The Next HISD School Board meeting will be held on

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 5 pm.

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Items to be discussed during the meeting:

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

    • 2017-2018 Local Calendar for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System
    • 2017-2018 Local Calendar for the School Leader Appraisal System
    • 2017-2018 Local Calendar for the Central Office and Campus-Based Non-Teacher Appraisal System
    • Waiver Request to TEA for Missed Instructional Days and Approval of Changes to the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
    • Board Policy on Naming Facilities: Rename the Food Services Support Facility the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Center
    • Parking Lot Lease Agreement with Texas Medical Center for Required Parking at Michael Debakey HS
    • Contracts for Improvements at Katherine Smith Elementary School
    • Design Contracts for HISD schools
    • Agreements with the City of Houston for New Spark Parks or Respark Improvements at Various Campuses
    • Westbury High School and Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults for the Community Youth Services Program
    • Resolution Adopting Tax Rate and Levying Ad Valorem Taxes for Tax year 2017
    • Legislative Changes and Adoption of Resolution Approving the Cash Management and Investment Policy and the Authorized List of Brokers/Dealers
    • Interlocal Agreement with Texas Education Agency Region 3 to Purchase Goods and Services
    • Stipend for Trustees to Attend the 2018 Advocacy Institute

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

2017-2018 Local Calendar for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System

The Board needs to approve the revised 2017-2018 local calendar for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System.

2017-2018 Local Calendar for the School Leader Appraisal System

The Board needs to approve the revised 2017-2018 local calendar for the School Leader Appraisal System.

2017-2018 Local Calendar for the Central Office and Campus-Based Non-Teacher Appraisal System

The Board needs to approve the revised 2017-2018 local calendar for the Central Office and Campus-Based Non-Teacher Appraisal System.

Waiver Request to TEA for Missed Instructional Days and Approval of Changes to the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

The HISD Board needs to submit a waiver request to TEA for nine missed instructional days due to flooding conditions in the greater Houston area and approve changes to the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.  School systems in state of disaster counties will not have to makeup school days missed because of Hurricane Harvey.  To make up some of the instructional time lost, the administration recommends eliminating the five early-dismissal days previously included in the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.

Board Policy on Naming Facilities: Rename the Food Services Support Facility the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Center

Hexser T. Holliday served HISD from 1958 until 1996.  He became the Assistant Superintendent of Food Services, and was the first African-American food service director in the district.  A committee was formed to recommend a name for the food services support facility, and the committee recommended the facility to be named after Hexser T. Holliday.

HISD Board Policy Naming Facilities states that schools or facilities named after a person must be of a deceased individual.  The Board must waive the policy and approve renaming the Food Services Support Facility in honor of a living person.

Parking Lot Lease Agreement with Texas Medical Center for Required Parking at Michael Debakey HS

HISD has been leasing parking spaces across the street from the original DeBakey HS from the Texas Medical Center (TMC).  That lease has expired and HISD is starting a new lease with TMC in their parking garage.

Contracts for Improvements at Katherine Smith Elementary School

In 2009, the Board approved of $13.5 million to be allocated to additional facility projects in each of the nine trustee districts.  Trustee Skillern-Jones is requesting that a budget allocation of $28,440 be provided for capital-related improvements at Katherine Smith ES, and the funds will come from the allocation that has been allotted for District II.

Design Contracts for HISD schools

The 2012 bond election approved the construction and renovations of several HISD schools.  The Board needs to approve amending and increasing the design contact for the following schools:

  • Michael Debakey High School for Health Professions ($30,400)
  • Garden Oaks Montessori ($70,500)
  • Audrey Lawson Middle School ($80,900)
  • New Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men ($18,000)
  • Margaret Wisdom High School ($134,200)
  • Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy ($59,500)
  • James Madison High School ($50,000)

Agreements with the City of Houston for New Spark Parks or Respark Improvements at Various Campuses

HISD entered into an interlocal agreement with the City of Houston and SPARK.  SPARK is a nonprofit that develops public school’s grounds into neighborhood parks.  Moving forward with the partnership between HISD, the City of Houston, and SPARK, individual contracts will be executed as schools are identified to receive a new SPARK park or reSPARK improvement instead of entering into a years-long interlocal agreement.  A.A. Milne ES, Tina Whidby ES, and Lucian Lockhart ES are the HISD schools that have been identified to receive funding totaling $390,000 for SPARK park construction or reSPARK improvements.


2) Student Support (EQUITY, IMPACT)

Westbury High School and Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults for the Community Youth Services Program

Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults (HCPSCA) has a program called Community Youth Services (CYS).  CYS improves the lives of youth and their families through advocacy, education, and personal empowerment.  A youth services specialist will be provided to Westbury High School.  The Board needs to approve the renewal of the contract between Westbury HS and HCPSCA.


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: Reliant, an NRG Company; Harvard ES PTA; EverFi; Noble Energy, Inc.; Houston Astros/Astros Foundation; Mission Squash; Mark Twain PTO.

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 Literacy Achievement Academy Teacher Stipends; TEA Reading to Learn Academy Teacher Stipends; TEA Mathematics Achievement Academy Teacher Stipends; TEA; Sara and Bill Morgan via Greater Houston Community Foundation; Greater Houston Community Foundation; Texas Department of Agriculture; TEA and Harris Department of Education; National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Monarch Heroes Program via HISD Foundation; Region 10 Education Service Center.

Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000

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


5) District Strategy (EQUITY, IMPACT, LEADERSHIP)

Resolution Adopting Tax Rate and Levying Ad Valorem Taxes for Tax year 2017

HISD must adopt a tax rate that will provide revenue through the property tax as provided by law to support the 2017-2018 budget and make required expenditures.  The rate of $1.2067 per $100 of taxable value is recommended as the HISD 2017 tax rate to be adopted by the Board.

Legislative Changes and Adoption of Resolution Approving the Cash Management and Investment Policy and the Authorized List of Brokers/Dealers

A number of bills were passed and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott from the 85th Texas Legislative Session.  The Cash Management and Investment Policy for HISD is being revised to reflect changes in Chapter 2256, commonly known as the Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA).  The Board must adopt the resolution approving the Cash Management and Investment Policy and the authorized list of brokers/dealers.

Interlocal Agreement with Texas Education Agency Region 3 to Purchase Goods and Services

An interlocal agreement with Region 3 will allow HISD to expand its current method of procuring goods and services by including contracts that are available through the Region 3 cooperative.  The Board must approve the negotiation and execution of an interlocal agreement with TEA Region 3 to purchase goods and services.


6) Other

Stipend for Trustees to Attend the 2018 Advocacy Institute

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has an annual Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., which provides attendees the opportunity to hear from educational and political leaders on public education issues, to expand the trustees’ network, and to meet with members of Congress on behalf of HISD.  The Texas Association of School Boards offers a stipend for school board members interested in attending the Advocacy Institute.  The Board needs to approve the nomination of Trustee Skillern-Jones and alternate Trustee Jones to receive a stipend to attend the Advocacy Institute.