Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (B.1) Lone Star Governance Training for the Community
  • (B.2) Lone Star Governance Coach for HISD Board
  • (B.5) Superintendent Search Contract with HYA to Include More Community Engagement
  • (E.1) Additional Support from TEA-Approved Professional Service Providers
  • (I.1) Vendor Awards for Purchases
  • (I.2) Donations Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (I.3) Grants Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (J.3) Upgrades to HISD Student Information System
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

B.1 HISD Board to Host and Lead a Lone Star Governance Training for the HISD Community (L, C, S)

This item was originally posted for the December 2018 board meeting, but it got tabled for the January 2019 board meeting. Created by the Texas Education Agency, Lone Star Governance (LSG) provides guidance for Texas school board members with the primary focus of improving student outcomes. The HISD Board is interested in hosting and leading an LSG training for the HISD community in order to improve communication between the board and community. The training is scheduled to occur March 2019.

B.2 Selection of a Coach to help the HISD Board (I, L, S)

This item was originally posted last minute for the December 2018 board meeting, but it got tabled for the January 2019 board meeting. The Board must approve the selection of a coach to help them with Lone Star Governance and other governance and team-building matters. The help from this coach would focus on improving student outcomes for all students in HISD. A.J. Crabill, the TEA deputy commissioner, is one of the individuals being considered to be their coach.

B.5 Addendum to the Superintendent Search Contract with HYA for More Community Engagement (I, L)

When the Board initially met with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA), the superintendent search firm, the board indicated that they wanted increased community engagement for the upcoming search. An addendum is added to the approved contract so HYA could include more community input – this is at a cost of $20,000 for an additional ten days of consultant time with travel expenses.

E.1 Increased Support from TEA-Approved Professional Service Providers (PSPs) for IR, Former IR, and Comprehensive Schools (I, L, E)

The Board must approve of increasing the contract with eight TEA approved PSPs to work additional hours to provide assistance and oversight in building the capacity of campus and district staff. The Board must approve of increasing the contract in the amount of $75,000.

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: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Brooks Duplicator Company; DD Office Products, Inc. dba Liberty Paper; Lakeshore Equipment Company dba Lakeshore Learning Materials; Office Depot, Inc.; Olmsted-Kirk Paper Co.; School Specialty Inc.; ProUnitas, Inc.; CKP Communications; Deutser LLC.; Satori Marketing; Strategy Creative Group LLC; The Donatto Group; TNR Accounting & Management Consulting LLC.; Butler Business Products, LLC.; Liberty Data Products, Inc. dba Liberty Office Products; Limitless Office Products; Office Depot, Inc.; School Specialty, Inc.; Standard Office Products; Staples Contract & Commercial LLC operating as Staples Business Advantage; School Specialty; Technical Laboratory Systems, Inc.; Transmit Receive Labs (TXRX Labs); Austin Voices for Education and Youth; Digi International Inc. dba SmartSense; Houston Communications, Inc.; NAH Sports Flooring, LLC; Paragon Sports Constructors, LLC; PTI Sports & Recreation Construction; Hayes Software System; Newbart Products; Raptor Technologies, LLC; SHI Government Solutions; Educational Advanced, Inc; Dos Terra LLC dba Sibme SmartSchool Systems; Texas Educational Solutions; S.O.S. Collision, Inc.; BlazinBrooks Management; Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church; Pyramid Community Development Corp dba The Power Center; RAC Conference Center, Inc.; SMG NRG Park; The Kingdom Builder Center; Interstate Batteries; Thomas Bus Gulf Coast; AceMart Restaurant Supply Company; Bioplanet Corp.; Calico Industries, Inc.; Daxwell Distribution LLC; Edward Don& Company; EVCO Partners LP dba Burgoon Company; Jadra dba Plastic Package, Inc.; Jake’s Inc. dba Jake’s Finer Foods; MyECOPlanet, LLC; Par-Pak, Inc dba WNA Houston; Pasco Brokerage, Inc.; Plascon Packaging, Inc.; Tele-Pak, Inc.; The Platinum Packaging Group; Wallace Packaging, Inc.; Sterling BV, Inc dba Buena Vista Food Products, Inc.; J & J Snack Foods Sales Corp; The Masters Distribution Systems Company, Inc.; JSB Industries, Inc dba Muffin Town; MinMor Industries, LLC dba Notables; The Safe + Fair Food Company LLC; Truitt Family Foods, Inc.; Southern Tire Mart, LLC

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: Port of Houston Authority; BP America Inc. via HISD Foundation; Praxair, Inc., via HISD Foundation; Chris Brown; Good Sports Inc.; Oak Forest ES PTA; Capitol One Bank; Mark Twain ES PTO

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: Schlumberger Technology Corporation via HISD Foundation; Lamar Business Resource Council via HISD Foundation

J.3 Phase One and Two for the Student Information System Upgrade Project (S)

HISD currently uses Chancery/PowerSchool as the student information system (SIS). An upgrade is required and will be implemented in two phases: Phase 1 – identifying the required processes and procedures in order to align with HISD processes and configurations, and Phase 2 – implementation of the upgraded system. This agenda item seeks the reallocation of funds from a previously canceled SIS contract to upgrade the current system.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.3) The Board must approve the appointment of four representatives – Michael Roa, Rodolfo Reyes, Lenora Sarola-Pohlman, Victoriano Trevino III – to the tax increment reinvestment zones board of directors.
  • (B.4) The Board must approve the eight-quarter self-evaluations, Board Staff Use Tracker, Board Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker.
  • (I.4) The Board must ratify the use of the Self-Insurance Recovery Fund for Furr High School.
  • (I.5) The Board must approve the Resolution and Ordinance adopting a 20% penalty under Section 33.07 of the Texas Property Tax Code on tax year 2018 delinquent property taxes and all subsequent tax years delinquent property taxes for HISD.
  • (I.6) The Board must approve the Initial Application for Disaster Assistance. Disaster Remediation Costs allows for a reduction in recapture payments for unreimbursed disaster remediation costs that a district incurs responding to a disaster. The reduction to HISD’s recapture in the amount of $15,315,233.29 is being requested of the TEA due to Hurricane Harvey.
  • (J.1) The Board must approve the continuing contract teaching fields that could be affected by a reduction in force.
  • (J.2) The Board must approve the term contract employment areas that could be affected by a reduction in force.
  • (K.1) The Board must accept the revisions to Board Policy on Planning and Decision-Making Process: Campus – Level on how a special education professional is chosen if none is elected by the school staff.
  • (K.2) The Board must approve the proposed revisions to the Audit Committee Charter to Board Policy on Board Internal Organization: Board Committees.