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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, September 14, 2018

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt recommendations from the district's Special Education Ad Hoc Committee and to dissolve the committee.

The committee was created in February 2017 and charged with assessing the district's special education program.

“The ad hoc committee’s goal was to improve two-way communication between the district and its stakeholders – especially parents – regarding special education, especially as it related to the findings of the special education program review conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Houston Chronicle’s investigation of the district’s special education program,” said a news release. News Release

The board had voted 6-2, with Jolanda Jones and Wanda Adams opposed, to separate consideration of the committee's report from dissolution of the committee.

The board then voted 5-2, with Elizabeth Santos and Sue Diegaard opposed, to dissolve the committee. The motion was then approved unanimously as amended. Jones, who attended remotely via video conference, was not present during the vote and remained absent on votes after the item.

The board postponed action regarding appointment of a representative to the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors.

The board voted unanimously to approve vendor awards for purchases exceeding $100,000 and ratifying vendor awards for purchases less than $100,000.

The board voted 5-1-1, with Santos opposed and Adams abstaining, to approve a motion finding no good cause existed for abandonment of contracts under the Texas Education Code, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining, to approve separation and release agreements as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 4-1-2, with Santos opposed and Adams and Diana Davila abstaining, to approve settlement of the matter of Sharon Koonce and Bertie Simmons vs. Houston Independent School District, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-1-1, with Santos opposed and Adams abstaining, to approve settlement of the matter of Richard Patton vs. Houston Independent School District, as discussed in closed session.

“The parties have resolved this dispute, and are pleased to put this matter and the corresponding expense behind them,” said a joint statement issued by the district.

The board voted 5-0-2, with Adams and Santos abstaining,t o approve settlement authority in the matter of Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Company vs. Houston Independent School District, as discussed in closed session.

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

All other action items were approved by unanimous vote. Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones was absent and First Vice President Jolanda Jones attended remotely but was not present for a large portion of the meeting. Second Vice President Anne Sung presided over the meeting. Agenda

For a video of the meeting, Click Here





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