- (B.1) Appointment of HISD Representatives to the Houston Land Bank Board of Directors
- (B.2) The Board’s 2019 State Legislative Agenda
- (D.1) HISD’s District Improvement Plan for 2018-2019
- (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.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Equal Educational Opportunity – Second Reading
- (K.3) Revisions to Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation – Second Reading
- (K.4) Revisions to Board Policy on Educational Philosophy – First Reading
One minor responsibility of the HISD Trustees is to appoint a representative to the Houston Land Bank Board of Directors. HISD participates in a land assemblage program, which provides for transfer of certain foreclosed tax-delinquent properties to the Houston Land Bank for building affordable housing initiatives. The Houston Land Bank is governed by a 13 member board, and three of those members are selected by HISD. This agenda item had been tabled due to concern about which trustee(s) appoints the HISD representatives.
The Board must approve the state legislative agenda before each legislative session. This legislative agenda includes recommendations to 1) reform school finance and reduce recapture, 2) improve school safety and security, and 3) address accountability ratings and sanctions. Regarding school finance and recapture, HISD urges the state to reduce recapture, fully fund full day Pre-K, and provide Hurricane Harvey relief funds for public schools. Regarding school safety and security, HISD is advocating for additional funds from the state. Regarding the accountability ratings and sanctions, HISD is recommending that the threshold for state-imposed takeovers or closures should be percentage-based rather than numerical.
Every year, the HISD Board must approve a District Improvement Plan (DIP) for HISD. The DIP is meant to guide district and campus staff members in improving student performance for all student groups. Additionally, on October 15, 2018, the DIP was posted on the HISD website so the community can offer feedback and comments.
The Board needs to approve vendor awards greater than $100,000 and ratify vendor awards under $100,000.
All donations greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.
All grant funds greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.
The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy, Equal Educational Opportunity. This policy was updated in order to be in accordance with appropriate laws and because of the recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Resolution Agreement, which addresses effective communications with applicants, students, and members of the public with hearing, vision, speech, or other impairments.
The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Student Welfare: Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation. The proposed changes to this policy address the reporting requirements for Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 complaints. The main scope of the changes to the policy ensures that sex, in addition to gender, is included in the in the list of what type of discrimination the District prohibits.
The Board must approve the proposed revisions to Board Policy on Educational Philosophy. In August 2017, the Board adopted goals, goal progress measures, constraints, and a calendar in accordance with the Lone Star Governance continuous improvement model. Since a year of reporting has passed, these revisions reflect the updated goals, goal progress measures, constraints, and a new calendar for the upcoming reporting cycle.
- (D.2) The Board must approve the HISD 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.
- (D.3) The Board must approve the renewal of the contract with BuyBoard for the TestHound Scanning Software System.
- (E.1) The Board must approve the 2018-2019 class-size waiver request to the TEA. If there are more than 22 students per teacher in a class for grades kindergarten through four, HISD must submit a class-size waiver request to the TEA.
- (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate, execute, and amend a license agreement with the Post Oak Little League, Inc. and Post Oak Family YMCA for use of the athletic fields located on the T.H. Rogers School.
- (H.2) The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute a lease agreement with The Center for Hearing and Speech for use of the Richard Brock ES facility.
- (I.4) The Board must approve the purchase of general liability, professional liability, and automobile liability insurance from various insurers. The Board must also authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute the purchase of up to $69.25 million in general liability, auto liability, and professional liability insurance coverage.
- (I.5) The Board must approve the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
- (K.1) The Board must approve the revisions to Board Policy on Board Members: Authority on board member visits to district properties and board member requests for district records.