Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Special Meeting - August 6, 2019

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

 

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Tuesday, August 6, 2019, beginning at 12:00 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 12:00 p.m.

Members present: Mr. Robert Risko, Mr. Freddie Paul, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Chris House, Mr. Eugene Buford, Mrs. Alicea Elliott

Members absent: None

Also present were: Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Herman Petker; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; 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.

 

IV. Action Items

A. Consider Revision to TASB Board Policy DEC(LOCAL)

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the revision to TASB board policy DEC(LOCAL), specifically duration of consecutive discretionary leave days as presented. Motion carried 6:1. Mr. Chris House opposed.

B. Consider Compensation Plan Update - Bus Drivers for 2019-2020

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the pay increase for bus drivers as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

V. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:21 p.m.

 

                                               




Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - July 22, 2019

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, July 22, 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

Members absent: Mr. Robert Risko

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Director of Technology; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Mark Muehl; Deborah Deas; Robert Becker; Nicole Cornish; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; 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.

 

IV. Information Items

A. Administrative Reports – Beginning of 2019-2020 School Year Information

Superintendent Blake Stiles informed the Board of Trustees that all employees will be back for the 2019-2020 school year next Monday, July 29th. There will not be a Convocation this year but he will be going to each campus to welcome everyone back. All administrators will be meeting this week to go over the goals for the new school year.

B. ECHS (Early College High School) Update

Ms. Nicole Cornish, Dean of ECHS, gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Board on ECHS that included data from the 2018-19 school year. This data included enrollment, completion rate, TSI tests, demographics, and number of graduates.

C. SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) Update

Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources presented the annual report for the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The report included meeting dates and committee members, a list of the council’s continued focus of activities, and the two areas of increased focus for the 2019-2020 school year.

V. Action Items

A. Consider Substitute Teacher Pay Adjustment for 2019-2020

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the 2019-2020 substitute pay increase as adjusted for the four-day instructional week as presented. Daily rate of pay for non-degreed substitutes will increase from $60 to $76. Substitutes with a college degree will increase from $65 to $82 a day and certified teachers pay will increase from $75 to $95 a day. Motion carried 6:0.

B. Consider Expenditures Over $50,000

1. Consider Purchase of Three Regular School Buses

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the purchase of three regular route school buses from Longhorn Bus Sales in the total amount of $286,820 as presented. Motion carried 6:0.

 

VI. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on June 24, 2019

B. Financial Statements for the Month of June 2019

C. Quarterly and Annual Investment Reports

D. Set Tax Rate Hearing for August 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

E. Consider Approval of Appraiser List

F. Consider Approval of Appraisal Calendar

G. Adopt Student Code of Conduct

H. Approve Purchasing Method for Fuel

I. Consider Approval of Hazardous Two-Mile Transportation Policy

J. Consider Date Change to November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, March 2020

and May 2020 Regular Board Meetings

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

 

VII. Executive Session Discussion

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

B. Discussion of Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property – Texas Gov't

Code 551.072

C. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation

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 9:02 p.m.

 

VIII. Executive Session Action

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

As stated in Policy DC (LOCAL) under Employment of Contractual Personnel: The Board retains final authority for employment of contractual personnel; however, from April 1 to August 31, the Board delegates to the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent the authority

to employ contractual personnel. The following professional personnel contracts have been approved:

Amber Morales

Amy Bailey

Jacqueline Davis

David Boring

Jennifer Lehr

Beatrice Gross

The following resignations have been approved:

Adam Rawls

Jake Shirley

Carl Cullum

Kodi Jackson

Scott Pace

B. Discussion of Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property – Texas Gov't

Code 551.072

No action taken.

C. Semi-Annual Superintendent Evaluation

No action taken.

IX. Audience Participation

Mark Muehl asked the Board to consider reinstating him to work at the athletic games.

Robert Becker requested the Board consider moving the Audience Participation to the beginning of the meeting. He also spoke on behalf of a female high school student who is questioning why they cannot wear cargo pants like the boys can.

 

X. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

 



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