Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - May 22, 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, May 22, 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, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Steve McElhany, Mr. Bob Spears, Mr. Eric Smith, Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud, Mr. Eugene Buford

Members absent: Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Also present were: Jeff Jones; Renee Campbell, Educational Services Director; Ginger Morrison, AMS Principal; Tony Sikes; Tony Brooks, Technology Coordinator; Jami Ivey, AHS Principal; Brooke Brock, Special Populations Director; Elaine Nelson, Brad Nelson & family; Kim & Austin Clopton; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Shannon Pursley; Diana Vaughn, Student Services Director; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Jennifer Risinger, CAE Principal; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Cathy Kirkland; Rusty Lay; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant;and Blake Stiles, Superintendent.

 

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

 

IV. Athletics / Extra-Curricular / Academic Recognition

Athletic Director Paul Essary introduced the Academic All State students and All State Team to the Board of Trustees. He then introduced the coaches of the seven teams that won championships this school year. Jeff Jones presented the Fishing Team who were state qualifiers and won the central division team. Mark Hall presented the girls soccer team who were state semi-finalists.

High School Band Director Rusty Lay introduced the Band U.I.L. state solo & ensemble students and the flute quartet played a short section of their competition piece. Mr. Lay informed the Board these students will be traveling to Austin for State competition this Saturday, May 27th.

 

V. Newly Elected Board of Trustees Take Oath of Office / Board Reorganization

Board President Robert Risko presented retiring Board member, Mr. Steve McElhany a plaque in appreciation for his eleven years of service to Athens ISD students. Mr. Risko told Mr. McElhany he had learned a lot from him over the past years he has served with him and appreciated his eye for detail.

Notary Public Gail Carnes, administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Member Mr. Eugene Buford, Place 1.Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Place 2, was not present.

Mr. Robert Risko, President, opened nominations for Board President. Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve Mr. Robert Risko as President. Motion carried 6:0. Mr. Risko asked for nominations for Vice President. Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve Mr. Eric Smith as Vice President. Motion carried 6:0. Mr. Risko asked for nominations for Secretary. Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve Mr. Bob Spears as Secretary. Motion carried 6:0.

 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

Superintendent Blake Stiles reported that the construction was on schedule and the Bel Air and South gyms, Central office area and new Library, and CTE building, should all be complete by July before the beginning of school. There is still a lot of work going on at the Fieldhouse and concession area at Bruce Field but they should also be complete this summer.

Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent, gave a report to the Board of Trustees of each department at the district support center level highlighting only a few of the many duties each have. Just a few of the accomplishments this year include procuring a PreK grant and a JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant, improvement of test scores, successful ESL program, induction of Hornet Hall of Fame, and implementation of Google classroom. Our administrative team continues good practices and continues to reveal positive things going on in our district.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Expenditures Over $25,000

1. IMAT Expenditures

Motion was made by Mr. Eric Smith and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the purchase of instructional materials for Career and Technology Education (CTE) and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) per Proclamation 2017 as presented.The purchase of a combination of print and online instructional materials will be funded by CTE and IMAT in the amount of $54,697.25 for CTE and $67,128.25 for LOTE. Motion carried 6:0.

B. Grading Policy Revision

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud that trustees approve the revisions to the 2017-2018 grading policy as presented.Motion carried 6:0.

C. Consider Student Athletic Insurance Renewal

Motion was made by Mrs. Jennie Mahmoud and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the proposal from Texas Student Resources for the 2017-2018 student athletic insurance renewal as the third of the three optional years as presented.Motion carried 6:0

D. Consider Reappraisal of Property Damaged in Disaster Area

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Eric Smith that trustees approve the reappraisal of all property within Athens ISD located within Van Zandt County damaged from the severe weather on April 29, 2017 as presented.Motion carried 6:0.

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on April 24, 2017 and Special Board Meeting Held on May 11, 2017

B. Financial Statements for the Month of April 2017

C. Approve Proposed Tax Rates for Publication

D. Set Date and Time for Budget Hearing

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

 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

At 6:51 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 8:09 p.m.

 

X. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Employment/Resignations of Contract Employees

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following employment professional contracts:

Sarah Smith

Amy Moffett

Kandyce Tull

Jeff Teague

Michelle Bullock

Steven Reiss

The following personnel were extended a term contract for the 2017-2018 school year.

Emily Martinez

Debbie Jenkins

Amy Rice

The following personnel were extended a second year part-time probationary contract for the 2017-2018 school year.

Amanda Gaar

The following personnel were extended a fifth year probationary contract for the 2017-2018 school year.

Mark Hall

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Stacey Gross

Erin York

Jeffery Ryan Reeves

Rolland Hall

Rusty Lay

Michelle Forsman

Kirby Ennis

Amanda House

Melissa Hallmark

Samantha Strickland

Vanessa Matschulat

 

 

 

XI. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

                                                

 

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