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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, February 09, 2018

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a contract with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction as Construction Manager-At-Risk for rebuilding four elementary schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The contract includes rebuilding of Braeburn, Scarborough, Kolter and Mitchell elementary schools. The district will negotiate a final guaranteed maximum price for the contract.

“This is a step in the right direction for these school communities,” Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby said in a news release. “I’m excited to see work start to get the students back onto their home campuses that will be safer and even better-equipped to provide a 21st century learning experience.” News Release

The board voted unanimously to adopt a penalty for delinquent property taxes for Tax Year 2017. The district will levy a 20 percent penalty on delinquent taxes.

The board voted 8-0, with Wanda Adams away from the table, to postpone action regarding term contract employment areas of reduction in force.

The board voted unanimously to postpone action regarding continuing contract teaching fields for reduction in force.

The board voted unanimously to approve, on second reading, revisions to board policy regarding fiscal management goals and objectives concerning financial ethics.

The item was approved with an amendment to make it effective retroactively to the beginning of the district's current fiscal year, July 1, 2017.

The revisions reduce the “Code of Silence” time period to end upon approval of an awarded contract by the board of education at an appropriately called meeting. During the time period of the Code of Silence, those seeking award of a contract to provide goods or services to the district are prohibited from any communication regarding a request for proposals, bid, or other competitive solicitation with representatives of the district.

The board voted 6-3, with Elizabeth Santos, Sergio Lira and Jolanda Jones opposed, to approve, on first reading, revision of the board policy regarding public participation at board meetings.

The revision will reduce the time for those speaking to agenda items from three minutes to two minutes. Speakers during hearing of citizens will be limited to one minute each.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Diana Davila and Adams abstaining, to approve the non-renewal of term contracts and termination of probationary contracts as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 7-0-2, with Davila and Adams abstaining, to approve employment separation and full and final release agreements as discussed in closed session.

The board voted 8-0-1, with Adams abstaining, to find that good cause did not exist for educators to resign or abandon their contracts 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. All members were present. Agenda

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here

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