Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - May 24, 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, May 24, 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, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mr. Bryan Barker, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Freddie Paul

Members absent: None

Also present were: Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Barry Choate, Executive Director of Maintenance & Operations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Zac Harrell, Athletic Director; Braden Herring, Assistant Technology Director; Sergeant Bill Carlow; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant.

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Freddie Paul.

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

 

IV. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.

 

V. Recognition of Athletic Students / Programs

Athletic Director Zac Harrell commended his athletes on their accomplishments this year. Girls and boys basketball were 2nd in District. Five individual athletes qualified for state in cross country, boys track and fishing.

 

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

Notary Public Gail Carnes administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Members Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Place 3 and Mrs. Gina Hunter, Place 4.

Mr. Eugene Buford, Board President conducted the Board reorganization and opened nominations for Board President. Mr. Chris House nominated Mr. Eugene Buford for Board President. Mr. Buford was approved as Board President with a 7:0 vote. Mr. Bryan Barker nominated Mrs. Gina Hunter for Board Vice President. Mrs. Hunter was approved as Board Vice President with a 7:0 vote. Mrs. Margaret Richardson nominated Mr. Chris House for Board Secretary. Mr. House was approved as Board Secretary with a 7:0 vote.

 

VII. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Report - COVID-19 Related Issues, Legislative Update

Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations, informed the Board of Trustees that Athens ISD has no active cases of COVID-19.

B. Information to be Shared Regarding Forest Grove Solar, a Possible Chapter 313 Value

Limitation Agreement

Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer, introduced Michael Camden, Director of Site Selection and Business Incentives with Ryan, LLC by Zoom. Mr. Camden had a presentation showcasing Vistra Energy which is the largest energy provider in the state of Texas, and a solar project they are looking to develop in the Forest Grove area. This will affect Henderson County and Athens Independent School District.

 

VIII. Action Items

A. Consider 2021-2022 Compensation Plan Including Stipends

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the 2021-2022 compensation plan that includes the hiring schedule for teachers, librarians, counselors, diagnosticians, nurses, speech therapists; pay increase of $1.00 an hour for manual trades employees; pay increase of 3% of midpoint for other positions; the stipend list for 2021-2022; and HB3 and/or similar (COVID-19, remote instruction, ESSER, etc.) stipend during the year if possible and appropriate as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. Consider Multi Year Purchase of Saxon Phonics for Grades K-3

Motion was made by Mrs. Gina Hunter and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the multiyear purchase of Saxon Phonics for grades K-3 in the amount of $60,450.32 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

2. Consider Renovation of Operations Center Warehouses to Replace Exterior Metal

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the proposal from S & S Roofing to replace the metal on the walls and the roofs of the warehouses at the Operations Center in the amount of $350,130.38 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

3. Consider Renovation of Tennis Courts at Athens High School

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the proposal from Paragon Sports Constructors to renovate the four tennis courts at Athens High School in the amount of $261,341.00 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

4. Consider Replacement of Lighting at Bruce Field

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the proposal from Qualite to replace the lighting at Bruce Field to include the NCAA Standard 75 foot-candles lighting and the multifunction light show capability in the amount of $276,575.00 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

5. Consider Purchase of Air Quality Ionizers

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mr. Bryan Barker that trustees approve the proposal from Sierra Packaging to purchase 405 air quality ionizers for classrooms and other areas in the amount of $437,275.00 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

6. Consider Region X and Region VII Education Service Center Contracts

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the Region X and Region VII education service center contracts for the 2021-2022 school year in the amount of $121,899.00 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Renewal of SFE (Southwest Foodservice Excellence) Services

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.

D. Consider Approval of Fuel Donation to the City of Athens

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the donation of fuel to the City of Athens which served a public purpose during a significant emergency during the snow event in February 2021 as presented. Total monetary amount of donation is $649.00. Motion carried 7:0.

E. Consider Resolution Regarding ESSER III and Policy CB(LOCAL) State and Federal

Revenue Sources

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mr. Bryan Barker that trustees approve the resolution regarding ESSER III and policy CB(LOCAL) that pertains to state and federal revenue sources as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

IX. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on April 26, 2021 and Special Meeting Held on May

11, 2021

B. Financial Statements for the Month of April 2021

C. Approve Proposed Tax Rates for Publication

D. Set Date and Time for Budget Hearing

E. Budget Amendment and Transfer

Motion was made by Mr. Freddie Paul and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

X. Executive Session Discussion

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

At 7:16 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 7:57 p.m.

 

XI. 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:

Evreda Cepeda

Adrion Smith

Christi Smith

Breonna Jackson

 

Rosa Garcia

Monica Mikel

Leslie Hooe

Brett Currin

The following resignations have been approved:

Shelley Rasco

Leslie Hooe

Bradley Lewis

 

Raylee Stearman

Cheryl Lambright

Kayla George

 

XII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

 

                                               

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