Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes

Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting - February 24, 2020

The Board of Trustees - Athens Independent School District    

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District was held Monday, February 24, 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Administration Building 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. Eugene Buford, Mr. Chris House, Mrs. Gina Hunter, Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Mr. Robert Risko, Mr. Freddie Paul

Members absent: None

Also present were: Tony Brooks, Director of Technology; Ginger Morrison, Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources; Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations; Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Henry Tracy, AHS Principal; Nikki Mason, SAE Principal; Bryan Barker; Barry Choate, Director of Operations; Kendra Hensley; Shannon Pursley; Stephen Morman; Jen Risinger, AMS Principal; Tony Sikes; Jennifer Nicholson; Jennifer Livingston; Claudia Stiles, CAE Principal; Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer; Jennifer Lehr; Zac Harrell, Athletic Director; Nicole Cornish; Brenda Ruvalcaba; Madison Rhodes; 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. Audience Participation

No one signed up to speak.

 

V. Recognize AHS All State Band Students

Stephen Morman, AHS Band Director presented the All State band students, Brenda Ruvalcaba, 12th grade and Madison Rhodes, 10th grade to the Board of Trustees. This is both students first time to make All State.

 

VI. Information Items

A. 2018-19 Annual TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report) Public Hearing

Athens ISD held a hearing for public discussion of the 2018-19 Annual TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report). Jami Ivey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Board showing the cover page for each

campus and the district report. The cover page information includes the 2019 accountability rating and the distinction designations earned. Also included in the presentation was the district Accredited status, grade reports, growth for all grades, student and staff information, and other information required in the report. No one signed up to speak.

B. Administrative Reports - AHS Testing Data / Facilities Projects Timeline Update

Clay Tracy, AHS Principal provided the Board with the latest high school testing data. Scores were better than last year’s covering the same units. Blake Stiles, Superintendent, informed the Board enrollment is up by 115 students than at this time last year. Barry Choate, Director of Operations, provided an update of the facilities projects.

C. Change of Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) from Tyler ISD to

Corsicana ISD

Brooke Brock, Director of Special Populations, discussed and explained the need to change the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf from Tyler ISD to Corsicana ISD.

 

VII. Action Items

A. Consider Resolution to Approve Corsicana RDSPD's Use of Walsh Gallegos Law Firm

in Revision of RDSPD Contract

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the resolution allowing Corsicana RDSPD to move forward with the contract development by Walsh Gallegos so that Athens ISD can be a member of the Corsicana RDSPD for the 2020-2021 school year as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

B. Consider Revision to 2020-2021 Calendar

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mrs. Gina Hunter that trustees approve the revision to the 2020-2021 calendar as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

C. Consider Additional Stipend

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mrs. Margaret Richardson that trustees approve the additional stipend for the 2019-20 school year for the assistant athletic trainer as presented. Motion carried 7:0

D. Consider Waiver for Staff Development Minutes

Motion was made by Mr. Eugene Buford and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve to apply for the staff development minutes waiver for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years as presented. Motion carried 7:0

 

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Minutes of the Regular Meeting Held on January 30, 2020 and Special Meeting Held on

February 10, 2020

B. Financial Statements for the Month of January 2020

C. Consider Appointment of Audit Firm

D. Adopt Agreement with Henderson County Elections Division to Conduct Athens ISD

Trustee Election on May 2, 2020

E. Adopt Resolution Authorizing Joint Election Agreement Between the City of Athens

and Athens ISD for May 2, 2020 Election

F. Adopt Agreement Authorizing a Joint Election Agreement Between Athens ISD and

TVCC for the May 2, 2020 General Election

G. Consider Granting Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent Final Authority for

Selection of Personnel from March 2, 2020 until August 31, 2020

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Eugene Buford that the consent agenda items be approved as presented. Motion carried 7:0.

 

IX. Executive Session Discussion

A. Consideration of Administrator Contract for 2020-2021 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

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

At 7:03 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 7:54 p.m.

 

X. Executive Session Action – Open Session

A. Consideration of Administrator Contract for 2020-2021 - Texas Gov't Code 551.074

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Chris House that trustees approve the following administrator contract. Motion carried 7:0.

Deputy Superintendent Janie Sims 3 Year 12 Month

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

Motion was made by Mr. Robert Risko and seconded by Mr. Freddie Paul that trustees approve the professional personnel contract for: Kayla Stanley. Motion carried 7:0.

The following resignation has been approved: Hannah Hocker-Seely.

 

XI. Adjourn

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

 

                                               


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