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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, May 11, 2018

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to approve an external performance audit.

The board authorize the audit in an amount not to exceed $2.5 million, with a fully draft of the audit to be provided to the board not later than April 2019, allowing time for the board to consider recommendations of the audit for its next budget.

“We look forward to having fresh eyes examine how we do business so we can best serve our students even with limited dollars. Every efficiency we can identify will help mitigate the impact of our growing recapture payment. Thanks for the public’s patience while we go through this process,” HISD Board of Education president Rhonda Skillern-Jones said. News Release

The board voted unanimously to change the grade-level configuration for Carter Woodson school. The school currently serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be rezoned to attend Thomas Middle School.

The item was amended to direct the superintendent to track and report, on a quarterly basis, the attendance and performance of students rezoned out of Woodson.

The board voted unanimously to approve addition additional meetings of the board, including workshops. The item was approved with amendments.

The board voted unanimously to schedule board workshops on community engagement, public safety, literacy, college readiness and success, wraparound services, dyslexia, special education and multilingual.

The item was amended to include public comment, parent and community engagement, and an amended to include fine arts and gifted and talented.

The board voted unanimously to postpone action regarding the negotiation and execution of a contract with Camp Cho-Yeh for the outdoor education program. The item will be considered at the May 17 workshop.

The board voted unanimously to approve vendor awards for purchases exceeding $100,000 and ratification of vendor awards for purchases under $100,000.

The item was amended to remove three items from the purchases, which will be postponed to the June 14 meeting, which included:

$12 million to Jamail & Smith Construction, LP and Brown & Root Industrial Services, LLC for minor construction services

$12 million to Dura Pier Facilities Services, LTD, doing business as Facilities Sources Westco Ventures, LLC, for minor construction services

$12 million to JR Thomas Group, Inc. for minor construction services

The board voted unanimously to approve an amended motion to postpone the approval of the Resource Allocation Handbook to June 14.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Wanda Adams and Elizabeth Santos abstaining, to approve two items in the personnel agenda, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 8-0-1, with Adams abstaining, to approve the balance of the personnel agenda, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 8-0-1, with Adams abstaining to authorize settlements of several matters

  • Laconya Ericka Davis, individually and as next friend of a minor vs. Ramon Edgardo Sandoval, et al
  • Cesar Perez vs. Houston ISD
  • Dynastudy, Inc vs. Houston ISD
  • Springboards to Education, Inc. vs. Houston ISD
  • Christian D., best next friend of Albert D. vs. Houston ISD and Albert Durrell, Individually and as next friend of minor child

The board voted 8-0-1 to approve the sale of surplus property at 3300 Russell Street as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 8-0-1 to approve negotiation of the early termination of the lease with 6400 Southwest Freeway, LTD for classroom space at Liberty High School, as discussed in closed session.

The board took no other action resulting from items discussed in closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda




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