Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - November 21, 2019

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Thursday, November 21, 2019, 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

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

Members absent: None

Also present were: Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Clay Tracy, AHS Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Kendra Hensley; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Tim Hensley; Angie Davis; Jennifer Nicholson; Cheri Mahan; Jennifer Lehr; Tony Brooks, Director of Technology; Tony Sikes; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Amy Wood; Becky Rogers; Shannon Pursley; Jennifer Livingston; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Zac Harrell, Athletic Director; Jason Iglehart; Nicole Cornish; Robert Becker; Dr. Janie Sims, Deputy 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.

 

V. Information Items

A. Administrative Reports

1. Backpack Program Update

2. Testing Data

3. Review Superintendent Spending Authority

4. Information on Playoff Games

1. Superintendent Blake Stiles asked Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources to introduce the elementary counselors to the Board. The elementary counselors, Amy Wood, Becky Rogers, and Cherry Mahan talked about the Backpack Program and how they and the teachers identify students to be involved the program.

2. The campus principals reported to the Board of Trustees testing data by grade and subject matter. For the most part, there was improvement in almost all areas and all grades. They explained their areas of concern and their methods for improvement for each campus.

3. Alicea Elliott, Board President, had the Board review Local Board Policy CH which specifies the purchasing authority limit of the Superintendent.

4. Superintendent Blake Stiles provided the Board of Trustees with information on the Hornets playoff game and the playoff games hosted at Bruce Field.

 

IV. Audience Participation

Jon Garrett, Athens Screen Printing, shared his concerns about the Daktronics scoreboard. Mr. Garrett stated there has been issues with the video label the entire football season.

V. B. Daktronics Update

Randy Jones, CFO introduced Mike Vogelaar with Daktronics to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Vogelarr presented a PowerPoint presentation to the Board outlining the current project which originated in 2012 and expires in 2022. He also showed them three proposed videoboards and options to move forward with.

 

VI. Action Items

A. Consider Adoption of TASB Policy Update 114, Affecting (LOCAL) Policies

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford 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 114 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Annual Review of Investment Policy and Strategies

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees adopt the resolution as documentation of the annual review of investment policy or strategies with no changes as presented. Motion carried 7:0

C. Consider Candidate for Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees cast all 45 votes for Larry Shackleford for Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on October 28, 2019

B. Financial Statements for the Month of October 2019

C. Consider Approval of CAE Targeted Improvement Plan

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VIII. Executive Session Discussion

A. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 (Personnel), the Board Will

Convene in Executive Session to Consider the Following: Termination of Term

Contract Teacher, Leala Aycock, Currently on Administrative Leave With the District

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

C. Discussion of Real Property - Texas Gov't Code 551.072

At 7:56 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 8:54 p.m.

 

IX. Executive Session Action

A. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 (Personnel), the Board Will

Convene in Executive Session to Consider the Following: Termination of Term

Contract Teacher, Leala Aycock, Currently on Administrative Leave With the District

Motion was made by Mrs. Gina Hunter and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve to terminate term contract teacher, Leala Aycock. Motion carried 7:0.

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

The following resignations have been approved: Jennifer Davis, Bree Treadway and Kaitlynn Kirkland.

C. Discussion of Real Property - Texas Gov't Code 551.072

No action was taken.

 

X. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.

 

                                               


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