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Key Agenda Items

Board Of Education Meeting Agenda

June 10, 2021

*More details on each item and additional areas of concern during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found below the list.

  • (A.2) Acceptance of Board Monitoring Update: Presentation of Goal 1 Progress Measure 3 and Goal 2 Progress Measure 3 

  • (A.3) Approval of the 2021–2022 Recommended Budget

  • (F.1) Approval of the 2021–2022 Code of Student Conduct.

  • (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 District-wide and School-Specific Programs

  • (I.8) Approval of the June Budget Amendment.


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

A.2 Acceptance of Board Monitoring Update: Presentation of Goal 1 Progress Measure 3 and Goal 2 Progress Measure 3 (I)

The Board must approve the monitoring update for Goals 1 and 2 Progress Measure 3.

Goal 1 states: The percentage of grade 3 students performing at or above grade level in reading as measured by the Meets Grade Level Standard on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will increase 8 percentage points from 42 percent in spring 2019 to 50 percent in spring 2024.

Goal 2 states: The percentage of grade 3 students performing at or above grade level in math as measured by the Meets Grade Level Standard on STAAR will increase 8 percentage points from 46 percent in spring 2019 to 54 percent in spring 2024.

Core Value Evaluation: Impact

The Board has set a self-constraint to spend at least 50% of its time monitoring student outcomes (as recommended by Lone Star Governance) by the second quarter of 2022. The monthly Board Monitoring Update is the Board’s almost exclusive opportunity to discuss student outcome goals, which means this item should increasingly take up more of Board meetings. The Board must work toward this commitment to better serve our students.

A.3 Approval of the 2021–2022 Recommended Budget (S, L)

The Board will consider the proposed 2021-2022 district budget. The budget totals over $2 billion, which includes step increases for employees on the teacher salary schedule, raises for Elementary principals, an increase in allocation for special education, and device maintenance for the new devices purchased for students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget reflects an increased recapture payment of over $201 million to the state due to rising property values and declining student enrollment. The budget deficit is $82,076,315. Outside of the budget, the district is receiving around $804 million in COVID-19 relief funding to address learning loss and expenses the district continues to have due to the pandemic.

Core Value Evaluation: Stewardship and Leadership

Overseeing the district budget is one of the key responsibilities of school board trustees, who act as stewards of taxpayer money to ensure students receive the resources and funding they need. The goal should always be to have a balanced, sustainable budget that aligns with district goals, however, the continued effects of the pandemic have complicated this year’s budget. While it is difficult to expect a fully balanced budget, the board must still strive to make sound decisions for the future of the district. If the Board is going to make amendments to the proposed budget, they should avoid: 1. decreasing the Per Unit Allocation for students, 2. allowing recurring costs to be covered by fund balance or other one-time funding sources like ESSR funds without a plan for integration into the general budget, and 3. cutting costs without understanding the impact on student learning and outcomes.

F.1 Approval of the 2021–2022 Code of Student Conduct (E, L)

The Code of Student Conduct (Code) illustrates the rights and responsibilities of HISD students and the expected student conduct in schools. Additionally, the Code specifies the disciplinary consequences in response to student misconduct and the appeal options for parents and guardians in response to disciplinary consequences. Changes from last year include updates to comply with laws and local policies and clarification of the appeals process for disciplinary action.

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: GreenLight Credentials, LLC; iMentor Incorporated; Khan Academy Inc. dba Khan Academy; MaiaLearning, Inc.; Pointful Education, Inc.; Precision Camera, Inc. dba Precision Camera & Video; Scoir, Inc.; Teachers First, LLC; Minnesota Life Insurance Company (Securian): UNUM Life Insurance Company of America (Disability; MetLife Legal Plans, Inc; Green Planet, Inc.; Legacee International Environmental Services, Inc. dba Legacee Environmental; Aquarium Environments, Inc. dba Fish Gallery; Jonathan Anderson dba Aquarium Dreams; Omni Financial Group, Inc; Anonymous Alerts; Alarmax Distributors Inc.; Southwaste Disposal, LLC; FireTron, Inc.; Blackboard, Inc.; Communities in Schools of Houston, Inc.; Double Oak Erosion, Inc.; KKS Environmental, LLC; Carrier Rental Systems, Inc.; Daikin Applied Americas Inc.; United Rentals (North America) Inc.; Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc.; Gulf Coast Paper Company; Staples Contract and Commercial, Inc.; Alvin Equipment Company, LLC; BWI Companies, Inc; Clark Equipment Company; Homer J. Wood dba Wood Alternator and Starter Service; Hustler Turf Equipment, Inc.; Kubota Tractor Corporation; Longhorn, Inc.; Metro Golf Cars Inc. dba Metro Golf Cars; OMKARA 2750, LLC dba American Golf Cars; Simplot AB Retail, Inc. dba Simplot Grower Solutions, Simplot Partners, Simplot Turf & Horticulture; 806 Technologies, Inc.; CSM Consulting, Inc.; DM Electrical and Construction, LLC; Ohms Electrical Services; TNT Electrical Contractors; Trio Electric, LLC; Young Electrical Services; Darlene King dba Sopas de Letras kings word search contest; Land O’ Lakes; MCI Foods, Inc.; Red Gold, LLC; S.A. Piazza & Associates, LLC; The Stepping Stones Group, LLC; The Stepping Stones Group, LLC; Crabtree GLOBO, LLC; Connections Academy of Texas, LLC dba TCAH; Tip Top tux, LLC DBA Al’s Formal Wear, Dapper & Dashing, Dream; Dress Express, Savvi Formal Wear, American Commodore Tuxedo; Cape Equipment & Services, LLC dba LSS Digital Print Finishing Systems; Accelerate Learning, Inc.; Act, Inc.; American Reading Company; Apex Learning, Inc.; Bulb, Inc.; Connection Education, LLC dba Pearson Online & Blended Learning K-12 USA; Curriculum Associates, LLC; Dos Terra Limited Liability Company dba Sibme; Edmentum, Inc.; Educational IDEAS, Inc. dba Ballard & Tighe, Publishers; Ellevation, Inc;. Enome, Inc.; ExploreLearning, LLC; Follet School Solutions, Inc.; Gateway Education Holdings, LLC dba Savvas Learning Company, LLC; Greenwood Publishing Group, LLC dba Heinemann Imagine learning, Inc.; Ingram Industries, Inc. dba VitalSource Technologies, LLC; Innovations for Learning, Inc.; Learning A-Z, LLC; Library Video Company dba Safari Montage; McGraw-Hill Education, Inc. dba McGraw Hill, LLC; Mesa Cloud, Inc.; Newsela, Inc.; Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA); Perfection Learning Company; Public Consulting Group, Inc.; Rally! Education; Renaissance Learning, Inc.; School Specialty, LLC; Summit K12 Holdings, Inc.; Teacher Created Materials, Inc.; Thinkmap, Inc. dba; UTJ Holdco, Inc. dba Teaching Strategies, LLC; Achieve3000, Inc.; Attainment Company, Inc.; Edgenuity, Inc.; Footsteps2Brillance, Inc.; Imagination Station, Inc. dba Istation; IXL Learning, Inc.; Lexia Learning Systems, LLC; Mind Research Institute; The DBQ Company dba The DBQ Project Turnitin, LLC; Discovery Education, Inc.; Don Johnston Incorporated Empirical Resolution, Inc. dba; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company dba Math Solutions; ICLE; No Tears Learning, Inc. dba Learning Without Tears; NoRedInk, Corp.; Scholastic, Inc.; Texthelp, Inc.; ABC-CLIO, LLC; Accelerate Education Incorporated; Beable Education, Inc.; Cengage Learning, Inc.; Intelitek, Inc.; KISS Institute for Practical Robotics; Mentoring Minds, L.P.; Rebecca Nellina Bryant dba BetterRhetor Resources, LLC; Rosetta Stone, Ltd.; A Yancy Life Transition Center; Adaptive Instructional Modeling, LLC; After School to Achieve, LLC; A.I.R. Project; Art-ucation dba Abrakadoodle Greater Metro Houston; Be A Champion, Inc.; BlazinBrook Management, LLC; Comuniquemos, Inc.; CSCRM, Inc. dba Jump Bunch; Doris Keener dba DK Highsteppers; Educational Concepts, LLC; Eric Russell Cork dba International Write Now, Inc.; FotoFest, Inc.; Fundamentals for Education; InnerChange, LLC dba InnerChange Consulting Group; Juanita Hines dba Regional Consulting; Language Kids Houston, LLC dba Language Kids World; Little Scientists, Inc. dba Mad Science of Houston; On the Grow; Positive Black Male Association of Houston, Inc;. Prelude Music Foundation; Rachael Diane Olmos-Guzman GO-Strategic Management Services; The Children’s Museum, Inc. dba The Children’s Museum of Houston; Training and Leadership Consulting (TLC); Urban Stem; Writers in the Schools; Young Men’s Christian Association of the Greater Houston Area dba YMCA of Greater Houston; Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston; 4 pt 0 Growth Productivity Accountability dba 4.0 GPA; BridgeYear; Fredericksburg Education Initiative, Inc. dba SystemGo; Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston; Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Inc.; Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation dba KickStart Kids; National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc.; Soaring with Eagles; Cherish Our Children, Inc.; GENAustin dba Girls Empowerment Network; Home Run Hitters International Inc.; Studentnest, Inc. Thrive Academics, Inc.; AKK Services, LLC dba Art & Kustom Kreations; Alliance Financial Ministries, Inc.; Comp-U-Dopt, Inc.; Iconoclast Artists; Irene F. Greaves dba Lovescaping, LLC; JFINTV Studios, LLC; The Knight School America, LLC; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston; Catapult Learning, LLC; C.A. Community Services, Inc.; D.A.R.E. America; Derrick Stinson dba D.S. Kids Choice, LLC; iKids, Inc.; Intelitek, Inc.; Nadia Bruner dba Suttle Freeman, LLC; Sisters Empowering S.I.S.T.A.S. Inc.; University Instructors, Inc.; 1Studentnest, Inc.; Adaptive Instructional Modeling LLC; BE A CHAMPION, Inc.; BLAZINBROOK MANAGEMENT, LLC; Cannon Educational Resources, LLC; Catapult Learning West, LLC; Demetra Claudette Jones dba Training and Leadership Consulting, LLC; Educational Concepts, LLC; Focus Care Inc. dba FEV Tutor, Inc.; Fun Da Mentals For Education, LLC; iEducateUSA; Intervene K-12, Inc.; Making It Better dba Literacy Now; Math-A-Matics Tutoring, LLC; Public Consulting Group, LLC; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with an Urban Perspective, Inc.; Thompson Educational Consulting, Inc.; Trice Education Resources, Inc.; Catapult Learning West, LLC; Greater Minds, Inc.; Juanita Hines dba Regional Consulting; Learn It Systems, LLC; Suttle Freeman, LLC; Thrive Academics, Inc; Felecia N. German dba German Consulting and Resources, LLC; Perfect Teamplay, Inc.; Victoria Gray dba Victory Group; Catapult Learning West, LLC; CSD Holdings I, LLC dba At-Home Tutoring Services; Culture of Health – Advancing Together; Debbie Littles dba Logistical Concepts, LLC; Julia B. Chapa Leeper dba EDU Specialist, LLC; Kerwen Group, Inc. dba Huntington Learning Center, LLC; Little Scientists, Inc. dba Mad Science of Houston; Mario Frank Campanaro dba The Literacy Group, LLP; Meghan E. Sankowski dba Coaching Consultants Team; One on One Learning, Corp; Rodney H. Johnson dba EducationWise, LLC; The Stepping Stones Group, LLP; TPR Education, LLC dba The Princeton Review; University Instructors, Inc.; University of Houston; US Math Recovery Council, Inc.; Accelerate Learning, Inc.; Action Potential Learning, LLC; American Reading Company; Apex Learning, Inc.; Baylor College of Medicine Carnegie Learning, Inc.; Catapult Learning West, LLC; College Board; Comuniquemos, Inc.; Coughlan Companies, LLC dba Capstone dba Capstone Classroom; Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc; Debbie Diller & Associates, Inc.; Dena Deleon dba Deleon Educational Services Dos Terra, Limited Liability Company dba Sibme; Educational Concepts, LLC; Estrellita, Inc;. Eric Russell Cork dba International Write Now, Inc.; Frog Street Press, LLC; FuelEd Schools, Inc.; Fun Da Mentals For Education, LLC; Gateway dba Savvas Learning Company, LLC; Greenwood Publishing Group, LLC dba Heinemann; Houston A+ Challenge; Houston Achievement Place; Imagine Learning, Inc.; Innovations for Learning, Inc.; Jigsaw Learning, LLC dba Teachtown; KAMICO Instructional Media, Inc.; Knowledge Arts Foundation, dba To Educate All Children (TEACH); Lakeshore Equipment Company dba Lakeshore Learning Materials; Lea T Rutherford dba Education Today Enterprises, LLC; lead4ward, LLC; Lectura, Inc. dba The Latino Family Literacy Project dba Lectura Books; McGraw Hill Education Inc. dba McGraw Hill LLC; McRel International; Megahan E. Sankowski dba Coaching Consultants Team; Mentoring Minds, L.P.; Muses3, LLC dba Education Muses, LLC; Nadia Bruner DBA Suttle Freeman, LLC; Piraino Consulting, Inc.; Pamela C. Fierro dba Readiness Set Go! LLC; Renaissance Learning, Inc.; Responsive Learning, LP; Restorative Empowerment for Youth; Richard Brennan dba Histronics Company dba Histronix Learning; Training and Leadership Consulting, LLC; S3Strategies, LLC; Sandra Mercuri Scholastic, Inc.; Shannon Alba; Susan Radley Brown, Inc.; Teacher Created Materials, Inc.; The Writing Academy, LLC; Trice Education Resources, Inc.; Troxell Communication; Urban STEM; Vonture Learning, LLC; W. Oscar Neuhaus Memorial Foundation; Waynel Sexton Consulting; WestEd; William Marsh Rice University – Rice University School Literacy and Culture; William Marsh Rice University – Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP); Writers in the Schools; Young Audiences, Inc., of Houston; Abundance Educational Consulting, LLC; Ahead of the Class Educational Services, Inc.; Be GLAD, LLC; Educational Testing Service dba ETS; Epic Collaborative Advisors; L’Renee & Associates; Mark A Spilman dba Mark Spilman Consulting Group, LLC; New Teacher Center Public Consulting Group, Inc.; The DDance dba Infinite Solutions Enterprises; The Flippen Group, LLC dba Capturing Kid’s Hearts; Zoo-phonics, Inc.; Accelerate Teaching Solutions, LLC; Cosenza & Associates, LLC; Dr. Hope Consulting, Training, and Educational Services Empowering Writers, LLC; Footsteps2Brillance, Inc.; Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology (First In Texas); Global Vida; Harris Count Department of Education (HCDE); Jacquelyn Anita Clark dba S.B.: An Early Education Learning Center, LLC; Jarrett Reid Whitaker dba STEMstart; Kagan Professional Development; Lab Resources, Inc.; Loving Guidance, LLC dba Conscious Discipline; National Literacy Professional Development Consortium; Roger Cleveland dba Millennium Learning Concepts; Robert Jackson Consulting; Sharon Wells Mathematics Curriculum Inc; STEM Detective, LLC; Athlos Products and Services, LLC; Attainment Company, Inc.; Center for Leadership in School Reform dba Schlechty Center; Engage! Learning, Inc. dba engage2learn; friEd Technology, LLC; German Consulting and Resources, LLC; Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation dba Hazelden Publishing; Imagination Station Inc. dba Istation; Janice Beal-Geyen dba Dr. Janice Beal dba Beal Counseling Associates; Lexia Learning Systems LLC; Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Project Lead The Way, Inc.; Pure Edge, Inc.;, LLC; Rethink Autism, Inc.; Saddleback Educational, Inc.; SDE, Inc., dba Stenhouse Publishers and Staff Development for Educators; Social Studies School Service; Teachstone Training, LLC; TNTP, Inc.; Top 20 Training, LLC; Valley Speech Language and Learning Center, Inc; All In One Professional Services, LLC; BetterLesson Inc.; Children’s Museum Inc.; Discovery Education, Inc.; Mario Frank Campanaro dba The Literacy Group; New Teacher Center; Niroga Institute; No Tears Learning Inc. dba Learning Without Tears; Seidlitz Education, LLC; TaJu Educational Solutions, LLC dba TaJu Educational Solutions;

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: Good Sports, Inc; Houston Independent School District (HISD) Foundation on behalf of Houston Endowment Inc. (HEI); Ruth J. Simmons, Ph.D.; U.S. Soccer Foundation, Inc.; John H. Reagan High School Development and Scholarship Foundation; Travis Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA); William B. Travis Foundation, Inc.;

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: GRAMMY Museum/The Ford Motor Company Fund; Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF); Texas Education Agency (TEA);

I.8 Approval of the June Budget Amendment (S, L)

The Board must approve the year-end budget amendment that illustrates the fiscal adjustments to the estimated revenues and appropriations for fiscal year 2020-2021.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (A.1) Approval of personal services performed by the Superintendent. 

  • (B.1) Approval of the appointment of a representative to the board of directors to tax increment reinvestment zone 2 with the City of Houston.

  • (D.1) Approval to execute agreements with community agencies, residential facilities, and educational service providers for services as needed for students with disabilities.

  • (D.2) Approval to execute agreements with community agencies, organizations, and public institutions for health and medical programs, including dental and visual screenings, behavioral health, and nutrition.

  • (D.3) Approval to execute an agreement with the University of Houston to provide clinical sites for students participating in the Master of Athletic Training program.

  • (E.1) Approval to submit waiver requests for waivers from state policy, low attendance and missed school days, and COVID-19.

  • (F.2) Approval to utilize state and industry certifying agencies for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programming.

  • (H.1) Approval to negotiate a construction contract for auditorium and sports fields improvements at Booker T. Washington HS.

  • (I.4) Approval of resolution and ordinance adopting residence homestead exemptions for Tax Year 2021.

  • (I.5) Adoption of a resolution approving the Debt Management Policy.

  • (I.6) Adoption of a resolution approving the Cash Management and Investment Policy and the authorized list of brokers/dealers

  • (I.7) Authorization to carry forward 2020–2021 fund commitments into Fiscal Year 2021–2022.

  • (I.9) Resolution approving the commitment of the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance.

  • (I.10) Approval of the 2021–2022 budgets for Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, Carl Perkins, and IDEA-B grant funds and authority to submit to the TEA the 2021–2022 ESSA federal grant application and other federal program applications.

  • (I.11) Approval to enter into agreements regarding Medicaid School Health and Related Services program.

  • (J.1) Approval of the 2022 Internal Audit Plan.

  • (K.1) Approval of the proposed revisions to board policy BJA(LOCAL), Superintendent: Qualifications and Duties—Second Reading

  • (K.2) Approval of the proposed establishment of Board Policy CB(LOCAL), State and Federal Revenue Sources—Second Reading

  • (K.3) Approval of the proposed revisions to Board Policy CQ(LOCAL), Technology Resources, and proposed establishment of Board Policies CQB(LOCAL), Technology Resources: Cybersecurity, And CQC(LOCAL), Technology Resources: Equipment—Second Reading

  • (L.1) Investment Report.

  • (L.2) 2021–2022 Resource Allocation Handbook.

  • (L.3) The 2021–2022 Compensation Manual.

Areas of Concern:

Although normal school board operations have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still items the school board must address and new areas of concern created by the current crisis. Houston GPS would like to highlight the following items:

  1. The closure of the district, while necessary to ensure the safety of the HISD community, exacerbated inequities amongst students. Many students struggled with remote learning, with 51% of students failing at least one class in the fall semester. The addition of face-to-face learning comes with potential disruptions to maintain the safety of students and staff. Data quality concerns persist due to the pandemic and they must be addressed moving forward if remote assessments are given so the Board can accurately monitor student outcomes. As the school year winds down, the Board should also be looking ahead to challenges that students will face next year in recovering from learning loss during the pandemic.
  1. In June, the Board made a commitment to examine the role of police in the district to confront systemic racism and police violence against people of color. Considering the disproportionate discipline and forced interaction with police that students of color, especially black boys, face in public education, this is a pressing equity concern. In December, Board members expressed interest in having a second workshop on the topic and planned to organize the workshop for January or February. Moving into June, the Board needs to revisit this commitment by moving forward with proposed changes or organizing an additional workshop to follow up on the conversation.
  1. In the past, the Board has faced last-minute changes to the district budget and budget approval votes that cut close to the deadline for the district. Last year, the Board was able to pass a budget without delaying until the end of June, but this was the first time in several years. To ensure the budget is passed within a reasonable timeframe and not subject to late amendments, the Board should discuss any amendments they would like to make to the proposed 2021-2022 budget prior to the June regular board meeting. Considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board must now also be thinking about next year and how to balance the deficit budget.