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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, January 20, 2012

The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the lease of a 24,000 square foot warehouse from American National Insurance Company.

The warehouse, located at 4302 Avenue Q, will be leased from the company for a rate of one dollar per year for two years. The contract has a renewal option for three additional years.

Improvements made to the warehouse by the school district, which will consist of office space and restrooms, will be reimbursed by the company if the lease is terminated, based on a five-year amortization of the district's cost.

The school board also approved an amount, not to exceed $100,000, for expenditures in improving the warehouse.

The school board voted 3-4, with Norman Pappous, Matthew Hay and Beau Rawlins in favor and David O'Neal, Carol Greaney-Wurst, Sandra Simmons and Kelly Chambers opposed, to defeat a motion to approve an agreement with International Risk Control to evaluate business interruption, contents and structural repairs resulting from damages caused by Hurricane Ike to determine if any additional recovery is due to the district.

The item was to allow Insurance Risk Control to examine insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency claims to determine if the district was entitled to additional money, for which the company would receive 10 percent of any money recovered.

The school board voted unanimously to approve a capital fund budget amendment, not to exceed $530,000, for the re-roofing of the San Jacinto campus.

The item also included an amendment to an architectural contract with PBK with project parameters for the re-roofing project.

The school board voted 6-0-1, with Sandra Simmons abstaining, to approve changes to the district's “Schools of Choice” locations and programs.

The changes included moving the AIM College and Career Preparatory Program to the Alamo campus; moving the KIPP Middle School to the San Jacinto campus for grades 5, 6, and 7; moving Weis, grades 5 and 6, to the Central campus; and creating the Collegiate Academy, grades 5 through 8, at the Scott campus.

The changes were made in an effort to make better use of the district's facilities as part of a response to anticipated budget cuts of $4.7 million in the 2012-2013 school year.

“This is the reality school districts in Texas are facing,” Superintendent of Schools Larry Nichols said. “Austin has told us we have to make cuts to our budget and we had to be creative in trimming those numbers. It has not been easy, but we appreciate the patience and understanding that staff, GISD Trustees, and parents have shown throughout the process as we worked on budget cut proposals throughout the Fall.”  News Release

The school board voted 6-1, with Simmons opposed, to adopt an Early Exit Program for contract personnel in the amount of $2,000 for the first week and $1,000 for those taking advantage of the early exit in the second week.

The program is an incentive for personnel consider retirement or leaving the district.

The school board voted unanimously to accept the Annual Financial Report as presented by Belt Harris Pechacek, which performed the audit of the district's financial statements for FY2011.

The district received a clean audit of its financial statements.

The school board took no action regarding the approval of the hiring of a contract employee.

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

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