Work Session Agenda
Business Meeting Agenda
The Budget Season Begins
Hoover noted that the budget process last year was contentious, and he would like to avoid that this year by determining a consensus on priorities before a budget is drafted. Manuel stated that the staff would present the draft budget like last year.
Tuition or No?
- Agenda Change
Awards and Recognitions
- Bus Driver Cyndi Flores was recognized for fostering good relationships with her riders.
- Three students were recognized for earning perfect scores on the 5th Grade TCAP writing assessment. Two were from Dogwood, and one was from Farmington.
- Five LEAD teachers, one from each school, were recognized.
- Lisa Parker was recognized with a gift for her years of leadership on the board.
Reports from the Chairman and Superintendent
Mr. Manuel announced plans to focus on raising ACT scores in the district. He especially wants to target students who are “on the bubble”. If we can boost those students above a 21, they will be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. He mentioned holding seminars or a “summer boot camp” to boost scores. There will be an ACT Community Awareness Night at Houston High School on March 8th.
There was no mention of start times.
Riverdale Plans are Progressing
Additional items that could be included if the budget allows are: an exterior art patio, an outdoor classroom, an emergency backup generator, acoustic tiling in the gym, and upgraded mechanical systems. He presented a timeline which shows the bid process taking place from February 22nd – March 24th. They hope to break ground on May 2nd and be ready to open the doors on May 1, 2017. The cost is currently estimated at $11.5 million. This number includes FFE and a $500,000 contingency fund.
Citizens to be Heard
- Tim Folse praised the board for their support of the band programs at HMS and HHS.
- Mindy Fisher thanked the board on the behalf of the Germantown Municipal PTA, who provided a candy bouquet to each board member.
On to Business
BUDGET AMENDMENT - 35
BUDGET AMENDMENT - 36
BUDGET AMENDMENT - 37
BUDGET AMENDMENT - 38
Then they discussed and passed BUDGET AMENDMENT - 39, which provides loyalty bonuses to teachers and staff. Staff will receive $300 each. All teachers will receive a $500 bonus, and those teachers with more than 18 years of experience will receive an additional $500. Mr. Hoover was very much in favor of the bonuses, but expressed concern about how they would be communicated. He worried that teachers might expect the same bonus in future years when/if the district achieves the Exemplary District status again.
OPEB Discussion and Vote
And with announcements of future meeting dates, the meeting was adjourned.
- February 10th – Work Session in the District offices at 5:30p
- February 29th – Work Session at City Hall at 5:30p, Business Meeting at 6:30p