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The Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2022. They also reviewed student outcome goal progress and voted on several policy items at their agenda review on Thursday, January 6, 2022. At this first meeting of the new year, the Board unanimously elected officers, a welcome change after the prolonged vote for Board President in 2021. The new year also moves the Board much closer to their self-imposed deadline to reach 50% student outcome time for their meetings. In light of this, Houston GPS is tightening our calculations of student outcome time to better reflect the work the Board still needs to do to make students their main focus. From now on, we will include the minutes from both the agenda review and regular board meetings in our assessment. While this does not account for all of the Board’s time each month and is still a more lenient calculation than the Texas Education Agency, we hope that it pushes the Board to continue narrowing their attention to best serve our students. 

Overall Ratings 

January 13, 2021

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda items A.3 from agenda review on January 6 and I.5 from the regular board meeting on January 13. The collaborative process of electing Board officers was also factored into the assessment. Scores were reviewed using core values for Impact, Stewardship, Collaboration, and Leadership. 

District I: Trustee Santos

Medium

District II: Kathy Blueford-Daniels

Medium

District III: Dani Hernandez

Medium

District IV: Patricia Allen

Medium

District V: Sue Deigaard

Medium

District VI: Kendall Baker

Medium

District VII: Bridget Wade

Medium

District VIII: Judith Cruz

Medium

District IX: Myrna Guidry

Medium

Key Votes 

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

Trustee Santos

For

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

For

For

Trustee Hernandez

For

For

Trustee Allen

For

For

Trustee Allen

For

For

Trustee Deigaard

For

For

Trustee Baker

Sworn in after vote

For

Trustee Wade

Sworn in after vote

For

Trustee Cruz

For

For

Trustee Guidry

For

For

Key Votes 

Trustee Santos

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Allen

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Baker

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

Sworn in after vote

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Wade

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

Sworn in after vote

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Cruz

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Trustee Guidry

A.3: Goal 2 Progress Monitoring

For

I.5: Bond Expense Reimbursement

For

Time Spent on Student Outcomes

Research shows that school boards that focus on student outcomes have a greater impact. The Texas Education Agency recommends spending at least 50% of Board meeting time on student outcomes. Our calculations now include both agenda review and regular board meetings.

76 Minutes
76 Minutes: 23%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board demonstrated a commitment to Collaboration by unanimously deciding on Board Officers for 2022.  Last year, the election for Board President required an unreasonable number of voting rounds for the Board to reach a compromise, outlining clear that divisions on the Board. We hope the collaborative process this year sets the stage for the Board to be able to stand as a team in implementing the Strategic Plan for the district. 
    • The Board demonstrated a lack of Impact by only spending 23% of their time on student outcomes this month. The Board is getting close to the deadline for their goal of spending 50% of their time discussing student outcomes by the second quarter of 2022. At the end of 2021, the Board was hovering around 40% student outcome time for their monthly regular board meeting, but 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.
    • The Board demonstrated a commitment to Stewardship and Leadership by passing the resolution to reimburse the district for spending made in pursuit of a bond this year. 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. 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.