Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

 

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - December 19, 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, December 19, 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, Mr. Bryan Barker, Mrs. Alicea Elliott, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Freddie Paul, Mrs. Gina Hunter

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Technology Director; Cathy Kirkland, Director of Special Programs; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Ginger Morrison, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations; Nicole Cornish; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Barry Choate, Executive Director of Maintenance & Operations; Zac Harrell, Athletic Director; Officer Jacob Sumrall; Gail Carnes, Executive Assistant and Dr. Janie Sims, Superintendent

 

II. Invocation was given by Mrs. Gina Hunter.

 

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

 

IV. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.

 

V. Information/Discussion Items

A. Administrative Report –Facilities Update, Chapter 313 Agreement

Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims gave the Board of Trustees a brief summary and update on the status of the facilities project off Laurel Road and asked Mr. Choate to give an update on the pressbox and seating for Bruce Field. She also reminded the Board that the deadline for the Chapter 313 agreement is December 31, 2022.

 

VI. Public Hearing to Discuss the Application and Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes Related to Forest Grove Solar, LLC, Comptroller Application #1689

No one signed up to speak.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Financial Analysis and Findings Pursuant to Chapter 313 of the Texas Property Tax Code Regarding the Application and Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of

Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes Related to Forest Grove Solar, LLC, Comptroller Application #1689

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Bryan Barker that trustees approve the financial analysis and findings as related to the Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes between Athens ISD and Forest Grove Solar LLC as presented. Motion carried 6:1 with Mr. Chris House opposing.

B. Consider a Waiver of the Job Creation Requirement Related to Chapter 313 Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes Related to Forest Grove Solar, LLC, Comptroller Application #1689

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the waiver of the job creation requirement as related to the Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes between Athens ISD and Forest Grove Solar LLC, Comptroller Application #1689 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Final Approval of Chapter 313 Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes Related to Forest Grove Solar, LLC, Comptroller Application #1689

Motion was made by Mr. Bryan Barker and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees grant final approval for submission of the Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operations Taxes between Athens ISD and Forest Grove Solar LLC, Comptroller Application #1689 as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

D. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000 – Purchase of TI-Nspire Graphing Calculators Using ESSER Funds

Motion was made by Mr. Chris House and seconded by Mrs. Alicea Elliott that trustees approve the purchase of 400 TI-Nspire calculators from EAI Education, a Region 7 purchasing cooperative vendor, in the amount of $52,343.20 as presented. ESSER III funds will be used for this purchase. Motion carried 7:0.

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on November 28, 2022

B. Financial Statements for the Month of November 2022

Motion was made by Mrs. Alicea Elliott and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

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 6:45 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 8:05 p.m.

 

X. Executive Session Action – Open Session

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

 

The following resignations have been approved: Julianna Baumgartner, Robert Leis, Judy Trammell, and Sara Chamblee.

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

No action was taken.

 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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