DENISON ISD DEPARTMENTS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
DISD School Board Agenda
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DENISON ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
DENISON ISD BOARD NEWS
Denison Independent School District
1201 S. Rusk Avenue, Denison, TX 75020
November 16, 2021
Published for DISD employees in the week following school board meetings.
NOTE: Attachments for agenda items can be viewed by visiting the Board of Trustees agenda site at Board Book - Denison ISD Meetings
Denison ISD Board of Trustees President Bob Rhoden called to order the Regular Meeting of the Denison ISD Board of Trustees on November 16, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bruce T. Hibbitt, Jr. Board Room of the Administration Building, located at 1201 S. Rusk in Denison, Texas. Isaac Kohli from Houston Elementary presented Pledge of Allegiance to the Pledge to the Texas Flag, followed by the invocation by Dr. David Kirkbride. Board member Scott Marr presented an overview of the role of DISD Board Trustees who work diligently to serve and meet the educational needs of more than 4,500 Denison ISD students: “As a Denison ISD board of trustees, we are here to set goals, listen to reports, approve budgets & contracts and make policy for the district. It is not the role of the board to make day-to-day operational decisions. The management and day-to-day operations of the district are the responsibility of the Superintendent. We have policies and procedures in place to resolve concerns and issues. This is a public meeting of the board of trustees, not a meeting of the public. Prior to this meeting, Board trustees received information related to items on tonight’s agenda. Agenda items will not necessarily be handled in the order listed on the notice. The meeting is open to all who wish to attend and hear the matters discussed.” Minutes from the previous meeting were approved. The Board of Trustees approved all routine business.
During the board comments portion of the meeting, Board member Scott Marr began the Board comments by reading a message about taking the time to thank an educator. He commented that we all need to publicly recognize not just the teachers, but every Denison school district employee for the work they do every day for our Yellow Jackets. Board member David Hawley thanked all of the educators that spend so much time behind the scenes taking care of necessary items so that the Board members stay informed on the day-to-day activities and needs of the District. Board vice-president Becky Russell said she is very thankful to be a member of the DISD Board of Trustees and the recent installment of the “Team of 8” meeting truly reinforced the truth that this Board is a highly cohesive group of leaders focused on the education of all Denison ISD students and the well-being of every Denison ISD employee. Board secretary Linda Flemming congratulated all of the teachers and administrators that were present at the Board meeting to be recognized for receiving the fall 2021 grants awards for their school. Board president Bob Rhoden says it is always joy to be in the presence of students who have an opportunity to share what they are learning. Every month, the Denison ISD Food Service Department prepares the meal for Board members and administrators. Tonight Mr. Rhoden was pleased to have the six students from the Denison High School Culinary Arts program prepared the Board meal for the evening under the leadership of district chefs Lauren Hossle and Jerrika Liggett. Board member Shelle Cassell said she is hoping that everyone takes the time during thanksgiving break to rest and recharge as we make the run to complete the first semester of learning.
During the open floor portion of the Board meeting reserved for public comments, no comments were brought before the Board.
During the Superintendent comments portion of the meeting, Dr. Henry Scott spoke about American Education Week and shared how the public should celebrate the role of educators. Schools have been drawn into the political eye in recent days and Dr. Scott stated that it’s not fair to try and label education based on a particular political party. Education is completely bipartisan, for all students no matter their affiliation. Dr. Scott highlighted the students from B. McDaniel Intermediate that have been attending the outdoor education program at Camp James Ray over the last few weeks. He thanked the Boy Scouts for their professionalism and dedication to helping educate our 5th and 6th grade Yellow Jackets.
At the conclusion of the Superintendent’s comments, the Board meeting proceeded as scheduled.
ACCEPTANCE OF DENISON EDUCATION FOUNDATION FALL GRANTS
The Board heard details of the six recipients of the Fall 2021 Denison Education Foundation Grants totaling $25,132.66, which are funded through the
efforts of the DEF. DEF President Jessica Duce will present the grants.
The Board of Trustees accept the $25,132.66 in grants as presented. The grants awarded include:
Project: “LEGO League with SPIKE Prime”
Recipient: Elena Kinghorn
Campus: B. McDaniel Intermediate School, 6th Grade Science
Grant Amount: $4,979.20
Brief Summary of Project: This year we have a group of 24 6th grade students participating in the Lego League. We have been using LEGO Mindstorms robots for the program. FIRST LEGO League is making a transition to the new SPIKE Prime robots. The old robots are still allowed this year and next, while the transition is being made. We were able to purchase the robots we have through several grants. Now we are looking for the funds to replace our old robots with the new ones required. This experience then aids our secondary robotics program at SMS and DHS. The old robots will go to elementary schools. The elementary GT teachers will be able to introduce the basic programming to 4th grade students. Not only will this make our LEGO League stronger, but our entire DISD program as well.
Project: “Inquiring Minds Want to Grow”
Recipient: Kari Uber
Campus: Scott Middle School, 7th & 8th grade Librarian
Grant Amount: $4,118.31
Brief Summary of Project: My vision is for our school to have a makerspace/STEM lab where students can come and use materials to learn through inquiry. Here they will be able to explore their own interests and develop projects creatively. What makes this project unique is that students will have the opportunity to solve problems while learning from their mistakes. This Makerspace/STEM lab will be a “Do It Yourself” meets education hub. Here students will think, learn, create, produce and share while accessing multiple learning styles. Activities will relate to fine arts, sciences, crafts, industrial technologies, inventions, hobbies, and upcycling.
Project: “A Way to “Cyc” Everyone Out… in a good way.”
Recipient: Kelsey Blanton
Campus: Scott Middle School, 7th & 8th grade Theater
Grant Amount: $2,955.00
Brief Summary of Project: Student interest will increase in a variety of elective subjects that deal with arts, design, and technology. This grant allows for more versatility in lesson planning and the quality of product level for multiple curriculums to raise. Creativity is often inspired. This grant will permit audiences made up of students and adults to unlock expression and emotion from what they view on the cyclorama. Audience members who view the usage are able to observe and share their experience with the community resulting in larger future audiences for all elective subjects. Introducing a new cyc will create a greater stage to display innovation produced by students in arts, design and technology classes via projections and lighting.
Project: “Sound Walls- Tools 4 Reading”
Recipient: Kenna Brandt
Campus: Lamar Elementary School, K-4th Grade
Grant Amount: $4,125.00
Brief Summary of Project: A sound wall is a place in the classroom where the different speech sounds (phonemes) are displayed. Instead of the traditional word wall, where words are displayed on a wall organized by their first letter, you display the different speech sounds using phoneme cards and organize words based on their sounds. Sound Walls support students by focusing on the articulation of sounds/phones and the various letter/patterns that represent the sounds/phonemes in words. The phonemes are displayed in specific groups. There is a consonant sound wall and a vowel sound wall, sometimes called a ‘vowel valley’. Often, a list of the different spellings for each sound is included under or next to the phoneme cards, and sometimes a word list is also included. Sound walls also include mouth formation visuals so students can see what their lips, teeth, and tongue should be doing to make that sound. This is an important way of learning for our Dyslexic and ESL students as well as our general student population.
Project: “WeDo Learning Even at Recess”
Recipient: Katie Miller
Campus: Hyde Park Elementary School, 3rd Grade
Grant Amount: $4,239.99
Brief Summary of Project: I would like to purchase Lego WeDo Kits, BricQ, Lego Spike, and Lego Mindstorm Kits as well as Spero’s. These would be used throughout the 3rd grade on cold and rainy days when our students cannot go outside to recess. They would also be used every Friday during our “Fun Friday” time and for our students that finish their work early. These kits are all STEAM based. These kits may also be checked out by other grade levels to use in their classrooms. STEAM based activities incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math based skills while creating a functional product.
Project: “Yearbook Staff - Cameras”
Recipient: Kimberly Blaquiere & Tia Haywood
Campus: B. McDaniel Intermediate School, 6th Grade Math
Grant Amount: $4,715.16
Brief Summary of Project: A yearbook is created every year at the hands of the teachers in the building. This year, students will be selected through an application process, and they will be able to take photos, create, edit, sell and publish the yearbook. In order to capture the special memories a school year provides, students will need access to reliable cameras. With 16 members and 12 cameras, the hope is for every student to be in the yearbook at least once aside from their portrait.
CAST BALLOT FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GRAYSON COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT
Mr. Obie Greenleaf, Denison City Councilman, has agreed to serve on the Grayson County Appraisal District Board. Along with our 569 votes, the City of Denison will give him their 229 votes and Bells ISD will provide an additional 37 votes to give Mr. Greenleaf the 835 votes he will need to ensure his election. The Board of Trustees cast all 569 votes for Mr. Obie Greenleaf.
CONSIDER ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD PROVIDE COMPENSATION TO FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME ELIGIBLE PERMANENT EMPLOYEES IN LIGHT OF EXTRA RESPONSIBILITIES ASSUMED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN ORDER TO SERVE A PUBLIC SCHOOL PURPOSE
Attached is a resolution for your consideration to authorize a one-time retention and incentive payment to all eligible full-time and part-time employees. This payment serves the purpose of incentivizing continued service to the district. The legal authority for the Board to approve the one-time funding of this bonus for our employees is based on retention of experienced employees. Certainly an added benefit is the recognition of the extra duties all employees have undertaken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Trustees approved the Resolution as presented.
PRESENTATION OF CAMPUS SITE-BASED IMPROVEMENT PLANS
Attached are the Campus Site-Based Improvement Plans for each of the DISD schools. Each plan has been approved by the school’s site-based decision committee. The Board of Trustees approved the Campus Improvement Plans for each of the DISD schools.
BOARD POLICY UPDATE 118
Update 118 encompasses changes in law from the 87th Legislative Session that have an
immediate effect on the governance and management of the district. Recommended
changes to local policies address the following topics: activity funds; cybersecurity;
resignations by contract employees; school counselor duties; human sexuality instruction; accelerated instruction and retention and promotion; and school safety transfers. The Board adopted (LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service in TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 118.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF DISD’S HEALTH WELLNESS PLAN FOR 2021-2024
The Wellness and Health Plan was developed working with the local School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Committee. Made up of parents, medical professionals and teachers. The Board of Trustees approved the Health Wellness Plan for 2021-2024.
CONSIDER WAIVERS TO TEA ALLOWING SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS WHO NEED REMOTE SERVICES TO COUNT FOR STATE FUNDING
Special Education students receiving homebound instruction via remote learning as an
alternative to in-person learning. Texas Education Agency mandates that any Local Education Agency who serves any special education student homebound instruction via remote learning due to a medically fragile state be required to submit a General Waiver for each specific student in order to receive state funding. TEA rule from Student Attendance Accounting Handbook 12.3.4 – Remote Homebound Instruction – Special Education Students “If a waiver is granted, the affected student will generate attendance (eligible days present) according to the homebound funding provisions in 188.8.131.52 Homebound Funding and Homebound Documentation Requirements. When submitting a waiver request, cite the following requirement in item 3 of the General Waivers
section: the requirement that a homebound teacher serve a student in person at the student’s home or hospital bedside in order for FSP funding to be generated, as required by 184.108.40.206 Homebound Funding and Homebound Documentation Requirements of the handbook, which is adopted annually through 19 TAC §129.1025. These waivers will only be granted in extremely severe medical circumstances, and a waiver must be submitted for each individual student. Denison ISD currently has 3 students requiring remote homebound services. The Board of Trustees approve the request for waivers from the Texas Education Agency.
FISCAL YEAR 2021-22 BUDGET AMENDMENTS
Budget amendments are recommended to realign budgeted amounts to meet projected
actual revenues and expenditures. The attachment details the recommended budget
Summary/Background Information Budget
Add $110,000 to Function 51 to replace vandalized HVAC units at Mayes Elementary. Add
$200,000 to Function 81 to replace SMS track.
The Board of Trustees approved the budget amendments as presented.
UPDATE: MAYOR GOTT SHARING THE CITY’S VISION IN PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Mayor Janet Gott briefed the Board on the City’s planning process in seeking input for developing a community visioning goals statement for the future of the City of Denison.
SHARING IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO CONTINUE PROMOTING THE POSITIVE FLOW OF INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC
Board vice-president Becky Russell and Board member Shelle Cassell will share ideas they learned from the TASA/TASB convention, on how to promote the positive things happening every day in our schools with the public. Mrs. Russell spoke to effect that everyone can be a positive ambassador for the District as they share the good news of learning and success on our Denison ISD campuses.
The following resignation was accepted, effective October 15, 2021:
Christie Darst – Speech Language Pathologist, Scott Middle School
The following resignations were accepted, effective December 31, 2021:
Tamara Crouse-Nurse, Mayes Elementary School (retirement)
Jordana Robertson-5th Grade Science, B. McDaniel Intermediate School
The following employee was hired for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year:
Joyce Jaime-Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, Scott Middle School
PROGRESS MONITORING REPORT - HOUSE BILL 3 BOARD GOALS
According to Texas Education Code, §11.185, the Board of Trustees adopted annual goals for five school years to reach quantifiable goals for student performance in the three areas of early childhood literacy proficiency, early childhood mathematics proficiency, and college, career, and military readiness (CCMR). In order to inform the Board of Trustees regarding students’ progress toward meeting the established goals in early childhood literacy and mathematics proficiency, the following 3rd Grade STAAR data from the Spring 2021 Administration is presented.
There being no further business, Board president Bob Rhoden adjourned the meeting.