Board of Education Meeting Agenda
April 9, 2020
Key Agenda Items:
- (B.3) Discussion of Emergency Priorities
- (D.1) Waiving Certain Requirements For Evaluating Teachers
- (G.1) Teach Forward Houston Initiative Program
- (I.1) Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000
- (I.2) Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
- (I.3) Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)
B.3 Discussion of Emergency Priorities
The Board will participate in a discussion of emergency priorities. The Board may also approve additional constraints on the superintendent during the COVID-19 health crisis. The three proposed constraints are:
1) The superintendent will not operate without a system to address the social and emotional needs of students.
2) The superintendent will not operate without addressing the health and safety needs of students.
3) The superintendent will not operate without ensuring the learning of all students.
D.1 Waiving Certain Requirements For Evaluating Teachers
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the temporary closure of HISD schools since March 13, the Board is asked to waive portions of their board policy on Performance Appraisal: Evaluation of Teachers, Teacher Appraisal and Development System (TADS) manual, and teacher appraisal calendar.
G.1 Teach Forward Houston Initiative Program (I)
The Teach Forward Houston Initiative (TFH), in partnership with the University of Houston and its College of Education, provides a bachelor’s degree for up to 100 HISD students upon college graduation. After graduation, these students will return to HISD and teach in high need schools for four years.
I.1 Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000 (S, L)
The Board needs to approve vendor awards greater than $100,000 and ratify vendor awards under $100,000.
List of Vendors: Dean Foods Company DBA Oak Farms Dairy DBA Southern Foods Group, LLC; Cal-Tex Citrus Juice, LP DBA Country Pure Foods; Recycling Surplus, Inc. DBA ABM System; Elections America, Inc.; Batterson Truck Equipment; Brink’s Inc; e-Builder, Inc.; DXDT Music Products; Lisle Violin Shop; Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Inc.; Rocke Vocal Studio; The Ensemble Theatre; Cummins Southern Plains, LLC; Frontline Technologies Group, LLC dba Frontline Education; Frontline Technologies Group, LLC dba Frontline Education; Visual AV, LLC; MCA Communications, Inc.; Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, Inc.; Itslearning, Inc.; American Mechanical Services of Houston, LLC dba AMS of Houston; Daikin Applied Americas, Inc. dba Daikin Applied.
I.2 Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs (S, L)
All donations greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.To see the full list of vendors, visit our website.
List of donors: Mark Twain Elementary School (ES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO); The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.
I.3 Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs (S, L)
All grant funds greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education. To see the full list of vendors, visit our website.
List of grantors: Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF); the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF); USA Swimming Foundation.
Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:
- (A.1) Approval of personal services performed by the Superintendent.
- (B.1) Approval of the HISD Board’s quarterly self-evaluations, staff use tracker, time use tracker, and quarterly progress tracker using the TEA Implementation Integrity Instrument.
- (B.2) Approval to suspend the board monitoring calendar for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (B.4) Report from the Audit Committee Chair.
- (B.5) Update from the Board Operating Procedures Ad Hoc Committee Chair.
- (E.1) Approval to renew the contract between Park Place ES and Harris County Protective Services For Children And Adults to continue the Community Youth Services Program.
- (I.4) Approval of a new term rate period for a portion of variable rate limited tax refunding bonds (series 2012) and authorization to to redeem a portion of outstanding bonds.
- (I.5) Approval of a new term rate period for a portion of variable rate limited tax schoolhouse bonds (series 2013B) and authorization to to redeem a portion of outstanding bonds.
- (I.6) Approval of a new term rate period for a portion of variable rate limited tax schoolhouse bonds (series 2014A-1B) and authorization to to redeem a portion of outstanding bonds.
- (J.1) Amendment to extend the resolution passed last month to continue employee salary payments and business operations until the district resumes normal operations.
- (L.1) Investment report to the Board.