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School Board agendas for each month are posted online prior to the board meeting. You may view the current and past agendas by following the link below.

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

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.

ATTACHMENT: Hybrid-Instruction-During-District-Scheduled-Testing-Days-for-K-8th-Grad...

 

 

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

 

PERSONNEL REPORT

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.

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