The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a $10.3 million technology improvement plan.
“HISD is committed to using reliable data to drive instruction in the classroom,” Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier said. “For that to happen, teachers and principals must have access to the most up-to-date information that helps them track how each and every student is performing.”
The school board voted 4-1, with Anna Eastman opposed, to approve an amendment to the 2011-2012 budget General Fund. Carol Mims Galloway and Paula Harris were not present at the time of the vote.
The amendments included $312,500 for workshops to be provided by Kilgore Consulting, Inc. for support in meeting state standards, $500,000 for stipends for teachers to review and revise curriculum to meet the new “STAAR” state tests, $1.2 million for extra duty pay for teachers attending the Neushaus Education Center trainings, and $379,329 for the FASTT Math intervention software program.
The school board voted 6-1, with Galloway opposed, to authorize a settlement in the matter of Joan Czarnek, et al, vs. Houston Independent School District.
The school board voted 6-1, with Galloway opposed, to approve personnel matters as recommended. The item was discussed during a closed session.
The school board voted 5-2, with Galloway and Harris opposed, to approve additional personnel recommendations, as discussed during a closed session.
The school board voted unanimously to postpone acceptance of proposed additions to board policy CAA, regarding financial management goals and objectives, and financial ethics.
The school board took no action regarding future use options for surplus property at 5650 Selinsky Road.
Several items were withdrawn from the agenda and not acted on during the meeting. The items included:
Revisions to board policy EGA, regarding Innovative and Magnet Programs
Acceptance of the instructional materials allotment and adoption of recommendations for district-wide supplemental science instructional materials
Proposed revisions to board policy DH, employee standards of conduct
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustees Harvin Moore and Juliet Stipeche were absent. Agenda