Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - April 30, 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, April 30, 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, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Bob Spears (arrived at 6:11), Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud (arrived at 6:45)

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Nicole Cornish; Nikki Mason; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Charlie Combs; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Jennifer Nicholson; Kendra Hensley; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Henry C. Tracy, III; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Jason Iglehart; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Peggy L. Dewberry; Cathy Kirkland; 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 UIL Academic Students (Elementary / Middle)
Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, provided the Board of Trustees with the results of the U.I.L. Academics competition for the elementary and middle school students. Elementary students completed with 2nd place overall. Middle school students completed with 3rd place overall. Many individual students received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. 

V. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports
Superintendent Blake Stiles asked Barry Choate, Director of Operations to give an update on the construction at the High School new gymnasium. Mr. Choate said it will be ready for graduation.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims reported that the Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year were surprised with the announcement today and were given a bouquet of Athens Hornets decorated cookies provided by First State Bank. Athens ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year is Dallas Robertson and the Elementary Teacher of the Year is Brenda Meyer.

Dr. Sims then introduced the new High School Principal, Mr. Clay Tracy, to the Board of Trustees. She asked him to say a few words and he said he was pleased to be coming to Athens ISD and hoped to stay awhile. 

B. Announcement of Board Member Training Hours
Historically, the Board President has announced Board member training hours annually at the last regular meeting of the Board held during a calendar year in December. In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1566 and changed Texas Education Code section 11.159 so now the training hours have to be announced at the meeting prior to an election. Since Athens ISD has Board elections in May, this report must be presented at the regular meeting in April. Board President Mr. Robert Risko read aloud and presented to Board members their annual accrual of board member continuing education training hours and the TASB continuing education requirements. All members have completed and/or exceeded the required hours of training. In addition, all Board members are registered to complete the new training hours required for Tier 4 on May 22. The completion of the required annual training is an obligation and expectation of any Board member under SBOE (State Board of Education) rule. 

VI. Action Items

A. Consider Out of State Student Travel
1. Speech and Debate National Tournament
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve out of state student travel for four students to attend the National Speech and Debate Association national tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida June 16th-23rd as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

B. Consider Renewal of Chartwells Dining Services
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the Amendment Number Three contract renewal for the 2018-2019 school year with Chartwells Dining Services as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

C. Consider Policy Review Session Recommendations and Instructions Regarding (LOCAL) Policies
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees approve and authorize TASB Policy Service to add, revise, or delete (LOCAL) policies according to the SUMMARY document resulting from the Policy Review Session conducted with the District on March 6th and 7th, 2018 with the following change. In the first paragraph of Policy DCE (LOCAL), add data analyst and athletic trainer to the Non-Chapter 21 Contracts list. Motion carried 6:0. 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on March 26, 2018
B. Financial Statements for the Month of March 2018
C. Quarterly Investment Report
D. Budget Amendment
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

VIII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Consideration of Professional Personnel Contracts for 2018-2019 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074
B. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees - Texas Gov't Code 551.074
At 6:18 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. 

 IX. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Consideration of Professional Personnel Contracts for 2018-2019 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074
Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the following professional personnel contracts. Motion carried 6:0.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A TERM CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Reagan Adair
Carla Adkins
Holly Allen
Robin Allen
Cindy Baker
Paula Bales
Amy Bellah
Elizabeth Boyd
Jamie Brant
Allen Carroll
Sandra Carter
Kara Catugal
Sara Chamblee
Jennifer Clarke
Ruth Cortez
Rebekah Craig
Jodye Dalrymple
Angie Davis
Heather Davis
Valerie DuBose
Robin Edlin
Bernitha Enoch
Santresa Epps
Sherrilyn Ewing
Jenna Faul
Lisa Ford
Natalie Foster
Maria Garcia
Keishia Garrett
Kayla George
Alejandro Guzman
Audrey Haley
Rebecca Hall

 

Kimberly Hanson
Carla Hawkins
Amy Hoffman
Briana Hope
Sandy Howard
Francene Kennedy
Virginia Keown
Rebekah Kile
Chera Lambright
Daniel Ledesma
Darla McNeeley
Sandy McPherson
Brenda Meyer
Virginia Miranda
Antonia Moreno
Juan Moreno
Fonda Morton
Barba Nelson
Wendy Ottaberry
Breeona Parnell
Lori Rainwater
Shelley Rasco
Erica Rodriguez
Karla Rodriguez
Adonica Smith
Julie Smith
Karey Smith
Brandi Spencer
Shelia Spencer
Allison Terrell
Jessica Tidmore
Zulema Torres
LaTeisha Whitehead

 

 

Brad Adair
Robert Becker
Kayla Benton
Michael Black
Ricky Brooks
Craig Brown
Shelia Brown
Jarret Buchholtz
Kaitlin Buchholtz
Meagan Buford
Joshua Burks
Aaron Carroll
Tammy Clemmons
Joy Cumby
James Darby
Sarah Davidson
Luz Dunaway
Amy Fonseca
Mark Hall
Tobie Herrington
Julie Hill
Cody Hines
Brenda Jackson
Sanetta Johnson
Tammy Jones

 

  

Cynthia Kling
Hayley McClenny
Audrey Marshall
Stephen Morman
Cynthia Pace
Andrea Patterson
Alesia Powell
Adam Ray
Stephen Rimler
Stacy Risko
Dallas Robertson
Bridget Scott
Cody Smith
Rose Steele
Kim Storey
Alicia Taylor
Cliff Thompson
Jolisa Turner
Kenna Turner
Ken Walker
Phyllis Walker
Edward Wilbanks
Ashley Williamson
Kelley Wiswell

 

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A SECOND YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Brent Achorn
Leala Anthony
Aaron Austin
Brittany Bostick
Bridgette Browne
Michelle Bullock
Joshua Burkham
Sandra Choate
Brandon Clemmons
Kelsey Heddin
Chelsi Huff
Javonte Johnson
Kaitlynn Kirkland
Gereta Kay Lunsford
Emily McIver
Amy Moffett
Nicholette Newby

Andy Nguyen
Debbie Palmer
Bonnie Pearson
Michelle Price
Alyssa Rains
Steven Reiss
Brendan Rich
Anthony Risner
Franklin Scott
Sarah Smith
Angela St. Valentine
Karol Taylor
Jeff Teague
Norma Thompson
Kandyce Tull
Melissa Weenink

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A THIRD YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Desmond Bowie
Devon Bowie
John Miles Brown
Caitlin Handorf
Ami Hickmon
Sarah Hurley

Caitlin Livingston
Grethel Martinez
Jonathan Moore
Adriana Ornelas
Kelly Stewart

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Cody McCleary
Nicolas Rosenberg
Caryn Wilbanks

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A TERM CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR.

Kelli Allen
Crystal Langley
Tami Mason
Amy Wood

Becky Rogers
Cheri Mahan
Deidre Pool

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A SECOND YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Maureen Bogowitz

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A TERM CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR.

Heather Cain
Jessica Clark
Lindsay Conner
Terri Easley
Ashley Guerrero
Veronica Melendez
Cherry Sumrall 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A SECOND YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Amanda Gaar
Bree Treadway
Rachel Tuckness

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A TERM CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR.

Jennifer Crane

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A NON-CHAPTER 21 CONTRACT FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR.

David Alexander
Jose Mendez

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

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the following professional personnel contracts. Motion carried 6:0. 

Sheri Leamon

Katie Turner

Staci Phillips

Debbie O’Rear

Timbra Yoakum

Taylor Hennig

Chythia White

Danielle Ellis

Rachele Robertson

Steven Gillispie

 

 

 

 

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Katlyn Roeming

Jermane Longino

Julie Patterson

Cara Leoni

Deana Fink

Jessica Hemann

Kassie Todd

Jssica Price

Jamie Poteete

 

 

 

 

X. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting. 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

 

                                               

 

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