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September School Board Meeting Recap

September School Board Meeting Recap (9/16/19)


  1. Student-Led Pledge of Allegiance – Ian Faubert, Brinna Helmcamp, Nathan Thomas, Corbin Davis, Brady Jones, Cyanna Lincoln, Pierce Roberts, Iyzaiah Reed, Hayden Willie, Addison Daugherty, Rex Zabel and Lexi Streamer, all students from Brown Primary, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Character Education Speaker – Rorry Johnson, a fifth-grade student in Ms. Cox’s class, gave a short speech about the Character Trait of the Month, honesty.

Information Items

  1. Financial Report – Mrs. McCarthy presented the financial report.
  2. Superintendent's Report – The Superintendent shared the following information with the Board:
  • Due to the rain, we were unable to have a Homecoming Parade as part of the Homecoming festivities last week.  However, there was a good turnout by the community for the pep rally in the high school gym.  There were many fans at the game on Friday evening to cheer on the Tigers.

  • Upcoming Events around the District:
    • “Be Our Guest” luncheon at the elementary on Friday.
    • Knighting ceremony for “students of good character” at Brown Primary on October 4th. 
  • District Site Base Meeting is on Monday, October 7th at 6 pm in the Boardroom.

  • Congratulations to Mrs. Deana Seidel, who was named a finalist for the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin.

  1. Construction Update by PBK Architects and Drymalla Construction – PBK Architects shared a powerpoint of upcoming renovations to existing buildings as included in Package 3 of the 2016 bond.
  2. Child Nutrition Report – Candy Biehle, Child Nutrition Director, reported to the Board on numerous activities that she and her staff are involved in throughout the year as well as last year’s highlights and programs.  She updated the Board on the district’s participation in the Summer Feeding Program and its successes with feeding children and adults in our community this past summer.
  1. District and Campus State Accountability Ratings – The accountability system utilizes STAAR data to evaluate three areas: 1) Student Achievement, 2) Student Progress, and 3) Closing Performance Gaps. The accountability system is designed to insure that campuses and districts are evaluated on multiple criteria and performance levels. Mrs. Burns reviewed the 2018-2019 district and campus ratings and performance with the Board.

Action Items

  1. Consider Approval of District and Campus Improvement Plans and Performance Objectives – Board Policy BQ [Legal] requires the Board to annually approve district and campus performance objectives and ensure that the district and campus improvement plans are mutually supportive to accomplish identified objectives and, at a minimum, support the state goals and objectives.  Assistant Superintendent Michael Caudill, with the assistance of each campus principal or administrator, presented the improvement plans.
  2. Consider Adoption of Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan – Senate Bill 11 requires the implementation of a Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan.   This plan must be approved by the Board of Trustees.  

  1. Personnel
Resignations of Certified Personnel – There were no resignations to report.

Employment of Certified Personnel – Deanne Holloway hired as a teacher at Smithville Junior High for the 2019-2020 school year.  
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