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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, December 15, 2017

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a plan to rebuild four elementary schools that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The plan is for rebuilding of Braeburn, Scarborough, Kolter and Mitchell elementary schools, at an estimated total cost of $126 million.

“The damage to these four buildings was catastrophic,” Superintendent Richard Carranza said.  “Our Chief Operating Officer and his team looked at them and believed it would be the most effective use of HISD resources to tear down and rebuild. We look forward to getting these students back into their home campuses that will be better-equipped to sustain major storms in the future.” News Release

The board took no action regarding canvassing of the official results of the December 9 runoff election for Districts I and III. The final results were unavailable to canvass. The board will meet at a later date to canvass the results.

Elizabeth Santos won the runoff for District I, while Sergio Lira won the unexpired term in District III. The results are not official until canvassed.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Wanda Adams abstaining and Michael Lunceford not at the table, to accept donations for district-wide and school-specific programs.

The board voted 6-1, with Jolanda Jones opposed and Lunceford away, to approve the district improvement plan for 2017-2018.

The board voted unanimously to approve a $,912,000 contract with Gallagher Benefits Services for benefits consulting services.

The board voted 7-1, with Rhonda Skillern-Jones opposed, to approve the calendar year 2018 Audit Plan.

The board voted unanimously to approve, with amendments, waiver of board policy and proposed revisions to board policy regarding Fiscal Management Goals and Objectives, on first reading.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Lunceford and Skillern-Jones away, to approve the personnel agenda as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1 with Adams abstaining and Luncedford and Skillern-Jones away, to approve a finding of no good cause existing for educators to abandon contracts without district consent and to authorize the submission of complaints to impose sanctions, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Lunceford and Skillern-Jones away, to authorize settlement in the matter of Diego Torres vs. Michael Guillory, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Skillern-Jones away, to authorize settlement of the subrogation lien of Patricia Daniels against Phuong Thi Phan and First Connect Insurance, as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 6-0-1, with Adams abstaining and Skillern-Jones away, to authorize settlement of the subrogation lien of Henry Williams against Patricia Mendoza and ACCC Insurance as discussed in closed session.

The board took no action on any other items discussed in closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustee Diana Davila absent. Agenda

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here




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