Board of Education Meeting Agenda

September 12, 2019

Key Agenda Items:

*More details on each item can be found below this list
  • (B.1) Board’s Quarterly Self-Evaluations, Staff Use Tracker, Time Use Tracker, and Quarterly Progress Tracker
  • (B.2) Resolution for a November 5, 2019 General Election for HISD School Board for Districts II, III, IV, and VIII
  • (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) Resolution Adopting Property Tax Rate of $1.1367 per $100 and Levying Ad Valorem Taxes for Tax Year 2019
  • (K.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Employee Rights and Privileges: Personal-Management Relations

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

B.1 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. The Board was set to vote on this agenda item at the August board meeting, but passed a motion to postpone this agenda item to the September board meeting.

Core Value Evaluation: Leadership

At the last board meeting, the motion to postpone this agenda item passed 5-4 (Davila, Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo, Lira, Santos, and Sung voted for; Adams, Deigaard, Jones, and Skillern-Jones voted against). The Board spent 16 minutes discussing this item last month and only 25% of their time discussing student outcomes. Unfortunately, this postponement represents a lack of accountability for how meeting time was actually spent in April, May, and June. In future board meetings, the Board should ensure that they focus on student-focused discussions and that they are holding themselves accountable.

B.2 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 the approved polling locations for early voting. The single-member districts that are up for election are District II, III, IV, and VIII. There are 7 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.

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: PeachTree Data, Inc.; Cannon Cochran Management Service, Inc.; Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC; West Interactive Services Corporation; Big Star Branding, Inc.; C & C Sporting Goods; Cheerleading Company; Cousin’s Concert Attire; DeMoulin Brothers and Company; Epluno; Fred J. Miller; Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc.; Glendale Parade Store, LLC; GT Distributors, Inc.; Impact Promotional Services, LLC dba Got You Covered Work-Wear and Uniforms; Its Greek To Me, Inc. dba Champion Teamwear; Leapin Leotards, Ltd.; Prudential Overall Supply; UniFirst Holdings, Inc.; Uniforms, Inc.; Varsity Brands Holding Co., Inc. dba Varsity Spirit Fashions and Supplies, LLC; Charm-Tex; Bob Barker Company, Inc.; Pemica Inc.; Ford Audio-Video Systems LLC.; iBridge Group, Inc; Revolution Data Systems, LLC; Kroger Texas, LP; JD Palatine LLC, dba JDP; Cigna; QCD of America; EyeMed Vision Care; AFLAC; Minnesota Life (Securian); Unum; Hyatt Legal Plan; BFI Waste Services of Texas, L.P. dba Republic Services of Houston; The Burmax Company; Clear Glass Mobile Services Inc.; Hou Tex Newnom dba Hou Tex Glass; Post Oak Construction; STEM Detective, LLC; ABDO Publishing Company dba ABDO Spotlight-Magic Wagon; Asteria Education, Inc. dba ECS Learning; Auth Print Group LLV dba Visualz (formerly Learning ZoneXpress); B.E. Publishing; CS Educational Services, LLC dba ThinkLaw; EDL Holdco ULC dba eDynamic Learning ULC; Edmentum, Inc.; Edvotek Inc.; EL Saber Enterprises, Inc.; Flinn Scientific, Inc; Follett School Solution, Inc.; Frog Publications, Inc; Gateway Education Holdings LLC dba Pearson K12 Learning LLC Hatch, Inc; Lightspeed Technologies, Inc; Multi-Health System Inc.; Paxton Patterson, LLC; ProLiteracy Worldwide dba New Readers Press; Teacher Heaven, Inc.; The Library Store, Inc.; Treasure Bay, Inc; OTC Brands, Inc. dba Oriental Trading Company/Mindware.

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: Benefit Cosmetics; Change Happens; EDF Trading North America (NA); Harvard PTA; Kinder Foundation via HISD Foundation; Marathon Oil Company via HISD Foundation; The Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope (PATCH) Foundation; JCPenney; T.H. Rogers PTO; Lift Memorial Inc.; Mark Twain PTO.

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: Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, in partnership with the Country Music Association Foundation; National Wildlife Federation; Rice University; TEA and Harris County Department of Education Center for Afterschool, Summer, and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids; TEA; University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program; YMCA via Out 2 Learn.

I.4 Resolution Adopting Property Tax Rate of $1.1367 per $100 and Levying Ad Valorem Taxes for Tax Year 2019 (S)

The Board must approve a tax rate that will provide revenue to support the approved 2019-2020 budget through the property tax. The property tax rate will be decreased to $1.1367 per $100; the rate includes a maintenance and operations component of $0.97 and a debt-service component of $0.1667.

K.2 Revisions to Board Policy on Employee Rights and Privileges: Personal-Management Relations – Second Reading (E)

The Board must approve the revised policy on Employee Rights and Privileges. These revisions include updates to procedures and requirements regarding employee representation by organizations. This policy outlines how employee unions interact with the administration for consultation. The proposed changes would make it so employees would elect only one union to represent instructional staff and one to represent non-instructional staff for consultation.

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 Goal 2 and Goal 2 Progress measures 1, 2, and 3. Goal 2 states that “The percentage of graduates meeting the Global Graduate standards as measured by the College and Career Readiness component of the Texas accountability system shall increase three percentage points annually per year from the 2017 graduates baseline of 52 percent up to 67 percent by 2022.”
  • (B.3) The Board must approve the proposed revisions to the monitoring calendar.
  • (I.5) The Board must ratify the use of Self-Insurance Recovery fund the cleanup and repairs at Barbara Jordan HS.
  • (I.6) The Board must approve the Resolution for Foreign Trade Zone status for Seaboard International, Inc. and authorize the Superintendent to execute a payment in lieu of taxes.
  • (J.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to executive engagement letters with three additional law firms – Husch Blackwell, LLP, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, and Dean G. Pappas Law Firm, PLLC – to the panel of law firms they approved at the August board meeting.
  • (K.1) Revisions to Board Policy on Purchasing and Acquisition, and of a resolution establishing rules and criteria for accepting electronic bids or proposals – Second Reading. This policy outlines the rules and criteria for accepting electronic bids or proposals.

What should be happening at the August 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 $56,559.97 bill for their lawyers, which ONLY covers the first 10 weeks of service.