Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - June 26, 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, June 26, 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 6:03 p.m.

Members present: Mr. Robert Risko, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Members absent: Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Eric Smith, Mr. Bob Spears

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Jami Ivey, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Director; Diana Vaughn, Student Services Director;Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Renee Campbell, Educational Services Director; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant;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. Newly Elected Board of Trustee Takes Oath of Office

Notary Public Gail Carnes, administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Member Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Place 2.

 

V. Public Hearing to Discuss the Proposed 2017-2018 Budget and Proposed Tax Rate

Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the 2017-2018 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

Jami Ivey, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Director, reported that our High School student, Taylor Carson, placed 5th in the nation at the SkillsUSA Masonry competition. Also, the Speech and Debate team were in the top 200 in the nation. Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, reported that Athens I.S.D. will provide school supplies for the students in Kindergarten through 5th grade with Title funds. Dr. Diana Vaughn informed the Board of Trustees that a clothes washer and dryer will be installed at the three elementary campuses through the support of the Murchison Foundation. Superintendent Blake Stiles reported that all construction projects are on schedule.

B. SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) Update

Diana Vaughn, Director of Student Services presented the annual report for the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The report outlined the legal framework, definition, goals, standards, and state legislated requirements of SHAC. Information included who is involved in coordinated school health and its impact on student health and learning, a list of the council’s activities during the school year, and their recommendations for the 2017-2018 school year.

VII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Personnel Matters

B. Property / Real Estate Matters

At 6:27 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 8:03 p.m.

 

VIII. Open Session - Executive Session Action

No action taken.

 

IX. Action Items

A. Consider 2017-2018 Compensation Plan

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the 2017-2018 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 4:0.

B. Consider 2017-2018 Stipends

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the stipends for athletics and elementary and secondary teachers as presented. Motion carried 4:0

C. Consider Final Budget Amendment(s) for 2016-2017

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the proposed budget amendment and transfer to Capital Projects in the amount of $500,000 as presented. Funds are intended to be used for purchase of additional school buses and facilities matters. Motion carried 4:0.

D. Adopt Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Motion was made by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for three specific funds: Local Maintenance Fund (199), Debt Service Fund (599), and Child Nutrition Fund (240) as presented. Motion carried 4:0

E. Consider 2017-2018 Adult Meal Prices

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the paid adult/guest lunch increase for the 2017-2018 school year as regulated by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The increase for adult/guest breakfast price will be from $2.00 to $2.25 and adult/guest lunch price from $3.25 to $3.75. Motion carried 4:0.

F. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1. Region X and Region VII ESC 2017-2018 Contracts

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve service agreements with ESC Region X and ESC Region VII for 2017-2018 in the total amount of $108,939. as presented.Motion carried 4:0.

G. Consider TASB Policy Update 108, Affecting (LOCAL) Policies

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the additions, revisions, or deletions of (LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service and according to the instruction sheet for TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 108 as presented. Motion carried 4:0.

 

 

X. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on May 22, 2017, Special Board Meeting

Held on May 31, 2017, and Special Board Meeting Held on June 12, 2017

B. Financial Statements for the Month of May 2017

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 4:0.

 

XI. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

The Board did not adjourn to executive session at this time.

 

XII. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following employment professional contracts:

Leala Anthony

Joanna Johnson

Jon’Kayla Crawford

Brittany Bostick

Sandra Choate

Deana Fink

Bonnie Pearson

Crystal Rippy

Alyssa Rains

Anthony Risner

Nichollette Newby

Melissa Weenink

Kassie Todd

Tonya Johnson

Gereta Kay Lunsford

Andy Nguyen

Jessie Little

Scott Delozier

 

 

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Leah Rayburn

Jeannie Hoffman

Bronte Hirsch

James Bradford

Emily Martinez

Naomi Slaton

Mart Graham

Scott Delozier

Brenda Hennesey

Norma Thompson

Debbie Jenkins

 

 

 

 

XIII. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

XIV. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

                                                

 

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