The Next HISD School Board meeting will be held on

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5 pm.

The Houston GPS team will be there. Let us know if you are coming!

Items to be discussed during the meeting:

*More details on each item can be found below this list

  • C.O.R.E. Academy Charter School for 2017-2018
  • Proposed Changes to the Board of Education’s Vision and Beliefs, Proposed Mission Statement, and Proposed Lone Star Governance Constraints and Goal Progress Measures
  • Resolution to Request a Review by the Texas Legislative Budget Board
  • Monitoring Calendar
  • Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluation
  • Adoption of Texas Education Agency Innovative Courses for use in Career and Technical Education Programs
  • Partnership Agreement with Lone Star College System for Dual-Credit Course Offerings
  • Partnership Agreement with the University of Texas at Austin Onramps for Dual-Enrollment Course Offerings
  • Approval to Close Victory Preparatory Academy’s North Campus High School
  • Multivariable Calculus as a High-School Honors Course that will Receive Weighted-Course Credit
  • Contract Renewal with Firefly Digital, Inc.; Baylor College of Medicine; Franklin Covey to Implement The Leader in Me
  • Lease Agreement for the City Park on Ralph Anderson Elementary School and JAA Enterprise (doing Business as Kandy Stripe Academy Charter School)
  • Design Contract for Ebbert Furr High School, High School for Law and Justice, Northside High School, Thomas Pilgrim Academy, Westbury High School, Woodrow Wilson Montessori School
  • Budget and Necessary Contracts for Improvements at Various Campuses
  • Budget for Facilities Capital Replacement Projects
  • Contract for the Purchase of Attendance Credits from the State for the 2017-2018 Recapture Payment
  • Board Policy on Elections: Reporting Campaign Funds (Second Reading)
  • Board Policy on Employee Standards of Conduct (Second Reading)
  • Board Policy on Academic Achievement: Class Ranking (Second Reading)
  • Renewal Agreements with Community Agencies and/or Educational Service Providers
  • Partnerships for Head Start Prekindergarten Collaborative Programs
  • Agreement Renewal with the Harris County Juvenile Board
  • HISD Compensation Manual
  • HISD 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Document
  • Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Program
  • Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
  • Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000
  • Law Firms to Provide Legal Services
  • HISD Representative to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 1 Board of Directors
  • Charles Cunningham Endorsement as a Texas Association of School Boards Director

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1) District/School Development (EQUITY, IMPACT, LEADERSHIP)

C.O.R.E. Academy Charter School for 2017-2018

Creating Outstanding Results Everyday (C.O.R.E.) Academy is a charter school and has petitioned to HISD to become an HISD contract charter school.  The HISD Board needs to waive a portion of EL(LOCAL) Charter Campus or Program, approve the partial application from CORE Academy, and authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute a contract with CORE Academy.

Proposed Changes to the Board of Education’s Vision and Beliefs, Proposed Mission Statement, and Proposed Lone Star Governance Constraints and Goal Progress Measures

A Declaration of Beliefs and Visions is a statement of HISD’s instructional and operational philosophy and is HISD’s commitment to focusing all of its resources on students and schools.  The HISD Board needs to approve the proposed changes to the vision and beliefs and the proposed mission, constraints, and goal progress measures.

Resolution to Request a Review by the Texas Legislative Budget Board

The HISD Board needs to approve the resolution requesting a school performance review by the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB).  After the review and report are completed, the report will be available to the public.

Monitoring Calendar

The HISD Board needs to approve the adopting of a monitoring calendar that describes the months during which student outcome goals, constraints, and progress measures are reported to the Board.

Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluation

The HISD Board will self-evaluate using the TEA Implementation Integrity Instruments each quarter.

Adoption of Texas Education Agency Innovative Courses for use in Career and Technical Education Programs

The Career Readiness Department is requesting approval from the HISD Board to adopt TEA approved innovative courses.  These innovative courses allow students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the required curriculum.  The HISD Board must approve the adoption of TEA Innovative Courses for use in career and technical education.

Partnership Agreement with Lone Star College System for Dual-Credit Course Offerings

Lone Star College System offers dual-credit course for students in grades 9-12 in HISD.  The HISD Board must authorize the superintendent to renew the partnership agreement with the Lone Star College System for dual-credit course offerings.  This partnership agreement term is from August 11, 2017 through July 31, 2020.

Partnership Agreement with the University of Texas at Austin Onramps for Dual-Enrollment Course Offerings

UT-Austin OnRamps offers dual-enrollment course for students in grades 9-12 in HISD.  The HISD Board must authorize the superintendent to renew the partnership with The University of Texas at Austin OnRamps.  This partnership agreement term is from August 11, 2017 through July 31, 2020.

Approval to Close Victory Preparatory Academy’s North Campus High School

Victory Preparatory Academy (VPREP) requested to close its school because of low enrollment and was approved by its Board of Directors.  VPREP serves about 150 students in grades 9-12.  Currently-enrolled students will be redirected to their zoned campuses or receive the opportunity to enroll at its south high school campus.  The HISD Board must approve the closure of Victory Preparatory Academy North.

Multivariable Calculus as a High-School Honors Course that will Receive Weighted-Course Credit

Multivariable Calculus (MVC) is designed as a post-AP math course.  The HISD Board must approve the designation of MVC as a high-school honors course that shall receive weighted-course credit.

Contract Renewal with Firefly Digital, Inc.

HISD began using Firefly Digital, Inc. to collect magnet-school applications and to implement magnet-school lotteries.  The HISD Board must approve a contract renewal with Firefly Digital, Inc. for management of magnet applications and magnet lottery.

Contract Renewal with Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine provides services to three HISD schools: Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk, and Michael E. Debakey High School for Health Professions.  Through a contract renewal, HISD students at these schools will have the opportunity to work with BCM medical professionals and gain experience at hospitals and other health institutions.   The HISD Board must approve the execution of a contract renewal with Baylor College of Medicine.

Contract with Franklin Covey to Implement The Leader in Me

Franklin Covey implements The Leader In Me, which teachers 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment.  The HISD Board must authorize the superintendent to execute a contract with Franklin Covey to implement The Leader in Me.

Lease Agreement for the City Park on Ralph Anderson Elementary School

HISD has a lease agreement with the City of Houston for the joint use of a portion of the Ralph Anderson Elementary School site for a city park.  The HISD Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a lease agreement with the City of Houston for the park located on the Ralph Anderson ES site.

Lease Agreement with JAA Enterprise (doing Business as Kandy Stripe Academy Charter School)

The HISD Board needs to authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a new lease agreement with JAA Enterprise.

Design Contract for Ebbert Furr High School

In April 2017, there was a realignment of available funds from the new schools project budgets in the 2012 Facilities Capital Program and the retaining of available funds from the renovated schools project budgets with the original assigned campus.  These funds will allow the work required to address the programmatic and academic needs of Furr HS.  The HISD Board needs to approve amending and creasing the design contract for Ebbert Furr HS.

Design Contract for the High School for Law and Justice

The 2012 bond elections approved the design and construction of the High School for Law and Justice.  It is determined that specialty design and consulting services were needed for the school.  The HISD Board must approve amending and increasing the design contract.

Design Contract for Northside High School

The 2012 bond elections approved the construction and renovations at Northside HS.  Since the award of the contract, the City of Houston reversed its previous approval to allow a connection to an existing six-inch water line next to the project site.  The City now requires the two-inch domestic water meter’s water line to connect to the existing main waterline across Quitman Street.

Design Contract for Thomas Pilgrim Academy

The 2012 bond election approved the construction of a new addition and renovations to Thomas Pilgrim Academy.  In April 2017, the HISD Board approved the realignment of available funds, which will allow the incorporation of work required to address the programmatic and academic needs of this campus.  The HISD Board must approve amending and increasing the design contract for Thomas Pilgrim Academy.

Design Contract for Westbury High School

The 2012 bond election approved the renovations and additions to Westbury HS.  In April 2017, the HISD Board approved the realignment of available funds, which will allow the incorporation of work required to address the programmatic and academic needs of this campus.

Design Contract for Woodrow Wilson Montessori School

The 2012 bond election approved the renovations and construction of an addition to Woodrow Wilson Montessori School.  In April 2017, the HISD Board approved the realignment of available funds, which will allow the incorporation of work required to address the programmatic and academic needs of this campus.

Budget and Necessary Contracts for Improvements at Various Campuses

In August 2009, the Board approved $13.5 million to be allocated to additional facility projects in each of the nine trustee districts, for a total of $121.5 million.  Since then, the Board has approved various projects, so there are cost savings that can now be allocated to address other needs in the district.  Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones is requesting a budget allocation of $231,645 be provided for capital-related improvements, and the funds will come from the allocations that has been allotted for District II.

Budget for Facilities Capital Replacement Projects

A critical need exists for the replacement of roofing systems and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems at a number of HISD campuses.  A budget of $7.5 million is requested to address these needs.  The HISD Board must approve establishing a budget for facilities capital replacement projects.

Contract for the Purchase of Attendance Credits from the State for the 2017-2018 Recapture Payment

HISD has been identified as a Chapter 41 district.  All Chapter 41 district’s Board of Education has to submit an annual contractual agreement to the Commissioner of Education by Sept 1 each year.  The HISD Board must approve the Agreement for the Purchase of Attendance Credits from the state.

Board Policy on Elections: Reporting Campaign Funds (Second Reading)

The Board will approve the revisions to policy on reporting campaign funds to improve ease of filing for board election candidates and trustees by providing electronic filing as a method for reporting campaign contributions and expenditures.

Board policy requires all candidates to file a report of all contributions received and all expenditures made by the candidate and his/her treasurer and assistant treasurer.

Board Policy on Employee Standards of Conduct (Second Reading)

The Board will approve the revisions to policy on employee conduct.  This change will require all employees to attend ethics training on conflicts of interest, the Code of Silence, gifts from vendors, and general policy violations.

Board Policy on Academic Achievement: Class Ranking (Second Reading)

The Board will approve the revisions to policy on academic achievement as it relates to GPA calculation.


2) Student Support (EQUITY, IMPACT)

Renewal Agreements with Community Agencies and/or Educational Service Providers

For school year 2017-2018, there are about 6,000 students with disabilities that will require educational and related services beyond what is offered on school campuses. The HISD Board needs to authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute the renewal of agreements with community agencies and/or educational service providers.

Partnerships for Head Start Prekindergarten Collaborative Programs

HISD collaborates with four federally funded Head Start Agencies to create effective prekindergarten collaborative. HISD and Head Start teachers will collaborate and deliver instruction to dually enrolled students in 101 prekindergarten classrooms. The HISD Board needs to authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute agreement renewals with Avance-Houston, Inc.; Gulf Coast Community Services Association; Harris County Department of Education; and Baker Ripley for Head Start Prekindergarten Collaborative Programs.

Agreement Renewal with the Harris County Juvenile Board

The Harris County of Juvenile Board (HCJB) establishes and operates a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) for students who are expelled from school. The HISD Board needs to authorize the superintendent to execute a renewal of the agreement with the HCJB to ensure the continuation of the JJAEP for expelled students for school year 2017-2018.


3) Employee Support (LEADERSHIP)

HISD Compensation Manual

The HISD Compensation Manual outlines the policies and procedures that govern compensation for the district. The HISD Board must approve the 2017-2018 HISD Compensation Manual.

HISD 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Document

The HISD 457 Deferred Compensation Plan enhances the retirement security of employees by offering pre-tax savings and income-tax deferral via automatic salary reduction. In 1997, the HISD Board first established the voluntary HISD 457 Deferred Compensation Plan effective January 1997. This 457 Plan restatement will replace the current plan document HISD 457 Deferred Compensation Plan – Restatement Effective January 1, 2012. The HISD Board must approve the resolution authorizing adoption of the HISD 457 Deferred Compensation Plan – Restatement Effective January 1, 2017.


4) Finance, Budget, and Fiscal Management (LEADERSHIP, STEWARDSHIP)

 

Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs

All donations greater than $5,000 must be approved by HISD Board of Education.

List of donors: Kinder Foundation c/o Houston Independent School District Foundation; Bo Porter Sports, Education, Life Skills, and Faith Foundation (SELF); Harvard Elementary PTA; First Presbyterian Church; Travis ES PTA; Port of Houston Authority; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc.; Frank Black MS PTO; UT Medical Branch, National University; Carnegie Vanguard High School PTO, Roberts Elementary PTO.

Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs

All grant funds greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.

List of grantors: Laura Bush Foundation, Children’s Learning Institute through the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Tomorrows Partnerships for Children Program, TEA, Rockwell-Simmons Foundation via HISD Foundation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Powell Foundation via HISD Foundation, TEA Literacy Achievement Academy Teacher Stipends, TEA, Asia Society, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, CASE for Kids (a division of Harris County Department of Education), Department of State Health Services.

Vendor Awards for Purchases Over $100,000

The Board needs to approve vendor awards of $100,000.

 


5) District Strategy (EQUITY, IMPACT, LEADERSHIP)

Law Firms to Provide Legal Services

The HISD Board must approve the short-term extension of the engagement of 2015-2016 panel of law firms to provide legal services through December 31, 2017.

 

 


6) Other

HISD Representative to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 1 Board of Directors

HISD can appoint a representative to the board of directors of each tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) with the City of Houston. The HISD Board needs to approve the appointment of David Johnston – TIRZ 1 (Lamar Terrace).

Charles Cunningham Endorsement as a Texas Association of School Boards Director

The HISD Board needs to endorse Charles Cunningham’s candidacy for election to the board of the Texas Association of School Boards as a director from Region 4 Position B.