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DENISON ISD DEPARTMENTS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

DISD School Board Agenda

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

February 20, 2024

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 Meeting of the Denison ISD Board of Trustees on February 20, 2024, 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. The Board began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Jaida Wimbish from Lamar  Elementary followed by the invocation by Denison ISD assistant superintendent Dr. Andru Gilbert. Board trustee Scott Marr presented the role of DISD Board Trustees, who work diligently to serve and meet the educational needs of more than 4,500 Denison ISD students, states: “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, the Board of 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, trustees stated… 

 

Board member David Hawley: “I’m glad to be back. Took a short stint for some medical reasons and you got those things. I've been keeping up with the board and I would like to thank everybody for sending me text messages and emails so I can be able to serve everybody. Thank you.” 

Board member Shelle Cassell: “I had a chance to go eat lunch with my third grade granddaughter the other day. And if you've never had an elementary lunch experience, you need to do that because it is so impressive. Everybody works together. The kids know when they're to stand up. They know when they're to sit down. They know what the different color changes mean. The janitors are there with their trash cans. They're cleaning the tables. The cafeteria workers have it all timed out and it worked perfectly. I've never been more impressed with a group of people working together on campus, and I'm sure that happens at every school across our city.” 

Board secretary Linda Flemming: “I would like to thank Dr. Kirkbride for his weekly updates of the athletic calendar because some of us don't have young children or children in school, so it's helpful to know what's going on and I really appreciate it.” 

Board member Eric Hunt: “Well, speaking on the athletic calendar, I want to tell you if you you need to go check out our softball team. I went over to Bells last week and watched their season opener. New energy, very exciting, lots of smiles this and good things. Won the game big time. And they're sitting at 4 and 1 right now, so they're often really good start.” 

Board member Scott Marr: “I would just like to congratulate our Police Department. We're excited, glad to have you guys. I know most of you... very solid people. Also, anytime we have teachers or principals here, I like to acknowledge the work that they do. They're in the bush doing the work. I appreciate what y'all do.” 

Board vice-president Becky Russell: “I would like to acknowledge Mr. Hander and the robotics team from Scott Middle School. Having this being their first year to compete and they're already going to state. They’re just an impressive group of young kids and I think the future is so bright.” 

Board president Bob Rhoden: “I was going to say something about Police Department, the robotics, but that's been covered. So, I will say we are fortunate to have Reggie Smith here this evening, our state representative. I will say, without getting into a whole lot of politics, that there was a certain thing on the legislative agenda this year. And, we as public school folks, ask you to do something for us that would be very difficult for you to do which was to go against the climate that's going on in Austin at the time, and you took a stand. You did what we ask you to do. I personally want to thank you here in public in front of all these folks for standing up on our behalf. You know, it wasn't easy for you to do. We appreciate the job that you're doing for us in Austin and we certainly hope that we're sending you back down to do it a little bit longer. So, thank you.” 

Following the public comment portion of the meeting, the agenda resumed with superintendent comments. 

Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. David Kirkbride: “I do want to acknowledge Reggie Smith's presence here tonight. And, I just want to thank you for supporting public education. It is much appreciated. So thank you so much. Speaking of supporting public education, today started early voting for the March 5th primaries. I just want to encourage folks, now that I've got a full room here, to continue to educate yourselves on candidates who will support public education and get out there and vote. Vote early. Oftentimes, there's a misconception that those primary elections don't matter, but they do. They have a tremendous impact on who is going to be obviously on that November ballot, and who is elected in these primaries is typically who is going to move forward in November. So, the people that are elected in the primaries over the next couple of weeks are going to be people that will be representing us in Austin. It cannot be overstated as to how important that is to our community, our school district and public schools across the state. I just want to encourage everyone to get out there and do your duty and vote. Let your voice be heard. In your folder, not your packet, but in your folder that Robin put together for each of the board members, there's an article that published in the Herald Democrat in the Sunday edition. All of the Fannin County and Grayson County superintendents agreed to put their name on this document encouraging people to get out and vote and stressing the importance of this election for public education. I would encourage the board members, if you haven't already, read that please. For our guests who are in the room here today, that’s the Saturday-Sunday Herald Democrat opinion section is where you can go and read that. And, I want to thank Brian Eaves and Meghan Cone, his counterpart in Sherman. Dr. (Tyson) Bennett and I kind of gave it a thumbs up and Brian and Meghan are the ones that put this article together and it is very well written. Brian, to you and Meghan, thank you so much for your work. We have pushed this out on social media, as as have all the other districts that put their name on this letter. Thank you.” 

 

At the conclusion of the Superintendent’s comments, the meeting proceeded as scheduled. 

 

ACTION ITEMS                                                                           

  • Routine Business - Consent Agenda 

  • Approval of Board minutes for the January 2024 (11.A.1) 

  • Approve Expenditures for January 2024 (11.A.2) 

  • Approval of the January 2024 investment report (11.A.3) 

  • Approval of the January 2024 financial reports (11.A.4) 

  • Approval of the January 2024 tax reports (11.A.5) 

 

 

REGULAR BUSINESS

 

Agenda Item #: 12.B.1  

Subject: Consider Approval of Revised Elementary Attendance Boundaries 

Houston Elementary School will become DISD’s designated Early Childhood campus (Head Start, Regular Pre-K, and Special Education Pre-K) to begin the 2025-2026 school year. Houston students who will be in 1st – 4th grade during the 2025-2026 school year who reside in the current Houston Elementary attendance zone will attend Terrell Elementary or Lamar Elementary based on their established place of residence. 2024-2025 Houston kindergarten students will attend Terrell or Lamar to begin the 2024- 2025 school year based on their established place of residence. It is necessary to transition Houston kindergarten students one year early in order to accommodate Head Start students from Lamar. Lamar’s Head Start facility will be taken off-line so that construction can begin this summer at Lamar. The Board of Trustees approved the adjusted elementary attendance zones as presented by Zonda Demographic. 

SEE ATTACHMENT 

 

 

Agenda Item #: 12.B.2  

Subject: CONSIDER APPROVAL OF SCHEDULE FOR TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK (MARCH 4-8) 

The following are our proposed plans for celebrating Texas Public Schools Week in Denison ISD: 

  • The principal of each campus will sponsor a luncheon for the parent-teacher organization on Thursday, March 7, 2024. 

  • Brian Eaves will coordinate publicity of Texas Public Schools Week through media outlets. 

  • Each school principal, working with their parent-teacher organization, will develop activities that invite parents and patrons to visit our schools during the week. 

  • Special exhibits of students’ work will be displayed at each campus. 

The Board of Trustees approved the above stated schedule for Texas Public Schools 

Week. 

 

Agenda Item #: 12. C 

Subject: Resolution of the Board to Employ or Accept as Volunteers Chaplains 

In consideration of Approval of a Resolution to Employ or Accept Volunteer Chaplains, Section 23.001 of the Texas Education Code permits the district to employ or accept as a volunteer chaplain to provide support, services, and programs for students as assigned by the Board.  

 

Senate Bill 763, passed by the 88th Texas Legislature, requires each school board to take a record vote between September 1, 2023, and March 1, 2024, on whether to adopt a policy authorizing a campus of the district to employ or accept as a volunteer a chaplain under Education Code Chapter 23.  

 

At this time, the Board of Trustees of Denison ISD School District approved the resolution to NOT permit a district campus to employ or accept as a volunteer a chaplain to provide support, services, and programs for students at this time.  

SEE ATTACHMENT 

 

 

Agenda Item #: 12.D 

Subject: Denison ISD 2024-2025 Calendar 

District staff developed two calendar options for the district to review, DEIC to 

discuss, and the board to approve for the 2024-2025 school year. The board adopted the Calendar B option for the 2024-2025 school year. 

SEE ATTACHMENT 

 

 

INFORMATION ITEMS              

 

Agenda Item #: 13.A  

Subject: Money Dolly Fund Raising Project 

Attached are the final totals for this year’s Money Dolly Fund Raising Program. 

Total sales were $117, 887.00, the total profit for DEF and schools combined is 

$83,023.60. This is the most money our district has ever made in 19 years with Major Saver it was $38,370.00 back in 2010. We beat our highest return by $44,653.00. 

SEE ATTACHMENT 

 

Agenda Item #: 13.B 

Subject: Personnel Report 

The following resignations were accepted: 

  • Cheryl Trinkle – Terrell Elementary Teacher (retirement, effective 5/17/24) 

  • Dnese Wheeler – B. McDaniel Teacher (retirement, effective 5/17/24) 

  • Taylor Swoopes – Denison High School Teacher (effective 5/17/24) 

  • Kim San Millan – Denison High School Teacher (retirement, effective 5/17/24) 

  • Carol Millerick – Lamar Elementary Teacher (retirement, effective 5/17/24) 

  • Lisa Washer – Lamar Elementary Teacher (retirement, effective 5/17/24) 

  • Chastity Neal – B. McDaniel Special Education Teacher (effective 1/17/24) 

  • Marcia Meza-Guitterez – Denison HS Spanish Teacher (effective 1/8/24) 

  • Tonya Jenkins – Hyde Park Elementary Teacher (retirement, effective 5/17/24) 

The following employees have been hired: 

  • Jeanine Boroski – B. McDaniel Special Education Math Teacher (effective 2/1/24) 

The following employees are presently completing their second year of service under 

three year term contracts. They are being granted new standard Three-Year Term 

Administrator contracts beginning with the 2024-2025 school year and extending 

through the 2026-2027 school year: 

  • Holly Bach 

  • Emily Barnett 

  • Cavin Boettger 

  • Alvis Dunlap 

  • Amanda Gunter 

  • Kyle Harris 

  • Natalie Hicks 

  • Kerry Kaai 

  • Caleb Noble 

  • Stephanie Paulson 

  • Kyle Uber 

The following employees have been serving on a one-year probationary contract 

and are now being granted a standard Three-Year Term Administrator contract 

beginning with the 2024-2025 school year and extending through the 2026-2027 

school year: 

  • Sandy Anderson 

  • Angela Butler 

  • Lisa Kusch 

The following employees have been serving on a one-year probationary contract 

and are being granted another one-year probationary administrator contract: 

  • Sarah Ewton 

  • Benton Timpanaro 

The following employees are presently serving on a one-year term contract. They 

are being granted another one-year term contract for the 2024-2025 school year: 

  • Truxal, Melanie 

 

Agenda Item #: 13.C 

Subject: 2022-2023 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) 

Background Information: The Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) pulls together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year. Performance is shown disaggregated by student groups, including ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The report also provides extensive information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics. 

SEE ATTACHMENT 

 

 

Following the handling of all business items on the agenda, the meeting adjourned into Executive Session/Closed Session 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/CLOSED SESSION ITEM:  

  1. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072, discussion regarding potential real property for purchase. 

  1. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, discussion regarding personnel   

 

 

Following the Executive Session/Closed Session portion of the meeting, the Board reconvened into Open Session. 

 

Following the reconvening into Open Session, the February Board meeting was adjourned.  

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