PRESS RELEASE


May 15, 2020

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Notice of Regular Board Meeting by Telephone Call
TISD Board of Trustees
Texarkana, Texas - May 19, 2020

A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Texarkana Independent School District will be held on May 19, 2020, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

On March 16, 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott granted a request by Attorney General Ken Paxton to temporarily suspend a limited number of open meetings laws to the extent necessary to allow telephonic or videoconference meetings in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, this meeting will be conducted by telephone call. At least a quorum of the Board will be participating by telephone call in accordance with the provisions of Sections 551.125 or 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not been suspended by order of the governor.

Members of the public may access this meeting by calling this number: (903)798-6883.

Public comments related to this meeting will be handled as follows: When we get to the Open Forum item on the agenda, community members will have the opportunity to speak, per the instructions listed below.

Members of the public who desire to address the board regarding an item on this agenda must comply with the following registration procedures:

Under this law, we proceed according to a posted agenda and cannot act on any item not on this agenda. Therefore, if you have any special problems or concerns, we regret to inform you that no action can be taken on those concerns at this meeting. However, there is an Open Forum at the beginning of each regular meeting. During this Open Forum, you may sign up and address the Board on any topic you wish, including items on the agenda, with the exception of personnel, with a five (5) minute limit. If an interpreter is required, the presentation shall not exceed ten (10) minutes.

During this period, the Board will listen to your comments but will not participate in a discussion of your concerns. Any questions you have may be directed to the Board President who will handle those questions at their discretion. If action is appropriate for consideration based on your comments, the Board President will direct the administration to follow-up on the problem. As appropriate, your concern could either be handled by the administration or it could possibly be placed on a future agenda as an item for consideration.

After the Open Forum, the Board will proceed with the meeting, following the posted agenda and will not accept questions or comments from the audience except at the discretion and/or direction of the Board President. In order that all in attendance may hear the proceedings, the audience is asked to refrain from talking.

The audience is encouraged to remain until the Board goes into closed session. In closed session, the Board is allowed to discuss only items on the agenda including legal, real estate, discipline and personnel matters. No action may be taken in closed session. When the Board reconvenes in open session, any item discussed in closed session may be acted upon.

The open portions of this meeting will be recorded and made available to the public upon request.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. For more information about public comment, see Policy BED.

I. Call to Order, Mission & Goals Statement, Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum, Certification of Notice

A. Administration of Oaths of Office – Mrs. Amy Bowers, Mr. Gerald Brooks and Mr. Fred Norton, Jr.

II. Closed Session
The open session of the meeting will adjourn. The Board of Trustees will reconvene in closed session pursuant to one or more of the following sections of the Texas Open Meetings Act (Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code):

§ 551.071 Private consultation with the Board’s attorney

§ 551.072 Discussing or deliberating purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property

§ 551.073 Discussing or deliberating negotiated contract for prospective gift or donation to the school district

§ 551.074 Discussing or deliberating appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee - Superintendent's Contract

§ 551.076 Discussing or deliberating the deployment or specific occasions for implementation of security personnel or devices or security audit

§ 551.082 Discussing or deliberating discipline of a public school child or employee complaint against another employee

§ 551.0821 Discussing or deliberating a public school child which reveals personally identifiable information

§ 551.084 Investigation; exclusion of witness from a hearing during examination of another witness

§ 551.086 Discussing economic development negotiations or offer of financial or other incentive to business prospects

The Board of Trustees will reconvene in open session to take any final action, decision, or vote on a matter deliberated in closed session.

III. Reconvene to Open Session & Election of Officers for Board of Trustees for 2020-2021, Opening Ceremony, Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance

IV. Open Forum

V. Special Reports & Superintendent's Information to Board

A. Legislative Report

VI. Consent Agenda

A. Consideration/Approval of Minutes

I. April 21, 2020 Regular Board Meeting

B. Consideration/Approval of Personnel Items

I. Personnel resignations/retirements

II. Personnel elections/assignments

III. Renewals, Proposed Non Renewals, Proposed Terminations/Suspensions

IV. Consideration/Approval of Naming Elodia Witterstaetter as Westlawn

Elementary School Principal

C. Consideration/Approval of Monthly Investment Report

D. Consideration/Approval of Proposals

I. Charter Buses for Fall 2020 Travel

II. Full Service Fresh Pizza Delivery

III. Vehicles

IV. Yearbook Publisher Vendor

E. Consideration/Approval of Waiver for Low Attendance Days

F. Consideration/Approval of Waiver for CPR Instruction Requirement

G. Consideration/Approval of Waiver for Missed School Days

H. Consideration/Approval of Instructional Materials Inventory Requirements

I. Consideration/Approval of State Expedited Waivers

J. Consideration/Approval of Full Day Pre-Kindergarten Waiver

K. Consideration/Approval of Budget Amendments for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year

L. Consideration/Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between Community Services of Northeast Texas, Inc. Head Start Program and TISD 2020-2021

M. Consideration/Approval of Nutrition Contracts between Community Services of Northeast Texas, Inc. Head Start Program and TISD 2020-2021

N. Consideration/Approval of Participation in the Texas School Health Benefits Program for Alternative Group Health Medical Coverage

VII. Action/Discussion Items

A. Consideration/Approval of Monthly Financial Report

B. Consideration/Approval of Expenditures

C. Consideration/Approval of Second Reading of Budget FY 2020-2021

D. Consideration Approval to Change Date of June 2020 Board Meeting to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Lieu of June 16, 2020

VIII. Adjournment

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