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Key Agenda Items

Board Of Education Meeting Agenda

February 8, 2018

*More details on each item can be found below the list.

  • (J.2 and J.3) Staffing Reductions Due To $200 Million Budget Cuts
  • (K.2) Limitations to Public Participation at School Board Meetings
  • (I.4) Adjustment to Midyear Budget Report Due to Increased Deficit
  • (J.1) Legal Services for District
  • (D.1) Donations Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (D.2) Grants Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (I.1) District Vendors with Contracts Greater Than $100,000

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

J.2 and J.3 Term Contract Employment Areas (J.2) and Continuing Contract Teaching Fields (J.3) For Reduction In Force (I, E, S, L)

District staffing at schools and at central office will be impacted by the $200 budget cut in 2018-2019. Additionally, there is an anticipated reduction in revenues because of Hurricane Harvey. The superintendent recommends that the Board approve the separation from employment due to lack of funds for certain term contract employees (J.2) and for certain continuing contract employees (J.3) for the following reasons:

  • Change in campus staffing/funding models
  • Loss of revenues due to an anticipated decline in property values resulting from Hurricane Harvey
  • Anticipated low enrollments for the 2018-2019 school year at certain campuses
  • Recommended program changes related to the need to improve and/or meet academic needs on some campuses and in some departments
  • Recommended reorganizations based on the needs of the department or campus, including budget adjustments
  • Recapture of district funds necessitating campus and/or departmental reduction in staff

K.2 Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Board Meetings: Public Participation – First Reading (I, L)

The Board must approve the monitoring update for Goal 3 Progress Measure 3.

Goal 3 states: The percentage of graduates that meet the criteria for CCMR as measured in Domain 1 of the state accountability system will increase 8 percentage points from 63% for 2017–18 graduates to 71% for 2022–2023 graduates reported in 2024.

I.4 2017-2018 Midyear Budget Amendment (S)

The Board must approve the midyear budget report that contains the fiscal adjustments for the estimated revenues and appropriations for fiscal year 2017-2018. The original budget deficit was thought to be about $107 million. The current budget deficit is $145 million.

D.3 Approval To Waive A Requirement Of Board Policy DNB(LOCAL) In Light Of The COVID-19 Impact On Normal District Operations (L)

The Board is asked to waive requirements under the district’s School Leader Appraisal System (SLAS) for annual evaluations due to the challenges presented by COVID-19. This would waive the components of the evaluation system that rely on assessment data for campus administrators.

J.1 2018-2019 Panel of Law Firms to Provide Legal Services (S)

The Board must approve a set of law firms to retain for short and long-term projects to provide legal services.

D.1 Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs (S, L)

All donations greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.

Donors: Houston Texans; Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI); Robert Bunge; Black MS PTO; The Stacey and Bo Porter SELF Foundation; Save the Children Federation Inc.; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

D.2 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.

Grantors: TEA; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program; University of North Texas

I.1 Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000 (S, L)

The Board needs to approve vendor awards greater than $100,000.

Vendors: A-Rocket Moving & Storage, Inc.; East End Transfer & Storage, Inc.; Next Level Movers LLC; Pioneer Contract Services, Inc.; Roadrunner, LTD; Food Safety Net Services; Jasper Engines and Transmissions; Abundance Educational Consulting, LLC; Ahead of the Class Educational Services, Inc.; Be GLAD LLC; Community Training and Assistance Center Incorporated (CTAC); Discovery Education, Inc.; Educational Testing Service; Eduphoric, LLC; Epic Collaborative Advisors; Hoonuit LLC; L’Renee & Associates; Mark Spilman Consulting Group LLC; New Teacher Center; Public Consulting Group; Rochelle L. Webb dba 3W Consulting Group LLC; Syfr Learning LLC; The DDance dba Infinite Solutions Enterprises; The Flippen Group; Zoo-phonics, Inc.; 4.0 GPA LLC; Bridge Year; Elite Solutions LLC; Fredericksburg Education Initiative dba SystemGo; GameSalad Inc.; Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston; Heartwork Trending Counseling and Consulting Services, PLLC; Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Inc.; KickStart Kids; Maono Concepts; MG Training Services; National Inventors Hall of Fame; Rock and Roll Academy; Shamelessly Saved Productions; Soaring With Eagles; Netsync Network Solutions (HP Financial Services); ACME Architectural Hardware; Hilltop Securities, Inc. (Previously First Southwest Asset Management); American Mechanical Services of Houston; Daikin Applied; American Mechanical Services of Houston

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.1) The Board must be given approval to appoint trustees to serve as representatives to various internal and external organizations for one- or two-year terms.
  • (E.1 and E.2) The Board needs to approve the renewal of two contracts with Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults for the Community Youth Services program (CYS) – one contract with Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts MS (E.1) and another contract with Park Place ES (E.2). CYS will provide a youth services specialist to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts MS and Park Place ES.
  • (H.1) The Board must authorize the Superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a contraction manager-at-risk contract for Braeburn ES, Jennie Kolter ES, James Mitchell ES, and Walter Scarborough ES.
  • (I.2) The Board must approve the Resolution and Ordinance adopting a 20% penalty under Section 33.08 of the Texas Property Tax Code on tax year 2017 delinquent property taxes.
  • (I.3) The Board must 1) approve the order authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of HISD Limited Tax Schoolhouse Bonds, Series 2018A, 2) approve the superintendent, CFO, or controller to determine the manner of sale and select the underwriting team and to sell the bonds subject to stated parameters, and 3) authorize all other necessary actions for the sale of bonds.
  • (J.4) The Board must approve the adoption of the resolution to waive work days missed and to pay employees for the missed work days on January 16, 2018 and January 17, 2018 as a result of the inclement weather closure of HISD.