Board of Education Meeting Agenda

October 10, 2019

Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (A.2) Approval of the Board Monitoring Update
  • (B.1) Resolution for a November 5, 2019 General Election for HISD School Board for Districts II, III, IV, and VIII
  • (B.2) Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluations, Staff Use Tracker, Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker
  • (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)

A.2 Approval of the Board Monitoring Update (I)

The Board must approve the board monitoring update for Goal 1 Progress Measure 1 and Goal 3 Progress Measure 1 and 2. Goal 1 states “the percentage of students reading and writing at or above grade level as measured by the percent of students at the Meets Grade Level standard on STAAR for grade 3 through English II shall increase by three percentage points annually from 37% to 46% between spring 2017 and spring 2020.” Goal 3 states “among students who exhibit below satisfactory performance on state assessments, the percentage who demonstrate at least one year of academic growth, as measured by the STAAR Progress Measure, shall increase three percentage points annually in reading and in math from 57 percent in spring 2017 to 66 percent in spring 2020.”

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 amended resolution ordering a general election (on November 5, 2019) for the HISD Board of Education with a partially complete list of polling locations. The single-member districts that are up for election are District II, III, IV, and VIII. There are 5 candidates running in District II, 2 in District III, 4 in District IV, and 2 in District VIII. On August 22, Houston GPS hosted an HISD candidate forum. Click here to view our forum and click here to see who we endorsed.

B.2 Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluations, Staff Use Tracker, Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker  (L)

The Board must approve the quarterly self-evaluations, Board Staff Use Tracker, Board Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker. This agenda item is for the eleventh quarter (July 2019, August 2019). At agenda review, the Board voted on their tenth quarterly self-evaluations, postponing their vote not only in their August board meeting, but also in their September board meeting.

Core Value Evaluation: Leadership

While the Board failed to timely vote on their previous quarterly self-evaluations, the Board should keep themselves accountable for where they currently stand. Board members should ensure that they focus on student-focused discussions and that they are keeping themselves accountable.

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: Buckeye Cleaning Center – Houston; Competitive Choice, Inc.; MSC Industrial Supply Company; Pollock Investments; Priority Towing, Inc.; SOS Collision, Inc.; Kyrish Truck Center of Houston; Priority Towing, Inc.; SOS Collision, Inc.; Michigan Institute of Aeronautics, Inc. dba MIAT College of Technology; Prather Creations, LLC; Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc.; BCK Interests, LLC dba Fuel Control Solutions; Alpha Building Corporation; Amstar Inc; Basic IDIQ Inc; Brown and Root Industrial Services LLC; DuraPier Facilities Services dba Facilities Sources; E Contractors; Gomez Floor Covering, Inc. dba GFC Contracting; Jamail & Smith Construction; Lee Construction and Maintenance Company dba LMC Corporation; RS Commercial Construction; The Janik Group; The Burmax Company; Kudelski Security, Inc.; SHI Government Solutions, Inc.; Data Projections, Inc.; Netsync Network Solutions, Inc.; Voice Products, Inc.; Frontline Technologies Group, LLC, dba Frontline Education; A Status Construction; JR Thomas Group, Inc.; Just Construction; Just Construction; Milam & Co. Painting, Inc.; Post Oak Construction; Quadra Mind Enterprises, Inc.; Westco Ventures, LLC; Blackmon Mooring Services, LTD; JR Thomas Group, Inc.; Baseline Paving and Construction; ERC Environmental & Construction Services; Millennium Project Solutions; Westco Ventures, LLC; Argument – Driven Inquiry, LLC; ByteSpeed Computers; Dream Ranch Office Supplies; Mimeo.com, Inc., dba The SchoolPlanner Company; National Science Teachers Association; Positive Promotions, Inc.; Shmoop University, Inc.; Trinity3, LLC dba Trinity Technology; Illuminate Education, Inc.; Heartland Payment Systems, LLC, dba Heartland School Solutions; New Direction Solution, LLC, dba Bilingual Therapies; SchoolMint, Inc.; ALC Schools, LLC.

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: Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages; Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company (HFOTCO), LLC; Kroger; Ramesh and Radhika Hariharan Foundation; Reliant, an NRG Company; South Main Baptist Church; Good Sports.

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: City of Houston Council Members: Jerry Davis and Robert Gallegos; Qatar Foundation International (QFI); Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC); Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; U.S. Department of Education; VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (A.1) Approval of personal services performed by the Superintendent.
  • (B.3) The board president will announce the status of each board member’s continuing education. This announcement must be held at the last meeting before the district’s election date.
  • (D.1) The Board must approve the certified appraisers for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • (I.4) The Board must ratify the use of the Self-Insurance Recovery Fund (SIRF) for East Early College to fund the clean-up and repairs from a fire in August 2019.
  • (I.5) The Board must approve the negotiation and the execution of an interlocal agreement with Region 19 Education Service Center.

What should be happening at the October board meeting?

1. The Houston ISD Board of Education should be editing the language and changes of their in-district charter agreements. If the policies are set at the beginning of the year, the Board should be able to accept charter agreements by the end of the calendar year and approve them in January, avoiding the potential of closing a school in April or May.

2. 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 next summer, the HISD Board needs to collaboratively and collectively set its budget priorities so the administration can create a budget proposal based on those priorities. The HSID 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. 

3.  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 taxpayers’ dollars from unassigned funds, running HISD into a deeper deficit, to pay for their lawyers. The HISD Board should cooperate with requests from the TEA, stop asking for extensions, and terminate their legal actions. So far, the Board has accrued a $68,262.47 bill for their lawyers, which ONLY covers the first 15 weeks of service.