Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (B.3) Discussion Concerning Board Member Responsibilities Related To Meetings And/Or Agenda Items By Ambush
  • (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
  • (I.4) 2019-2020 Resource Allocation Handbook
  • (K.1) Changes to the Structure of HISD School Board Public Meetings
  • (K.2) Fewer Observations, Walkthroughs, and Conferences for Effective and Highly Effective Teachers
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

B.3 Discussion Concerning Board Member Responsibilities Related To Meetings And/Or Agenda Items By Ambush (C)

*specific information for this item has not yet been added to the full agenda.*

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: Achieve3000, Inc.; Attainment Company Inc.; DreamBox Learning, Inc.; Edgenuity, Inc.; Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc.; Imagination Station, Inc, dba Istation; IXL Learning, Inc.; Lexia Learning Systems LLC XL Learning, Inc.; Mind Research Institute; NBC Universal Median LLC dba NBC Learn; The DBQ Company; Turnitin; 1Studentnest, Inc.; Cherish Our Children International; Dancing Drum, LLC; GENaustin, DBA Girls Empowerment Network; Home Run Hitters International Inc.; Thrive Academics; Youth Advocacy;Beyond Education; Catalyst Prep; Catapult Learning West, LLC; Greater Minds, Inc.; Juanita Hines dba Regional Consulting; Learn It Systems, LLC; Shelvin Academy, LLC; Suttle Freeman, LLC; Asteria Education, Inc., dba ECS Learning Systems, PREPWORKS; BIO-RAD Laboratories, Inc.; Catalyst Prep; EMERGE Fellowship; Houston Area Urban League; SchoolLinks; School Specialty; Academic Learning Company dba Velasquez Press; Brooks Duplicator Company; Carolina Biological Supply Company; DreamBox Learning, Inc.; DynEd; Education Galaxy, LLC; El Saber Enterprises; Flinn Scientific; Lakeshore; Lincoln Learning Solutions; Lyrical Math dba JFINTV Studios, LLC; McGraw Hill Education; PASCO; Robert-Leslie Publishing; School Specialty Instruction and Intervention dba EPS; Shmoop University, Inc.; Sirius Education Solutions LLC; Southern Methodist University; STEMfinity; Sysco Houston, Inc.; Brothers Produce, Inc.; Tech Mahindra Limited; Netsync Network Solutions; Demco Inc.; Ford Audio-Video Systems LLC; Alamo Distribution, LLC, dba Alamo Iron Works; JourneyEd.com, Inc., dba Academic Superstore; Discount Dance LLC; Texas Media Systems LTD; Main Street Installers; Kyrish Truck Center of Houston.

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.

List of donors: Second Baptist Church/Loving Kids Program; Jacobs Technology; Travis ES PTA; Schumberger Technology Corporation (Schlumberger); Tim Ditto; Ray Cammack Shows Inc.

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.

List of grantors: Miller Outdoor Theatre; The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) and the country Music Association (CMA) Foundation; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services; City of Houston, administered by the Center for Afterschool, Summer, and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids; HISD Foundation; Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW), in partnership with Chevron Houston.

I.4 2019-2020 Resource Allocation Handbook (S, I, L)

HISD uses a resource allocation system (RAS) to fund campus budgets; the per-unit allocation (PUA) is the main driver of funding. Below are the major components of the funding formula.

Grade-Level Units
  • Grade levels are calculated by multiplying the number of students enrolled in each grade level by the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) percentage for each campus.
  • Special Population Units
  • State Compensatory Education (SCE) units are determined by 50% economically disadvantaged students and 50% at-risk students. The weight is 0.15.
  • The Special Education weight is 0.15.
  • The Gifted and Talented weight is 0.12.
  • The Career and Technology weight is 0.35.
  • The English Language Learners (ELL) weight is 0.10.
  • The Homeless weight is 0.05.
  • The Refugee weight is 0.05.
The Grade-Level Units are added to the Special Population Units, and then that total is multiplied by the PUA.

Small-School Subsidy
  • Small-school subsidy threshold
  • Elementary: 500 students
  • Middle: 750 students
  • High: 1,000 students
  • Most campuses will receive $2,100 for each student under the threshold, and for campuses with enrollment under 300, the per-student subsidy is $1,500 per student
Other Funding
  • High school campuses will receive $170 PUA for the High-School Allotment
  • All campuses will receive $10 per student for capital outlay

K.1 Changes to the Structure of HISD School Board Public Meetings Revisions to Board Policy on Board Meetings: Public Participation – Second Reading (L, C)

This agenda item seeks to revise procedures for speakers to agenda items, speakers to Hearing of Citizens, and awards and recognitions. If an individual wants to speak regarding an agenda item, board monitoring, or student outcomes presentation – “agenda items” – that individual may do so on the day of Agenda Review. The total time allotted for registered speakers to agenda items will not exceed over 60 minutes, and preference will be given to speakers who have not appeared before the Board within the last 30 days. If an individual wants to speak regarding any District-related matter, that individual may do so at Hearing of Citizens at the regularly scheduled board meetings. The total time allotted for Hearing of Citizens will not exceed 30 minutes, and preference will be given to speakers who have not appeared before the Board within the last 30 days. Most awards and recognitions for students and employee will be presented at the respective campus or department. National or state awards and recognitions will be presented at the regularly scheduled board meetings.

K.2 Fewer Observations, Walkthroughs, and Conferences for Effective and Highly Effective Teachers (Revisions to Board Policy on Performance Appraisal: Evaluation of Teachers – Second Reading) (I, L)

After receiving feedback from stakeholder groups across HISD, the Board is considering modifying the Teacher Appraisal and Development System (TADS) for effective and highly effective teachers in HISD. For the next school year, the priority is to provide a modified version of TADS (M-TADS), so effective or highly effective teachers will require fewer observations, walkthroughs, and conferences.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.1) The Board must approve the reappointment of Trustee Diana Davila to Position 2 of the Public Facility Corporation (PFC) Board of Directors to help the school district in the financing of public school facilities.
  • (B.2) The Board must approve the quarterly self-evaluations, Board Staff Use Tracker, Board Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker.
  • (E.1) The Board must approve discontinuation of High School Ahead, an HISD school, at the end of the 2018-2019 school year because student enrollment has declined since 2014.
  • (I.5) The Board must approve authorizing the new term rate period for a portion of the 2013B variable rate bonds, the redemption of outstanding bonds, and other provision related thereto.
  • (I.6) The Board must approve authorizing a new term rate period for the Series 2014A-2 variable rate bonds, the redemption of outstanding bonds, and other provisions related thereto.