Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - January 22, 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, January 22, 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. Renda Garner, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Eugene Buford

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; David Nicks; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Kendra Hensley; Nicole Cornish; Nikki Mason; Cathy Kirkland; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Renee Campbell, Director of Federal Program & Personnel Services; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; 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. Recognize Athens High School AP Scholar Students

Ginger Morrison, High School Principal, introduced Nicole Cornish, AHS Dean of ECHS, who then introduced the AP Scholars to the Board. AP Scholars, students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, are Lauren Gore, Will Perryman, and Dusty Rhodes.

Mrs. Morrison also commended Mrs. Cornish for winning the national tournament where the debate topic for the 2018-2019 school year was considered. Her topic: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States” will be the debate topic throughout the U.S. 

V. Recognition of School Board Members

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, recognized the Board of Trustees as “Helping Kids Soar to Success”, the theme for January Texas School Board Appreciation Month.Board members and their families were treated to dinner prior to the regular scheduled meeting. Board members were presented a Hornet sign made by the high school Construction and Architecture class, cupcakes baked by the Culinary Arts class, an Athens Hornet thermal tumbler, and banners and artwork displaying kites, hot air balloon, and butterflies designed and made by all campuses. AHS Varsity Choir also performed a song in their honor. 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

Superintendent Blake Stiles reported that the Freeport Tax Exemption resolution will be on the February agenda. Mr. Stiles also informed the Board that construction is still on schedule and he would give them an update on the auditorium maintenances later.

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1. Consider Athens ISD Property/Casualty Insurance Coverage

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the renewal quote in the amount of $212,032 from TREA RMC including the option for two additional years for a total of three years for general liability, property casualty, fleet and school board legal liability insurance as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

2. Consider Purchase of New Band Uniforms

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the expenditure for 200 new AHS band uniforms at a cost not to exceed $94,490 from Stanbury Uniforms, Inc. as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider an Additional 2017-2018 Stipend

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the additional stipend for the newly reassigned high school assistant principal for the remainder of this school year as presented.This position requires a considerable amount of additional time for administrative duty assignments at extra-curricular events.Motion carried 7:0. 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on December 21, 2017 and Special Meeting Held on

January 11, 2018

B. Financial Statements for the Month of December 2017

C. Quarterly Investment Report

D. Order Board of Trustee Election for May 5, 2018 to fill the expired terms of Mr. Robert

Risko, Place 3 and Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud, Place 4

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith 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

At 6:28 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 7:30 p.m. 

X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

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

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve professional personnel contracts for:

Bridgette Browne

Brandon Clemmons

Norma Thompson

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignation:

Ryan Coffey


XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.



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