Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - February 27, 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, February 27, 2017, beginning at 6:00 PM in the District Support Center Board Room, 104 Hawn Street, Athens, Texas. 

At 6:08 p.m. there was not a quorum of board members present.  One was contacted and was on his way to the meeting.  Mr. Robert Risko, President of the Board of Trustees, announced we would go ahead and start with the Recognition and Information Items until the fourth board member arrived. 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

B. TVCC Open Carry Update

TVCC representative, Officer Stewart Newby provided information on their final draft policy for individuals with a license to carry a handgun. Texas Senate Bill 11, which goes into effect on August 1, 2017, allows individuals with a license to carry a handgun the ability to carry a concealed handgun on Texas public community college campuses. TVCC’s policy outlines the prohibited locations and activities that will have posted notices pursuant to Penal Code Section 30.06. 

C. Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) Hearing

Athens I.S.D. held a hearing for public discussion of the annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) 2015-2016 school year. Erin York, Instructional Technologist, gave the presentation. No one signed up to speak. 

D. Textbook Selection Committee

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, provided the Board of Trustees with a list of instructional materials committee members for all courses in career and technical education, languages other than English, and for special topics in Social Studies, Algebraic Reasoning, and Statistics. Renee Campbell, Educational Services Director, was unable to attend the meeting. 

IV. Recognize AHS All State Band and Choir Students

Rusty Lay, AHS Band Director, presented the All State Band Students to the Board of Trustees. They are Yuvia Leon, Allison Martinez, Alejandra Pedroza, Kolemann Dooley, and Russell Ingram. Bridgett Scott, AHS Choir Teacher presented the All State Choir Student, Jacob Moore. 

V. Recognize February Teachers / Employees of the Month

Toni Clay, Communications Coordinator, introduced the February Teachers/Employees of the Month: Sandy Howard-BAE, Kayla George-CAE, Breeona Parnell-SAE, Sanetta Johnson-AMS, Bridget Scott-AHS, Craig Peek-ECHS, Raquel Lozano-Operations. 

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 6:26 p.m.

Members present: Mr. Robert Risko, Mr. Steve McElhany, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Eric Smith (arrived at 6:26 p.m. and left at 6:39), Mr. Bob Spears (arrived at 6:33 p.m.)

Members absent: Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud 

Also present were: Cathy Kirkland; Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Diana Vaughn, Student Services Director; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; Jennifer Risinger, CAE Principal; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Ginger Morrison, AMS Principal; Shannon Pursley; Rusty Lay; Kayla George; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Jami Ivey, AHS Principal; Erin York; Chief Paul Redic; Bridget Scott; Bree Parnell; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Kelley Townsend; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Angelica Leon; Craig Peek; Toni Clay, Communications Coordinator; Nicole Cornish; Sandy Howard; Raquel Lozano; Stewart Newby; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant;and Blake Stiles, Superintendent. 

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Steve McElhany. 

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

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

Elementary principals Lisa Howell, Jennifer Risinger, and Claudia Stiles presented the benchmark testing data to the Board of Trustees. They explained their methods for improvement. 

Board President Robert Risko called for a short recess at 6:39 p.m. At 6:42 p.m., the Board of Trustees reconvened. 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Adopting TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) Resolution to Nominate Mr. Blake Stiles, Superintendent of AISD Schools, for the 2017 Superintendent of the Year

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Steve McElhany that trustees approve and adopt the resolution nominating Mr. Blake Stiles for 2017 Superintendent of the Year as presented.Motion carried 4:0. 

B. Consider Approval of DOI (District of Innovation) Plan

Motion was made by Mr. Bob Spears and seconded by Mr. Steve McElhany that trustees approve the DOI (District of Innovation) Plan to become effective for the 2017-2018 school year as presented. Motion carried 4:0. 

C. Consider 2017-2018 School Calendar

Motion was made by Mrs. Renda Garner and seconded by Mr. Steve McElhany that trustees approve the 2017-2018 school year calendar as it is reflected in the District of Innovation plan as presented. Motion carried 4:0. 

D. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1.Consider eRate Vendor Proposals

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees approve Suddenlink as the vendor to provide internet access and telecommunication fiber, Verizon as the vendor to provide cellular services, Jive as the vendor to provide telephones and service, and Virtual Communications as the vendor to provide Access Points for the district in the 2017-2018 school year as presented.Costs to the district shown for these proposals will be reduced after the 70%-85% federal eRate discount. Motion carried 4:0. 

E. Consider Revision to Policy CV (LOCAL): Facilities Construction

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mr. Bob Spears that trustees approve the increased amount of $25,000 for the amount of construction contracts that must be brought to the Board for approval as stated in policy CV (LOCAL) as presented. Motion carried 4:0. 

F. Consider TASB Policy Update 107, Affecting (LOCAL) Policies

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees approve the additions, revisions, or deletions of (LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service and according to the instruction sheet for TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 107 as presented. Motion carried 4:0. 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on January 23, 2017

B. Financial Statements for the Month of January 2017

C. Consider Appointment of Audit Firm

D. Adopt Resolution Authorizing Joint Election Agreement Between the City of Athens

and Athens ISD for May 6, 2017 Election

E. Adopt Agreement with Henderson County Elections Division to Conduct Athens ISD

Trustee Election on May 6, 2017

F. Budget Amendment

Motion was made by Mr. Steve McElhany and seconded by Mr. Bob Spears that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 4:0. 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

At 7:17 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 7:50 p.m. 

X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignation:

Lisa King 

XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting. 

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. 


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