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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, March 10, 2017

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to establish an internal disciplinary alternative education program for secondary students.

Currently, the district receives alternative education program services through Camelot Schools of Texas, LLC. The contract with Camelot Schools expires June 30. Following expiration of the contract, the district will provide services internally at Crawford Elementary School. The proposal is anticipated to generate an annual cost savings of approximately $2.5 million.

“HISD is a different district,” Superintendent Richard Carranza said. “We have policies in place that prevent suspensions of our youngest students. We have restorative practices being implemented, behavioral support, and a positive climate. There is change happening at HISD. We are not about the school-to-prison pipeline. We are focused on ensuring that every student walks across the stage as a global graduate.” News Release

The board voted 8-0, with Jolanda Jones away from the table, to accept grant funds in support of district-wide and school-specific programs.

The board voted 8-0, with Manuel Rodriguez absent, to approve a plan and resolution to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority-group isolation and application for the United States Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant.

The grant would support the establishment of a science, technology, engineering and math magnet theme throughout the Milby and Washington high school feeder patterns and support the continued STEM magnet program at The Rusk School.

The board voted 7-0-1, with Jolanda Jones abstaining and Rodriguez absent, to approve the purchase of property insurance in the amount of $250 million.

The board voted 7-0, with Rodriguez and Anna Eastman away, to approve vendor awards for purchases exceeding $100,000 and ratifying purchases under $100,000.

The board voted 6-0-2, with Anne Sung and Jones abstaining, and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to approve a revision to board policy regarding public participation at board meetings.

The revision places the same rules on public speakers to both agenda items or participating in the hearing of citizens regarding time limits and registration process and rules.

The board voted 5-0-2, with Wanda Adams and Mike Lunceford abstaining, and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to authorize settlement in the matter of Earnest Bush vs. Houston ISD as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-2, with Adams and Lunceford abstaining, and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to authorize settlement in the matter of Chance Carpenter vs. Houston ISD as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-2, with Adams and Lunceford abstaining, and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to settle the matter of Houston ISD vs. S.M. b/n/f of Rhonda M., as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to settle the subrogation lien of Dorothy Sam against Drymalla Construction Company, Inc., as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to settle the subrogation lien of Valarie Meinen against Maria Guadalupe Villanueva and Allstate Insurance as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to approve a finding of no good cause for educators to resign or abandon contracts as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Rodriguez and Eastman absent, to approve the proposed termination of continuing and probationary contracts and non-renewal of contracts and agreements as discussed in closed session.

The board took no action on any other items discussed in closed session.

The board took no action regarding authority to utilize firms for bond underwriting services. The item was withdrawn from the agenda.

All other action items were approved by a vote of 8-0, with Rodriguez absent. (Correct) Agenda

During the meeting, Superintendent Richard Carranza gave a presentation regarding recapture/detachment in relation to the state's school financing system.

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here




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