Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - June 25, 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, June 25, 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. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Bob Spears

Members absent: Mrs. Renda Garner

Also present were: Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Henry Tracy, AHS Principal; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant 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. Newly Elected Board of Trustee Takes Oath of Office

Notary Public Gail Carnes, administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Member Mr. Robert Risko, Place 3.

 

V. Public Hearing to Discuss the Proposed 2018-2019 Budget and Proposed Tax Rate

Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget for: Local Maintenance Fund (199), Debt Service Fund (599), and Child Nutrition Fund (240). The tax rate will be presented in August.

No one signed up to speak.

 

VI. 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. Mr. Choate said all construction should be complete at the high school in four weeks including the renovation project at South Athens Elementary.

 

B. SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) Update

Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources presented the annual report for the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The report included meeting dates and committee members, a list of the council’s activities during the school year, and their increased focus for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider 2018-2019 Compensation Plan

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the 2018-2019 compensation plan that includes the (1) hiring schedule for teachers, librarians, counselors, diagnosticians, nurses, speech therapists; and (2) pay increase of 3% of midpoint for auxiliary, manual trades, and professional employees as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

B. Consider 2018-2019 Stipends

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the stipends for athletics and elementary and secondary teachers as presented. Motion carried 6:0

 

C. Consider Final Budget Amendment(s) for 2017-2018

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the proposed budget amendments for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and the related funds transfer from Maintenance & Operations Fund to Capital Projects Fund in the amount of $430,000 as presented. Funds are intended to possibly be used for purchase of additional school buses and facilities matters. Motion carried 6:0.

 

D. Adopt Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 for three specific funds: Local Maintenance Fund (199), Debt Service Fund (599), and Child Nutrition Fund (240) as presented. Motion carried 6:0

 

E. Consider Expenditures Greater Than $25,000

1. Region X and Region VII ESC 2018-2019 Contracts

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve service agreements with ESC Region X and ESC Region VII for 2018-2019 in the total amount of $95,476. as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

2. Elementary School Supplies for 2018-2019 School Year

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the purchase of elementary school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year from Ables Land, inc. in the total amount of $50,506.73 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

F. Consider Revised Use of Facilities Charges

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the revised use of facilities charges as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

G. Consider Approval of Resolution to Consider Alternative Graduation Requirements for

Specified Group of Students

Motion was made by Mr. Bob Spears and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the resolution allowing students who entered grade 9 before the 2011-2012 school year to be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma under the provisions set forth in the EIF resolution as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

H. Consider Appointment of Henderson County Extension Agents as Adjunct Faculty

Members of Athens ISD for the 2018-2019 School Year

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the appointment of the three Henderson County Extension agents as adjunct faculty members of Athens ISD for the 2018-2019 school year as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

I. Consider Student Athletic Insurance Renewal

Motion was made by Mr. Bob Spears and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the

proposal from Texas Kids First, Lone Star Plan for the 2018-2019 in the amount of $31,593. for the basic mid-range and catastrophic with cash benefit coverage as presented. Motion carried 6:0

 

J. Consider Rescinding All Previously Adopted Policies and Adoption of New (LOCAL)

Policies as Prepared by TASB Policy Service (see attached list)

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees rescind all previously adopted local policies and adopt the new reconstructed local policies as prepared by TASB Policy Service, effective this date, as presented. Motion carried 6:0

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on May 21, 2018, Special Meeting Held on

June 4, 2018 and Special Meeting Held on June 19, 2018

B. Financial Statements for the Month of May 2018

C. Consider Tax Collections Contract

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.

 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

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

At 7:03 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 7:38 p.m.

 

X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

 

Chief Financial Officer Randy Jones informed Board President Robert Risko that under Action Item A – Consider 2018-2019 Compensation Plan, that he had given them a wrong page of information that was approved. Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the revised page in the compensation plan as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

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

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following employment professional contracts:

 

Guillermina Morales

Mary Kuehner

Rachel Perry

Robin McCardell

David Reed

Adam Rawls

Tara Liljequist

Maddisson Hardin

Dana Wade

Stephanie Bassinder

Cynthia Quintero

Jessica Siciliani

Colleen Bradshaw

Vaness House

Seruwaia Groom

Mindy Boyle

Amy Kelley

Samuel Hyland

 

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following personnel be extended a term contract for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Amelia Hernandez

 

 

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

 

Francene Kennedy

Ruth Cortez

Hayley McClenny

Jose Mendez

Paula Bales

Cynthia Quintero

Javonte Johnson

Meagan Buford

Kim Storey

Chasity Robertson

Natalie Foster

Julie Smith

Thelma Griffin

 

Nichollette Newby

XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 


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