DENISON ISD DEPARTMENTS

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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

July 28, 2020

Published for DISD employees on the morning after 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 July 28, 2020, 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 Pledge Allegiance to the Flag was followed by the invocation by Dr. David Kirkbride.  Minutes from the previous meeting were approved.  The Board of Trustees approved all routine business. During the board comments, board member Becky Russell said that she is proud to be part of a district that has worked so hard on behalf of the students and staff in Denison. Board secretary Linda Flemming reiterated Mrs. Russell’s comments stating that the energy and persistence of the persons preparing the plan to return to school has been amazing to watch. Board member Scott Marr agreed stated that we need to continue lifting up the teachers as they move in to very uncertain times in their classrooms. Board member Bob Rhoden said that he is excited to see the kids back in the classroom. Board vice-president Ken Altnether praised the administrative team that put the safe return to school plan together. Board president David Hawley praised the food service crew that kept our students fed duing the spring and the summer. Dr. Scott says he is proud of the many people and hours that have been dedicated to the formation of the safe return to school plan.

 

With no public comments, the meeting proceeded as scheduled.

 

 

2020-2021 GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET – SECOND DRAFT

Assistant superintendent Randy Reid presented the second draft of the 2020-2021 General Operating Budget. The Board approved the draft of the budget.

 

 

CONSIDER PROPOSED TAX RATE TO SUPPORT THE 2020-2021 BUDGET

A public meeting must be held prior to the Board approving the 2020-2021 budget and tax rate. A Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate must be published at least 10 days and not more than 30 days prior to the public meeting. In order to publish the notice, the Board is required to vote on the proposed tax rate that will be included in the notice. The tax rate that is being proposed is $1.3839, which includes a maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.0547 and a debt service tax rate of $.3292.election. The Board approved the proposed tax rate as presented.

 

 

SET MEETING FOR PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS 2020-2021 SCHOOL BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE

A public meeting must be held prior to the Board approving the 2020-2021 budget and tax rate. The Board must set and announce the date, time and place of the meeting. The Board of Trustees set the meeting for the public hearing to discuss the 2020-2021 budget and proposed tax rate on August 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room located at 1201 S. Rusk, Denison, Texas.

 

 

BIDS AND PROPOSALS – ADDITION AND RENOVATIONS FOR PHASE 2 TO THE MAYES ELEMENTARY AND HYDE PARK ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES

Attached is a recommendation from Corgan to accept the summarized competitive sub-contractor proposals for the Mayes and Hyde Park Elementary Renovations and Additions. Corgan also recommends awarding of the Mayes Elementary remaining scope of $8,907,575 and the Hyde Park Elementary remaining scope of $8,572,722. The Board of Trustees approved the summarized competitive sub-contractor proposals for the Mayes and Hyde Park Elementary Renovations and Additions and award the remaining Mayes Elementary scope of $8,907,575 and Hyde Park Elementary scope of 8,572,722.

 

 

CONSIDER ADOPTION OF HOUSE BILL 3 BOARD GOALS

Texas Education Code, §11.185 The Board of Trustees of each school district shall adopt early childhood literacy and mathematics proficiency plans that set specific annual goals for five school years to reach quantifiable goals for student performance in reading and mathematics at each campus. Texas Education Code, §11.186 The Board of Trustees of each school district shall adopt college, career and military readiness plans that set specific annual goals for five school years to reach quantifiable goals for measures of college, career, and military readiness at each campus.

Summary / Background Information:

A new component of House Bill 3 requires school boards to establish and adopt five-year goals in the three areas of early childhood literacy proficiency, early childhood mathematics proficiency, and college, career, and military readiness (CCMR). Specific requirements in the areas of early childhood include annual goals for aggregate student growth on 3rd Grade Reading and Math STAAR at or above the Meets Grade Level performance level and for students in each group evaluated under the Closing the Gaps Domain (Domain III) under the current accountability system. Similarly, student outcome goals should be adopted for graduates meeting college, career, and military readiness. During the 2019-2020 school year, district and campus leaders worked collaboratively to analyze various progress measures related to these three areas, evaluate current levels of student performance, and develop five-year goals and annual targets focused on continued growth. District goals were established and then used to set appropriate goals at each campus in alignment with attaining the overall district goals. House Bill 3 requirements also include posting the goals on district and campus websites and an annual review of the goals by the Board of Trustees at a public meeting. These goals will be embedded within the District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement Plans as a focus for continued growth in these areas.

The Board of Trustees adopted the early childhood literacy proficiency, early childhood mathematics proficiency, and College, Career, and Military Ready (CCMR) goals.

 

 

 

CONSIDER REQUEST TO ENDORSE CANDIDATE TO THE TASB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Attached is a letter requesting an endorsement from Mr. Kevin Carbo. Mr. Carbo is seeking re-election to the Region 10 position on the TASB Board of Directors. The Board of Trustees endorsed incumbent Mr. Kevin Carbo for the TASB Board of Directors.

 

 

TEXAS TEACHER EVALUATION AND SUPPORT SYSTEM

The following attachments deal with the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) procedures and timeline. The T-TESS calendar outlines the timeline that will be adhered to by district appraisers when conducting teacher appraisals. Also included is a list of the administrators who have been certified as appraisers for the district.

 

Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System 2020-2021 Calendar

The rules and dates presented here are in keeping with the text of adopted New 19 TAC, Chapter 150, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Appraisal.

 

  • I. Number of Observations

    • A. Teachers will be observed a minimum of one time during each year of probationary contract.

    • B. Teachers on a term or continuing contract may be eligible to be evaluated a minimum of one time every three years. Eligibility will be determined in accordance with DNA (LEGAL) and DNA (LOCAL).

    • C. Additional observations (beyond the minimum) may be conducted at the discretion of the appraiser regardless of contract status (probationary, term, continuing).

  • II. Observation Schedule

    • A. The minimum formal observation will be announced by date and time. The pre- conference will be conducted within 10 days of the announced observation.

    • B. Additional observations (beyond the minimum) may be unannounced at the discretion of the appraiser. Unannounced observations will not include a pre- conference.

  • III. Important Dates

    • September 3: Deadline for orientation for teachers new to the district.

    • August 13: First day for observations of teachers who received T-TESS orientation in the district in prior years.

    • September 10: First day for observations of teachers new to district who received T-TESS orientation in August.

    • October 8: Deadline for teachers who completed T-TESS training in August to submit Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal-Setting form to appraiser.

    • April 16: Deadline for appraisers to conduct all End-of-Year Conferences.

    • April 30: Deadline for appraisers to provide teachers with a written Summative Annual Appraisal.

    • May 14: Deadline for teachers to request a second appraiser.

    • June 4: Deadline for appraisers to submit Summative Annual Appraisal records to central office.

The Board of Trustees approve the T-TESS calendar and appraisers.

 

 

BOARD POLICY UPDATE 115

Update 115 includes new Title IX regulations, effective August 14, 2020, which define sexual harassment under Title IX and establish detailed procedures for how districts must respond to notice or allegations of sexual harassment. Multiple changes in Update 115 are based on legislation from the 86th legislative session that impose changes effective with the 2020-2021 school year. The Board approved the process to adopt, revise or delete (LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service in TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 115.

 

CONSIDER APPROVAL TO AUTHORIZE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO SUBMIT THE ATTESTATION FOR THE DISTRICT ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING PLAN ONCE IT IS FINALIZED

The Texas Education Agency requires districts to submit their at-home, online learning plan prior to the first day of school. Denison ISD’s asynchronous learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year will include a statement that students will receive instruction by interacting on a daily basis in an online learning environment that will include both teacher-led and independent learning activities. Furthermore, the plan will include an overview of instructional schedules, material design, student progress monitoring, and implementation steps. The Board of Trustees approved authorizing the superintendent to submit the attestation concerning our online learning plan.

 

 

REPORT: DENISON ISD SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN PRESENTATION

Denison ISD superintendent Dr. Henry Scott and Denison ISD curriculum director Shonda Cannon presented the plan for returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year. This plan was created in accordance with Texas Education guidelines.

 

PERSONNEL REPORT

The follow resignations were accepted, effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Staci Avila – 2nd Grade, Terrell Elementary School

  • Carla Bucher – 2nd Grade, Lamar Elementary School (retirement)

  • Mike Garcia – Physical Education/Coach, Hyde Park Elementary School/Denison High School

  • Amanda Garza – Special Education Resource, Denison High School

  • Chrystal Hilburn – Special Education, Scott Middle School

  • Wesley Hunt – Environmental Science/IPC, Denison High School

  • Wendy Jones – 3rd Grade, Hyde Park Elementary School (retirement)

  • Jeremy Laroche – 4th Grade, Terrell Elementary School

  • Holly Loveall – 6th Grade ELAR/Social Studies, B. McDaniel Intermediate School

  • Michelle McAlister – Head Start, Lamar Elementary School

  • Amanda Schroeder – English, Denison High School

  • Shirley Spratt – Special Education Resource, Houston Elementary School (retirement)

  • Kerry Webster – Environmental Science/IPC, Denison High School

  • Bryan Williams – Chemistry, Denison High School (retirement)

The following employees have been hired for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Thomas Allen – Special Education, Scott Middle School

  • Gretchen Carroll – English, Denison High School

  • Michelle Damuth – Physical Education/Coach, Hyde Park Elementary/Denison High School

  • Julie Davis – Special Education Resource, Denison High School

  • Shannon Dophied – 2nd Grade, Lamar Elementary School

  • Elizabeth Gibbs – Biology, Denison High School

  • Tonya Jenkins – 5th Grade ELAR/Social Studies, B. McDaniel Intermediate School

  • Heather Jones – Head Start, Lamar Elementary School

  • Debra Klingman – 6th Grade ELAR/Social Studies, B. McDaniel Intermediate School

  • Mike McBryde – Economics/Government/Coach, Denison High School

  • Nicole McCarthy – 2nd Grade, Terrell Elementary School

  • Garth McLoed – Environmental Science/IPC, Denison High School

  • Jordonn Searcy – Assistant Band Director, Scott Middle School

  • Nicole Taylor – Assistant Speech Therapist, Scott Middle School

  • Erik VanMeter – Environmental Science/IPC, Denison High School

 

 

During the Superintendent’s comments, Dr. Henry Scott stated that he wanted to reassure the board that we are in constant contact with the Grayson County Health Department and the Texas Education Agency to make certain that the District is up-to-date on the latest information available regarding Denison ISD’s safe return to school plan.

 

There being no further business, Board president David Hawley adjourned the meeting.

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