The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday, following a closed session discussion, voted 5-1-3, with Anna Eastman opposed, and Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Juliet Stipeche and Michael Lunceford abstaining, to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier.
Grier's contract was extended through June 2014.
“In 2009 we went out on a superintendent search. The board said we need someone bold and with a vision,” Trustee Greg Meyers said. “If you look at the data tonight, we’re on track.” News Release
The school board voted 8-0-1, with Skillern-Jones abstaining, to approve the termination of a probationary contract and the entry of a final order to terminate a continuing contract. The item was discussed during a closed session.
The board also discussed, but took no action on legal matters concerning the district during the closed session. The items included legal advice regarding Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rules and exemptions and advice regarding the Aramark contract.
The school board voted unanimously to approve the sale of surplus property at 1003 Gentry Street.
The school board voted unanimously to authorize surveys, appraisals and negotiations for the purchase of property adjacent to the Booker T. Washington High School site.
The school board voted unanimously to appoint members of the board to serve as representatives to various organizations.
- Lunceford was appointed to serve as representative to the Texas Association of School Boards and the Public Facility Corporation.
- Eastman was appointed to serve as Federal Legislative Liaison and on the BMS/Policy Team.
- Stipeche was appointed to serve as State Legislative Liaison and on the Audit Committee.
- Skillern-Jones was appointed to the BMS/Policy Team, and to represent the district on the Gulf Coast Association of School Board and as a TASB delegate.
- Greg Meyers was appointed to serve on the Audit Committee and the BMS/Policy Team.
- Harvin Moore was appointed to serve as representative to the Houston ISD Foundation and as a Federal Legislative Liaison.
- Paula Harris was appointed to serve on the Public Facility Corporation, as a State Legislative Liaison and on the CGCS Board.
- Manuel Rodriguez was appointed to serve on the Audit Committee and the Mexican-American School Board Association.
- Larry Marshall was appointed as representative to the Harris County Appraisal District Board and the CGCS as board alternate.
The school board voted unanimously to appoint C. Giovannia Garibay to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board of Directors and Monica Savino to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 13 Board of Directors.
The school board voted unanimously to locate the Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School at Maud Gordon Elementary School.
The school board voted 7-1, with Stipeche opposed, to approve a construction contract for the renovation of Evan E. Worthing High School. The contract was awarded to Fort Bend Mechanical for a total of $14,353,000.
The school board voted unanimously to approve amendments to the FY2012 General Fund, which included funding for the creation of the Houston Innovative Learning Zone Academies, with six area high schools participating in the program.
“Students at Furr, Kashmere, Long, Scarborough, Sterling, and Booker T. Washington high schools will be able to enroll in the newly created Houston Innovative Learning Zone (HILZ) programs beginning this summer,” said a news release. “By the time these students graduate high school, they will have earned a college associate’s degree and valuable career certifications to help them immediately land lucrative jobs in some of the region’s most in-demand professions.” News Release
All other items were approved by unanimous vote of the members present at the time of the vote. All members were present at the meeting. Agenda