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March School Board Meeting Recap

March 2019 Board Recap

  1. Student Pledge
  2. Character Education Essay: Self-Reliance
  • Caleb Magden (5th Grader) Mrs. Vinklarek’s Class
  1. Superintendent Report

District News:

  • Smithville ISD selected as Jamboree Parade Grand Marshall

Brown Primary School

  • Brown Primary principal, teacher, and student featured in video for Region 13.

Smithville Junior High

  • Jr. High Band Sweepstakes
  • Two students earned State level accolades in Texas Future Problem Solvers (Evyan Parnell & Antonio Strube)

Smithville High School

  • District accolades for One Act Play students (All-Star Cast, Honorable Mention All Star Cast, All Star Crew, and Director’s Choice Award)
  • Athletic Regional Qualifiers: 5 Tiger Powerlifters
  • Academic State Qualifiers in: Skills USA and CX Debate
  • Athletic State Qualifier: 1 Tiger Powerlifter  
  • International Qualifiers: DECA ICDC (22 years in a row)

Coming Up Across the District:

  • March 28 at 8:00 a.m. - New Junior High Facility Walk-through for the Board of Trustees
  • April 29 - Board Budget Workshop

  1. Informational Items:
  • Instructional/Curriculum Program Highlight: Community Based Learning - K. Mahoney
  • Construction Update by PBK Architects and Drymalla Construction including Discussion of 2016 Bond Phase 3: Drive relocation is ongoing and phased construction is progressing around the building
  • Additional information shared included the renovation project at the Elementary & current Junior High campuses: ADA Compliance, removal of Annex, parking, fencing, secured vestibules, removal of lockers, and renovation of existing junior high, specials building, and elementary buildings
  • District and Campus Improvement Plans Status Report: update on progress shared by D. Edwards and campus principals (Foster, Hewitt, Logan, & Smith)

  1. Tentative April Agenda Items
  2. Recognition of Outstanding Students for the Fifth Six-Weeks
  3. Recognition of Student Accomplishments
  4. Financial Report
  5. Superintendent’s Report
  6. Construction Update by PBK Architects and Drymalla Construction
  7. Resignations and Employment of Certified Personnel
  8. Consider and Take Action Regarding Certified Personnel Contract Renewals
  9. Action Items:
  • PBK Response to Flood Concerns on the Secondary Campus
    • Review of elevations at the culverts located at Jones Road, the baseball/softball complex and at Hwy 95 (at the north end of the property) and options to fix the problem of standing water along Jones Road.
      • no action taken
  • Review and Approve 2019-2020 High School Course Catalog
    • Reviewed changes by Mr. Smith with notable additions of Teen Leadership, On-Ramp Classes, and TEAL (coding program; computer science)
      • approved
  • Instructional materials Allotment and Textbook Adoption
    • The materials will be bought using the district instructional resource fund as provided by the state. • Request will be reviewed and prioritize. • Only purchases allowed by TEC 31.0211, 82nd Texas Legislature will be approved.
      • approved
  • Repeal of Previously Adopted Policies and Adoption of (LOCAL) Policies as Prepared by TASB Policy Service
    • Policies were reviewed by TASB - presented to the Board of Trustees
      • Approved (updated policy is now online)
  • Personnel
    • Resignations of Certified Personnel
      • Julie Rector
      • Justin Havens
    • Employment of Certified Personnel
      • None at this time
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