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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, June 15, 2018

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted 6-3, with Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Wanda Adams, and Jolanda Jones opposed, to withdraw approval to procure an external performance audit, and authorize the superintendent to execute a contract with the Legislative Budget Board for an external performance review.

The item had been revised to conduct a review as opposed to an audit.

“The LBB will begin working on the performance review this fall,” said a news release from the district. “Its findings will be used by the board in time to make informed decisions during the next budget cycle.” News Release

The board voted 4-5, with only Skillern-Jones, Jones, Adams, and Sergio Lira voting in favor of approval, to deny a motion to adopt the district's FY2019 Budget.

The proposed budget projects $1,977,345,003 in revenues, and included $1,998,483,851 in expenditures, requiring an expenditure of the district's fund balance for balancing the budget. The proposed budget is based on a $1.04 per $100 valuation tax rate for maintenance and operations, and $0.1667 per $100 valuation for debt service.

State law requires that a budget be adopted by June 30.

The board voted 5-3, with Jones, Adams and Elizabeth Santos opposed, and Skillern-Jones away from the table, to approve a contract with Texas Education Agency-approved professional service providers for support of improvement required, targeted and comprehensive support schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

The board split into two motions the authority to negotiate renewal agreements with contract charter schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The board voted 7-2, with Santos and Anne Sung opposed, to approve negotiations for Energized for Excellence Academy; Energized for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy Southeast and Southwest Campuses; and Inspired for Excellence Academy, Inc.

The board voted 8-1, with Santos opposed, to approve negotiations for Mount Carmel Academy; Texas Connections Academy at Houston; Texas Southern University Charter School; Young Learners Charter School; and Young Scholars Academy for Excellence.

Kandy Stripes Academy was pulled from the list of charter schools to be considered.

The board voted 6-3, with Santos, Diana Davila, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, and Diana Davila opposed, to approve awards of purchases exceeding $100,000 and ratification of vendor awards for purchases less than $100,000.

The board voted 8-1, with Santos opposed, to approve the 2018-2019 Resource Allocation Handbook.

The board voted 8-1, with Adams opposed, to amend a motion regarding waiver of Board Policy BF and revisions of Board Policy BE on first reading.

The item was amended to strike a line stating that “Special meetings of the board shall not be held during the month of July except on approval by the board president, notwithstanding any other provision of the policy.” Striking the item also allows three board members to request a special meeting be held.

The board voted 5-1-3, with Santos opposed, and Davila, Adams, and Sue Deigaard abstaining, to approve the termination of an employment contract with Bertie Simmons, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Adams and Davila abstaining, to approve the balance of the personnel agenda, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Davila and Adams abstaining, to authorize a settlement agreement in the matter of Sylvia Mulcahy and Maria Isabel Marshall vs. Houston Independent School District, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Davila and Adams abstaining, to authorize the sale of surplus property at 8000 East Tidwell Road, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Davila and Adams abstaining, to authorize the sale of surplus property at 5650 Selinksy Road, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Davila and Adams abstaining, to authorize the sale of surplus property at 5615 Hirsch Road, as discussed in closed session.

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

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present, with Adams attending via teleconference. Agenda

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here





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