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Key Agenda Items

Board Of Education Meeting Agenda

November 11, 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 3 Progress Measure 1

  • (A.2) Acceptance of Board Monitoring Update: Presentation of Goal 3 Progress Measure 1
  • (D.1) Approval of the Executive Summaries of School Improvement Plans for 2021–2022
  • (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.4) Approval of the November Budget Amendment.

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

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

The Board must approve the monitoring update for Goals 3 Progress Measures 1.
Goal 3 states: The percentage of graduates that meet the criteria for CCMR as measured in Domain 1 of the state accountability system will increase 8 percentage points from 63% for 2017–18 graduates to 71% for 2022–2023 graduates reported in 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. In October, the Board spent 40% of their regular board meeting discussing student outcomes, marking a major increase from previous months and putting them close to the 50% target for that meeting. This month, we hope to see the board maintain this progress.

D.1 Approval of the Executive Summaries for School Improvement Plans for 2021–2022 (I, L)

The Board is charged with approving the executive summaries of individual School Improvement Plans (SIPs) each year. Each campus develops its SIP, comprehensive, campus-level performance objectives. SIPs are reviewed by school support officers and area superintendents. Full versions of each campus’s SIP will be available on the campus website after this item has been approved.

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: Labatt Food Service; BrightBytes Inc; Garda CL Southwest, Inc; DM Electrical and Construction, LLC; Earl L Warren dba Peace of Mind Comfort Solutions; Ohms Corporation dba Ohms Electrical Services; Todd & Troy Electrical Contractors dba TNT Electrical Contractors; Young Electrical Services, Inc.; Ion Wave Technologies, Inc.; Zonar Systems, Inc; Cambium Assessment, Inc.; NCS Pearson, Inc.; Region IV Education Service Center; Population and Survey Analysts, Inc. (PASA); Quizizz, Inc.; Renzulli Learning, LLC; WeVideo, Inc; Tools for Schools, Inc.; A Status Construction, LLC; JR Thomas Group, Inc.; Fiesta Mart, LLC; SchoolMint, Inc.; Pear Deck, Inc.; Shipcom Wireless, Inc; Motorola Solutions; College Possible.

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: Enrichment Services Inc.; Family and Friends of Ashia Tircuit; FanAngel Foundation, Inc.; Future Stars of Houston; HISD Foundation; Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (MIMS) Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO); Port Terminal Railroad Association; Republic Service, Inc.; Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center (MSTC) PTO; Smart Financial Credit Union; The Discover Brighter Futures Fund via Goldman Sachs; Wharton PTO; William B. Travis Foundation, Inc.; WithMerci Foundation; Young Audiences of Houston; Office Depot.

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: City of Houston Health Department; DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Houston Endowment Inc.; Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS); Office of the Governor (OOG) / Criminal Justice Division; Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA); Texas Education Agency (TEA); 

I.4 Approval of the November Budget Amendment. (S, L)

The Board will consider the November budget amendment with budget-neutral amendments and carryover that were approved the previous year. The budget-neutral amendments transfer funds earmarked for instruction to other functions like community services, guidance and counseling, and data processing. District level transfers are from maintenance and operations to health and medical for contact tracing.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

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

  • (B.1) Adoption of a resolution to appoint Kathy Blueford-Daniels to the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District.

  • (B.2) Approval of an amended resolution ordering November 2, 2021, General Election for HISD single-member Districts I, V, VI, VII, and IX.

  • (D.1) Approval of the Fall 2021 class-size waiver requests.

  • (D.2) Approval of remote conferencing waiver requests for temporary online learning.

  • (I.5) Approval of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

  • (K.1) Approval of the Proposed Revisions to Board Policy BED(LOCAL), Board Meetings: Public Participation—Second Reading.

  • (K.2) Approval of the Proposed Revisions To Board Policy CE(LOCAL), Annual Operating Budget—Second Reading.

Areas of Concern:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a challenge for the district in terms of student safety and learning. The Board must continue to address the effects of the pandemic, while still continuing regular district operations. Houston GPS would like to highlight the following areas of concern:

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent interruptions to HISD’s normal learning schedule exacerbated inequities amongst students. Many students struggled with remote learning, with 51% of students failing at least one class in the fall 2020 semester. Data quality concerns persisted during the 2020-2021 school year, making it difficult for the district to accurately monitor student outcomes. With ESSER funding expanding the possibilities for addressing learning loss and inequity, the Board and the district must continue to monitor and focus on student outcomes and innovative ways to support students.
  1. In June 2020, 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 2020, Board members expressed interest in having a second workshop on the topic and planned to organize the workshop for January or February. The Board’s committee has been disbanded and some trustees have indicated that changes were made to police procedure. The police policy manual is not available online for the public to review and several trustees still have questions about the changes that were made. In September, the Board publicly agreed to have another meeting focused on this issue. We look forward to seeing this meeting posted.
  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. Over the last two years, the Board was able to pass a budget without delaying until the end of June, but the district has passed a deficit budget in at least the last five years, often subject to delays. To ensure the budget is passed within a reasonable timeframe, not subject to late amendments, and fiscally sound, the Board must start early with establishing priorities. Considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influx of ESSER funding, the Board and administration must now also be thinking about how to maintain the new programs and funding for student support when resources are no longer available. To see our budget recommendations, visit our blog