Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - May 21, 2018

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 21, 2018, 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. Eric Smith, Vice 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. Eric Smith, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mrs. Renda Garner, Mr. Bob Spears

Members absent: Mr. Robert Risko

Also present were: Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Sheri Sides; Jami Ivey, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Dot Mason; Luis Valdez; James Darby; Craig Brown; Gina Stevens; Tyler Greene; Cara Byford; Reiley Spears; Jeff Jones; Gussie Sims; Brandi Hill; Domica Hurd; Jayne Davis; Vernell Hunter; Barbara Barlow; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Nikki Mason; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Jennifer Nicholson; Gloria Hunter; Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal; Paul Essary, Athletic Director; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Pat Basher; Mahalia Warren; Christia Sparks; Lurna Cumby; Sam Cumby; Demi Cumby; Mary Henderson; Shannon Pursley, CAE Principal; Barbara Hudlin; Bryan Barker; Freddie Paul; Jake Shirley; Dr. Janie Sims, Assistant Superintendent; Claudia Stiles, SAE Principal; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant; and Blake Stiles, Superintendent. 

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Bob Spears. 

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

IV. Recognition of High School UIL Students

Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal, recognized the High School UIL students for their accomplishments. She recognized Jacob Moore, who was present, as placing 3rd in the state in general math. There were four UIL teams that placed 1st at district, three teams placed 2nd, and sixteen students qualified to regionals. Athens High School placed 2nd overall at district which is the highest AHS has placed in eight years. 

V. Recognition of Athletic Students

Athletic Director Paul Essary introduced the Academic All State students to the Board of Trustees. He then introduced the coaches that were present who in turn presented their students and teams to the Board. Fifteen out of nineteen varsity sports qualified for state playoffs. Eight Hornet athletes signed to play at the collegiate level. Coach Essary presented a copy of pages from Athletic Business magazine that featured the High School weight room. Athens Hornet Fieldhouse has also been featured in another magazine this year. 

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 Member Mrs. Gina Hunter, Place 4. Mr. Robert Risko, Place 3, was not present.

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

 

VII. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Reports

Superintendent Blake Stiles asked Barry Choate, Director of Operations to give an update on the construction at the High School new gymnasium. Mr. Choate said it will be ready for graduation.

Mr. Stiles asked Ginger Morrison, AHS Principal, to tell the Board about graduation procedures. Mrs. Morrison said if the new gym was filled to capacity, overflow would be in the cafeteria and the cafeteria was complete with new tables. 

VIII. Action Items

A. Consider Approval of Strategic Plan 2.0 for District

Sheri Sides showed a PowerPoint presentation to the Board of Trustees covering the steps that had been completed to bring the district to the second phase of their strategic plan. She also presented a hard copy of the plan on a page. Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Renda Garner that trustees approve strategic plan 2.0 for the district as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

IX. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting Held on April 30, 2018 and Special Meeting Held

on May 14, 2018

B. Financial Statements for the Month of April 2018

C. Approve Proposed Tax Rates for Publication

D. Set Date and Time for Budget Hearing

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 6:0. 

X. Executive Session Discussion 

A. Consideration of Administrator Contracts for 2018-2019 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

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

At 6:40 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 7:22 p.m. 

XI. Open Session - Executive Session Action

A. Consideration of Administrator Contracts for 2018-2019 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

Motion was made by Mr. Bob Spears and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the following administrator term contracts. Motion carried 6:0.

Amanda DeShazo

Nikki Mason

Jennifer Nicholson

Jacob Shirley

Kendra Hensley

Tony Sikes

Jason Iglehart

Tim Hensley

Nicole Cornish

 

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

 

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

Motion was made by Mr. Bob Spears and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve the following professional personnel contracts. Motion carried 6:0.

Henry Clay Tracy

Jacy Coston

Jennifer Livingston

Casey Enox

Rachel Breaux

Jacob Hayes

Saif Castaneda

Lisa Rosenberg

 

Motion was made by Mr. Bob Spears and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that trustees approve that the following personnel be extended a term contract for the 2018-2019 school year. Motion carried 6:0.

Karina Salazar

Doenye Essary

Moises Sanchez

Chasity Robertson

Dawn Bratton

 

Cheryl Lambright

 

Superintendent Blake Stiles announced the following resignations:

Valerie Dubose

Emily McIver

Amy Moffett

Tammy Jones

Jonathan Moore

Rebekah Kile

Franklin Scott

Jeff Jones

Kelsey Heddin

Elaine Nelson

 

 

XII. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak prior to the meeting.

 

XIII. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

 

                                               

 

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