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

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted 3-6, with only Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Wanda Adams and Jolanda Jones voting in favor of approval, to deny a motion to conduct an open search for the district's next superintendent.

An open search would make the identities of all or some candidates public, while a closed search keeps the identities of candidates confidential until the board names a finalist or finalists for the position and gives public notice for at least 21 days. The board will conduct a closed search, as the motion failed.

The board voted 4-5, with only Sue Diegaard, Anne Sung, Sergio Lira and Holly Marie Flynn Vilaseca voting in favor of approval, to deny a motion to authorize the interim superintendent to issue a request for proposals for Senate Bill 1882 Turnaround and Innovation Partnerships.

The request was to be for partnerships to operate four campuses that have been designated as “Improvement Required” by the state. The four schools are Highland Heights Elementary, Henry Middle School, and Kashmere and Wheatley high schools.

“Under Senate Bill 1882, entering into a turnaround partnership would provide a two-year pause on accountability from the Texas Education Agency and prevent sanctions from the state related to House Bill 1842, including school closures or the appointment of a Board of Managers,” said a news release. News Release

The board voted 6-2, with Deigaard and Skillern-Jones opposed, to postpone action regarding hosting Lone Star Governance Training for the community. The item will be considered in January.

The board voted 7-1, with Lira opposed and Jones not present, to receive recommendations from the Board Audit Committee, including acceptance of proposed revisions to Board Policy regarding internal organization of the board concerning board committees.

The board voted 8-0, with Jones away, to postpone action regarding selection of a coach to assist the board with Lone Star Governance and related governance and team-building matters.

The board voted 8-0, with Jones away, to adopt a resolution relating to gang activity in Houston.

The resolution pledges the district's ongoing cooperation and coordination with local, state and federal agencies and organizations to eradicate gang activity in Houston.

The board voted unanimously to amend a construction contract for the addition of three classrooms at Thomas Pilgrim Academy.

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

The board voted unanimously to approve current and anticipated donations for district-wide and school-specific programs.

The board voted 6-2, with Adams and Skillern-Jones opposed, and Jones not present, to approve the calendar year 2019 audit plan.

The board voted 8-0, with Jones not present, to approve, with amendments, proposed revisions to Board Policy regarding educational philosophy.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Jones and Lira not present, to approve the proposed termination of term contracts, final order on term contracts, and separation agreements as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Jones and Lira not present, to approve a finding of no good cause under the Texas Education Code for the resignation or abandonment of contracts without consent as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Elizabeth Santos and Jones not present, to approve a settlement agreement in the matter of Roy Fuller vs. Houston ISD as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 4-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Jones, Lira and Skillern Jones not voting, to approve settlement of the subrogation lien of Geneva Davis against Alexis Hernandez Guzman and Venture Insurance as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Jones and Lira not present, to approve settlement of the subrogation lien of Natividad Vazquez against Juan Jesus Arredondo and Allstate Insurance as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Jones and Lira not present, to approve settlement of the subrogation lien of Yolanda Gregory against Juan Jesus Arredondo and Allstate Insurance as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Deigaard, Jones and Lira not present, to approve settlement of the subrogation lien of Lavita Owens against Julio Alberto Martinez and ACCC Insurance, as discussed in closed session.

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

All other items were approved 8-0, with Jones not present. All members were present at the meeting, with Lira attending via video conferencing. Agenda

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