Our meeting started with Special Presentations to recognize the outstanding work of the following:
Claudia Sequeira, Adaptive Behavior Special Education Assistant at Ridgecrest Elementary, as our January 2011 Employee of the Month. Click below to watch a video honoring Ms. Sequiera.
Chris Papouras, a mentor at Spring Woods High School and Spring Oaks Middle School, as our January 2011 Volunteer of the Month. Click below to watch a video honoring this deserving volunteer.
Spring Branch ISD Early College Program Students who earned certificates of acievement for academic excellence from Houston Community College.
Finally, January is School Board Appreciation Month. The District honored Board members by having students present each Board member with a piece of art created by the student. The artwork I received, from a student at Rummel Creek, is below (Click the image to enlarge).
Next on our agenda was Citizens Participation. We had a number of speakers tonight. First was Noel Flyn, representing the AFT, who spoke about their legislative agenda and support for appropriate funding for public education. We also had a number of speakers comment on the District's proposed acquisition of the old Kendall Branch Library and property. (See below for more information about this item).
Next we held a joint public hearing with the District Improvement Team to discuss the 2010 Academic Indicator System Report results which show that the District continues to perform well above the State in every area, and that our college focus is producing very real results for our students. The information presented can be found here.
We then had the first reading of GE (Local) Relation with Parent Organizations, and we adopted the following three policies:
- DCD (Local) Employment Practices At-Will Employees
- EB (Local) School Year
- EIC (Local) Academic Achievement: Class Ranking
We then approved our Consent Agenda. The Kendall Branch property item was pulled from the Consent Agenda by Trustee Theresa Kosmoski for separate discussion. That discussion, which included comments in favor of the acquisition from all the trustees who spoke, concluded with a 6-1 vote to approve the acquisition. Information about the acquisition is available here.
We concluded tonight's meeting with a lengthy discussion on the Five Year Educational Plan, including the 2010 Five Year Plan Annual Report. The powerpoint used as part of the discussion is here, and the entire report can be downloaded here.