Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - July 26, 2021

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, July 26, 2021, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Administration Building Board Room, 104 Hawn Street, Athens, Texas.

 

I. Call to Order/Certify Notice/Establish Quorum

Mr. Eugene Buford, 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. Eugene Buford, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mr. Bryan Barker, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Freddie Paul (arrived at 6:16 p.m.)

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Director; Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Briana Hope; Shelley Stukas; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Jason Iglehart; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Barry Choate, Executive Director of Maintenance & Operations; Beatrice Blaylock; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant and Dr. Janie Sims, Superintendent.

 

II. Invocation was given by Mrs. Gina Hunter.

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

 

IV. Audience Participation

Shelley Stukas signed up to speak about a memorial dedication for her father, Harold Cook, who was a long time coach and teacher for Athens ISD.

 

V. Information/Discussion Items

 

A. Administrative Report–Beginning of 2021-2022 School Year Information, Student Discipline

Dr. Janie Sims, Superintendent, introduced the three new assistant principals to the Board of Trustees, gave them an update on the DOI process and the progress of various projects, and a summary of the COVID-19 guidelines.

B. ECHS (Early College High School) Update

Jason Iglehart, AHS Associate Principal and Dean of ECHS, gave an update on ECHS for the 2020-2021 school year with total enrollment and number of graduates. This is the first year AISD ECHS has earned a distinction in attainment.

C. SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) Annual Report

In the absence of Cathy Kirkland, Director of Federal Programs, Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations, presented the required annual report on the School Health Advisory Council. She shared the meeting dates, members, continued focus, and increased focus for the council.

VI. Action Items

A. Consider Renewal of the District's Cooperative Risk Pool Management Participation

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the renewal of Athens ISD’s participation in the Texas Rural Education Association Risk Management Cooperative for the period of September 2, 2021 through August 31, 2022 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider 2021-2022 Adult/Guest Meal Prices

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve to table this item until more information is available. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Resolution Regarding Employee Extended Sick Leave During an Epidemic

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the resolution regarding extended paid leave for all employees who are sick, in isolation, or ordered to quarantine as a result of an epidemic as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

D. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. Purchase of Instructional and Intervention Programs

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the expenditure to purchase the intervention and instructional software from Edmentum in the amount of $127,674.40 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

2. Special Education Bus Purchase

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the purchase of a new special education bus from Rush Bus Centers in the amount of $101,244.07 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on June 28, 2021

B. Financial Statements for the Month of June 2021

C. Quarterly and Annual Investment Reports

D. Set Tax Rate Hearing for August 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

E. Adopt Student Code of Conduct

F. Consider Approval of Appraiser List

G. Consider Approval of Appraisal Calendar

H. Approve Purchasing Method for Fuel

I. Consider Approval of Hazardous Two-Mile Transportation Policy

Motion was made by Mr. Bryan Barker and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter 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

B. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation – 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 8:34 p.m.

 

IX. Executive Session Action – Open Session

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

As stated in Policy DC (LOCAL) under Employment of Contractual Personnel:

The Board retains final authority for employment of contractual personnel; however, from April 1 to August 31, the Board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to employ contractual personnel. The Superintendent shall inform the Board of any persons hired under this authority.

The following professional personnel contracts have been approved:

 

Beatrice Blaylock

Zachary Williams

Michele Lee

Heather Etheridge

Laura Lunsford

Robert Allison

Syche Martin

Ragan Wangler

William Ramsey

Becky Emerson

Deborah Baker

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A

SECOND YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.

Carson Paroline

Gene Swartzenberg

Megan Walker

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BE EXTENDED A CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.

Jaime Cruz

The following resignations have been approved:

Kendra Hensley

Tim Hensley

Terri Hart

Jeff Teague

Terri Easley

 

B. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation – Texas Gov’t Code 551.074

No action taken.

 

X. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                                               

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