The Next HISD School Board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12, 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:

  • Amended Resolution for Polling Locations for November 7, 2017
  • Proposed Lone Star Governance Constraint Progress Measures
  • Revisions to the Board Monitoring Calendar
  • Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluations
  • Utilization of State and Industry Certifying Agencies for Students Enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programming
  • Targeted Elements for Year 1 Improvement Required Campuses
  • Targeted Improvement Plans for Year 2 Improvement Required Campuses
  • Turnaround Implementation Plans for Year 3-8 Improvement Required Campuses
  • Revised Turnaround Implementation Plan for Kashmere HS
  • Lease Agreement with the City of Houston for the City Park Located Adjacent to the Former Buchanan Grimes ES
  • Extension to the Facilities Assessment Consultant Master Services Agreement with Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc.
  • Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
  • Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
  • Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000
  • Funds from the Reserve for Insurance Programs for Hurricane Harvey Expenditures
  • Grant from the Simmons Foundation for Las Americas Newcomer School, Kinder Foundation for the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award, and Homeless Student Department and the Refugee Student Department
  • Designation as the District of Innovation
  • Agreement with KFORCE to Provide Audit Staff to the Office of Internal Audit
  • Board Policy on Student Welfare: Student Support Services – First Reading
  • Reappoint Wanda Adams to the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District

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

Amended Resolution for Polling Locations for November 7, 2017 Election
State election law requires that the Board approves of polling locations for the election of trustees. The Board previously approved a resolution ordering a general election for HISD Board of Education single-member districts I, V, VI, VII, and IX, and a special election for the unexpired term in a single-member district III to be administered on November 7, 2017. The district and Harris County have finalized proposed early voting locations and a partially complete list of polling locations.

Proposed Lone Star Governance Constraint Progress Measures

The Board needs to approve the Lone Star Governance constraint progress measures, and approval is required for compliance with Lone Star Governance requirements.

Revisions to the Board Monitoring Calendar

The Board, in accordance with the TEA Lone Star Governance continuous improvement model and the Framework for School Board Development, adopted a monitoring calendar. This calendar describes the months that student outcome goals, constraints, and progress measures are reported to the board. The Board needs to approve the revisions to the calendar.

Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluations

The Board previously approved conducting self-evaluations using the TEA Implementation Integrity Instrument each quarter to be in compliance with the Lone Star Governance continuous improvement timeline. Approval of the second and third quarter self-evaluations is requested.

Utilization of State and Industry Certifying Agencies for Students Enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programming

The Board needs to approve the use of state and industry certifying agencies for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) to gain industry and state-recognized certifications and licensures.

Targeted Elements for Year 1 Improvement Required Campuses

All year 1 Improvement Required (IR) campuses are required to develop and submit the targeted elements section of the Chapter 11 Campus Improvement Plan (CIP). Targeted elements are part of the CIP that identify and address low areas of performance on the four state accountability indices. The Board needs to approve the targeted elements for Sharpstown HS, Attucks MS, Fondren ES, Looscan ES, Montgomery ES, Pugh ES, Stevens ES, and Victory Preparatory Academy K-8.

Targeted Improvement Plans for Year 2 Improvement Required Campuses

All year 2 IR campuses are required to develop and submit a Targeted Improvement Plan that explains their approach to producing meaningful and sustainable gains in achievement and attaining a Met Standard rating. The Board needs to approve the Targeted Improvement Plans for Bonham ES, Gregory Lincoln Education Center, Madison HS, and Washington HS.

Turnaround Implementation Plans for Year 3-8 Improvement Required Campuses

All year 3-8 IR campuses are required to develop and submit a Turnaround Implementation Plan that explains their approach to producing meaningful and sustainable gains in achievement and attaining a Met Standard rating. The Board needs to approve the Turnaround Implementation Plans for North Forest HS, Wheatley HS, Worthing HS, Cullen MS, Henry MS, Lawson MS, Blackshear ES, Dogan ES, Highland Heights ES, Hilliard ES, Mading ES, Wesley ES, Texas Connections Academy, and Woodson K-8.

Revised Turnaround Implementation Plan for Kashmere HS

Kashmere HS has to submit a revised turnaround implementation plan to the TEA. This plan must align with and support Kashmere’s previously developed Turnaround Plan submitted in June 2016.

Lease Agreement with the City of Houston for the City Park Located Adjacent to the Former Buchanan Grimes ES

HISD has a long-term agreement with the City of Houston (City) for the use of a land next to the former Buchanan Grimes ES for a City Park. The Board needs to authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a lease agreement with the City for this land.

Extension to the Facilities Assessment Consultant Master Services Agreement with Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc.

HISD conducts a facilities assessment every few years, and then update that assessment every few years. The current service agreement is with Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc. (RGCI), and their service agreement is set to expire on October 31, 2017. It is recommended that the Board authorizes the superintendent to amend the original facilities assessment services agreement with RGCI to make sure there is no disturbance to the services it is currently providing, which now includes work due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.


2) Student Support (EQUITY, IMPACT)

No informational or action items presented.


3) Employee Support (LEADERSHIP)

No informational or action items presented.


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: Port Terminal Railroad Association, HISD Foundation on behalf of multiple donors, HISD Foundation on behalf of Schlumberger.

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: TEA, Qatar Foundation International, TEA Literacy Achievement Academy Teacher Stipends, TEA Reading to Learn Academy Teacher Stipends, TEA Mathematics Achievement Academy Teacher Stipends, U.S. Department of Health and Humanities Services CDC, Hanban and The College Board, Houston Endowment Inc., William Marsh Rice University.

Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000

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

Funds from the Reserve for Insurance Programs for Hurricane Harvey Expenditures

Hurricane Harvey caused HISD to replace, repair, and replenish district property and resources. So far, the district has been using 2017-2018 regular operational funds and needs to replace those funds and have funds available to continue work before insurance and other reimbursements are received. The Board needs to approve the resolution appropriating funds from the General Fund unassigned fund balance for Hurricane Harvey expenditures.

Grant from the Simmons Foundation for Las Americas Newcomer School

The Simmons Foundation has approved a grant of $50,000 over 24 months for Las Americas Newcomer School, and the funds will be provided to and distributed through the HISD Foundation.

Grant from the Kinder Foundation for the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award

The Kinder Foundation has approved a grant of $40,000 for two HISD teachers who are recipients of the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award, and the funds will be provided to the HISD Foundation and issued to the teachers as stipends.

Grant from Ecclesia Church for the Homeless Student Department and the Refugee Student Department

Ecclesia Church has approved a grant of $100,000 (half for the Homeless Student Department and half for the Refugee Student Department), and the funds will be provided to and distributed through the HISD Foundation.


5) District Strategy (EQUITY, IMPACT, LEADERSHIP)

Designation as the District of Innovation

The District of Innovation (DOI) gives traditional independent school districts access to several flexibilities available to open-enrollment charter schools.

The following is from the Board of Education Meeting Agenda

“The intention of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is to explore flexibilities available through designation as a DOI regarding state requirements related to uniform start date and minimum minutes of instruction.

HISD does not intend to use DOI designation to alter its site-based decision-making processes, class size and student/teacher ratio, teacher certification, teacher contracts, or teacher benefits including state minimum salary schedule, duty-free lunch, and planning periods. HISD intends to continue operating under legal requirements and local board policies regarding student discipline and appraisal systems. It is not HISD’s intention to use DOI provisions in these areas.”

The Board needs to approve the resolution to consider designation as DOI.

Agreement with KFORCE to Provide Audit Staff to the Office of Internal Audit

The approval of a contract for conducting financial and operational audits included in the 2017 Audit Plan and Change in Principal audits were requested by the superintendent. KFORCE will provide six to eight staff members to support these audits. The CFO allocated $250,000 for the Office of Internal Audit to perform audits of the activity funds at the schools with principle changes, and $175,000 is allocated to KFORCE under the contract.

Board Policy on Student Welfare: Student Support Services – First Reading

The board is asked to establish a new policy (FCC(LOCAL), Student Welfare: Student Support Services) that includes philosophy and operation.


6) Other

Reappoint Wanda Adams to the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District

Wanda Adams is recommended to be reappointed as the HISD member on the Harris County Appraisal District for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2018.