Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - November 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, November 27, 2017, 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. Renda Garner, Mr. Bob Spears, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud (arrived at 6:14)

Members absent: Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Kate Pittack; Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal; Cathy Kirkland; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Jennifer Nicholson; Jodye Dalraymple; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Jason Iglehart; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Jennifer Risinger, AMS Principal; Nicole Cornish; Officer Passons; Stacey Woodard; 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. Recognize November Teachers / Employees of the Month

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, introduced the November Teachers/Employees of the Month: Francene Kennedy-BAE, Brenda Meyer-CAE, Jodye Dalrymple-SAE, Devon Bowie-AMS, Dallas Robertson-AHS, Cody Smith-ECHS, Bill Carpenter-Operations. 

V. Public Hearing to Discuss the Athens ISD FIRST Financial Status

Mr. Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer conducted a public hearing to discuss the Athens ISD Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).Athens ISD has achieved a score of 98 points of the 100 points available and has received the status of “Passed” with the rating of “A=Superior”. No one signed up to speak. 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

1. Secondary Campus Updates

Secondary Principals, Jennifer Risinger and Ginger Morrison, reported to the Board of Trustees activities and successes that have occurred on their campuses.

2. Elementary Campus Updates and Campus Strategic Plans

Elementary Principals, Lisa Howell, Claudia Stiles, and Shannon Pursley, presented their campus strategic plans to the Board of Trustees.

3. District Strategic Plan

Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, presented the annually reviewed and updated District Strategic Plan (formerly District Improvement Plan). Dr. Sims stated that all campus strategic plans are aligned with Athens ISD Strategic Plan.

4. Construction Update

Mr. Blake Stiles, Superintendent, relayed that construction is still going on schedule and they are still on target to be in the new high school cafeteria after the Christmas Break. 

VII. Action Items

A. Annual Review of Investment Policy and Strategies

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees adopt the resolution as documentation of the annual review of investment policy or strategies with no changes as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

B. Consider Candidate for Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees cast all 766 votes for Jack Bailey for Place 2 on the Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

C. Consider Candidate for Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees cast all 42 votes for Larry Shackleford for Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

D. Rescind Action of Changing Information/Discussion Item to an Action Item and all Action Pertaining to Approval of Resolution

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees rescind the action of changing an information/discussion item to an action item and all action pertaining to approval of resolution addressing the Freeport Tax Exemption at the October 23, 2017 regular board meeting as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

E. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1. Annex Gym Roof Replacement

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the expenditure for the annex gym roof replacement and accept the proposal from Tyler Roofing Company in the amount of $62,862.00 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

F. Consider Approval of a Resolution Regarding Extracurricular Status of Henderson County 4-H Organization for the 2017-2018 School Year for Student Attendance Accounting for State Funding Purposes

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the resolution regarding extracurricular status of Henderson County 4-H organization for the 2017-2018 school year for student attendance accounting as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

G. Consider Appointment of Henderson County Extension Agents as Adjunct Faculty Members of Athens ISD for the 2017-2018 School Year

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the appointment of the three Henderson County Extension agents as adjunct faculty members of Athens ISD for the 2017-2018 school year as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

VIII. Consent Agenda

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

B. Financial Statements for the Month of October 2017

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

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

At 6:45 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 7:37 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 resignations:

Kyle Januszewski

Deborah Fleming

Karlee Chandler

Barbara Railsback 

XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m. 

                                                

 

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