Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

 

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - September 26, 2022

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, September 26, 2022, 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, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Freddie Paul

Members absent: Mr. Bryan Barker

Also present were: Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Tony Brooks, Technology Director; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Lisa Howell, BAE Principal; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations; Reagen Adair; Che Martin; Cathy Kirkland, Director of Special Programs; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Tony Sikes; Jason Iglehart; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Jennifer Livingston; Jennifer Taylor; Shannon Pursley; Briana Hope; Jennifer Nicholson; Barry Choate, Executive Director of Maintenance & Operations; Officer Adam Parkins; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant and Dr. Janie Sims, Superintendent

 

II. Invocation was given by Mr. Eugene Buford.

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

 

IV. AHS Varsity Choir Performance

AHS Varsity Choir performed a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and a shortened version of We Remember Them for the Board of Trustees.

 

V. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.

 

VI. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Report – STAAR Results, 1st Nine Weeks Report, Facilities

Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims presented campus performance banners to all campuses displaying their distinction designations awarded by Texas Education Agency. This is the first time all campuses received distinction designations and the first time the district received a distinction designation. Bel Air Elementary was awarded distinction designations by TEA for student performance in five areas: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Top 25%: Comparative Academic Growth, Postsecondary Readiness; Top 25%: Comparative Closing the Gaps and received an A score. Central Athens Elementary was awarded distinction designations by TEA for student performance in two areas: Academic Achievement in Science, and Postsecondary Readiness. South Athens Elementary was awarded distinction designations by TEA for student performance in two areas: Postsecondary Readiness and Top 25%: Comparative Closing the Gaps. Athens Middle School was awarded distinction designations by TEA in three areas: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Science and Postsecondary Readiness. Athens High School was also awarded distinction designations by TEA in four areas: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science and Academic Achievement in Social Studies. Athens Independent School District was awarded the Postsecondary Readiness distinction designation by TEA. Athens ISD received a score of B overall.

B. Bilingual/ESL Program Evaluation

The Bilingual/ESL Program evaluation will be presented at the October regular board meeting.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Maximum Class Size Exception Waiver

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve to apply for the maximum class size exception waiver for Kindergarten at South Athens Elementary and Central Athens Elementary as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

B. Consider Chapter 313 Agreement Extension Request to Texas Comptroller of Public

Accounts until December 31, 2022

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve to request a deadline extension date until December 31, 2022 to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for the Chapter 313 agreement as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

C. Consider Annual Review of Investment Policy and Strategies

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve to 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 6:0.

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on August 22, 2022

B. Financial Statements for the Month of August 2022

C. Consider SY 22-23 Grade 7 Reading Instruments Waiver

Motion was made by Mr. Freddie Paul and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

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

B. Discussing Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property-Texas Gov't Code 551.072

At 6:34 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. Executive Session Action – Open Session

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the professional personnel contract for: Kelsey Calhoun. Motion carried 6:0.

B. Discussing Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property-Texas Gov't Code 551.072

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the purchase of a lot on Owen Street giving the Superintendent authority to execute transaction as presented, pending acceptance by seller. Motion carried 6:0..

 

XI. Adjourn

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

 

                                               

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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