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Key Agenda Items

Board Of Education Meeting Agenda

January 13, 2022

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

  • (A.3)(from Agenda Review on 1/6/22) Acceptance of Board Monitoring Update: Presentation of Goal 2 Progress Measures 1, 2, and 3

  • (I.5) Approval of Resolution Declaring Intention to Reimburse Expenditures Related to a Future Bond Issue

  • (A.2) Acceptance of Update on the District’s Strategic Plan

  • (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 January Budget Amendment.

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

A.3 (from Agenda Review on 1/6/22) Acceptance of Board Monitoring Update: Presentation of Goal 2 Progress Measures 1, 2, and 3 (I)

The Board must approve the monitoring update for Goal 2 Progress Measures 1, 2, and 3.

Goal 2 states: The percentage of 3rd grade 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% in spring 2019 to 54% 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. By the end of 2021, the Board was hovering around 40% student outcome time for their monthly regular board meeting. This is just one of a few meetings the Board usually has each month. As we move into 2022 and closer to the Board’s self-determined deadline, Houston GPS will be calculating the student outcome time percentage for each month using both the regular and agenda review meetings to further push the Board to increase their focus on students.

I.5 Approval of Resolution Declaring Intention to Reimburse Expenditures Related to a Future Bond Issue (S, L)

The Board will consider a resolution that preserves the right of the district to reimburse itself for funds it spends in pursuing a bond election in November 2022. The resolution does not obligate the Board to actually pursue the bond election but does provide them the option for reimbursement if they do.

Core Value Evaluation: Stewardship and leadership

HISD is overdue for a bond election. Generally, districts initiate a bond election every five years but HISD has not held one since 2012. Bond elections are used to finance the repair and replacement of schools and facilities that need improvement. For years groups of families have approached the Board about facility issues at their student’s schools. This is one of the first steps the Board can take to publicly announce the intent to pursue a bond election and address some of the facility concerns across the district. While the Board has passed such a resolution in the past and failed to pursue a bond, the Board must pass this resolution with a bond in mind to be fiscally responsible. We hope to see the Board and administration focus more on a bond for 2022 and work together to maintain public confidence so the bond will pass.

A.2 Acceptance of Update on the District’s Strategic Plan (I, E)

The Board will hear an update from the Superintendent about the upcoming release of the District’s Strategic Plan. The plan will focus on five priorities:

  • Cultivating World-Class Talent at All Levels,
  • Providing Equitable Opportunities and Resources at Every School,
  • Promoting High-Quality Teaching and Learning,
  • Ensuring Great Schools and Programs in Every Community, and
  • Delivering Effective Services and Supports to Students with Exceptional Needs.

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 January Budget Amendment. (S, L)

The Board will consider the January budget amendment with budget-neutral amendments. The budget-neutral amendments transfer funds earmarked for instruction to other functions like school leadership, UIL, maintenance and operations, and security and monitoring services. District-level budget-neutral amendments include a transfer of funds from instructional leadership to instruction.

Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:

  • (A.1) Approval of personal services performed by the Superintendent. 
  • (E.1) Authority to negotiate an Interlocal Agreement with Prairie View A&M University to provide support for the Booker T. Washington High School THE VISION Community Statue Project.
  • (K.1) Approval to establish a new Board Policy CI(LOCAL), School Properties Disposal—Second Reading.
  • (K.2) Approval of the establishment of Board Policy CLE(LOCAL), Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment Management: Flag Displays—Second Reading.
  • (K.3) Approval of the establishment of Board Policy CO(LOCAL), Food Services Management—Second Reading.
  • (K.4) Approval of the proposed revisions to Board Policy EB(LOCAL), School Year—Second Reading.
  • (K.5) Approval of the proposed revisions to Board Policy EIF(LOCAL), Academic Achievement: Graduation—Second Reading.
  • (K.6) Approval of the proposed revisions to Board Policy FEB(LOCAL), Attendance: Attendance Accounting—Second Reading.
  • (K.7) Approval of the proposed revisions to Board Policy FEC(LOCAL), Attendance: Attendance For Credit—Second Reading.
  • (K.8) Approval to establish a new Board Policy FFF(LOCAL), Student Welfare: Student Safety—Second Reading.
  • (K.9) Approval of the proposed revisions to Board Policy FMA(LOCAL), Student Activities: School-Sponsored Publications—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. As we move into 2022, this meeting still has not been publicly 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

  2. At the beginning of each year, the HISD Board elects new officers. Last year, the election for Board President required an unreasonable number of voting rounds for the Board to reach a compromise, making clear that divisions on the Board persist.

Core Value Evaluation: Collaboration

The Board must demonstrate Collaboration when picking the new president, who must work with all members of the board and the superintendent, authentically engage with HISD community members with transparency, and be willing to make tough decisions if it is best for children.