Key Agenda Items
1. Last June, the HISD Board had to convene for a last-minute special meeting to pass a budget for the 2019 – 2020 school year. In order to prevent another last-minute budget vote next summer, the HISD Board needs to collaboratively and collectively set its budget priorities so the administration can create a budget proposal based on those priorities. The HSID school board needs to map out their priorities and the process for creating the budget based on the LBB analysis of the various programs that were implemented last year. January is an ideal time to set these priorities so that administration can begin budget presentations in the spring.
2. The Houston ISD Board of Education should be editing the language and changes of their in-district charter agreements. If the policies are set at the beginning of the year, the Board should be able to accept charter agreements by the end of the calendar year and approve them in January, avoiding the potential of closing a school in April or May.
3. The HISD Board should use the recommendations from the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) report to guide their budget priorities and governance for the upcoming school year. The Board plans to discuss the performance audit at the January meeting and receive an update from administration about the status of implementations. This update is an opportunity for the Board to to collaboratively evaluate changes that need to be made at the board level.
4. The HISD Board President should assign school board members to committees in January. Generally, this is not done publicly, but should be done at the start of each new year so that committees can continue their work without delay. Each committee would ideally be made up of at least one returning committee member for consistency and at least one newly elected trustee to get new voices involved. The Board President should consider trustee preferences and individual skill sets when making committee assignments.
5. At the beginning of each year, the HISD Board elects new officers for the year in January.
6. The HISD Board should terminate their legal actions against the TEA. The Board is using taxpayers’ dollars from unassigned funds, running HISD into a deeper deficit, to pay for their lawyers. So far, the Board has accrued a $187,340.65 bill for their lawyers, which ONLY covers April 2019 through October 2019.