Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - May 30, 2019

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    


A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Thursday, May 30, 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

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. Gina Hunter, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mr. Freddie Paul, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Kari Wilmeth, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Chris House

Members absent: Mr. Eric Smith

Also present were: Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Tony Brooks, Director of Technology; Jesse Richardson; Gwen Richardson; Larry West; Kendra Hensley; Tim Hensley; Charles House; Doug Richardson; David Stiver; Ola Stiver; Jessica Richardson; Ella Richardson; Zac Harrell, Athletic Director; Liz Zuniga; Nicole Cornish; Tammi Wickel; Ed McCain; Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant; and Blake Stiles, Superintendent.


II. Invocation was given by Mrs. Gina Hunter.


III. Pledge of Allegiance was given to the national and state flags.


IV. Recognition of High School UIL Students

Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability, asked Nicole Cornish, UIL Coordinator, to recognize the High School UIL students for their accomplishments. She presented to the Board of Trustees Aryn Rodriguez, Dylan Lindsey, Lizbeth Casio, and Yuvia Leon who qualified to the state meet as a team in mathematics. She also presented Quentin Hensley and Klayton House who advanced to the octafinal round in CX debate. The UIL Speech team won the district speech team award. Athens High School placed 6th overall at district.


V. Recognition of Athletic Students

Athletic Director Zac Harrell commended his athletes on their accomplishments this year. Thirteen out of nineteen varsity sports qualified for state playoffs and out of those thirteen, AHS won five team championships. Six individual athletes qualified for state with two each in powerlifting, track, and fishing. Garrett Hayes won 5th in state in powerlifting.


VI. Newly Elected Board of Trustees Take Oath of Office / Board Reorganization

Notary Public Gail Carnes, administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Members Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Place 5, Mr. Chris House, Place 6, and Mr. Freddie Paul, Place 7.

Mr. Eugene Buford, Secretary, nominated Mr. Robert Risko for Board President. Mrs. Margaret Richardson nominated Mrs. Alicea Elliott for Board President. Mr. Eugene Buford and Mr. Robert Risko voted for Mr. Robert Risko. Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mr. Freddie Paul, and Mrs. Alicea Elliott voted for Mrs. Alicea Elliott. Mrs. Alicea Elliott was approved as Board President with a 5:2 vote. Mr. Chris House nominated Mrs. Gina Hunter for Board Vice President. Mrs. Gina Hunter was approved as Board Vice President with a 7:0 vote. Mrs. Alicea Elliott nominated Mr. Eugene Buford for Board Secretary. Mr. Eugene Buford was approved as Board Secretary with a 7:0 vote.

VII. Information Items

A. Administrative Reports

1. Department Updates

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims recognized Nicole Cornish for her involvement with helping our students accomplish all the awards and honors over the past few years. She also informed the Board of Trustees that the four half day PreK-3 classes were full and there was a waiting list. Dr. Sims explained the rezoning that had recently occurred due to an imbalance of the student population. AISD is also requiring every student to provide proof of residency before school starts this year to make sure they are attending the correct campus.

2. End of Year Report

Superintendent Blake Stiles informed the Board of Trustees that AISD had closed on one property that was sold and would close next week on the other. He asked them to schedule a budget workshop and a Team of Eight training.


VIII. Action Items

A. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. IMAT Expenditures

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the purchase of instructional materials for English language arts and reading, grades K-5 and Personal Finance for the high school per Proclamation 2019 as presented. The purchase of a combination of print and online instructional materials will be funded by the IMAT allocation in the amount of $254,101.48 to Pearson and $19,646.00 to Foundations in Personal Finance. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider Revision to TASB Policy GKD(LOCAL)

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the revision to TASB policy GKD(LOCAL) as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Budget Amendment

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the transfer of funds and the budget amendment as presented. Motion carried 7:0.


IX. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on April 29, 2019 and Special Meeting

Held on May 8, 2019

B. Financial Statements for the Month of April 2019

C. Consider Tax Collections Contract

D. Approve Proposed Tax Rates for Publication

E. Set Date and Time for Budget Hearing

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


X. Executive Session Discussion

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

B. Discussion of Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property - Texas

Gov't Code 551.072

At 6:48 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 8:23 p.m.

XI. Executive Session Action

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

As stated in Policy DC (LOCAL) under Employment of Contractual Personnel: The Board retains final authority for employment of contractual personnel; however, from April 1 to August 31, the Board delegates to the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent the authority to employ contractual personnel. The following professional personnel contracts have been approved:

Ryan Hood

Julie Booth

Stacey Gross

Paul Waldon

Christ Lee

Bryan Lovett

Kimberlee Keith

Trina Riquelme

Briana Hope

Stephanie Wynne

Megan Gross


Jeff Teague

B. Discussion of Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property - Texas

Gov't Code 551.072

No action taken.


XII. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.




XIII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.



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