Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - March 26, 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, March 26, 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, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal; Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Nikki Mason; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Kendra Hensley; Jennifer Nicholson; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Cathy Kirkland; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Jake Shirley; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Jason Iglehart; Cody Craig; Dana Dykes; Melissa Goss; Jose Mendez; 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. Recognition of School Resource Officers

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, introduced Athens I.S.D./Athens Police Department School Resource Officers to the Board of Trustees. They are Sergeant Dana Dykes, Corporal Dustin Cook, and Officer Melissa Goss. Corporal Cook was unable to attend.

Dr. Sims then asked Paul Essary, Athletic Director, to recognize Jose Mendez and give a brief description of the incident at the Softball game last week. A fan in the stands had a heart attack and Mr. Mendez responded promptly and efficiently to help save the man’s life. 

V. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

All campus principals commended our School Resource Officers on their assistance and their calm presence on the campuses. Campus principals presented testing and benchmark testing data to the Board of Trustees. They compared their scores to last month’s and last year’s reports. They pointed out their concerns and plans for achieving improvement.

Superintendent Blake Stiles bragged on the students who have participated in UIL and the winning sports teams. Mr. Stiles reported on the status of refurbishment on the High School Auditorium and the construction at the High School new gymnasium. 

VI. Action Items

A. Consider Freeport Tax Exemption Revenue Protection / Payment in Lieu of Taxes

(PILOT) Agreements

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the Freeport Tax Exemption revenue protection/payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreements as presented. Motion carried 7:0. 

B. Consider Approval of Freeport Tax Exemption Resolution

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the Freeport Tax Exemption resolution as presented. Motion carried 7:0. 

C. Consider Resolution to Pay Employees for Emergency Closing

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the resolution to pay employees for the emergency closing of school for one day on January 16, 2018 without requiring the day to be made up as presented. Motion carried 7:0. 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on February 26, 2018 and Special Meeting Held on March 6, 2018

B. Financial Statements for the Month of February 2018

C. Consider Granting Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Final Authority for Selection of Personnel from April 2, 2018 until August 31, 2018

D. Instructional Materials Allotment & TEKS Certification

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

VIII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Consideration of Administrator Contracts for 2018-2019 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

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

At 6:49 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 7:55 p.m. 

IX. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Consideration of Administrator Contracts for 2018-2019 -
Texas Gov't Code 551.074
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the following administrator contracts. Motion carried 7:0.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Accountability

Jami Ivey

2 Year

12 Month

Chief Financial Officer

Randy Jones

1 Year

12 Month Non-Chapter 21

Directors

Brooke Brock

2 Year

12 Month

 

Barry Choate

2 Year

12 Month

Communications Coordinator

Toni Clay

1 Year

10½ Month Non-Chapter 21

Principals

Lisa Howell

2 Year

12 Month

 

Shannon Pursley

2 Year

12 Month

 

Claudia Stiles

2 Year

12 Month

 

Jennifer Risinger

2 Year

12 Month

 

Ginger Morrison

2 Year

12 Month

Associate Principal

Cathy Kirkland

1 Year

12 Month

 

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

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees approve the following professional personnel contracts. Motion carried 7:0.

Sherry McPike

Cora Padilla

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Renee Campbell

Tonya Tarrance Johnson

Natalie Kincy

Samantha Linke

Christine Capel

Sarah Williams

Jon’Kayla Crawford

Jessie Little

Amy Rice

Jennifer Slagle

Joanna Johnson

Rachele Robertson

Patrick Cristy

 

 

 

 

X. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

 

                                               

 

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