Key Agenda Items:

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

  • (B.2) The Board’s 2019 State Legislative Agenda
  • (D.1) Renewal Agreements for Appraisals and Instructional or Consultant Services for Students with Disabilities
  • (E.1) Improvement Plan for Year 1 Improvement Required Campuses
  • (E.2) Improvement Plan for Campuses Identified as Comprehensive Support
  • (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.6) Revisions to Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation – First Reading
  • (K.7) Revisions to Board Policy on Equal Educational Opportunities – First Reading

 

Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

 

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 Renewal Agreements with Community Agencies and Educational Service Providers for Appraisals and Related Instructional or Consultant Services for Students with Disabilities (L, E)
The Board must ratify the renewal of agreements with community agencies and educational service providers for appraisal and related instructional or consultant services for students with disabilities. Additionally, a Private Transportation Agreement may be offered if recommendations have been made by the ARD/IEP committee.

 

E.1 Approval of Improvement Plan for Year 1 Improvement Required (IR) Campuses (I, L)
All campuses that are considered as year 1 IR are required to develop a Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP). The TIP includes a problem statement and its root cause, activities to address the root cause, a timeline, resources needed, persons responsible for implementing and monitoring the activities, goals for the activities, and results. The Board must approve the TIP plan for Codwell ES, Marshall ES, Shearn ES, Sherman ES, and Sugar Grove MS.

 

E.2 Approval of Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP) for Comprehensive Support Campuses (I, L)
Comprehensive support is offered to campuses that receive Title I, Part A funds or campuses that do not attain a 67% four-year graduation rate for all student groups. Campuses identified as Comprehensive Support Schools must develop a TIP. The Board must approve the TIP for Deady MS, Foerster ES, High School Ahead Academy, Holland MS, Kashmere HS, Liberty HS, Madison HS, Middle College HS at Fraga, Texas Connection Academy of Houston, Wheatley HS, Worthing HS, and Yates HS.

 

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: Pinnacle Petroleum, Inc.; Southern Counties Oil Co.; Sun Coast Resources, Inc.; Burnscraft Mfg Inc dba National Fence Company; Post Oak Construction; The Fierro Group LTD Co dba Fencemaster of Houston; Westco Ventures LLC; Pharmatech, Inc.; FedEx; D. Samuels & Associates, LLC; K & K America dba Dallas Midwest; Data Projections, Inc.; Visual Innovation Company, Inc.; MCA Communications, 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: Kroger; Urban Harvest; Lone Star Entertainment via Houston Texans; Neuhaus Education Center; RSM US Foundation via HISD Foundation; The Discover Brighter Futures Fund via Goldman Sachs; Harvard ES PTA; Mark Twain PTO; Hopewell Valley Central HS.

 

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: U.S. Department of Education; TEA; Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries; The Center for After-school, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, a Division of the Harris County Department of Education; USDE through TEA; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

 

K.6 Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (L)
The Board must accept the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation. The Board reviewed its discrimination policies and provided the reporting requirements for Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 complaints.

 

K.7 Board Policy on Equal Educational Opportunity (L)
The Board must accept the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Equal Educational Opportunity. This Board Policy was reviewed to update the district’s guidelines regarding equal educational opportunities for all students considering the recent Office of Civil Rights Resolution Agreement. This agreement addresses effective communications with applicants, students, and members of the public with hearing, vision, speech, or other sensory impairments.

 

 

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.1) The Board must approve the appointment of Carol Galloway, Courtney Johnson Rose, and Mario Castillo to the board of directors of the Houston Land Bank to represent HISD.
  • (B.3) The Board must approve the quarterly self-evaluations, Board Staff Use Tracker, Board Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker.
  • (B.4) The Board must announce the required board member continuing education
  • (B.5) The Board must approve the reappointment of Edwina Loche Barrett to the TIRZ 18 board of directors.
  • (D.2) The Board must approve the 2018-2019 District Improvement Plan (DIP). DIP is supposed to help district and campus staff in improving student performance for all student groups.
  • (D.3) The Board must approve the campus performance objectives that are part of the school improvement plan for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • (D.4) The Board must approve the school-based individuals who have met the local appraiser recertification and certification requirements to appraise the teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • (I.4) The Board must approve the increase in property taxes by the adoption of a tax rate of $1.2067 per $100 of taxable value.
  • (K.1) The Board must approve the revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Authority due to new requirements from Senate Bill 1566 regarding board member visits to district properties and board member requests for district records.
  • (K.2) The Board must approve the revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Elections to reflect the election options available to the district based on law, Vernon’s Annotated Texas Statues, and the district’s current election practices.
  • (K.3) The Board must approve the revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Elections to include the number of board members, method of elections, general election date for the district, length of board member terms and election schedule by single-member districts, method of voting, and voter residency requirement.
  • (K.4) The Board must approve the proposed deletion of Board Policy on Campaign Funds and establishment of Board Policy on Campaign Finance.
  • (K.5) The Board must approve the revisions to Board Policy on Wellness and Health Services: Physical Examinations and Wellness and Health Services: Communicable Diseases due to changes by the Texas Department of State Health Services and best practices recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.