Key Agenda Items:
- (A.2) 2019 – 2020 District Budget
- (D.1) 2019 – 2020 Code of Student Conduct
- (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.6) 2018 – 2019 Encumbrances and Fund Commitments into Fiscal year 2019 – 2020
- (I.7) 2018 – 2019 Year End Budget Amendment
- (K.3) Updates to HISD Board’s Goals and Progress Measures to Change Constraint 3 into Goal 4
The HISD Board is scheduled to vote on the 2019-2020 district budget at this meeting. HISD’s $2.1 billion budget does not currently include step-increases for their teachers, but does include higher health insurance costs for employees. The Board will schedule another special board meeting later in June or July to amend the budget to include salary increases for their teachers. Additionally, HISD’s budget deficit is $44,018,299, and will be funded from the assigned fund balance for North Forest construction projects ($8,490,000) and the unassigned fund balance ($35,528,299). HISD administration is currently processing the changes HB 3 has made to the school finance system, including removing and adding allotments, altering the structure of the recapture formula, and funding full-day prekindergarten. Based on these changes, administration may have additional budget updates moving into the new school year.
The Code of Student Conduct (Code) illustrates the rights and responsibilities of HISD students and the expected student conduct in schools. Additionally, the Code specifies the disciplinary consequences in response to student misconduct and the appeal options for parent and guardians in response to disciplinary consequences.
The Board needs to approve vendor awards greater than $100,000 and ratify vendor awards under $100,000.
List of Vendors: ABDO Publishing; Bound to Stay Bound; Coughlan Companies, Inc. DBA Capstone; Delaney Educational Solutions; DLB Books; Follett School Solutions, Inc; Hertzberg-New Method, Inc. DBA Perma-Bound Books; Jade Distributing; Keystone Books & Media; Library Sales (SEBCO); Mackin Educational Resources; Maker Maven; MT Library Services DBA Junior Library Guild; Rainbow Books Rosen Publishing; World Book; Attainment Company, Inc.; Audio Optical Systems of Austin, Inc.; BrainPOP LLC; Briton Education LLC dba Insights to Behavior; Kaplan Early Learning Company; N2Y LLC; Notable Inc. DBA KAMI; Prentke Romich Company dba PRC-Saltillo; Super Duper Inc. dba Super Duper Publications; A-1 Personnel of Houston, Inc.; ARGUS Talent LLC; iSphere Innovation Partner, LLC; Midtown Personnel, Inc.; Paradigm Group, Inc.; RITEK Solutions Inc; SoftHQ, Inc.; Virtual Intelligence Providers, LLC; Milliman, Inc.; Chancellor’s Ballroom LLC, DBA Lemond Kitchen; Agile Sports Technologies, Inc. dba HUDL; Sysco Houston, Inc.; Vistar of Houston; Thompson & Horton, LLP; Ellen Williams; People’s Education, Inc. dba Mastery Education; Pitsco Education; Teacher Heaven, Inc.; WatchGuard Video; Pinnacle Office Group dba Popsmart Technologies; Ion Wave Technologies; Seidlitz Education, LLC; Certica Solutions Inc.; Infection Controls, Inc. dba GermBlast; Idemia Identity & Security USA, LLC; Blackboard Inc.; Granicus, Inc; Med-Tech Design Associates, Inc.; Communities in Schools; Fire & Life Safety America (FLSA); BMF Solutions; Catapult Learning; Arbor Scientific; Educator’s Depot, Inc.; Pitsco Education; Southern Science Supply; Transfinder Corporation; Moak Casey & Associates; StemStart, LLC; Applied Educational Systems, Inc.; Cirkled In, Inc.; Eagle United USA, Inc dba/Eagle Mountain Flag and Flagpole.
All donations greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.
List of donors: Flint Hills Resources via Koch Companies Public Sector; Travis Elementary PTA; Mark Twain ES PTO; Ray Cammack Shows Inc.; Flint Hills Resources; Heart of America Foundation and Abbvie Foundation via Strategic Partnership; The Hartford via HISD Foundation; KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL); Schlumberger; Lamar Business Resource Council via HISD Foundation; The Powell Foundation via HISD Foundation; Whole Kids Foundation via HISD Foundation; Pin Oak MS PTO; Sasol Fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisinana.
All grant funds greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.
List of grantors: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD); United Health Foundation and Recipe for Success Foundation; Rice University, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Engagement; Rice University via the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; South Texas Office of Refugees (STOR), YMCA of Greater Houston; The Center for Afterschool, Summer, and Enrichment for Kids (CASE for Kids), a division of Harris County Department of Education.
The funds, except for campus funds, that are not expended at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, but are obligated through the issuance of a purchase order or a funds commitment will be carried into the next fiscal year. These funds must be appropriated into the new budget year, and the encumbered and committed amounts will be presented to the Board after the year-end financial statements are closed and balances can be determined.
The Board must approve the Year-End Budget Amendment that illustrates the fiscal adjustments to the estimated revenues and appropriations for fiscal year 2018-2019.
Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:
- (D.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to execute an agreement renewal with the Harris County Juvenile Board to ensure the continuation of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program for expelled students.
- (D.3) Every year, HISD must enter into contract negotiations for services for students with disabilities. The Board must authorize the superintendent to execute the agreements and interlocal memorandums of understanding with community agencies, residential facilities, and educational service providers for appraisal, related, instructional, transportation, and consultant services as needed by staff members and students with disabilities.
- (D.4) The Board must authorize the superintendent to execute a contract with the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center for support of five HISD magnet schools.
- (D.5) Texas Connections Academy at Houston is an HISD campus charter that provides an online school program. The Board must approve the submission of course waiver request for Texas Connections Academy to the TEA for the next 3 school years.
- (D.6) The Board must approve the waivers from local board policy, submission to the TEA of requests for waivers from state policy, and submission to the TEA of waivers for low attendance days.
- (F.1) The Board must approve the use of state and industry certifying agencies enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming.
- (I.4) The Board must approve the resolution authorizing the issuance of lease revenue refunding bonds by the HISD Public Facility Corporation, authorize the execution and delivery of an amended and restated lease agreement and other related agreements, and authorize all other necessary actions for sale of the bonds.
- (I.5) The Board must approve the recommended budgets for Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, Carl Perkins, and Idea-B grant funds and authorize the administration to submit the appropriate application to the TEA.
- (J.1) HISD issued an RFQ to identify a vendor to perform IT internal audit projects. The vendor selected was BDO USA, LLC and the Board must authorize the superintendent to execute an addendum extending the agreement with this vendor.
- (K.1) Revisions to Board Policy on Academic Achievement: Class Ranking – Second Reading. HISD proposes updates to class ranking requirements and to the timing that student GPAs and rankings are generated.
- (K.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Testing Programs – Second Reading. Some of the proposed revisions relate to the language regarding opting out of state testing, the use of electronic devices, and the teacher test assignment.