Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - March 30, 2020

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    


A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, March 30, 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Administration Building Board Room, 104 Hawn Street, Athens, Texas.


I. Call to Order/Certify Notice/Establish Quorum

Mrs. Alicea Elliott, 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: Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Robert Risko, Mr. Freddie Paul

Members absent: None

Also present were: Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent and Blake Stiles, Superintendent.


II. Invocation was given by Mr. Eugene Buford.


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


IV. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.


V. Information Items

A. Technology Resources

Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent, reported to the board of trustees what the district is doing to secure Mifi devices for secondary students to use at home.


VI. Action Items

A. Consider Resolution Regarding Employee Compensation During Periods of School Closure and Granting the Superintendent Certain Authority Related to Employee Duty Days and Compensation

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the resolution regarding employee compensation during periods of school closure and granted the Superintendent certain authority related to employee duty days and compensation as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider Establishment of Threat Assessment Team

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the threat assessment and safe and supportive school team as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Order Postponing the May 2, 2020 Trustee Election and Containing Other

Provisions Relating Thereto

Motion was made by Mrs. Margaret Richardson and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the order postponing the May 2, 2020 trustee election to the November 3, 2020 uniform election date and other provisions relating thereto as presented. Motion carried 6:0. Mrs. Alicea Elliott abstained.


VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on February 24, 2020

B. Financial Statements for the Month of February 2020

C. Instructional Materials Allotment & TEKS Certification

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Chris House that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.


VIII. Executive Session Discussion

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

At 6:29 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 6:58 p.m.


IX. Executive Session Action – Open Session

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

At the February 24, 2020 regular board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved to delegate to Mr. Blake Stiles, Superintendent, and Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy Superintendent, final authority for selection of personnel beginning March 2, 2020. The following employment professional contracts have been approved: Holly Burns and Stoney Patton.

The following resignations have been approved: Samuel Clark Harrell, Kristie Dawson, Carson Sikes, Cynthia White, Jessica Siciliani and Levi Keith.

X. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:59 p.m.



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