Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

 

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - November 29, 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, November 29, 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. Gina Hunter, Mr. Bryan Barker, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Freddie Paul, Mrs. Alicea Elliott (arrived at 6:20)

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Director; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Barry Choate, Executive Director of Maintenance & Operations; Cathy Kirkland, Director of Federal Programs; Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations; Howard and Sharon Calloway; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Jennifer Risinger, AMS Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Nicole Cornish, AHS Principal; Zac Harrell, Athletic Director; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant and Dr. Janie Sims, Superintendent.

 

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Freddie Paul.

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

 

IV. Audience Participation

Sharon Calloway signed up to speak about her concerns for the cheerleaders, football players and teachers and their actions and the consequences of these actions.

 

V. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Report – Snapshot Information

Dr. Janie Sims, Superintendent, provided the Board of Trustees with information about the Snapshot day for Athens ISD. This information included enrollment and attendance numbers. Dr. Sims also informed the Board that the Chapter 313 application is still moving forward and the process should be completed by next Spring.

B. Special Populations Update

Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations, presented an update of the Special Populations department with the number of students being served, staff information and reports that are required.

C. STAAR Assessment – Kindergarten and 7th Grade

Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability, presented the required kindergarten readiness test results along with testing results for any 7th grade student that failed 6th grade Reading STAAR.

 

VI. Action Items

A. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. Purchase of Classroom Projects

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Bryan Barker that trustees approve the purchase of 400 classroom laser projectors from Insight Public Sector, Inc. in the amount of $451,476.00 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

2. Purchase of Apple iPads

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the purchase of 300 Apple iPads from Apple Inc., a sole source company, in the amount of $113,385.00 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider Adoption of TASB Policy Update 118, Affecting (LOCAL) Policies

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter 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 118 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Annual Review of Investment Policy and Strategies

Motion was made by Mrs. Gina Hunter and seconded by Mr. Bryan Barker that trustees adopt the resolution as documentation of the annual review of investment policy and strategies with no changes to the policy or strategies as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

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

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees award all 51 Athens ISD taxing unit calculated votes to Mr. Larry Shackleford for the appointment of the Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors 2022-2023 term and approve the resolution accordingly as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on October 25, 2021, Special Meeting Held on

November 2, 2021 and Special Meeting Held on November 18, 2021

B. Financial Statements for the Month of October 2021

Motion was made by Mr. Freddie Paul and seconded by Mr. Bryan Barker 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

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 8:13 p.m.

 

IX. Executive Session Action – Open Session

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

Motion was made by Mr. Bryan Barker and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the professional personnel contract for: David Stentz. Motion carried 7:0.

The following resignations have been approved: Daniel Ledesma, Karla Getz, Brett Currin.

 

X. Adjourn

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

 

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