Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - August 27, 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, August 27, 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. Gina Hunter, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Freddie Paul, Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Members absent: None

Also present were: Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Nicole Cornish; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Nikki Mason; Bob Spears; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Jennifer Nicholson; Tony Sikes; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Cathy Kirkland; Jake Shirley; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Henry Tracy, AHS Principal; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Debra Wilson; Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy 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.

Board President Mr. Robert Risko presented Mr. Bob Spears a plaque along with his and the board’s appreciation for his seventeen years of service to Athens ISD. Several remarked they would miss his wit, calmness, and wisdom.


IV. Elect Secretary of the Board

Nominations were opened for election of Board Secretary after Mr. Bob Spears’ resignation. Mrs. Alicea Elliott nominated Renda Garner and was seconded by Mr. Robert Risko. All were in favor. Motion carried 7:0.


V. 2018 Tax Rate Hearing

Mr. Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer, conducted the 2018 Tax Rate hearing. This is designated as a public hearing to discuss adoption of the 2018 tax rates. No one signed up to speak.


VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

All campus principals reported on the Start of School and said that it had been quiet and smooth. They informed the Board of new programs they were planning to implement and the programs they would be continuing. Superintendent Mr. Blake Stiles commended the campus administration on the smooth start of school. He also informed them of enrollment as of today.

Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent, introduced AISD/APD Sergeant Dykes, who in turn introduced DPS Sergeant Hamati. Sergeant Hamati explained that he and other DPS officers would be periodically visiting campuses in a response to the Governor’s directive for increased presence of law enforcement at schools in hopes of helping to make schools safer.

B. ECHS (Early College High School) Update

Ms. Nicole Cornish, Dean of ECHS, gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Board on ECHS that included data from the 2017-18 school year. This data included enrollment, completion rate, TSI tests, demographics, and number of graduates.

C. Discussion of Naming Facilities

The Board of Trustees were provided a copy of CW(LOCAL) policy relating to the naming of school facilities. There has been an interest in naming the new varsity gym at the high school. Board President Mr. Robert Risko and members requested Superintendent Mr. Blake Stiles appoint a committee to start the process.


VII. Action Items

A. Consider Delegating Contractual Authority to Superintendent Regarding Chapter 41

TEA Matters

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve to delegate the contractual authority to the Superintendent regarding Chapter 41 matters consistent with the language required by TEA as presented. For the 2018-2019 school year, we delegated contractual authority to obligate the school district under Texas Education Code (TEC) §11.1511(c)(4) to the superintendent, solely for the purpose of obligating the district under TEC, Chapter 41, Subchapters A and D, and the rules adopted by the commissioner of education as authorized under TEC, 41.006. This included approval of the Agreement for the Purchase of Attendance Credits or the Agreement for the Purchase of Attendance Credits (Netting Chapter 42 Funding). Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider and Act Upon an Order Authorizing Defeasance and Redemption of the Athens

Independent School District Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2009 and Maintenance Tax

Refunding Bonds, Series 2009 and Approving an Escrow Agreement for said


Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the order for the defeasance and redemption transaction with all related agreements and presented. Motion carried 7:0

C. Consider Adoption of 2018 Tax Rate

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees adopt an ordinance levying a tax rate for the 2018 tax year in the amount of $1.43647 per $100 valuation ($1.03738 for maintenance and operation; $0.39909 for debt service). The Local Maintenance rate and the Interest & Sinking rate is unchanged from 2017. Motion carried 7:0.


VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on July 30, 2018 and Special Meeting Held on

August 3, 2018

B. Financial Statements for the Month of July 2018

C. Approve Tax Appraisal Roll

D. Budget Amendment

E. Consider Renewal of TASB Unemployment Compensation Program

F. Consider Approval of Appraiser List

G. Consider Approval of Appraisal Calendar

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.


IX. Executive Session Discussion

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

At 7:23 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 8:43 p.m.


X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

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

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following employment professional contracts:

James Rosenbaum

Stephanie Risser

Matthew Spears

Denise Swartwood


Beth Langley

Jessica Blakeney

Jeffrey Clark


Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Dawn Bratton

Jennifer Crane

Stephanie Risser

Bridgette Browne




XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.





XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.



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