Board of Education Meeting Agenda

August 8, 2019

Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (B.1) Resolution for a November 5, 2019 General Election for HISD School Board for Districts II, III, IV, and VIII
  • (D.1) Partnership Renewals between HISD and Head Start Prekindergarten Collaborative Programs with Avance-Houston Inc., Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Harris County Department of Education, and Baker Ripley
  • (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) Updates to HISD Board’s Goals and Progress Measures to Change Constraint 3 into Goal 4
  • (K.3) [DETAILS FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM WERE NOT POSTED] Revisions to Board Policy on Employee Rights and Privileges: Personal-Management Relations
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)

B.1 Resolution for a November 5, 2019 General Election for HISD School Board for Districts II, III, IV, and VIII (L)

The Board must approve the resolution ordering a general election (on November 5, 2019) for the HISD Board of Education and authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute an agreement with Harris County to conduct joint elections.  The single-member districts that are up for election are District II (Rhonda Skillern-Jones), District III (Sergio Lira), District IV (Jolanda Jones), and District VIII (Diana Davila).  As of August 5, 2019, Trustee Skillern-Jones and Jones have announced that they will not running for reelection, and Trustees Lira and Davila have not filed for reelection.  On August 22, Houston GPS is hosting a candidate forum – click here to learn more about this event!

D.1 Partnership Renewals between HISD and Head Start Prekindergarten Collaborative Programs with Avance-Houston Inc., Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Harris County Department of Education, and Baker Ripley  (E, I)

The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute partnership renewals between HISD and Head Start Prekindergarten Collaborative Programs. The Head Start agencies will offer medical, dental, nutritional, and psychological services to eligible students. HISD and the Head Start agencies aim to prepare students to be “school ready”. In considering this agenda item, Houston GPS would like to see the Board focus on the quality of prekindergarten programs being provided and not just the number of students served and the possibility of expansion.

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: Alliance for Multicultural Community Services; Cal Interpreting & Translations, Inc.; Crabtree Interpreting Services; Interpreters Unlimited; LanguageUSA, Inc.; Masterword Services, Inc.; Universe Technical Translation; ValidateMe! LLC; Visual Language Professionals; Zab, LLC; Brooks Duplicator Company; C.C. IMEX dba EMBI TEC; Cengage Learning, Inc.; Compuscholar, Inc.; Eduthings, LLC.; Evco Partners LP dba Burgoon Company; IDSC Holdings, LLC. dba Snap-On Industrial, a Division of IDSC Holdings LLC.; Kamico Instructional Media, Inc.; LEGO Brand Retail, Inc. dba LEGO Education North America; Nasco Education dba Nasco; Pitsco, Inc.; Project Lead the Way; SPDF Kids, LLC.; TestOut Corporation; The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas Tech University; ABA Sensei, PLLC; Family Leadership; Fundamentals for Education; Mexican Institute of Greater Houston; Scholastic, Inc.; SPDF Kids, LLC; St. James Lutheran Church Family Life Center; The Donatto Group; ATC Group Services Inc. dba ATC Associates Inc.; ERC Environmental Consulting; Professional Service Industries, Inc.; Southern Global Safety Services, Inc.; Terracon; A2Z Educational Supplies LLC; Academic Learning Company dba Velazquez Press; Achieve3000, Inc.; American Reading Company, Inc.; Applied Educational Systems, Inc.; ASI Associates, Inc. dba Arbor Scientific; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc.; Blick Art Materials LLC; Brooks Duplicator Company; Bulb, Inc.; Cengage Learning, Inc.; Center for the Collaborative Classroom; Community Products LLC dba Rifton Equipment; Conn Education, Inc. dba Classroom Library Company; Coole School, Inc.; Demco, Inc.; Earlychildhood LLC dba Discount School Supply; Edgenuity Inc.; Edpuzzle, Inc.; Education Galaxy LLC; Educational Products, Inc.; Educational Software Solutions of Texas dba Texas Educational Solutions; Estrellita, Inc.; Everase Corporation; Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc.; GF Educators Inc.; Hand2mind, Inc.; KAMICO Instructional Media, Inc.; Kaplan Early Learning Company; Knowledge Tree; Lab Resources, Inc.; Marie Bou k12 Inc.; Mindworks Resources; Music in Motion Inc.; National Educational Systems; Nearpod Inc.; NKS,LLC dba Little Sponges; Oakwood Solutions, LLC; PASCO Scientific A CA Corporation dba PASCO scientific; Perfection Learning Corporation; RALLY! EDUCATION; Really Good Stuff, LLC; Renaissance Learning, Inc.; Rourke Educational Media; School Health Corporation; School Specialty, Inc.; Scientific Learning Corporation; Scientific Minds, LLC; Social Studies School Service; Teacher Created Materials, Inc.; Textbook Warehouse; The Goodheart- Willcox Company, Inc. dba Goodheart- Willcox Publisher; The Markerboard People; Triarco Arts and Crafts; Troxell Communications, Inc.; Turning Technologies, LLC; U.S. Toy Co. dba Constructive Playthings; Vista Higher Learning, Inc.; VWR Funding, Inc. dba VWR International LLC (Sargent Welch); VWR Funding, Inc. dba VWR International LLC (Wards Science); Woodburn Press Youthlight, Inc.; Endzone Video Systems; Enhanced Laser Products; Propane Specialty Services LLC; School Specialty; B. H. Goodman Bus Services, Inc.; Data Recognition Corporation (DRC); Brinks Inc.; Children’s Plus, Inc.; Royal Technocrats Inc.; Absolute Color; Academy Advertising Specialties and Awards; All Print and Office Supply DBA All Printing; Amazing Awards, Inc.; Augusta Marketing Group; Buffalo Specialties; Collageheadz Sports, LLC; Digi-Color; STS Brand, LLC; The Urban Circle; T-Shirts Etcetera; Next Level Urgent Care, LLC; Communities in Schools Houston; SAP Public Services, 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.

List of donors: Anchor Watch Houston Pilot Association; Astros Foundation; Good Sports, Inc.; Hartford Insurance; HISD Foundation; Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) PTO; Kroger via HISD Foundation; Lamar Booster Club; Lamar HS Alumni Association; Lamar HS PTO; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers via HISD Foundation; Reliant, an NRG Company; Renaissance Learning via HISD Foundation; Sterling McCall VIP Services/Sterling McCall Lexus via HISD Foundation; The Simmons Foundation via HISD Foundation; Travis ES PTA; City of Houston, Health Department.

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: Asia Society; Exxon Mobil Foundation; Greater Houston Community Foundation/Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation; Hanban; Houston Endowment Inc.; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation; Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; TEA; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); U.S. Department of Education through the TEA; NBA Cares State Farm.

 

K.1 Updates to HISD Board’s Goals and Progress Measures to Change Constraint 3 into Goal 4 (Revisions to Board Policy on Educational Philosophy, Regarding an Achievement Gap Goal – Second Reading) (E, L, I)

The Board must approve revisions to the Goals and Progress Measures of their Educational Philosophy to change Constraint 3 into Goal 4. Below you will find the language related to Constraint 3 and Goal 4.

Constraint 3: The superintendent shall not allow achievement gaps for student groups, including African-American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged students, students receiving special education services, and English Learners (ELs), to increase in reading and mathematics.

Goal 4: The reading and math performance gap between historically underserved and non-historically underserved student groups, as measured by the average of the percentage-point gaps between economically and non-economically disadvantaged student groups at the Meets Grade Level Standard on STAAR between (1) economically and non-economically disadvantaged student groups, (2) African-American and White student groups, (3) Hispanic and White student groups, (4) English Leaners (ELs) and non-English Learners (non-ELs), and (5) students receiving special education services and students not receiving special education services, shall annually show a one-percentage point decrease from an average of 30.3 percentage points in spring 2018 to an average of 27.3 percentage points in spring 2021. Monitoring of student performance for all groups listed above along with the specified gaps will be provided to the board. All student groups should make progress; therefore, if this average gap decreases but the percentage of students at the Meets Grade Level Standard on STAAR for any of the student groups listed in this goal declines, then this goal shall be considered not met.

K.3 [DETAILS FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM WERE NOT POSTED] (Revisions to Board Policy on Employee Rights and Privileges: Personal-Management Relations – First Reading) (S)

Because details for this agenda item have not been posted, Houston GPS is not able to provide context or an adequate summary on the proposed changes to policy.

Core Value Evaluation: Stewardship

While Houston GPS is unable have a stance on this policy change because the details for this agenda item were not posted, we have an issue with the lack of Stewardship and transparency on how the HISD school board added this new agenda item at the last minute.  This agenda item has not gone before the policy committee since Fall 2018, resulting in a rush to add it to the agenda this month.  Additionally, board members still have not made documentation of the proposed policy changes available to the public even though the item was on the schedule for Agenda Review.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (A.1) Approval of personal services performed by the Superintendent.
  • (A.2) Approval of the Board Monitoring Update for Constraint 3 Progress Measures 1, 2, and 3. Constraint 3 states that “The superintendent shall not allow achievement gaps for student groups, including African-American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged students, students receiving special education services, and English Learners (ELs), to increase in reading and mathematics”.
  • (B.2) 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.
  • (F.1) The Board must approve the application to participate in the Optional Flexible School Day Program for state funding for eligible students who are unable to attend school on a traditional schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • (F.2) The Board must approve the adoption of the Texas State Library and Archive Commission recommended retention of grades pre-k to 8 achievement records. The recommendation is to adopt a shorter retention period in order to reduce storage space and maintenance requirements at the campus and eliminate administrative costs of archiving these records.
  • (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement with U of H for a college work-study program to support the Food Literacy and Inclusion program, which is an HISD interdepartmental collaboration aimed at improving student academic and health outcomes.
  • (H.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent of schools to negotiate, execute, and amend an agreement with the City of Houston to provide reimbursement of costs associated with the School Crossing Guard Program.
  • (I.4) The Board must approve the application for Disaster Aid Assistance, which will allow for a reduction in recapture payments for unreimbursed replacement costs that HISD incurred while responding to damages from Hurricane Harvey.
  • (I.5) The Board must approve the agreement for the purchase of attendance credits from the state to reduce revenue level under the Texas Education Code.
  • (I.6) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute a new natural gas contract.
  • (J.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to executive engagement letters with the approved panel of law firms and to engage other law firms on an as-needed basis to provide legal services for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • (K.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Purchasing and Acquisition, and of a resolution establishing rules and criteria for accepting electronic bids or proposals – First Reading. This policy outlines the rules and criteria for accepting electronic bids or proposals.

What should be happening at the August Board Meeting?

1. Last June, the Houston ISD Board of Education 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 next summer, the HISD Board needs collaboratively and collectively set its budget priorities so the administration can create a budget proposal based on those priorities. The HISD school board needs to map out their priorities and the process for creating the budget based on the LBB analysis of the various programs that were implemented last year.

2. The HISD Board is under investigation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on alleged violations of the Texas Opens Meeting Act and procurement violations. In June 2019, the HISD Board decided to take legal action against the TEA and is using taxpayer’s dollars from an unassigned fund, running HISD into a deeper deficit budget, to pay for their lawyers. Trustees should cooperate with request from the TEA, stop asking for extensions, and terminate their legal actions delaying the TEA’s report of the investigation to the public. Here is a link to a petition asking the Board to do so.