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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, October 12, 2018

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted 5-4, with Wanda Adams, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Jolanda Jones and Sue Deigaard opposed, to relieve Dr. Grenita Lathan of her duties as interim superintendent and appoint Dr. Abelardo Saavedra as interim superintendent while the board conducts a search for its next full time superintendent.

Trustee Diana Davila made the motion, putting Latham back at the position of chief academic officer in order to remove a conflict of interest should she apply for the full time position. Saavedra has stated he will not apply for the full time position, according to statements issued by Davila and Trustee Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca.

“It is only appropriate that the district be run by someone who has no stake in the outcome of the upcoming superintendent search,” Davila said. Statements

The motion resulted in heated discussions between board members, with Trustee Wanda Adams calling the motion “disrespectful” toward Lathan and racist. Video

The board voted 6-3, with Adams, Skillern-Jones and Jones opposed, to approve a contract with HYA to conduct the superintendent search, on terms proposed by HYA, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted unanimously to adopt a property tax rate of $1.2067 per $100 valuation for the 2018 Tax Year.

Of the total rate, revenues from $1.04 per $100 valuation will be dedicated to maintenance and operations, while revenues from the remaining $0.1667 per $100 valuation will be used to make payments on the district's bonded indebtedness.

The board voted 6-2-1, with Jones and Adams opposed, and Diegaard abstaining, to postpone action regarding the appointment of representatives to the Houston Land Bank Board of Directors until the next board meeting.

The board voted unanimously to postpone action regarding the board's quarterly self-evaluations, staff use tracker, time use tracker, and quarterly progress tracker, in accordance with the Texas Education Agency Implementation Integrity Instrument.

The board voted unanimously to postpone action regarding proposed revisions to board policy BBE (Local) Board Members: Authority.

The board voted 6-0-3, with Adams, Sung and Sergio Lira abstaining, to approve a finding of no good cause for educators to abandon their contracts without district consent under the Texas Education Code and to submit written complaints as discussed in closed session.
The board voted unanimously to approve the balance of the personnel agenda as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-3, with Jones, Sung and Adams abstaining, to authorize a settlement in the matter of Houston ISD vs. Goldshire Developers, LLC and Developers Surety & Indemnity Company as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Adams and Sung abstaining, to approve a settlement in the termination of the Liberty High School lease agreement.

The board voted 8-0-1, with Adams abstaining, to authorize the settlement of the subrogation lien of Tarnisha Hartsfield against Juan Jesus Arredondo and Allstate Insurance, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 8-0-1, with Adams abstaining, to authorize the settlement of the subrogation lien of Carolyn Mackey against Mariela Garcia Aguilera, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 3-2-4, with Elizabeth Santos and Jones opposed, and Adams, Deigaard, Skillern-Jones and Sung abstaining, to authorize settlement in the matter of John S. b/n/f of Shannon Young, 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. All members were present. Agenda





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