The Next HISD School Board meeting will be held on
Thursday, November 9, 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

  • November 7, 2017 Election
  • Resolution on Guiding Principles Regarding Inclusive Education Practices
  • Appraisers for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System for School Year 2017 – 2018
  • Fall 2017 Class-Size Waiver Requests Transmittal of Report to the Texas Education Agency
  • 2018 – 2019 Academic Calendar
  • Executive Summaries of School Improvement Plans for 2017 – 2018 School Year
  • Contracts related to Improvements at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School
  • Construction Contract for Heights High School
  • Self-Insurance Recovery Fund for Oak Forest Elementary School
  • Construction Contract for a Spark Park at Lockhart Elementary School
  • Salient Systems Corporation for the District’s Closed-Circuit Television System
  • SIMS Software for Districtwide Security Alarm Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Calendar year 2018 Audit Plan
  • Texas A&M Extension Services for Students Enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programming until 2019-2020 School Years
  • Benefits Administration Services
  • Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
  • Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
  • Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Single Audit Report for the 2016 – 2017 Fiscal Year
  • Board Policy on Student Welfare: Student Support Services – Second Reading
  • Board Policy on Board Policies and Educational Philosophy
  • Board Policy on Student Welfare: Student Support Services – Second Reading
  • Board Policy on Board Policies and Educational Philosophy

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

November 7, 2017 Election

The Board must approve the polling locations of the general election for HISD Board of Education for District I, V, VI, VII, and IX, and a special election for the unexpired term in single-member District III.

Resolution on Guiding Principles Regarding Inclusive Education Practices

In August 2017, the Board approved changes to its vision and beliefs and its mission statement. In accordance with these documents, the Board must adopt the Resolution of The Board of Trustees of The Houston Independent School District on Guiding Principles Regarding Inclusive Education Practices.

Appraisers for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System for School Year 2017 – 2018

The Board must approve the school-based individuals who have met the local appraiser recertification and certification requirements to appraise teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. These teacher appraisers must meet specific training and certification requirements.

Fall 2017 Class-Size Waiver Requests Transmittal of Report to the Texas Education Agency

School districts in Texas are required to conduct a class-size enrollment survey for grades kindergarten through four, and if any section in those grades exceeds the class-size limit of 22 students per teacher, HISD must submit a class-size waiver request to TEA. In recent years, the administration reduced the number of classrooms requiring a class-size waiver, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, an increase in the number of classrooms requesting class-size waivers was anticipated.

2018 – 2019 Academic Calendar

The Board must approve the HISD 2018 – 2019 academic calendar.

Executive Summaries of School Improvement Plans for 2017 – 2018 School Year

The Board must approve the campus executive summaries of School Improvement Plans (SIP) for the 2017 – 2018 school year. These executive summaries include condensed information about the school; the targeted areas of need; and the goals, objectives, and major strategies for improvement.

Contracts related to Improvements at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School

In August 2009, the Board approved $13.5 million to be allocated to additional facility projects in each of the nine trustee districts, for a total of $121.5 million. Trustee Sung is requesting that a budget allocation of $4,466 be provided for technology needs at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, and these funds will come from the allocation allotted for District VII.

Construction Contract for Heights High School

There is a need for a groundwater mitigation project to prevent or significantly reduce water infiltration into the building interior of Heights HS. The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a construction contract with Chamberlin Houston, LLC. for Heights HS.

Self-Insurance Recovery Fund for Oak Forest Elementary School

On September 5, 2017, Oak Forest ES reported a fire in the electrical room. Soot and smoke odor affected the entire building, and Blackmon Mooring completed the cleanup. The Board must ratify the use of the Self-Insurance Recovery Fund to fund the cleanup.

Construction Contract for a Spark Park at Lockhart Elementary School

SPARK is a Texas nonprofit corporation to develop public school grounds into neighborhood parks. Lockhart ES is the recipient of a new SPARK park. It is recommended that MoBill Contractors be awarded a construction contract for the new SPARK park at Lockhart ES. The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a construction contract with MoBill Contractors.

Salient Systems Corporation for the District’s Closed-Circuit Television System

HISD currently uses CompleteView Software, a closed-circuit television video-monitoring system used for safety and security throughout HISD. This system occasionally requires upgrades, and the upgrade agreement occurs between Salient and HISD. The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend an agreement with Salient Systems Corporation for the district’s closed-circuit television system from November 9, 2017 to November 9, 2022.

SIMS Software for Districtwide Security Alarm Monitoring and Maintenance

SIMS Software is used by HISD to service, maintain, monitor, and respond to all alarms (burglaries or trouble signals) districtwide. The current contract expires on November 10, 2017, and can be extended until November 10, 2021. The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend an agreement with SIMS Software for districtwide security alarm monitoring and maintenance.

Calendar year 2018 Audit Plan

The Board must approve the 2018 calendar year Audit Plan.


2) Student Support (EQUITY, IMPACT)

Texas A&M Extension Services for Students Enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programming until 2019-2020 School Years

The Board must approve the utilization of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. These services will provide certification exams that are industry-recognized and are used for TEA Student Accountability.


3) Employee Support (LEADERSHIP)

Benefits Administration Services

HISD offers multiple medical options and voluntary benefit programs to its employees who work half-time or more in accordance with Teacher Retirement Systems eligibility. HISD issued an RFP for benefits administration services, and recommends that ADP be selected for a five-year term starting April 1, 2018. The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute a contract with ADP.


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: Harvard ES PTA; Sideline Interactive; Hoosier Road ES; HISD Foundation on Behalf of Multiple Anonymous Donors; Bethesda United Methodist Church; McKesson Specialty Health; Making It Better; the City of Houston, administered by the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids

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 Reading to Learn Teacher Stipends; Dairy MAX, Inc.; U.S. DOE; Region 4 Education Service Center; VH1 Save the Music Foundation; TEA

Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000

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

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Single Audit Report for the 2016 – 2017 Fiscal Year

All school districts in Texas must be audited annually by a firm certified with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. The Board previously approved the contract with Deloitte & Touche, LLP for the audit of financial records for the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017. Two audit reports have been prepared: The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (fiscal year-end financial schedules) and the Single Audit Report (auditors’ report on the district’s internal control structure and compliance with federal regulations). The Board must approve these two reports.


5) District Strategy (EQUITY, IMPACT, LEADERSHIP)

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

The Board must approve the proposed establishment of Board Policy FCC(LOCAL), Student Welfare: Student Support Services.

Board Policy on Board Policies and Educational Philosophy

The Board must waive Board Policy BF(LOCAL), Board Policies and approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy AE(LOCAL), Educational Philosophy.