Board of Education Meeting Agenda

May 14, 2020

Options for Watching

On May 14, 2020, the HISD Board will be meeting virtually for its May board meeting. The regular board meeting will begin at 5:00pm CST. Here are the following ways to access the board meeting:
  • AT&T UVERSE HISD TV CHANNEL 99
  • COMCAST HISD TV CHANNEL 18
  • FACEBOOK HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/HOUSTONISD
  • TWITTER HTTP://TWITTER.COM/HOUSTONISD
  • WEBSITE HTTPS://WWW.HOUSTONISD.ORG/LIVETV
Community members who wish to speak at the board meeting may do so and must register to speak by 9:30am CST the day of the regular board meeting (May 14, 2020). Their written comments will be read aloud by a member of the district’s administration on their behalf.

Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (A.2) Approval Of Emergency Board Monitoring Update: Presentation Of Emergency Constraints 1 And 2 Progress Measures
  • (A.3) Approval Of Emergency Board Monitoring Update: Presentation Of Emergency Constraints 3 And 4 Progress Measures
  • (F.1) Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Resolution to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation
  • (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
  • (K.1) Approval of Proposed Revisions to Board Policy EL(Local), Charter Campus or Program — First Reading

Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

A.2 Approval Of Emergency Board Monitoring Update: Presentation Of Emergency Constraints 1 And 2 Progress Measures (I)

The Board will receive the board monitoring update on Emergency Constraints 1 and 2. Emergency constraint 1 states “the superintendent will not operate without addressing the social and emotional needs of all students.” Constraint 2 states “the superintendent will not operate without addressing the health and safety needs of all students.”

A.3 Approval Of Emergency Board Monitoring Update: Presentation Of Emergency Constraints 3 And 4 Progress Measures (I)

The Board will receive the board monitoring update on Emergency Constraints 3 and 4. Emergency constraint 3 states “the superintendent will not operate without engaging all students in learning.” Constraint 4 states “the superintendent will not operate without protecting the health and safety of employees.”

F.1 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Resolution to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation (I)

The Board will consider moving forward with the process of designating HISD as a District of Innovation (DOI). This vote would only be to initiate the process, which includes a community hearing, a committee to develop the DOI Plan, and several votes from the Board and the District Advisory Council. The proposed resolution for HISD only seeks to have a committee consider exemptions from state requirements for the first day of the school year, certification for teachers in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, and minimum attendance necessary to receive course credit. Learn more about Districts of Innovation.

Core Value Evaluation: Impact

District of Innovation status allows school districts the flexibility to provide innovative solutions to meet the needs of their students, schools, and community. As of right now, most of the districts in our area are DOI districts that have the flexibility to start the school year a week or two before HISD, which gives their students additional time for learning, helps combat summer slide for students not getting enrichment during the summer months, and gives teachers additional time to prepare students for state exams. HISD does not, leaving our students behind their peers in other districts. Moving forward with the DOI process allows a committee of teachers, school leaders, and community leaders the opportunity to create a DOI plan constrained by the resolution the board passes.

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.

Vendors: Management Advisory Group International, Inc.; Express Scripts, Inc.; FMA Alliance, LTD; Safety Vision, LLC; Midwest Motor Supply dba Kimball West; Lawson Products, Inc.; LOWE’s Home Centers, LLC; W.W. Grainger, Inc.; WESCO Distribution, Inc.; Optimum Consultancy Services, LLC.; Infection Controls, Inc dba GermBlast; SAP Public Services, Inc.; A&F Elevator Company; Elevator Transportation Services, Inc.; Seidlitz Education, LLC; Gateway Education Holdings LLC dba Savvas Learning Company LLC; Great Minds PBC; SchoolMint, Inc.;

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.

Donors: HSPVA Friends; ProUnitas Inc.; Astros Foundation; Kroger via HISDFoundation;

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.

Grantors: Texas Education Agency (TEA); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); TEA;

K.1 Approval of Proposed Revisions to Board Policy EL(Local), Charter Campus or Program — First Reading (L)

The Board will consider revisions to Board Policy EL(Local), which governs in-district charter agreements. The changes are extensive and include adding new provisions outlining the procedures for renewal, oversight, probation, and termination of charter agreements.

Core Value Evaluation: Leadership

HISD oversees charter schools that operate in the district. Over the last several years, the Board has voted on whether to approve charter agreements late in the year, putting the district in a position in which it might close a school only a few months before the new school year begins. The changes to EL(Local) would guide administration in changing the language for charter agreements to be more stringent and allow for greater oversight by the Board of Education, while also requiring the Board to notify campuses of nonrenewal by October 31, giving parents and children more time to adjust to the change.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (A.1) Approval of personal services performed by the Superintendent.
  • (B.1) Report from the Audit Committee Chair.
  • (B.2) Update from the Board Operating Procedures Ad Hoc Committee Chair.
  • (B.3) Discussion of the draft of the community engagement plan from the Board Community Engagement Ad Hoc Committee.
  • (B.4) Discussion of the Board’s Strategic Governance Plan.
  • (D.1) Approval of the 2020-2021 Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf shared services arrangement between HISD, Pasadena ISD, and Deer Park ISD.
  • (D.2) Approval of the proposed 2020-2021 calendar for the Central Office and Campus-Based Non-Teacher Appraisal System.
  • (D.3) Approval of the proposed 2020-2021 calendar for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System.
  • (D.4) Approval of the proposed 2020-2021 calendar for the School Leader Appraisal System.
  • (D.5) Approval to waive the requirement of an annual appraisal in Board Policy DN(Local) for non-teacher employees in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the change and disruption of employee duties.
  • (E.1) Approval of the campus turnaround plan for Sugar Grove Academy.
  • (F.2) Approval to renew agreements for the 2020-2021 school year with Energized for Excellence Academy and Energized for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Academy.
  • (F.3) Approval to renew the agreement with Mount Carmel Academy for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • (F.4) Approval to renew the agreement with Texas Connections Academy @ Houston for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • (F.5) Approval to renew the agreement with Texas Southern University Charter School for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • (F.6) Approval to renew the agreement with Young Learners Charter School for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • (I.4) Designation of personnel to calculate the District’s Effective Tax Rate and Rollback Tax Rate.

Areas of Concern:

Although normal school board operations have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still items the school board must address and new areas of concern created by the current crisis. Houston GPS would like to highlight the following items:

1. Last June, the HISD Board had to convene for a last-minute special meeting to pass a budget for the 2019 – 2020 school year. In order to prevent another last-minute budget vote this summer, the HISD Board needs to collaboratively and collectively set its budget priorities. Even as the board and administration are operating virtually, budget discussions should be a priority and need to continue to make sure next year’s budget is aligned with district goals and passed before the deadline at the end of June.

2. The closure of the district, while necessary to ensure the safety of the HISD community, has exacerbated inequities amongst students. [email protected], the district’s online education portal, was launched to ensure student instruction could continue from home, however, login data show that even in the schools with the highest login percentages, all students do not have access. In the schools with the top 10 login percentages, 5%-18% of students have not been able to logon. All of the other schools in HISD have even higher percentages of students without access to education. The Board should continue to receive updates from administration about what efforts are being made to ensure all students are able to continue their learning.

3. The HISD Board should terminate their legal actions against the TEA. The Board is using taxpayers’ dollars from unassigned funds, running HISD into a deeper deficit, to pay for their lawyers. With delays in court due to COVID-19, the lawsuit is moving slowly. Especially now, when the school district is facing hurdles with making sure students have access to instruction and basic necessities, the Board and district finances should be focused on our kids.