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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
News Release
Friday, November 11, 2011

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a $1.7 million contract with The Parthenon Group for consulting services to support the development of career pathways and differentiated compensation for teachers.

“Developing a new career pathways and differentiated compensation model for teachers is just one of four strategies of HISD’s Effective Teachers Initiative that aims to ensure that every student in the district is taught by an effective teacher,” said a news release. News Release

The school board voted 3-5, with only Greg Meyers, Paula Harris and Manuel Rodriguez voting in favor of approval, to deny a motion to delay consideration for one month of establishing a vanguard magnet program at Frank Black Middle School.

The school board voted 4-4, with Lawrence Marshall, Meyers, Harris and Rodriguez in favor, and Carol Mims Galloway, Juliet Stipeche, Anna Eastman and Michael Lunceford opposed, to deny a motion regarding revisions to the district's magnet programs. A majority is required for a motion to pass.

The board voted unanimously to approve an amended motion to table the item for 30 days and bring it back to the board after review.

“The proposed policy would help simplify the magnet school application process by calling for the creation of a standard application form allowing for multiple school choices by the student,” said a news release. “Each middle school and high school magnet program would have its own admissions criteria as identified by magnet theme and subject to auditions for fine arts programs.   Elementary magnet programs, except for Vanguard magnets that are designed for gifted students, would not have admissions criteria.” News Release

The school board voted 4-1-1, with Eastman opposed and Stipeche abstaining, to amend the incentive program metrics for Apollo 20 principals for the 2010-2011 school year.

The amendments will change the calculation of principals at the high school in the program, as well as include a $5,000 bonus for each middle school teacher retained for the 2011-2012 school year.

The school board voted 6-1-1, with Galloway opposed, and Eastman abstaining, to approve the termination of a probationary contract, the termination of a certified administrator performance contract, and a resignation and release agreement, as discussed during a closed session meeting.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the retention of legal counsel in the matter of Ramirez vs. Houston ISD, as discussed during a closed session regarding litigation in the case.

The school board voted unanimously to authorize the sale of property at 3101 Hadley Street to the City of Houston.

The school board voted unanimously to declare the former Frost Elementary school site as surplus and authorize the initiation of sale or lease proceedings.

Several items were withdrawn from the agenda:

  • Establishment of new magnet schools for the 2012-2013 school year;
  • A performance-pay model for chief school officers and school improvement officers/school compliance officers;
  • A school leader performance pay model; and
  • Revisions to board policy regarding employee standards of conduct.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote of the members present at the time of the vote. Trustees Harvin Moore was absent.  Agenda






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