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DENISON ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES
DENISON ISD BOARD NEWS
Denison Independent School District
1201 S. Rusk Avenue, Denison, TX 75020
March 23, 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 David Hawley called to order the Regular Meeting of the Denison ISD Board of Trustees on March 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the DISD Board Room, located at 1201 S. Rusk Avenue in Denison, TX. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by the board followed by the invocation by Dr. David Kirkbride. Mr. Hawley 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.”
During Board trustee comments, Board president David Hawley said, regarding this school year, our staff just keeps going. It takes a lot of people to do what we are doing in this district. He is proud to see that our staff is not dealing with what other districts are dealing with and everyone needs a pat on the back. Board vice-president Ken Altnether thanked all of the Denison employees that are keeping things going and it is a testimony to their dedication. Board secretary Linda Flemming congratulated Scott Middle School’s Austin Crawley on winning the district spelling bee and winning the Grayson County spelling bee. She also congratulated the Denison High School all-state band selections. Board member Bob Rhoden highlighted the fact that this is one of his favorite board meetings when we get to recognize the Denison Education Foundation grant award winners and hear about their innovative ideas. Board member Scott Marr thanked all of the Denison ISD staff for their hard work this year in keeping our students safe and learning. Board member Becky Russell commented that she has had the opp to be on several campuses lately and is amazed at the innovative ideas that are making school happen this year. Under public participation, Ramon Flanigan questioned the board regarding the interview and application process of the recent hiring process of the head football coach/athletic director. Under superintendent remarks, Dr. Henry Scott wanted to commend the staff on the job they have done this year and this is out of the extra effort that they have put in during this extraordinary year. Also, he thanked Texoma Medical Center for offering a second round of immunizations to our staff. Dr. David Kirkbride introduced Emily Barnett as the new principal at Lamar Elementary.
Following the board comments, minutes from the previous meeting were approved. All routine business was approved.
ACCEPTANCE OF DENISON ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPRING GRANT AWARDS
Attached are details on two grants totaling $3,914.00, which are funded through the
Denison Education Foundation. Kathy Hendrick, DEF Grant Chairman, will present the
grants. ATTACHMENT: 2021 DEF Spring Grant Summaries
1. Recipient: Kelly Myers
Project: “Empowering Technology in the Palm of Their Hands”
Campus: Houston Elementary School, Dyslexia Specialist Grades 2-4
Grant Amount: $1,921.00
Brief Summary of Project: c-Pen Assistive Technology is a game changer for dyslexic children. Educators are constantly looking for ways to assist students overcoming learning disabilities. By putting the C-Pen in my students’ hands, I will be allowing them an even playing field with their grade level peers. Their writing will be enhanced by their ability to use their wonderful vocabulary, without fear of misspelling the words, instead of using basic vocabulary. They will be able to read books, articles and passages on their comprehension levels. The C-Pen is a remarkable tool that will encourage these intelligent children to communicate the written word more effectively!
2. Recipient: Pam Bellermann
Project: “The Gift of Reading”
Campus: Hyde Park Elementary School, Reading Intervention K-4
Grant Amount: $1,993.00
Brief Summary of Project: There is no greater honor, responsibility or joy than to give the gift of reading to children. I have never met a child who did not want to learn to read – to experience the excitement of opening a book and discovering the magic of putting letters and sounds together to make words. Then to take that book home and proudly read it to family, friends and even their pets. Many children, however, struggle to read and become so frustrated they don’t even want to try. But there are books available that can help these new readers – decodable books. It is amazing to watch a child read successfully for the first time when given a decodable book. The purpose of this grant is to provide decodable books and reading materials that struggling readers CAN read and take home to share the joy of reading with their family.
TOTAL D.E.F. GRANTS AWARDED SPRING 2021 = $3,914.00
CONSIDER THE ELECTION OF UNOPPOSED CANDIDATE AND TRUSTEE ELECTION CANCELLATION ORDER
The following Election Certification of Unopposed Candidates (see attachment) and Trustee Election Cancellation Order (also attached) allows the Board to cancel our May 1, 2021 election in Ward 6, Place 1 and Ward 2, Place 1 due to those ward’s candidates being unopposed, and to order Shelle Casselle and Bob Rhoden elected to the Denison ISD Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees approved and adopted the Election Certification of Unopposed Candidates and the Trustee Election Cancellation Order declaring Shelle Casselle Trustee for Ward 6, Place 2 and Bob Rhoden Trustee for Ward 2, Place 2
ATTACHMENT: Certification of Unopposed Candidates
ATTACHMENT: Trustee Election Order
INVESTMENT POLICY REVIEW
The Public Funds Investment Act Requires each governing body to review their
investment policy and strategies at least annually. The act also requires the designation
of investment officers and approval of independent sources of investment training.
The attached Board Resolution documents the annual review of the investment policy and investment strategies, names the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services and Director of Business as the investment officers and approves a list of investment training providers. The Board of Trustees approved the investment policy resolution.
ATTACHMENT: Denison ISD Annual Investment Policy Review
ATTACHMENT: Investment Policy Review Resolution
CONSIDER RESOLUTION REGARDING SEVERE WINTER STORM 2021 EMERGENCY
The severe winter storm resolution provides the Superintendent the opportunity to
efficiently and effectively manage the winter storm 2021 emergency. The Board of Trustees approve the resolution regarding the severe winter storm emergency.
ATTACHMENT: Severe Winter Storm Resolution
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Attached is the 2021-2022 school calendar which was unanimously selected by the District Educational Improvement Council. (Each campus, working with their teachers and parent/teacher organizations, was given an opportunity to submit an alternative calendar.) This calendar is very similar to the current 2020-2021 school calendar which received very positive reviews from staff and parents. The only change is moving Spring Break to the second full week of March. The Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 school calendar as presented and the calendars have been posted to the Denison ISD website.
ATTACHMENT: 2021-2022 School Calendar
BOARD POLICY UPDATE 116
Update 116 includes recommended (LOCAL) policy revisions concerning the dismissal
appeal process for employees, cybersecurity training, student medical treatment, and
community conduct on school premises. Many of the (LEGAL) policies included in this update were affected by recent changes to Administrative Code rules or legislation from the 86th Legislative Session that will be effective as of January 1, 2021. The Board adopt, revise or delete (LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service in TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 116.
ATTACHMENT: Update 116 Explanatory Notes Reference Manual
ATTACHMENT: Update 116 Overview
BOARD APPROVAL OF STATE INNOVATIVE COURSES
Denison High School is currently offering the following Innovative Courses: Sports Medicine I– III and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) I – IV. All of these courses are on the State List of Approved Innovative Courses for 2020-21 by the Texas Education Agency. With the approval of the local board of trustees, school districts may offer any state-approved innovative course for state elective credit only. The Board of Trustees approved the offering of these State-Approved Innovative Courses at Denison High School: Sports Medicine I-III and AVID I-IV.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF ASSESSMENT WAIVER FOR GRADES K-8
State assessments cannot be administered remotely, therefore all students are encouraged to come to campus on their assigned testing date to take their state assessment. For students in Kindergarten through grade 8, districts may require students who are not scheduled to take an assessment to learn remotely on district-scheduled testing days in order to reduce the number of individuals on a campus at any one time and increase the number of remote students that come on campus to take the assessment. This waiver applies to four district-scheduled testing days of STAAR at Scott Middle School. Scott Middle School currently has 622 students enrolled in on-campus learning and 86 students enrolled in remote learning. This waiver allows a grade level of students who are not testing to learn remotely on days the other grade level is testing. The Board of Trustees approved the Hybrid Instruction During District- Scheduled Testing Days for K-8th Grade Students Waiver.
CONSIDER WAIVER TO THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY FOR DAYS MISSED DUE TO BAD WEATHER
This school year we experienced an unusually long period of frigid, icy weather which
resulted in the loss of five days of instruction. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a new procedure for submitting waiver requests. Before TEA will accept the waiver request, which must be submitted on-line, the Board of Trustees must approve the submission of the waiver request. The Board of Trustees approved submission of the waiver request to the Texas Education Agency.
ATTACHMENT: 2020-2021 TEA Missed School Day Waiver
CONSIDER RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP IN TEXOMA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Attached is the 2021-2021 membership statement from the Texoma Council of
Governments. Denison ISD has been a member of this organization since its inception. The Board of Trustees approved the renewal of membership for the District in the Texoma Council of Governments and approve the payment of the 2021-2021 dues in the amount of $951.56.
ATTACHMENT: TCOG 2021 Membership Statement
INFORMATION ITEM: MAYES AND HYDE PARK CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
The Board heard an update on the construction projects at Hyde Park Elementary and Mayes Elementary.
ATTACHMENT: Construction Update March 2021
INFORMATION ITEM: MAJOR SAVER FUND RAISING PROJECT
Attached are the final totals for this year’s Major Saver Fund Raising Program. The district and the Denison ISD Education Foundation earned $16,402.50 from this project, which will be used to benefit our students.
ATTACHMENT: Major Saver 2021 Results
The follow resignations were accepted, effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year:
Tammy Balch- Art, Scott Middle School (retirement)
Jodilyn Gardner- Reading Interventionist, B. McDaniel Intermediate School
Chelsea Ivy-Special Education Inclusion, Denison High School
Gena Jackson-Principal, Lamar Elementary (retirement)
Susan Lovell – 1st Grade, Mayes Elementary School (retirement)
Veronikah Olvera-3rd Grade Bilingual, Mayes Elementary School
Shannon Rosas – 3rd Grade, Hyde Park Elementary School
Staci Schneider – World History/Government, Denison High School
Caraline Croft-Texas History/Coach, Scott Middle School
Brock Giles-Algebra/Geometry/Coach, Denison High School
Kay Hugghins-Special Education Teacher, Pathways High School (retirement)
Laurie Smith – Curriculum Coordinator, Administration Building
Mike McBryde-Economics/Coach, Denison High School
Joel Maresh-Texas History/AVID, Scott Middle School
Sharla Mullens-8th Grade History, Scott Middle School (retirement)
Chad Rogers-Athletic Director/Head Football Coach, Denison High School
Christi Wood-Career and Technology, Scott Middle School, Scott Middle School
The following employees have been hired for remainder of the 2020-2021 school year:
Kristin Cummins – Interventionist, Houston Elementary School
Laura Fulenchek-3rd Grade Bilingual, Mayes Elementary School
Melissa Strauser- Nurse, District
Bowen Kirkbride-Secondary Math, Scott Middle School
Brent Whitson-Athletic Director/Head Football Coach, Denison High School
The following employees are presently completing their second year of service under three year contracts. They are being granted new standard Three-Year Term Administrator contracts beginning with the 2021-2022 school year and extending through the 2023-2024 school year:
Arthur, Susan – Assistant Principal, B. McDaniel Intermediate School
Bennett, Rachael – Assistant Principal, Scott Middle School
Cannon, Shonda – Director of Instruction
Eaves, Brian – Coordinator of Public Information
Green, Michael – Assistant Principal, Denison High School
Hunkapillar, Cortney – Director of Business
Kirkbride, David – Assistant Superintendent for Administration
Prigge, Regina – Director of Special Programs & Assessments
Reid, Randy – Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
San Millan, Lance – Principal, Pathways High School
The following employees are presently serving on a one-year term contract. They are being granted standard Three-Year Term Administrator contracts beginning with the 2021-2022 school year and extending through the 2023-2024 school year:
Melissa Lewis-Director of Bands, Denison High School
Becky Suthers-Principal, Hyde Park Elementary School
There being no further regular business, the meeting was adjourned.