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The Denison ISD Board of Trustees meets the third Tuesday of each month (in most cases). Please refer to the School Board Meeting Calendar page to verify meeting dates.

 

The Denison ISD Board of Trustees meets at 6:30 pm in the Bruce T. Hibbett Board Room in the Denison ISD Administration Building located at 1201 S. Rusk. The meetings are open to the public.  

DENISON ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES

DENISON ISD BOARD NEWS

Denison Independent School District

1201 S. Rusk Avenue, Denison, TX 75020

January 19, 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 Vice President Ken Altnether called to order the Regular Meeting of the Denison ISD Board of Trustees on January 19, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bruce T. Hibbett Board Room at the Denison ISD Administration Building. Following the roll call and welcome, Mr. Altnether gave an overview of the role of DISD Board Trustees who work and serve to 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.” The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led was presented, followed by the invocation by Dr. David Kirkbride. DISD Board comments included:  Board member Bob Rhoden sharing that the Denison ISD staff is doing a great job and hopes that normalcy is coming soon. Board member Scott Marr asked each of us to lift up those in our district and our community that have been impacted by the virus. Board vice president Ken Altnether hopes the pandemic will begin to fade out as the vaccines become more readily available. Board member Becky Russell says that she has been blessed to withness the innovation that has come from necessity during the COVID time frame and she said she is looking forward to seeing our successes in 2021. Board president David Hawley stated that it has been amazing to watch our teachers in and out of their normal settings. The board recognizes the great job that teachers and administrators have done this year and the Board is behind them 100%. Following the Board comments, minutes from the previous meeting were approved. All routine business was approved.

 

RECOGNITIONS: BOARD OF TRUSTEES

In appreciation of Texas’ dedicated school board members, January 2021 is named as School Board Recognition Month. These devoted individuals are committed to children and believe that all children can be successful learners. They work closely with parents, educational professionals, and other community members to mold an education system that meets the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Please join us in recognizing these hard working school board members:

  • Mr. David Hawley, President

  • Mr. Ken Altnether, Vice-President

  • Mrs. Linda Flemming, Secretary

  • Mr. Bruce Hysmith

  • Mr. Scott Marr

  • Mr. Bob Rhoden

  • Mrs. Becky Russell

 

PRESENTATION OF THE 2019-20 SCHOOL DISTRICT AUDIT

Kirk, & Richardson, PC, Certified Public Accountants, will review the 2019-20 financial audit. The annual audit gives a description of the overall financial status of the district. As prescribed by state statute, an executed copy of the audit report will be transmitted to the Texas Education Agency and other financial institutions. Don Richardson reviewed the audit Tuesday evening. The Board of Trustees approved the annual audit report.

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD BUDGET COMMITTEE

The Board President will appoint three members of the Board to serve on the 2021-2022 Budget Committee. The following organizations will be represented on the committee:

  • President of the Denison Classroom Teachers Association

  • President of the Denison Principals Association

  • A Representative from the District Site Based Committee

(Note: New officers of the DCTA are elected during the Spring Semester and new officers for the DPA are elected at the beginning of the new school year. Should the officers change before the Board Budget Committee convenes, the new presidents of each professional organization will serve on this committee.) The Board of Trustees approved all members of the Budget Committee.

 

BUDGET HANDBOOK FOR 2020-2021

The Denison ISD 2021-2022 Budget Handbook’s purpose is to provide helpful guidance during the development of the 2021-2022 budget. The Budget Handbook contains information about the budget development process, budget allocations, budget codes, and purchasing procedures. The Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 Budget Handbook.

 

ORDER CALLING A TRUSTEE ELECTION

Public school districts in Texas are required to hold a trustee election each year. Places 1 and 2 will be the positions open for May 1, 2021 trustee election. Wednesday January 13, 2021 is the first day to file an application for a place on the ballot. Friday, February 12, 2021 is the last day to file an application for a place on the ballot. The Board of Trustees approved the order calling a Trustee Election.

 

JOINT CITY/SCHOOL ELECTION AGREEMENT

Section 11.0581 of the Education Code requires independent school districts to conduct their annual trustee elections jointly with a municipality within the school district’s boundaries. In order to have a joint election, Denison ISD and the City of Denison, are required to approve a joint election agreement approved by both governing Boards. A copy of the election agreement may be located on the Board agenda site. The Board of Trustees approved the Joint City/School Election Agreement.

 

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CONTRACT FOR ELECTION SERVICES

The Grayson County Election Administration is now available to conduct the elections of governmental entities in Grayson County. The election administration will be able to conduct the election at a cost that is less than what we would be able to conduct the election. We will also need to have the election administration conduct the election since we are required to hold our election jointly with the City of Denison and the City is contracting with the election administration. A copy of the contract for election services is attached. The Board of Trustees approved the contract for election services with the Grayson County Election Administration for the May 1, 2021 election.

 

FISCAL YEAR 2020-21 BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Budget amendments are recommended to realign budgeted amounts to meet projected actual revenues and expenditures. The attachment details the recommended budget amendments.

Summary/Background Information Budget

  • General Fund:

    • Add $760,000 to Function 11,12,13,21,23,31,33,34,35,36,41,51,52, and 53 for the

    • Retention Bonus expenditures.

    • Add $610,000 to Function 81 for the Munson Stadium Video Scoreboard

    • Add $610,000 to Local Revenue for donations to the Munson Stadium Video Scoreboard

    • account.

    • Add $65,000 to function 34 and 51 for increase in property and vehicle insurance

    • Add $85,000 to function 41 for attorney fees

 

PROGRESS MONITORING REPORT - HOUSE BILL 3 BOARD GOALS

According to Texas Education Code, §11.185, in the July Board Meeting, 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 Pre-Kindergarten data is presented. Using the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System on the CLI Engage Platform, Pre-Kindergarten students were administered beginning of the year assessments in early literacy and mathematics. We will use the following reporting schedule to inform the Board regarding student progress toward meeting the established House Bill 3 Goals:

  • December – Pre-Kindergarten Circle Assessments

  • January – College and Career Military Readiness

  • June – Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade Reading Inventories and Math Benchmarks

  • August or September – 3rd Grade STAAR Reading and Math Scores

 

PERSONNEL REPORT

The follow resignation was accepted, effective December 17, 2020:

Marla Boyd – Special Education Teacher, B. McDaniel Intermediate School

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: 

Under the authority of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Governement Code, Sec. 551.074, the Board entered into closed or executive session to review the job performance of the Superintendent.

 

Following the closed executive session, the Board reconvened in open session and with there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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