson

Joshua Burkham

Chasity Robertson

Brendan Rich

Samantha Linke

Caryn Wilbanks

Jacob Shirley

Jennifer Nicholson

Cody McCleary


Motion carried 7:0.


Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Jason Faure

Kim Clopton

Kalli Brunson

William Wofford

Amanda Reichmuth

Kristin Clickner

Merritt Johnson


B. Property / Real Estate Matters

No action taken.


C. Consultation with Attorney Concerning Pending Litigation: Cause No. CV16-0261-173 –

Diana Vaughn v. Athens ISD - Texas Government Code s. 551.071

No action taken.


D. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation

No action taken.


IX. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.


X. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.




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