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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, September 15, 2017

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted 7-1, with Michael Lunceford opposed, to approve filing a waiver request with the Texas Education Agency for missed instructional days and to approve changes to the academic calendar for the year, including the extension of school days in order to compensate for time missed due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

The action will allow students from making up the first nine days missed due to the storm. Students at 12 schools will have to make up additional time missed.

“There is no perfect solution,” said Superintendent Richard Carranza regarding the matter.  “And as we talked about over the course of this weather event, flexibility will be key.  But we are also making sure the extra time is not just seat time.” News Release

The schools will have their days extended to provide the additional time, with regular schedules resuming during the spring semester.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the district's property tax rate of $1.2067 per $100 valuation for the 2017 Tax Year.

Of the total tax rate, revenues from $1.04 per $100 valuation will be dedicated to the district's maintenance and operation, while revenues from the remaining $0.1667 per $100 valuation will be used to make payments on the district's bonded indebtedness.

The board voted 7-0, with Jones away from the table, to waive a policy on the naming of facilities and renaming the Food Services Support Facility to the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Center.

The board voted 7-1, with Jones opposed, to amend a parking lot lease agreement with the Texas Medical Center for required parking at the Michael DeBakey High School for Health Professions.

The board voted 5-0-3, with Jones, Lunceford, and Wanda Adams abstaining, to approve two proposed settlement agreements as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-2, with Jones and Adams abstaining, to approve a settlement agreement in the matter of Houston Federation of Teachers, Local 2415, et al vs. Houston Independent School District, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-2, with Adams and Jones abstaining, authorizing legal action and suits to be filed against Goldshire Developers concerning the addition to Golfcrest Elementary as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-3, with Jones, Adams and Lunceford abstaining, to approve settlement of subrogation liens, including:

  • Glen Nickleson against Andre Cunningham and USAA General Insurance
  • Javalon Henderson against AT&T Services and Sedgwick Insurance
  • Phyllis Graham against Phat Thanh Phan and Allstate Insurance
  • Yvette Garza against Theodore Johnson and Progressive County Mutual Insurance
  • The board took no other action regarding items discussed in closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustee Anna Eastman was absent. Agenda

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here

Prior to the meeting, the board held a swearing-in ceremony for Jose Leal, who was appointed to the board to serve a portion of the unexpired term of District III. The term had been held by Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., who passed away in July. For video of the ceremony, Click Here

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