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Key Agenda Items

Board Of Education Meeting Agenda

May 10, 2018

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

  • (B.3) The Board Takes the First Step Towards an External Performance Audit of the HISD Budget
  • (D.1) Donations Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (D.2) Grants Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
  • (F.1) Attendance Boundary Option for Students to Attend Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan
  • (F.3) Changes to the Grade-level Configuration for Woodson and the Attendance Boundary for Thomas MS
  • (I.1) District Vendors with Contracts Greater Than $100,000
  • (I.2) 2018-2019 Resource Allocation Handbook

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

B.3 Report and Recommendations from Board Audit Committee (I, L, E, S)

There has not been an external performance audit of the HISD budget since the 90s.  It is so important, now more than ever, to have an audit of the HISD budget to ensure that tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively in HISD.  The audit committee recommends for HISD to seek a firm that can conduct this performance audit and present a full draft report no later than April 2019.

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:  Port of Houston Authority; Ray Cammock Shows, Inc.

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: The University of Texas Health Science Centers; The State of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Raise Your Hand for Texas Education Fund; TEA; Greater Houston Community Foundation c/o XQ The Super School Project; Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) through the U.S. Department of Education 

F.1 Attendance Boundary Option for Students Zoned to Blackshear ES, Lockhart ES, and MacGregor ES to Attend Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan (E)

The Board must approve an optional attendance boundary for Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan (BCMAR) for sixth-grade students who are zoned to Blackshear ES, Lockhart ES, and MacGregor ES.  The optional attendance boundary will be able to provide direct enrollment access to BCMAR for interested neighborhood middle-school students.

F.3 Grade-level Configuration for Woodson Modification and Attendance Boundary Changes for Thomas MS (L)

Woodson is currently an Improvement Required (IR) school that serves kids from prekindergarten to eighth grade.  In order to make required improvements at Woodson, it is recommended that Woodson becomes an elementary school and that the rising sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students be rezoned to Thomas MS, which will have a new attendance boundary.  The Board must approve these modifications to Woodson and the changes to the attendance boundary for Thomas MS.

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

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

Vendors: Hardies Fresh Foods DBA Hardies Fruit & Vegetables Co; Kurz & Co.; Country Pure Foods/Cal-Tex Citrus Juice, LP; Oak Farms Dairy/Southern Foods Group, LLC; SunCup/Gregory Packaging, Inc; The Masters Distribution Systems; Firefly Digital Inc; Whitley Penn, LPP; Stout Risius Ross, LLC; BDO USA, LLP; Weaver and Tidwell, LLP; Baker Tilly Vichow Krause, LLP; Plante & Moran, PLLC; McConnell & Jones LLP; Moss Adams LLP; Visual Risk IQ, LLC; Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC; Ace Mart Restaurant Supply Company; Bridge Transitions Company; Brooks Duplicator Co.; Cengage Learning dba National Geographic Learning; CLS Technology; CompuScholar; Data Projections, Inc.; Eduthings, LLC; Fueleducation K-12 Virtual School; Globaloria, LLC; Johnston Supply; Knolwedge Matters; Lab Resources Inc.; Latavco Consulting Group, LLC; LearnKey; LEGO Education; McGraw-Hill School Education; NAO Global Supply; Nasco International; Nepris, Inc.; PetroEd Multimedia Inc dba Strategic IP Licensing; Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc.; Project Lead The Way; Technical Laboratory Systems, Inc.; The Histrionics Company; TNT Electrical Contractors; Total Seminars; Troxell Communications, Inc.; Virtual Intelligence Providers; VWR International LLC; White Box Learning; Kyrish Truck Centers of Houston; Asteria Education, Inc.;  Mobile Modular Management Corporation; Palomar Modular Buildings, LLC; Alamo Music Center, Inc.; Band Shoppe; Bandstar Musical Instrument, LLC; Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp; Brook Mays Music/H & H Music; Collins Music Center; DF Music Enterprise, Inc.; Fishburn Violin Shop, LLC; Fleming Instrument Repair; Fort Bend Music Center; Hermes Music; High School Music Service; Hillje Music Center; Ironwood Manufacturing, Inc.; Jarvis Industries; MakeMusic, Inc.; Melhart Music Center; Montgomery Country Music Center; Music & Art Center; Music in Motion, Inc.; Music is Elementary; N Tune Music and Sound, Inc.; Olivias Music; Pender’s Music Company; Percussion Center; Periopole; RBC Music Company, Inc.; RhythmBee, Inc.; Romeo Music, LLC; Sam Gibbs Music; Shar Products Company.; SICO America, Inc.; South Texas Band & Formal; Southwest Strings; StageRight Corporation; Steve Weiss Music, Inc.; Tarpley Music Company; Taylor Music, Inc.; Tempest Musical; Instruments, Inc.; Texas Band and Orchestra; The Band Room; The Clavier Group, Inc.; The Director Assistant; The Strings and Horn Shop, Inc.; The Tuba Exchange; Thorn Music Center; Washington Music Sales Center; Wenger Corporation; West Music; Williamson Music Company; Woodwind and Brasswind Worldwide Piano; SHI Government Solutions, Inc.; Jamail & Smith Construction, LP; Brown & Root Industrial Services, LLC; Dura Pier Facilities Services, LTD, dba Facilities Sources Westco Ventures, LLC; JR Thomas Group, Inc.; Southern Sound Systems, Inc.; EMC Corporation dba System Peripherals, Inc.; Shipcom Wireless, Inc.

I.2 2018-2019 Resource Allocation Handbook (I, L, E, S)

The Board must approve the 2018-2019 Resource Allocation Handbook.  HISD uses a weighted student resource allocation formula to fund campus budgets.  Here are the major components of the formula.

Grade-Level Units

  • This is calculated by multiplying the number of students enrolled in each grade level by the Average Daily Attendance percentage for the campus.

Special Population Units

  • State Compensatory Education weight is 0.15. (These units are determined by 50% economically disadvantaged students and 50% at-risk students.)
  • Special Education weight is 0.15
  • Gifted and Talented weight is 0.12
  • Career and Technology weight is 0.35
  • English Language Learners weight is 0.10
  • Homeless weight is 0.05
  • Refugee weight is 0.05

Small School Subsidy

  • The per-student subsidy will increase from $850 to $2,100 for schools with enrollments over 300 but under the threshold set in the handbook.
  • The per-student subsidy will decrease to $1,500 for schools with enrollments under 300.

Other Funding

  • High school campuses will receive $170 per-unit allocation for the High-School Allotment
  • All campuses will receive $10 per student for capital outlay.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (B.1) The Board must approve the expenditures for the runoff election on December 9, 2017 for districts I and III.
  • (B.2) Trustee Flynn Vilaseca is to be reappointed to Position 1 in the Public Facility Corporation and Trustee Jones is to be appointed to Position 3 in the Public Facility Corporation.
  • (D.3, D.4, D.5) The Board must approve the proposed 2018-2019 local calendar for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System, Central Office and Campus-Based Non-Teacher Appraisal System, and School Leader Appraisal System.
  • (E.1) The Board must approve the renaming of the J.R. Reynolds ES Library to The Willie Bell Boone Library.
  • (F.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to execute a contract with Camp Cho-Yeh for outdoor education programming.
  • (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to execute a construction contract with Hayden Paving for the reconstruction of the athletic track at Cowart Stadium.
  • (H.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to execute a staging area site agreement with CenterPoint Energy for the use of stadium sites.
  • (I.3) The Board must allow district employees to act as authorized representatives for financial transactions at TexPool and Lone Star Pools, which are local government investment pools.
  • (I.4) The Board must approve the resolution and interlocal agreement to participate in the Texas Public Energy Alliance and authorize the superintendent to execute a future contract for electricity with the Texas Public Energy Alliance Program.
  • (J.1) The Board must accept the proposed grant funds for the Fine Arts Initiative in District III.
  • (K.1) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Employment Requirements and Restrictions: Medical Examinations and Communicable Diseases – Second Reading. The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) does not require districts to require teachers or other school employees to have a tuberculin (TB) skin test.  Because of this, the district provisions requiring new employees to provide the results of a TB test are recommended for deletion.  If an HISD educator is placed on temporary disability leave because his/her condition interferes with regular duties, then he/she has the right to present testimony or other relevant information to his/her fitness to continue working.
  • (K.2) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Employment Practices – Second Reading. The proposed revisions were made to satisfy policy requirements from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to be in line with current district practices.