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Meeting Highlights in No Particular Order:
- Various policies were passed reflecting updates in state law.
- The results of the Superintendent's evaluation was read. Mr. Manuel received 4.8 out of 5.0 from his cabinet and a 4.0 out of 5.0 from school board, making his overall score a 4.4. It was on a five point scale with 4 being above expectations and 5 being significantly above expectations. Ken Hoover clarified that the board was not using the same grading scale for students so it is misleading to say Mr. Manuel received a "B" on his evaluation. He received a 4.4, halfway between exceeding and significantly exceeding expectations.
- After several parents and Riverdale principal Joseph Bond spoke in its favor, the Riverdale parking lot proposal passed. The cost will taken from GMSD reserves. See picture below.
- The district's liability insurance renewal was approved after adding Germantown Education Foundation and Houston High Athletics and Arts Foundation to the policy.
- Chinese will not be a course offering in high school or middle school next year.
- The superintendent delivered a passionate speech detailing the importance of having special ed preschools at each of the elementary schools. This sentiment was echoed by numerous parent comments to the board.
- The bid for two new modular buildings (one on Dogwood's campus and one on Farmington's campus) was approved. Each building will house 6 classrooms and 2 bathrooms.
- Various budget updates and readings passed.