Key Agenda Items
*More details on each item can be found below the list.
- (D.1) Renewal Agreements with HISD Contract Charter Schools for the 2019-2020 School Year
- (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
- (K.1) HISD Board Plans to Not Spend More Than 50% of its Time on Non-Student Outcomes
- (K.3) Fewer Observations, Walkthroughs, and Conferences for Effective and Highly Effective Teachers
- (K.5) Changes to the Structure of HISD School Board Public Meetings
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)
D.1 Renewal Agreements with HISD Contract Charter Schools for the 2019-2020 School Year (I, L)
HISD may grant a charter to an educational entity when 1) the entity submits a petition to the HISD school board and 2) a letter of agreement is executed between the local district and petitioners. The students enrolled in an in-district charter school may be included in the school districts enrollment numbers, but the board does not have governing rights over the schools. Eight contract charter schools are requesting negotiations of their agreements with HISD: Energized for Excellence Academy; E-STEM Southeast and Southwest campuses; Inspired for Excellence Academy, Inc.; Mount Carmel Academy; Texas Connections Academy @Houston; Texas Southern University Charter School; Young Learners Charter School; Young Scholars Academy for Excellence.
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.
Vendors: Bake Crafters Food Co; Braun Beef Company; Churchfield Trading Co Inc; ConAgra Foods, Inc; Dawn Food Products Inc.; Gold Creek Foods, LLC; Good Source Solutions Inc/DBA Tools For Schools; Heart of Texas Biscuits; Integrated Food Service; Jake’s Finer Foods; J.T.M. Provision Co. Inc.; Land O’ Lakes; The Masters Distribution Systems; Rich Chicks LLC; Tyson Prepared Foods, Inc./Tyson Sales & Distribution, Inc./Tyson Refrigerated Processed Meats, Inc./AdvancePierre Foods, Inc./The Hillshire Brands Company; Paleteria El Pibe, INC; Netsync Network Solutions; Wood Alternator and Starter Service; Advance Secure Tech, LLC; Benco Systems, Inc.; BLTI Services, LLC; CLS Technology, Inc.; Hi-Tek Sound & Signal, Inc.; Westco Ventures, LLC; 1Studentnest, Inc; 4.0 GPA LLC; Admore Behavior Therapy; Alliance Financial Ministries; From the Heart International Educational Services; Growing Minds Consulting, LLC; Houston Elite Risk Management; The KNEW Solutions; Mafasa’s Pride Rites of Passage; The National Literacy Professional Development Consortium; One Houston One Hood; revision; Robert Jackson Consulting; Youth Advocacy TEAM; Next Level Urgent Care, LLC; 4.0 GPA, LLC; Alar Institute Inc.; Dr. Hope Consulting, Training & Education Services; Go Strategic Management Services; Growing Minds Consulting, LLC; Kamico Instructional Media, Inc; The K.N.E.W. Solutions; Leetris Systems, LLC; Listo Translating Services & More, LLC; Youth Advocacy TEAM; Off Duty Services Inc.; Street Force LLC; Fernandez Investment Group, Inc. DBA Cop Stop; BlazinBrook Management; Kingdom Builder’s Center; Cap Fleet Upfitters, LLC; Tommie Vaughn Motors, Inc; MSC Industrial Supply Co.; SHI Government Solutions, Inc; Universe Technical Translation, Inc.; MasterWord Services, Inc.; Longhorn Bus Sales, LLC; Masters Transportation Inc; Thomas Bus Gulf Coast GP, Inc; Rich Chicks; EAN Holdings, LLC. dba Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Pinnacle Medical Management
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.
Donors: Oran Roberts ES PTO; Shell Oil Company Foundation; The 100 Club, Inc.; CLI Studios; Hobby Center Foundation; Music Doing Good, Inc.; Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts MS PTO; Red ES PTO; Robert Bunge & Dianne Murata via Noble Energy; American Heart Association via Strategic Partnerships; Texas Children’s Hospital/American Heart Association
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.
Grantors: Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation; Hanban; U.S. Department of Education; TEA; Department of State Health Services; American Theatre Wing in collaboration with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative; City of Houston, administered by the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids; Sewa International, USA, via HISD Foundation
K.1 HISD Board Plans to Not Spend More Than 50% of its Time on Non-Student Outcomes Revisions to Board Policy on Educational Philosophy – Second Reading (I, L, S, C)
In the second reading for HISD’s Board Policy on Educational Philosophy, the HISD Board added a constraint limiting the percentage of time it may spend discussing non-student outcomes to less than 50%, which is the TEA’s recommendation. The HISD Board spent 15% of their time discussing student outcomes in the fall of 2018, 19% of their time in January, and 11% of their time in February.
K.3 Fewer Observations, Walkthroughs, and Conferences for Effective and Highly Effective Teachers (Revisions to Board Policy on Performance Appraisal: Evaluation of Teachers – First Reading) (I, L)
After receiving feedback from stakeholder groups across HISD, the Board is considering modifying the Teacher Appraisal and Development System (TADS) for effective and highly effective teachers in HISD. For the next school year, the priority is to provide a modified version of TADS (M-TADS), so effective or highly effective teachers will require fewer observations, walkthroughs, and conferences.
K.5 Changes to the Structure of HISD School Board Public Meetings Revisions to Board Policy on Board Meetings: Public Participation – First Reading (L, C)
This agenda item seeks to revise procedures for speakers to agenda items, speakers to Hearing of Citizens, and awards and recognitions. If an individual wants to speak regarding an agenda item, board monitoring, or student outcomes presentation – “agenda items” – that individual may do so on the day of Agenda Review. If an individual wants to speak regarding any District-related matter, that individual may do so at Hearing of Citizens at the regularly scheduled board meetings. Most awards and recognitions for students and employees will be presented at the respective campus or department. National or state awards and recognitions will be presented at the regularly scheduled board meetings.
Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:
- (D.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute an addendum to the contract between HISD and Camp Management and Camp Olympia for a budget increase of $60,000.
- (E.1) The Board must approve a contract with Harris County for the Absent Student Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of student absences at participating schools.
- (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a contract with Charter Roofing Co. for roof replacement at Garden Oaks Montessori and Sharpstown International School.
- (H.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to adjust the budget and negotiate, execute, and amend all necessary contract with Chamberlin Houston, LLC for the renovation of Heights HS.
- (H.3) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a construction contract with M Scott Construction, Inc. for additions and renovations at Stephen Waltrip HS.
- (I.4) The Board must adopt the resolution approving the Debt Management Policy in order to improve the quality of decisions and provide justification for the structure of debt issuance.
- (I.5) The Board must approve the purchase of property insurance from various insurers and authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute the purchase of up to $250M in property insurance coverage from April 1, 2019 – April 1, 2020.
- (K.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Training and Orientation – Second Reading. The HISD Board Policy Committee – consisting of Trustee Santos (Chair), Trustee Lira, and Trustee Deigaard – recommends adding a Team Building section to the board policy on Board Members: Training and Orientation.
- (K.4) Revisions to Board Policy on Board Internal Organization: Internal Committees – First Reading. The Board proposed to change the language in this policy to include “in conjunction with Board Counsel and the Office of General Counsel” in the paragraph on the purpose of the Audit Committee.