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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, December 09, 2011

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to create a Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School Program.

The board voted unanimously to amend the item to include transportation for the magnet school.

The school will be located at the site of the former Holden Elementary School, 812 West 28th Street, and will initially serve students in the early elementary school grades, with additional grades to be added in subsequent years, according to a news release.

“We don't live in isolation,” Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier said. “Houston is a world player.” News Release

The school board voted unanimously to table action on revisions to the district's magnet programs.

The proposed changes would create a standard application form for the magnet schools, as well as create new funding formulas. News Release

The school board voted 6-2, with Carol Mims Galloway and Anna Eastman opposed, to table action on the final reading of additions to the board's ethics policy.

The school board voted 6-0-1, with Juliet Stipeche abstaining, to approve a total construction cost of $8,894,108, including change order allowances, for the renovation of the Joanna Southmayd Elementary School campus. The project is through a construction manager at-risk contract with Morganti Texas, Inc.

The school board voted unanimously to reappoint Raphael Medrano and Brian Cannell as district representatives to boards of directors for tax increment reinvestment zones.

Medrano represents the district in Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 8, and Cannell represents the district in Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 12.

The school board voted 6-0-2, with Galloway and Stipeche abstaining, to approve personnel matters as recommended in executive session discussions.

The school board took no action regarding the approval of a release agreement in the matter of Houston Independent School District vs. Jonathan Dansby before the Texas Education Agency. The item was discussed during a closed session.

The school board voted 6-0-2, with Galloway and Stipeche abstaining, to approve recommendation regarding the settlement of a property damage subrogation claim with the Hartford Insurance Company. The item was discussed during a closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote of the members present at the time of the vote. Trustee Paula Harris was not present during votes taken at the meeting.  Agenda






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