Center ISD Board of Trustees Unofficial Meeting Minutes

January 15, 2018 - A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Center Independent School District Administrative Office Building located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas 75935.

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

Matthew Mettauer called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and declared a quorum. 

Present: Greg Hubbard; Allison Johnson; Daphne LaRock; Casey Lout; Matthew Mettauer; Traci Willoughby (arrived at 6:02 p.m.); Betty McDaniel, Director of  Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent

Absent: John Henry Holloway

Visitors: Teresa Anderson, Special Education Director; Tina Byrnes, Southwest  Foodservice Excellence;  Leslie Byndom-Bell; Monica Caldas, Little Rider Academy Director; Pamela Doggett, CMS Instructional Coach; Elizabeth Fawcett, Wilf & Henderson, P.C.; Jill Gaston, Roughrider Academy Director; David Golden, McKinley-Golden Architects; Matt Gregory, CHS Principal; Heath Hagler, CIS Principal; Jake Henson, CMS Principal; Stephanie Hicks; Inez Hughes, FLM Principal; Jimmie Johnston, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Pete Low, CISD Police Chief; Holly Mikesh, CISD Human Resources Director; Shelly Norvell, CES Principal; Teresa Richard, RTI Director; Linda Snell, Director of Special Programs; Michelle Weathered; Chaquana Harper-Wells and Anita Williams

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance

Casey Lout led the invocation and Allison Johnson led the Pledges of Allegiance.

3. Public Comments/Audience Participation

Chaquana Harper-Wells, Stephanie Hicks, Veronica Berry, Anita Williams and addressed the Board regarding the girls athletic program.

4. Recognition of School Board

The faculty and staff thanked the Board of Trustees for their time and support to Center Independent School District.

5. Presentation of Annual Audit Report 

Elizabeth Fawcett of Wilf & Henderson, P.C. presented the 2016-2017 Annual Audit Report. There were no findings required to be reported relating to the audit and Center Independent School District was determined to be a low-risk auditee and the District is financially strong.

A motion was made by Allison Johnson, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the Annual Audit Report for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2017 as presented. 

The motion carried 6-0.

6. Consent Agenda

A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by Allison Johnson to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes from the regular meeting on December 14, 2017; Tax Office Report (December 2017); Financial Reports (December 2017); Investment Report (December 2017); payment approval over $50,000; budget amendment for purchase of school bus and Overnight Student Activity Trips.  

The motion carried 6-0.

7. Consideration to Approve Proposal to Employ Construction Manager At Risk for Future Projects

A motion was made by Allison Johnson, seconded by Daphne LaRock to approve Berry & Clay as the Construction Manager at Risk on Future Projects. 

The motion carried 6-0.

8. Little Riders Academy Update

Monica Caldas, Director of the Little Riders Academy, presented an update on the first year’s activities of the Little Riders Academy.

9. Center Middle School Progress Report

Jake Henson presented mid-year academic progress report for Center Middle School.

10. Discussion of a Canine Unit for the Center ISD Police Department

Pete Low began the discussion with the Board for the Center ISD Police Department to include a canine unit for the Department. The Board noted that they need to continue to discuss the subject of a canine unit.

11. Closed Session

The Board did not enter into closed session. 

12. Open Session

District Employees and Officers: Texas Government Code §551.071 and §551.074 for consideration of employment of contracted personnel, resignation/retirement and extended emergency sick leave.

12.1.1 There were no resignations/retirements to be considered by the Board.

12.1.2 There were no employment of personnel to be considered by the Board.

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

13. Adjournment

A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by Daphne LaRock to adjourn the meeting at 8:02 p.m.

The motion carried 6-0.