11.15.10 School Board Meeting Summary
The Azle ISD Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on November 15, 2010 at the Azle ISD Instructional Support Center.
There were no public comments.
Honors and Recognitions
Dianne Boone, Hoover Elementary Principal introduced Wendy Mulford-Cooper and the student council who led the pledges to the American and Texas Flags. Also, artwork from Hoover Elementary is highlighted on the Azle ISD website at www.azleisd.net for the month of November.
Dr. Janette Hahn, Director of Special Services introduced teachers from several elementary campuses who had students demonstrate the new Smart Tables purchased for elementary campus for use with special needs students.
She also introduced Azle ISD Special Olympic Athletes and recognized them for their participation in the Special Olympics Competition in Weatherford, Texas. The board was also shown a video of the event.
Maria Pick, Hoover Elementary teacher introduced students who presented video presentations they created for class projects.
TEA Accountability Rating Plaques were presented as listed below:
Recognized Plaques were presented to:
Laura Bynum, Azle High Principal
Stacy Summerhill, Azle Junior High Former Principal
Kim Bates, Forte Junior High Principal
Dianne Boone, Hoover Elementary Principal
Deborah Vaughan, Liberty Elementary Principal
Stacy Summerhill, Silver Creek Elementary Principal
Exemplary Plaques were presented to:
Dee Gilley, Cross Timbers Elementary Principal
Amy Rollmann, Eagle Heights Elementary Principal and Paula Eagleton, Former Principal of Eagle Heights
Todd Smith, Walnut Creek Elementary Principal
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR)
Kathy Kendall and Finance Office Staff were recognized for the district’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2009 which qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
The trustees approved the following items under the consent agenda:
- Minutes of the October 18, 2010 regular meeting.
- Activity Report from Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP, Azle ISD for the months of July 2010 to September 2010. This report show the firms collection results at $527,923 in delinquent taxes, penalty and interest being collected for the District.
- Donations: Michaels Arts and Crafts stores donated 115 picture frames size 11x14. The frames were distributed to each campus for use in the art departments or campuses
Other actions taken by the board included approval of:
· Resolution of Acknowledgement – Make Education a Priority
Dr. Lea reported that this Resolution was developed by the Aledo Board of Trustees and states that the current Texas public school finance system is negatively affecting an increasing number of public school districts. Dr. Lea stressed that Texas is facing an $18 to $25 Billon dollar shortfall and he is gravely concerned about possible cuts to education at the state level. He noted that there is a lot of support for this resolution across the state. With this support districts are hoping that the Legislature will remember the child when making important decisions related to education .
· Compromise Settlement Agreement with an Elementary Teacher
· TASB Policy Update #88
· Revisions to the Electronic Media Policy (part of DH(LOCAL). Additions to the local policy are shown in red underline below.
Electronic Media Policy (part of DH - LOCAL)
ELECTRONIC MEDIA Electronic media includes all forms of social media, such as text messaging, instant messaging, electronic mail (e-mail), web logs (blogs), electronic forums (chat rooms), video-sharing Web sites, editorial comments posted on the Internet, and social network sites. Electronic media also includes all forms of telecommunication, such as landlines, cell phones, and Web-based applications.
USE WITH STUDENTS In accordance with administrative regulations, a certified or licensed employee, or any other employee designated in writing by the Superintendent or a campus principal, may use electronic media to communicate with currently enrolled students about matters within the scope of the employee's professional responsibilities. All other employees are prohibited from using electronic media to communicate directly with students who are currently enrolled in the District. All communications made by employees through electronic media to any student must be accessible to an entire class or an organized group of students or the student’s parent or guardian, unless the employee receives a written exemption from the Superintendent or designee to communicate with an individual student. Any such exemption must be obtained before making the electronic communication to the individual student. Employees who communicate with any student via a social networking site must create a professional profile page separate from any personal profile page. An employee shall not communicate with any student through the employee’s personal profile page on any social networking site. All electronic media communications from employees to students must take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. The regulations shall address:
1. Exceptions for family and social relationships;
2. The circumstances under which employees may use text messaging to communicate with students; and
3. Other matters deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or designee.
Upon request of the Superintendent or designee, employees must produce the content of all electronic communications between themselves and a student enrolled in the District at the time of the communications which are responsive to the request.
An employee shall comply with the District's requirements for records retention and destruction to the extent those requirements apply to electronic media [See CPC]
PERSONAL USE Employees shall be held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct. If an employee's use of electronic media violates state or federal law or District policy, or interferes with the employee's ability to effectively perform his or her job duties, the employee is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
· Approval of revisions and clarification to Drug Testing – FFE(LOCAL) Policy as explained below:
In May of 2009 the Board approved changes to our drug testing program to include testing all extra-curricular and UIL participants once at the beginning of the year and then randomly later in the year.
After reexamining the policy, there were some changes that needed to be made further down in the policy to delineate any confusion.
Recommended Changes noted below:
Random Testing: Sample collection shall be made on a random basis as generated by a computer program. Student privacy shall be protected to the maximum extent possible during collection. Records of test results shall be kept confidential and provided only to District administrators and personnel responsible for administering this program.
In order for a student to participate in any extracurricular or UIL competition, the parent or legal guardian must give permission for their child to participate in the drug testing program. If the student is of legal age, he or she must sign a permission form in order to participate.
Dr. Lea presented Podcasts by Azle High School, Liberty Elementary and Eagle Heights Elementary campuses. These Podcasts are posted to the Azle ISD campus web pages.
Curriculum Report was presented by Tanya Anderson, Director of Curriculum and Rebecca Trotter, Coordinator of Testing and Federal Programs. The Curriculum report included:
- Approval of the 2010-2011 Textbook Committee:
English Grades 6-12
Lou Ann Burnham
Spelling/Handwriting Grades K-5
Note: The district will adopt/purchase only those textbooks that are funded by the state of Texas.
· Rebecca Trotter presented information to the board on the Robotics Engineering Grant for Azle Elementary, Dollar General Literacy Grant for Eagle Heights Elementary; Bi-lingual Exception, and Highly Qualified Status which show that the district meets Highly Qualified status for 100% of the Azle ISD teaching and paraprofessional staff.
Board Actions on the 2010-2011 Budget
Trustees approved the following budget items:
· Financial and monthly investment reports for the month of October 2010
· Budget Amendment 11-03 which consisted of basic cross function changes
· Miscellaneous property was declared as surplus subject to sale per list
· Purchase of transportation facility lifts needed to raise buses or other vehicles.
There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.
Director of Student Services
Azle ISD Core Beliefs
1. Our core business is engaging students in authentic learning.
2. We believe students are volunteers in their education and will become life-long learners.
3. Student success is the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities.
4. The success of Azle ISD requires meaningful collaboration and continuous innovation.