The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted 6-1, with Beau Rawlins opposed, to retain the firm of Haynes & Boone to represent the district in litigation filed by several Texas school districts against the state regarding the state's school finance system.
The school board voted unanimously to cast the district's ballots in favor of re-electing Victor Pierson to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. The district cast all 520 of its ballots for Pierson. A total of 834 votes is required for a member to be elected to the board.
In addition to Pierson, Gary Jones, David Moss, Emery Williams, II and Walt Syers are on the ballot for re-election to the five member board. Evelyn Timmins, Dan Brightwell and Clay Morrison are also on the ballot.
The school board voted 5-0-1, with Matthew Hay abstaining, to approve the minutes of the October 19 meeting.
The school board voted unanimously to amend the district's contract with KIPP to create a new campus, KIPP Coastal Village Middle School, for grades 5-8 at Galveston ISD's San Jacinto campus, as well as rename and re-align the current KIPP Coastal Village campus to become the KIPP Coastal Village Primary campus for grades Pre-K through 4 at the Rosenberg campus.
The amendments will take effect in the 2012-2013 school year. The charter school was created in 2009, and was projected initially to remain a single campus.
“However, KIPP is currently outgrowing the Rosenberg campus,” Superintendent Larry Nichols said. “Thus, KIPP is proposing to create a second internal charter campus, KIPP Coastal Village Middle School for grades 5 - 8 at San Jacinto.”
The school board voted unanimously to approve the issuance of refunding bonds.
The bonds will refinance existing debt the district carries from its 2004 school building bond issue, and is projected to save approximately $909,000 in interest over the life of the bonds.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustee David O'Neal, Jr. was absent for a majority of the meeting, only voting on the retention of the firm of Haynes & Boone, and on approving purchase in amounts exceeding $25,000. Agenda
During the meeting, Hay and Rawlins were sworn in for their new terms on the board. Rawlins was unopposed for re-election to District 6-F, while Hay was unopposed for District 5-E, which was previously held by Andy Mytelka. News Release
The board will continue with the same officers, with Kelly Chambers serving as president, Rawlins as vice president, and Carol Greaney-Wurst serving as secretary.