*Items K.4 – K.6 have been withdrawn. At the HISD Board Retreat on Saturday, February 9, the Board discussed postponing these policies to a later board meeting.

Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (B.2) HISD Superintendent Search Suspended Until the TEA Investigation is Finished
  • (I.1) Vendor Awards for Purchases
  • (I.2) Donations Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (I.3) Grants Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (K.1) Board Policy Revisions to Ensure that the Needs of Special Education Students, Families, and Staff are Represented on the Shared Decision-Making Committee
  • (K.2) Board Policy Revisions to Address Equity in the HISD Board’s Educational Philosophy
  • (K.3) Board Policy Revisions to Add a Team Building Section in Board Policy, Board Members: Training and Orientation
  • (K.4) Board Policy Revisions to Clarify the Role of Special Committees and Remove the Legislative Committee
  • (K.5) Board Policy Revisions to HISD Board Meetings
  • (K.6) Board Policy Revisions to Hearing of Citizens
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

B.2 Suspension of HISD Superintendent Search Until the TEA Investigation is Complete (I, C, S, L)

On January 22, 2019, HISD learned that it was being investigated for potential violations of the open meetings act and board governance. This agenda item recommends that the Board suspends the HISD Superintendent search until the end of the investigation and authorize payment to Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates – the superintendent search firm – for any expenses incurred to date.

I.1 Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000 (S,  L)

The Board needs to approve vendor awards greater than $100,000 and ratify vendor awards under $100,000.

List of Vendors: A-Rocket Moving & Storage; Solutions Logistics & Transportation; American Institute for Research Fun and Function; Kamico Instructional Media Inc.; Lakeshore Learning Materials; Mediscan Staffing Services; NCS Pearson Inc; Rally Education; School Specialty; Steps to Literacy; Super Duper Publications; A Ambassador Limousine & Transportation Inc.; Corporate Services International Corporation; GBJ Inc, dba AFC Transportation Huerta Bus Service; Kerrville Bus/ Coach USA; Royal Carriages Limousines, Inc; Sam’s Limousines and Transportation, Inc.; Western Motorcoach, Inc.; Schrupp Consulting LLC.; Riverside Assessments; Newbart Products; A V Pro, Inc.; Barbizon Light; IStudio Projects, Inc.; Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Inc.; Techland Houston; American Logistics Company, LLC; AskReply, Inc. dba B2Gnow; Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc.; Gulf Coast Paper Company; Staples Contract and Commercial, Inc.; Netsync Network; The TASC Group, LLC; Norcostco, Inc. IStudio Projects, Inc; Associated Supply Company; Earle Kinlaw and Associates, Inc. dba EKA; E-Z-Go Division of Textron Inc.; The Hlavinka Equipment Co.; Deere & Company; Kubota Tractor Corporation; Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. dba Land Pride; Professional Turf Products, LP; Texas Outdoor Power Equipment Turf Equipment and Supply Co.; Southwest Wholesale, LLC; Curriculum Associates, LLC; Audio Optical Systems of; Austin, Inc.; AbleNet, Inc.; Imagine Learning, Inc.; Netsync Network Solutions; RLS Interests, Inc. dba Prime Systems; Prentke Romich Company; Attainment Company, Inc.; The Histrionics Company, LLC DBA Histrionix; Learning Company; Data Projections, Inc.; Don Johnston Incorporated; School Health Corporation; Kaplan Early Learning Company; BrainPop, LLC; Rally! Education; BMF Solutions LLC; The Burmax Company.

I.2 Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs (S, L)

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

List of donors: Oran Roberts ES PTO; Players Philanthropy Fund; Flint Hills Resources Houston Chemical Plant; CITGO Petroleum Corporation via HISD Foundation; Exxon Mobil Corporation; H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust; William B. Travis Foundation, Inc.

I.3 Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs (S, L)

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

List of grantors: Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation; University of North Texas; Mary C. Royal Foundation; American Theatre Wing in collaboration with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program; American Theatre Wing

K.1 Board Policy on Planning and Decision-Making Process: Campus-Level – Second Reading (I, E)

This Board Policy is related to the Shared Decision-Making Committees (SDMCs) on school campuses. The current policy does not require a staff representative on the committee representing special education needs. The proposed revisions to the policy allow the school principal to appoint a nonvoting representative to the SDMC who is a special education professional staff.

K.2 Board Policy on Education Philosophy – First Reading (I, S, E, L)

REVISED. The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy, Educational Philosophy. The proposed revisions would add a new board constraint prohibiting the board from spending less than 50% of its time discussing student outcomes. This agenda item has been revised and previously included a proposed new section on District Racial and Ethnic Equity Policy, which would have defined equity and establish equity goals. The proposed policy did not cover all student populations and other stakeholders of HISD and utilized deficit language. To see Houston GPS’s recommendations for a district equity policy our equity page.

K.3 Board Policy on Board Members: Training and Orientation – First Reading (C, L)

The Board’s Policy Committee recommends adding a new section called Team Building to the Board Policy BBD(LOCAL), Board Members: Training And Orientation. This section states that the entire Board must participate in a team-building session with the Superintendent, and this session must be at least three hours long and facilitated by a regional education service center or registered provider.

K.4 Board Policy on Board Internal Organization: Board Committees – First Reading (L)

WITHDRAWN. The Board’s Policy Committee also recommends two changes to policy on Board Internal Organizations: Board Committees. It recommends 1) clarifying the role of special committees and 2) removing the legislative committee.

K.5 Board Policy on Board Meetings – First Reading (I, C, L)

WITHDRAWN. This agenda items seeks to change the structure of HISD Board Meetings. One suggestion is to add a Learning and Engagement Meeting which would occur on the first Thursday of each month (a week before the regular board meeting) except in July. At the Learning and Engagement Meeting, the board will 1) approve the agenda, 2) spend about 90 minutes on student outcome goal monitoring, 3) partake in a community roundtable (which is an opportunity for community members to speak to board members or district administrators regarding goal monitoring or agenda items) for about 15 min, and 4) submit additional questions about agenda items at the last 10 min of the meeting. The regular board meetings will include 1) approval of agenda, 2) consent agenda, 3) action agenda, and 4) hearing of citizens. Lastly, there has been an update to change the timeline for adding agenda items that have been requested by board members.

K.6 Board Policy on Board Meetings: Public Participation – First Reading (I, C, L)

WITHDRAWN. This agenda item seeks to revise procedures for speakers to agenda items, speakers to Hearing of Citizens, and awards and recognitions. If an individual wants to speak regarding an agenda item or board monitoring, that individual may do so at the Learning and Engagement meeting and have an opportunity to directly discuss their questions or concerns with board members or district administrators. If an individual wants to speak regarding any District-related matter, that individual may do so at Hearing of Citizens at the regularly scheduled board meetings. Awards and recognitions will be presented at campus events and acknowledged at the Learning and Engagement Meeting.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.1) The Board must approve the appointment of trustees to serve as representatives to other organizations.
  • (D.1) The Board must adopt the instructional materials recommendation of HISD’s Instructional Materials Allotment Team for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • (D.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement between Harris County and HISD in order to provide on-site instruction to inmates incarcerated in the Harris County jail.
  • (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a construction contract with Gadberry General Contracting & Construction for Houston Academy for International Studies.
  • (H.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a construction contract with Gadberry General Contracting & Construction for William Hobby ES.
  • (H.3) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend an interlocal agreement with Harris County to provide an active shooter training at the former Chatham ES.
  • (H.4) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, amend, and execute an interlocal agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority, enhancing the radio interoperability of each entity.
  • (I.4) The Board must approve the midyear budgetary update.
  • (I.5) The Board must approve the Resolution and Ordinance adopting a 20% penalty under Section 33.08 of the Texas Property Tax Code on tax year 2019 delinquent property taxes and on all subsequent tax years’ delinquent property taxes for HISD.
  • (I.6) The Board must approve the resolution extending the depository contract with JPMorgan Chase Bank from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021.