Key Agenda Items
*More details on each item can be found below the list.
- (B.2) Final Report on the Special Education Services in HISD
- (I.1) Vendor Awards for Purchases
- (I.2) Donations Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
- (I.3) Grants Greater Than $5,000 for HISD
- (K.5) Revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Training and Orientation – First Reading
Impact (I), Leadership (L), Equity (E), Stewardship (S), Collaboration (C)
B.2 Recommendations from Board Special Education Ad Hoc Committee (I, L, C, E)
The Board needs to accept the final report of the Special Education Ad Hoc Committee, approve the committee’s recommendations, and dissolve the committee. In February 2017, this advisory was created to assess the district’s current special education program, identifying the strengths and areas for improvement within HISD’s special education services, and improving the communication between the district and stakeholders. The American Institute for Research had conducted an external review of HISD’s special education services, and its report, along with the input from stakeholders, will be included a final report that will be attached to this agenda item before the September 13, 2018 board meeting.
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: Copesan Services Inc dba Holder’s Pest Solutions; Right Now Termite and Pest Control; Clear Glass Mobile Services Inc.; Hou Tex Newnom dba Hou Tex Glass; Post Oak Construction; ComPsych Corporation; Aramsco, Inc; Mavich, LLC; Blender Direct; Sun Coat Resources, Inc.; Alpha Foods Co.; Jennie-O Turkey Store; JTM Provisions Co., Inc.; Bio‐Rad Laboratories, Inc.; Card Integrators Corporation dba CI Solutions; Data Management Inc. dba Time Clock Plus; Premier Healthcare Alliance, L.P. in partnership with US Foods, Inc.; Empowering Writers; DEMCO Inc; Loving Guidance Inc. dba Conscious Discipline; Texas Tech University, College of Education; K12 Insight; Netsync Network Solutions (HP Financial); Houston Window Fashions, Inc.; Houston KACO, Inc.; Milam Company Painting, Inc.; Quadra Mind Enterprise, Inc.; Westco Ventures, LLC; Jacobsen, Division of Textron Inc.; Turf Equipment & Supplies.
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: Travis ES PTA; Students with Ambition Go (SWAG) to College; The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS); Clutch City Foundation of the Houston Rockets via HISD Foundation; Kinder Foundation via HISD Foundation; Mark Twain PTO; Anonymous; Coca Cola Southwest Beverages; Winston’s Pharmacy 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: Greater Houston Community Foundation; Texas Education Agency (TEA); U.S. Department of Education through the TEA; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Qatar Foundation International (QFI); United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services; BridgeUp at Menninger; TEA and Harris County Department of Education (HCDE); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program; Region 4 Education Service Center
K.5 Board Policy on Board Members: Training and Orientation – First Reading (L)
The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Training and Orientation. These revisions mandate that board members must annually complete continuing education hours annually as determined by the State Board of Education and that the status of board member training must be announced every year. These suggested revisions are recommended as best practices to increase transparency.
Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:
- (B.1) The Board must approve to nominate Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones and the alternate Trustee Jolanda Jones to receive a stipend from the Texas Association of School Boards to attend the 2019 National School Boards Association annual Advocacy Institute.
- (B.3) The Board must approve the appointment of three designees to the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority board of directors.
- (D.1) The Board must approve an interlocal agreement with various Texas public universities and colleges for purchases of academic, development, and student-related goods and services.
- (D.2) The Board must adopt the resolution on the credit-by-examination audit process, which allows students in elementary grades to accelerate a grade level and students taking secondary academic courses to earn credit.
- (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to amend the facilities assessment consultant master services agreement with Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc.
- (I.4) The Board must approve the use of the Self-Insurance Recovery Fund to fund the cleanup and repairs caused by fire damage at Kashmere High School.
- (K.1) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Authority – First Reading. The Board must accept the proposed revisions to the Board Policy regarding board member visits to district properties and board member requests for district records.
- (K.2) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on board Members: Elections – First Reading. The Board must accept these proposed revisions, which include an update for the Method of Election for single-member districts and an addition of a statement in Redistricting in keeping with the district’s statutory authorization.
- (K.3) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Elections – First Reading. The Board must accept these proposed revisions that reflect the HISD current election practices and decisions as allowed by law.
- (K.4) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on deleting Campaign Funds and establishing Campaign Finance – First Reading. This was a result from changes from the 85th Legislative Session.
- (K.6) Proposed Revisions to Board Policy on Wellness and Health Services: Physical Examinations and Communicable Diseases – First Reading. The Board must accept the proposed revisions in light of the changes by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the best practice recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.