Key Agenda Items:
*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (B.1) Appointment of HISD Representatives to the Houston Land Bank Board of Directors
  • (B.2) The Board’s 2019 State Legislative Agenda
  • (D.1) HISD’s District Improvement Plan for 2018-2019
  • (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.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Equal Educational Opportunity – Second Reading
  • (K.3) Revisions to Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation – Second Reading
  • (K.4) Revisions to Board Policy on Educational Philosophy – First Reading
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

 

B.1 Appointment of Houston Land Bank Board of Directors (L)

One minor responsibility of the HISD Trustees is to appoint a representative to the Houston Land Bank Board of Directors. HISD participates in a land assemblage program, which provides for transfer of certain foreclosed tax-delinquent properties to the Houston Land Bank for building affordable housing initiatives. The Houston Land Bank is governed by a 13 member board, and three of those members are selected by HISD. This agenda item had been tabled due to concern about which trustee(s) appoints the HISD representatives.

 

B.2 2019 State Legislative Agenda for the 86th Legislative Session (L, S)

The Board must approve the state legislative agenda before each legislative session. This legislative agenda includes recommendations to 1) reform school finance and reduce recapture, 2) improve school safety and security, and 3) address accountability ratings and sanctions. Regarding school finance and recapture, HISD urges the state to reduce recapture, fully fund full day Pre-K, and provide Hurricane Harvey relief funds for public schools. Regarding school safety and security, HISD is advocating for additional funds from the state. Regarding the accountability ratings and sanctions, HISD is recommending that the threshold for state-imposed takeovers or closures should be percentage-based rather than numerical.

 

D.1 2018-2019 District Improvement Plan (I, L, E)

Every year, the HISD Board must approve a District Improvement Plan (DIP) for HISD. The DIP is meant to guide district and campus staff members in improving student performance for all student groups. Additionally, on October 15, 2018, the DIP was posted on the HISD website so the community can offer feedback and comments.

 

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: AquaTex Water Conditioning, Inc.; RS Water Holdings, LLC (dba Culligan of Houston); Firetron, Inc; Quality Reefer Service Inc.; Southern Tire Mart, LLC; Buckeye International, Inc. DBA Buckeye Cleaning Center – Houston; Cordell Incorporated dba Ridley’s Vacuum & Janitorial Supply; Carreir Rental Systems, Inc.; Daikin Applied Americas Inc.; United Rentals (North America) Inc.; Gilbreath Communications, Inc; Leetris Systems LLC; Obed Ortiz dba Final Graphic; Satori Marketing, LLC; STS Brand, LLC; The Software Vault, LLC; TNR Accounting & Management Consulting, LLC: Absolute Color; Academy Advertising Specialties and Awards; All Print and Office Supply dba All Printing; Amazing Awards, Inc; Augusta Marketing Group; Buffalo Specialties; Collageheadz Sports, LLC; Digi-Color; STS Brand, LLC; The Urban Circle; T-Shirt Etcetera; USI Southwest, Inc.; Knowvine Inc. dba Sign-Ups and Banner; Rasch Graphic Services Corporation; The Document Group; New Direction Solutions dba Bilingual Therapies; EBS Educational Based Services; Invo Healthcare Associates; Maxim Healthcare Services; Intervene; Daniel Jackson’s Pest Control; Varsity Brands Holding Co., Inc. dba BSN Sports LLC; Joy Products of California, Inc. dba Coastal Enterprises; Promaxima Manufacturing LLC; Motorola Solutions, Inc.

 

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 Terminal Railroad Association; The Church of St. John The Divine; Reading is Fundamental (RIF); Port of Houston Authority of Harris County; Quanta Services via HISD Foundation; South Main Baptist Church; Alliantgroup; Mark Twain 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: Sasol Partners in Education via the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana; City of Houston Council Members Jerry Davis Robert Gallegos; Just Keep Livin (JKL) Foundation via HISD Foundation; U.S. Department of Education (USDE); Hanban and the College Board

 

K.2 Board Policy on Equal Educational Opportunity (I, L)

The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy, Equal Educational Opportunity. This policy was updated in order to be in accordance with appropriate laws and because of the recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Resolution Agreement, which addresses effective communications with applicants, students, and members of the public with hearing, vision, speech, or other impairments.

 

K.3 Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (L)

The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation. The proposed changes to this policy address the reporting requirements for Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 complaints. The main scope of the changes to the policy ensures that sex, in addition to gender, is included in the in the list of what type of discrimination the District prohibits.

 

K.4 Board Policy on Educational Philosophy (L, E, I)

The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Educational Philosophy. In August 2017, the Board adopted goals, goal progress measures, constraints, and a calendar in accordance with the Lone Star Governance continuous improvement model. Since a year of reporting has passed, these revisions reflect the updated goals, goal progress measures, constraints, and a new calendar for the upcoming reporting cycle.

 

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:
  • (D.2) The Board must approve the HISD 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.
  • (D.3) The Board must approve the renewal of the contract with BuyBoard for the TestHound Scanning Software System.
  • (E.1) The Board must approve the 2018-2019 class-size waiver request to the TEA. If there are more than 22 students per teacher in a class for grades kindergarten through four, HISD must submit a class-size waiver request to the TEA.
  • (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a license agreement with the Post Oak Little League, Inc. and Post Oak Family YMCA for use of the athletic fields located on the T.H. Rogers School.
  • (H.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute a lease agreement with The Center for Hearing and Speech for use of the Richard Brock ES facility.
  • (I.4) The Board must approve the purchase of general liability, professional liability, and automobile liability insurance from various insurers. The Board must also authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute the purchase of up to $69.25 million in general liability, auto liability, and professional liability insurance coverage.
  • (I.5) The Board must approve the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
  • (K.1) The Board must approve the revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Authority on board member visits to district properties and board member requests for district records.