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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, May 12, 2017

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the City of Houston for use of the selected city multiservice centers and authority to close REACH Charter High School and Advanced Virtual Academy.

The partnership with the city's Health Department and the Mayor's Office of Education will allow the district to offer programs for non-traditional, at-risk students at seven multiservice centers. In order to fund the programs, the district will close the REACH school and the Advanced Virtual Academy.

“The goal of this partnership is to keep our students from dropping out of school, while also better serving their social and emotional needs,” said Superintendent Richard Carranza. “All of our students deserve the chance to succeed, and this helps them do that. We are grateful and thank Mayor Sylvester Turner for his commitment to working closely with us to amplify opportunities for our students." News Release

The programs are planned to begin in August.

The board voted 5-2, with Jolanda Jones and Diana Davila opposed, to amend the resolution ordering the May 6 election for Proposition 1, which authorizes the district to make payments to the state through “Recapture” under the state's school financing program.

The amendment approved a final list of early voting locations that were held during the May 6 election.

The board took no action regarding canvassing of the May 6 election results. The item was withdrawn from the agenda.

The board 6-1, with Jones opposed, to change the name of the Rusk School to Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk.

The board voted unanimously to approve a contract with The Houston Endowment to support wraparound services and acceptance of an in-kind donation.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a motion to approve vendor awards for purchases exceeding $100,000 and ratification of vendor awards for purchases less than $100,000.

The board voted 0-6-1 with Anne Sung abstaining, to deny a motion to authorize negotiations and execution of an interlocal agreement with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

The board voted 1-6, with only Sung voting in favor of approval, to deny a motion to negotiate and execute interlocal agreements with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The board voted unanimously to deny a motion to approve the 2017-2018 Resource Allocation Handbook.

The board voted 6-0, with Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca not present, to approve revisions to board policies for Alternative Learning Methods for Earning Credit: Credit by Examination with Prior Instruction, and methods for credit by examination without prior instruction, on first reading.

The board voted unanimously to authorize the district to seek sanctions against teachers identified in executive session discussions who resigned without consent and without good cause and failed to uphold their contracts.

The board voted unanimously to approve additional personnel items as discussed in closed session.

The board voted unanimously to authorize settlement in the matter of Melody Johnson and the Estate of Mariya Johnson vs. Houston ISD, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted unanimously to authorize settlement regarding Dodson Elementary School trees and regarding Milby High School street abandonment and conveyance of the Clinton Park Property, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted unanimously to authorize litigation in the matter of Goldshire Developers concerning Golfcrest Elementary, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted unanimously to approve the sale and conveyance of an underground utility easement out of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School site located at 6200 Winfield Road, to Trinity Communities Group for construction of water and sanitary sewer lines, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted unanimously to approve the sale and conveyance of a pipeline right-of-way easement out of the HISD Maintenance Facility site located at 228 McCarty to Magellan Pipeline Company, LP for construction of a crude petroleum pipeline, as discussed in closed session.

The board took no action regarding any other item discussed under closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All trustees were present. However, trustees Manuel Rodriguez and Wanda Adams left prior to votes on any items on the agenda. Agenda

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here




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