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Center ISD Board of Trustees Minutes of April 13th Regular Meeting

April 21, 2017 - A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Center Independent School District Administration Board Room located at located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas 75935.

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

James Greer called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and declared a quorum.

Present: James Greer; John Henry Holloway; Allison Johnson; Casey Lout; Matthew Mettauer; Traci Willoughby; Tammy Lemoine, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent

Absent: Daphne LaRock

Visitors: Danny Berry, Berry and Clay; Barry Bowman, CISD Athletic Director; Lori Brister, CES Instructional Coach; Mike Brister; Tina Byrnes, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; David Golden, McKinley-Golden Architects; Matthew Gregory, CHS Administrator; Heath Hagler, CIS Administrator; Jake Henson, CMS Administrator; Inez Hughes, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator; Jimmie Johnston, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Chris Maggard, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Amber Mathews, CES Teacher; Malcolm McKinley, McKinley-Golden Architects; Shelly Norvell, CES Administrator; Kurt Radnitzer, FLM Administrator; Allison Scull, parent; Anna Stuever, parent; Lindsey Tipton, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Mickey Wulf, Special Services Director, CMS Beta Club students, sponsors and parents

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance - John Henry Holloway gave the invocation and Traci Willoughby led the Pledges of Allegiance.

3. Closed Session - Mr. Greer called for a closed session at 5:32 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.071 and §551.129 for presentation of Level III parent complaint by Shannon, Todd and Alexia Baldwin.

4. Open Session - The Board returned into open session at 6:06 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. A motion was made by James Greer, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to uphold the decision from the Level II grievance hearing. The motion carried 6-0.

5. Public Comments/Audience Participation - None

6. Recognition of Center Middle School Beta Club

The Center Middle School Beta Club State competition winners were recognized by their sponsors noting that the students received more awards than ever before and will advance to the National competition in Orlando, Florida. A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to approve up to $10,000 for transportation cost for the Center Middle School Beta Club to travel to National competition in Florida. The motion carried 6-0.

7. Consent Agenda

A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes from the special called meeting on March 21, 2017 and the regular meeting on March 21, 2017, Investment Report (March 2017); Tax Collection Report (March 2017); Financial Reports (March 2017); payment approvals over $50,000 and Overnight Student Activity Trips. The motion carried 6-0.

8. Discussion and Consideration of Urgent Needs Project Plan

Danny Berry, Malcolm McKinley and David Golden presented the Board with concepts and information to consider in order for the District to accomplish the items on the urgent needs plan.  A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Casey Lout to authorize architects to design CHS culinary kitchen, slight renovation to current field house, new field house concept and CES driveway/parking expansion plus allocate monies for CES playground equipment not to exceed $100,000, girls and boys weight room equipment, flooring at CHS and CMS weight rooms, 150 new athletic lockers and security fencing at CIS/CMS/CES in accordance with the enlisted proposals. The motion carried 6-0.

The Board adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m. The Board reconvened the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

9. Consideration to Approval Proposal for Food Service Management Company

The District received one proposal from our current food service management vendor, Southwest Foodservice Excellence. A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to approve the proposal for Food Service Management Company to Southwest Foodservice Excellence. The motion carried 6-0.

10. Consideration to Approve the 2017-2018 Student Transfer Agreement

A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to increase the out-of-district tuition to $500 per child – maximum of $1,500 per family, accept transfers all year and to approve the 2017-2018 Student Transfer Agreement. The motion carried 6-0.

11. Consideration to Approve Job Descriptions

A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by John Henry Holloway to approve the Lead Teacher job descriptions for CHS and CMS with the revision of general knowledge of curriculum and instruction to extensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction. The motion carried 6-0.

12. Distribution of TASB Policy Update 107 - Each member of the Board received a copy of the TASB Policy Update 107 (affecting Local policies).

13. Closed Session - James Greer called for a closed session at 8:09 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.074 for consideration of employment of contracted personnel, terminate probationary contracts, contract renewals for Administrators, teachers and certified support staff, resignation/retirement and extended emergency sick leave.

14. Open Session - The Board returned into open session at 9:20 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. 

   14.1 District Employees and Officers:  Texas Government Code §551.074 

      14.1.1 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to accept the resignations/retirements as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry.  The motion carried 6-0.

      Luciana Barr, CIS Dyslexia Coordinator – retirement
      Rayford Copelin, Deputy Superintendent – retirement
      Susan Fountain, FLM Teacher – retirement
      Tammy Lemoine, Asst. Supt. of Curriculum & Instr & Sp Programs - retirement
      Dianna Link, CMS Secretary – retirement
      Stephenia Preston, PEIMS Coordinator - retirement
      Kurt Radnitzer FLM Principal – retirement 
      Sachiko Vick – FLM Food Service - retirement
      Janese Ward – FLM Teacher - retirement
      Marilyn Ballard, CHS Diagnostician - resignation
      Evelyn Caraway, CES Teacher - resignation
      Amanda Elder, CES Teacher - resignation
      Erica Klein, CES Teacher - resignation
      Kristine Knebel, CES Teacher - resignation
      Rebecca Lyles, CES Teacher - resignation
      Lynn Parish, CMS Teacher - resignation
      Theresa Wallace, FLM Instructional Aide - resignation
      Wendie Wooten, CES Teacher - resignation

      14.1.2 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the employment of personnel as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. The motion carried 6-0.

      Jessica Belrose, Teacher - Center Elementary School
      Sarah Hughes, Teacher - Center High School 
      Laura Tellechea, Teacher - Center Elementary School

      14.1.3 There were no extended emergency sick leaves to be considered by the Board. 

      14.1.4 A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the contract renewals for Administrators, Teachers and Certified Support Staff as submitted by Superintendent Hockenberry. The motion carried 6-0.

15. Adjournment - A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Traci Willoughby to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 p.m. The motion carried 6-0.