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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve special initiatives under the 2011-2012 operating budget for the purchase of buses and technology upgrades.

The budget will include $330,000 for the purchase of three new buses, and $165,000 for technology upgrades.

A second motion on the item, which was to include $50,000 for athletics at Scott Elementary campus, was withdrawn. The issue will be discussed further in a special meeting on Monday.

The school board voted unanimously to call an election on November 8 for Trustee District 5-E and District 6-F. Andy Mytelka currently holds the District 5-E seat, and Beau Rawlins is in District 6-F.

The school board voted 6-1, with Mytelka opposed, to adopt a policy to encourage members of the board to participate in workshops, lectures, seminars, training and conferences in which the board holds membership, and requires board members who attend such functions to report on their training or other event at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

The school board voted 6-0-1, with Sandra Simmons abstaining, to approve the minutes of the July 20 school board meeting. The board voted 5-0-2, with Simmons and Norman Pappous abstaining, to approve the minutes of the August 3 special meeting.

The school board voted unanimously to partner with the University of Texas Medical Branch in its application for the Promise Neighborhood Initiative Grant. The grant, which is administered by the United States Department of Education, and includes a maximum award of $500,000 for performing needs assessment, planning, resource recruitment and implementation of strategies to “do a better job of enabling and supporting local children and youth to succeed in school and life”.

UTMB will request $80,000 for the school district in the grant application, and the district will provide $10,000 in an in-kind match equivalent.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

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