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Key Agenda Items

Board Of Education Meeting Agenda

March 8, 2018

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

  • (B.2) The Board Calls for a Budget Workshop on the Merits of Two Funding Models: FTE and PUA
  • (D.1) Donations Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (D.2) Grants Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (E.1) Harris County Constable Deputies to Help with Reducing Student Absences
  • (F.1) Victory Preparatory K-8 Academy School Closure
  • (I.1) District Vendors with Contracts Greater Than $100,000
  • (J.1 and J.2) Staffing Reductions Due to $115 Million Budget Cuts and Potential Change in Funding Model
  • (K.1) Limitations in Public Participation at School Board Meetings

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

B.2 Board Workshop on Budget Development (I, E, S, L)

HISD currently uses a decentralized funding model called the per-unit allocation (PUA), which assigns a set amount of money per student, with increases to the base amount for each child based on various categories/needs. Those dollars then go to the student’s school, and the principal gets to decide how to allocate funds on his/her campus. District administrators recently proposed an alternative, centralized funding system called the full-time equivalent (FTE) model, in which the district will ensure that every school has certain positions, and then the schools will receive dollars based on the positions rather than the number of students they serve. Trustee Sung, Trustee Flynn Vilaseca, and Trustee Lira are calling for a workshop on the merits of the PUA and FTE funding models to occur no later than March 31, 2018.

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: Texas Instruments; The Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, LLC; ExxonMobil; Harvard PTA; Recovery Houston Foundation; Beesley Family Foundation; HISD Foundation; Freddy O’Pry Enterprises; HISD Foundation on behalf of Noble Energy.

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: Southern Core Supply; State of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; City of Houston – Mayor’s After-School Achievement Program (ASAP); Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries; Hanban and the College Board.

E.1 Contract with Harris County Constable Precinct 6 for the Absent Student Assistance Program (I, E)

The Board needs to approve a contract with the Harris County Commissioners Court for the Absent Student Assistance Program (ASAP), which is a program that plans to reduce the number of student absences at Heights HS; Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center; and Sterling HS. (Additional schools may choose to participate by sending a request to the Academics Area Office.) This contract allows the Harris County Commissioners Court to designate the Harris County Precinct Six Constable Office to service the ASAP agreement by providing deputies for full-time truancy efforts.

F.1 Closure of Victory Preparatory K-8 Academy (I)

On February 5, Victory Preparatory K-8 Academy, an in-district charter school, informed HISD that it was terminating their contract with HISD due to financial reasons and not being able to pay their teachers. The last day of school for the 300 students who attended this school was February 16, 2018. HISD worked with the students and their families to make sure all of the students’ academic needs were met and that they are enrolled at another HISD school.

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

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

Vendors: Project Storm, LLC; Storm-Tex Services, LLC DBA Double Oak Storm Tex; Zayo Group; Big House Sound, Inc.; Infinity Sound LTD; NSEC, LLC; Norcostco, Inc.; Sweetwater Music Education Technology; Woodwind & Brasswind, Inc.; The TASC Group, LLC dba TASC A/V; StageLight Inc.; Admore Care LLC; Witty Inventions in Multimedia Design; American Mechanical Services of Houston, LLC; Paragon Sports Constructors; Beynon Sports Surfaces, Inc.; Paleteria El Pibe; Audio Visual Aids Corp.; AVES Audio Visual Systems, Inc.; B&H Foto & Electronics Corp.; Troxell Communications, Inc.; Waste Management; Dell Marketing, LP.; Urban Harvest, Inc.

J.1 and J.2 Term Contract Employment Areas (J.1) and Continuing Contract Teaching Fields (J.2) For Reduction In Force (I, E, S, L)

These two agenda items were originally on the February agenda, but they were tabled to be further vetted before voting. Next school year, district staffing at schools and at central office will be impacted by a $115 million dollar budget cut, a cut that was previously thought to be $208 million, and an anticipated reduction in revenues because of Hurricane Harvey. However, there will not be a reduction in force for individuals in critical shortage areas, which include secondary math 7-12, secondary science 7-12, secondary English 7-12, bilingual education, and certain areas of special education. The superintendent recommends that the Board approve the separation from employment due to lack of funds for certain term contract employees (J.1) and for certain continuing contract employees (J.2) 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.1 Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Board Meetings: Public Participation – Second Reading (I, L)

The time limit a speaker may speak will be limited to one minute for Hearing of Citizens and to two minutes for agenda items. Registered speakers previously had three minutes to speak for Hearing of Citizens and for agenda items. If a speaker is registered to speak on multiple agenda items and for Hearing of Citizens, then the speaker will be given a total of two minutes to speak. Previously, if a speaker is registered to speak on multiple agenda items and for Hearing of Citizens, then the speaker had five minutes to speak. During the First Reading of this agenda item at the February board meeting, the board voted to pass this policy measure.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.1) The Board must approve the expenditures for the general election for HISD single-member districts I, V, VI, VII, and IX and for the special election for HISD single-member district III on November 7, 2017.
  • (H.1) The Board must approve to establish a budget and to execute all necessary contracts for improvements at Hilliard ES.
  • (H.2) The Board must authorize the Superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend an agreement with the City of Houston for the improvement and construction of SPARK Parks at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, Walnut Bend ES, and Henry Petersen ES.
  • (I.2) The Board must authorize the Superintendent to execute agreements with the primary approved bond and disclosure counsel firms. Expect an HISD Bond proposal soon.
  • (I.3) The Board must approve the resolution authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of HISD maintenance tax notes.
  • (J.3) The Board must approve the panel of law firms that will provide legal services.