Plano ISD School Board Meeting – August 7, 2018


Good evening and welcome
the board will now reconvene in open session at 7:13 p.m. on August 7th, 2018
in the Plano ISD Administration Building
I’m Missy Bender President of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees and on the
board’s behalf I wish to extend a warm welcome to all who are present and to
our web and video viewers we will conduct our meeting focusing on the
district’s two major ongoing goals ensure the continued improvement in
student learning and ensure the efficient use of financial resources and
budgeting let me introduce my fellow trustees and staff seated to my left are
Sara Bonser, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Theresa Williams, Chief Operations Officer; Nancy Humphrey, Board Secretary; and Trustee Tammy Richards seated to my
right are Board Vice President, Dr. Yoram Solomon; Trustee David Stolle; trustee Jeri Chambers; Trustee Angela Powell and
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees, Sharon Nowak. Ms. Bonser will you verify that we are in compliance with
the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act regarding the notice for
this meeting>yes President Bender this meeting has
been posted in compliance with the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act>
thank you we’ll now have an inspirational message and Trustee Angela Powell will
offer this evening’s inspiration>well welcome back teachers, staff, parents and
students to the 2018-2019 school year if you are new to the district I would like
to say that the Plano ISD is a district of excellence our job at the leadership
level is to enable teachers and staff to empower students; teachers are smart
caring and capable folks teachers deserve trust and respect to do their
jobs may we look upon our Plano ISD teachers and let them strive to
share their knowledge with gentle patience let’s so let’s help our students
to learn smile and belong we are the district of excellence thank you>
thank you Ms. Powell we will now have we now have the opportunity to welcome
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts this evening to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance
students would you please join us here at the front of the room and the rest of
us please stand Scouts will you please lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance>I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all>the rest of you may be seated
scouts one by one would you take a moment and introduce yourself to
everyone here tonight tell us your name where you go to school
your troop and how long you’ve been in scouting I know that’s a lot so who are
you where are you from what’s your troop number and how long
have you been in scouting let’s start with the oldest students well
let’s start with the students on the left my left>I am Wyatt Morgan I’ve been
with scouts for about a year now I go to Murphy Middle School and I’m Troop
295>hello my name is Russell Ramsay I go to Dallas International School I’m from
Troop 999 and I’ve been in scouts for six years now>my name is Morgan Austin and I am in
Troop 295 I go to Plano Academy High School and
I’ve been in Boy Scouts for about three years>
hello my name is Connor Palmberg I’ve been in scouts for about four years I go
to Plano Senior High School and my Troop is 295>
my name is Spencer Reeves I go to McMillan Junior High in Wylie
I’m from Troop 295 and I’ve been in scouts for about three years>
I’m Makyo Jiva and I go to Plano East Senior High School and I’m from Troop 295
and I’ve been in scouts for five years>my name is Vickra Jiva I’ve been in scouts for
about one and a half years I go to Murphy Middle School>my name is
Arne Majumdar I go to Murphy Middle School too
I’m in seventh grade and I’m in Troop 295>my name is Roshan and I go to
Murphy Middle School I’m in seventh grade and I’ve been in scouts for around two years>
I’m Jon Stewart I’m going to the Academy High School
I’m with Troop 1776 and I’ve been in scouts for four years>my name is Rishabh
Iyer I have been in scouts for two and a half years and I’m from Troop 25 and
I’m in Robinson Middle School>my name is Nina Gibson I’ve been in scouts for
about six years now I go to Carlisle Elementary and I am in Troop 6593>my
name is Addison I’ve been in Girl Scouts for six years now my troop is 6593 and I
go to Davis Elementary>hi my name is Audrey Hendon I go to Wells Elementary
I’ve been in Girl Scouts for three years I’m in Troop 6596>hi I’m Grace
Ottinger I go to Wells Elementary I’ve been in Girl Scouts for three years and I am in Girl Scout Troop 6598>(applause) so scouts before you leave we’re gonna
take a picture together but before we do that are there any board members who
have anything they want to say to the scouts>
I’ll chime in because excuse me my voice is gone I’m a mom of an Eagle
Scout and also a Girl Scout so I’m really proud of what you guys are doing
you’re learning so many skills and leadership skills and you’re doing
things in the community and I commend you for all of that so whether you stay
in Scouts through the end or if you’re you know you’ve driven somewhere else
I’m gonna encourage you to stay in Scouts through the end get your Gold
Award and your Eagle>and I want to say you are always welcome here we often see
many Scouts our board meetings I see a lot of Boy Scouts and I’m so happy to
see them I’d love to see some Girl Scouts come too to some of our meetings
and even on top of that if you have something to say you can come and speak
to us over here you just sign up and you can come and tell us something
that’s on your mind so we’ve had some students do that too and that means a
lot to us so we invite you to do that so thank you for being here and thank you
moms and dads and family members are you here do you want to stand for a minute we’ll recognize you (applause) thank you for volunteering your time to create
wonderful young men and women thank you students you are free to leave
you don’t actually have to hang out with us for the rest of this meeting thank you for being here we now move to the recognitions part of the agenda Ms. Oliver do we have any recognitions
today okay thank you all right I now invite Susan Modisette, Assistant Superintendent for Campus Services to begin the introductions of all
administrative appointments that have been approved between June 12 and August 6>
thank you President Bender I’m so pleased to introduce to you our newest
members of the campus leadership teams I’m going to start with our newly
appointed campus principals Melanie Schulte is the principal at
Frankford Middle School Melanie is coming from most recently a position as
an assistant principal at Otto and she’s joined this evening by her husband Toby
her two abd her two children Camden and Hallie (applause) next I’d like to introduce Pam Clark and
Pam we try to make this really easy so we’ve named Pam to be the principal at
Clark High School Pam is going to get really tired of
hearing that Pam is most recently served the district as the associate
principal of curriculum and instruction at Plano Senior High and Pam’s joined
this evening by her husband Craig (applause) our new principal at Wilson Middle School is Mark Letterer, Mark is coming from Schimelpfenig as an assistant principal
and Mark is joined this evening by his wife Lindsay and his children Kyle and Kathryn (applause) Kristen Fislar is our new principal at
Beaty Early Childhood School Kristen has most recently served as an assistant
principal at Weatherford Elementary in joining Kristen this evening is her
husband Brian and her daughter Grace (applause) our new principal at Pearson Early Childhood School is Jennifer Haugh Jennifer has most recently been an
assistant principal at Saigling Elementary and Jen is joined by her
husband Doug (applause) and Karen Noble our new principal at Bird Special Programs Center is Jana Sandall (applause) Jana has been serving the district as an assistant
principal at Andrews Elementary and she is joined by her husband Durless and their
sons Jonathan, Ian and Isaac (applause) our new associate principal of
curriculum and instruction at Plano Senior High School is Coryn Prince, Coryn
is coming from Jasper as an assistant principal and she is joined by her husband Jeremy and her parents Walt and Melody (applause) we are welcoming to Plano a new
assistant principal at Shepton High School Athanasios Icossipentarhosis is joining us from Frisco ISD Athanasios
is joined this evening by his wife Becca and son Emmett (applause) a new assistant principal
at Armstrong Middle School is Tarah Clark, Tara has previously been a math
teacher at Murphy Middle School and she has joined this evening by her husband
Matt and their daughter Lillian (applause) Otto Middle School is welcoming a new
assistant principal Abby Hines-Homer Abby is most has most previously led
the Special ED Department at Vines High School and she is joined this evening
by her husband Derek and their sons Carson and Bracen (applause) new assistant principal at Schimelpfenig Middle School is Ari Weinberg, Ari has previously served as the academic team
leader at Haggard Middle School and joining Ari tonight is his wife Tara and
their daughters Addie and Kara (applause) our assistant principal at Williams High School is Mona Abdelfattah, Mona is coming to Williams from Clark High
School where she has been a teacher and coach and joining Mona this evening are
her brothers Bassam, Honey and her sister-in-law January (applause) our new assistant
principal at Renner Middle School is Travis Ragsdale, Travis is coming to
Renner from Murphy where he was an athletic director joining Travis this
evening are his wife Stacy and daughter Avery and sons Payton and Colin (applause) new assistant principal at Plano East
Senior High is Roland Rios, Roland is coming to us from Carrollton-Farmers Branch where he was serving as an assistant principal he is joined this
evening by his wife Jordan who is a proud PISD teacher and their daughters
Elise and Olivia (applause) new assistant principal at McMillen High School is Brittany Drake, Brittany is coming to us from Mesquite in her background is as a
special education teacher she is joined tonight by her mom Trina and sons and
nephews Omari, Colby Abraham and Alexander (applause) moving to join the Jasper jag team Kim
Murphy is a new assistant principal at Jasper Kim has previously been the 504
coordinator at Plano Senior High School and Kim is joined by her husband Brian
and her daughter Erin (applause) also joining the Jasper administration team is Bryan McCord and I know that’s a familiar name and face Bryan has most previous most
recently served our district as a curriculum coordinator in secondary
academics he is joined by his wife Crystal and children Rianne, Riley and
William (applause) we have two all-stars moving up from early childhood the first I’d like
to introduce is Elena Helms, Elena is the new assistant principal at Beverly and
Hughston Elementary Elena has previously been one of our pre-k
teachers most recently at Haggar Elementary and Elena is joined by her
husband Jason and their children Lincoln and Davis (applause) another early childhood teacher leader
joining the elementary ranks is Heather Schmitt, Heather is our new assistant
principal at Weatherford Elementary she has previously been an instructional
specialist at Beaty Early Childhood and she is joined by her daughter Stella her son
Will and her boyfriend Dave Hennessey>(applause) an excited boyfriend>welcome to Texas we’re welcoming Susan Schlosser at Saigling Elementary Susan is joining us from a move from
Santa Fe South Schools in Oklahoma where she was serving as an elementary
principal and she is joined by her husband Alan (applause) Lori Brooks is a new assistant
principal at Huffman Elementary Lori has most recently served as the I think
you’ve held almost every role Lori the instructional specialist AVID teacher LA
language arts and social studies at Haggard Lori also previously worked taught in elementary and she is joined by her son Robert Dale (applause) our new
assistant principal at Andrews Elementary is Emily Huechteman, Emily
is coming from Hughston Elementary where she was an instructional
I’m sorry Emily where she was an instructional specialist she is joined
by her parents her brother and sister-in-law did your grandparents make
it yeah oh that’s wonderful and her grandparents thank you all for
being with us (applause) our new assistant principal at Rasor
Elementary is Jigyasa Sethi she has joined this she is I’m sorry she is
our new assistant principal at Rasor she is coming from Andrews where she was an
instructional specialist she is joined by her husband Thurmond her children
Joss and Simran and her mother-in-law (applause) in
rounding out this wonderful group of new leaders I’d like to introduce Molly Pond
who is the new assistant principal at Centennial Elementary Molly has
previously served the district as an instructional specialist at Mendenhall
and she is joined this evening by her husband Robert Porter and children Maddy,
Connor and Kristin>(applause) Ms. Modisette won the prize for the most
people to name tonight I have one addition to our special education
leadership team Shelley Crowder is moving from behavior instructional specialist
to our director of adult transition services so we’re excited about Shelley
and she’s here with her husband Ben and daughter Ava and her mother has joined
us tonight>(applause) I’d like to introduce Selenda Anderson
she’s the new executive director of school improvement and innovation
she comes from Wilson Middle School she was the principal there and she’s joined
by her son Connor who is going to be a freshman at Clark>(applause) so welcome to Plano
ISD and to give you your official greeting you may now hear from your
superintendent>some of you have heard from me before and you’re probably getting
tired of hearing from me again but welcome administrators to your new roles
we’re so excited to welcome you either to the district or to your new
administrative appointment I know you will do great things for kids this year and
we have every every confidence in your leadership abilities or you wouldn’t be
sitting in those chairs so welcomes and for the families who are here tonight
I’m gonna thank you in advance for your sacrifice because of all the games and
concerts and meetings and early mornings and late nights because that’s part of
the job and we know when we call upon your administrative spouses to do their
jobs that we’ve taken them away from you and we appreciate you giving us their
time and so thanks in advance for all of your sacrifice we appreciate it
very much so thanks so much I’m gonna ask you to do something a little bit
different this time typically at this point of the agenda we tell you to leave
this evening we’re gonna ask that you stay we have one more section of the
agenda we’d like this crowd to be in the room for so if you wouldn’t mind just
sitting or standing tight for just a few moments we’ll get you on your way in
just a moment>we will now introduce the public comment session and we will move
to that portion of the agenda for topics relating to agenda items
for the public comment session public comment cards are accepted from 6:00 to
7:00 p.m. persons who wish to participate in this
portion of the meeting complete the appropriate public comment card before
the meeting begins and indicate the topic about which they wish to speak
cards are not accepted after 7 p.m. and are not transferable to other parties or
speakers all cards were collected and given to Karla Oliver, Assistant
Superintendent for Government Community and Planning Initiatives or a
representative of the communications department who will present the speakers
30 minutes have been allotted to hear persons who desire to make comments to
the board 15 minutes will be allotted at this time for speakers wishing to
address the board about a topic on the agenda at the conclusion of the agenda
speakers who wish to address the board about non agenda topics will be allotted
15 minutes to speak no presentations shall exceed three minutes if you are
not finished speaking at the end of your three minutes I will kindly interrupt
you so that we can move to the next person delegations of more than five
persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the board
Ms. Oliver do we have any speakers for the public comment session regarding
agenda topics>we actually have one but it’s for a non agenda topic>okay
pursuant to board policies BED(LEGAL), BED (LOCAL), and BED(EXHIBIT), the Board may place reasonable restraints on the number, length and frequency of presentations so long as it does not unfairly discriminate among speakers based on their viewpoint. The Board is not authorized to discuss or act on the public’s comments or complaints if the subject is not on the agenda so that
will be the case this evening when we hear that one comment speaker we cannot talk
back with you about that if a member of the public or the board inquires about a
subject for which notice has not been given the board may only make a
statement of specific factual information recite existing policy in
response to the inquiry or refer the person to a staff member for more
information or assistance if the subject of the public comment is already on the
agenda for the meeting the board may invite the speaker to stay until the
board reaches that topic on the agenda and finally pursuant to Texas Government Code Sections 551.074 and 551.0821 the board will not permit the presentation of personally
identifiable information regarding the student and will not discuss the
appointment, employment, evaluation reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee or hear a complaint or charge
against an officer or employee should the speaker wish to address one of these
issues they must do so through the local grievance policies FNG(LOCAL), DGBA(LOCAL), or GF(LOCAL) so remember all of that for the end of the
meeting now we will address the consent agenda which includes items that are
either routine or recurring nature grouped together under one action item board
members are there any requests to remove an item or items from the consent agenda for
further discussion>President Bender I request item H
agreement of the purchase of attendant credits or recapture be removed from the
consent agenda>Vice President Yoram Solomon has requested that item H be
removed from the consent agenda this item will be moved to another section of
the agenda called items for discussion and action it will be item B4 and it
will be discussed by the board at that time there will be no discussion on this
item at that time are there any other requests to remove items from the
consent agenda for further discussion hearing none we will proceed to vote on
the consent agenda do I have a motion>I move that the Board of Trustees approve
the consent agenda removing item H>do I have a second>I second>I have a motion
by Yoram and a second by Angela that the Board of Trustees approve the consent
agenda removing item H we will now proceed to vote all those in favor
please raise your hand okay all board members have voted
and the motion passes 7/0 all right we will now move to items for
discussion and action Plano ISD has two major ongoing
district goals number one to ensure the continued improvement in student
learning and number two to ensure the efficient use of financial resources and
budgeting our first five items for discussion and action this
evening ensure governance and administrative support of these district
goals item one is to consider the board approval of a resolution honoring the
Plano Chamber of Commerce and in recognition of our partnership with the
Plano Chamber of Commerce we would like to take this opportunity to
recognize their well-deserved designation of the National Chamber of
the Year awarded by the Association of Chamber of Commerce executives
competition for this honor is fierce and it includes entries from the U.S.
and Canada this evening we welcome Chamber Board Chair Jeff Beckley and
president and CEO Jamie Jolley to our meeting would you both please approach
the dais qualifying for chamber of the year is a rigorous process which
involves competition and key performance criteria and a written application
scored by peer chamber executives then the finalists continue to compete via an
in-person interview by a panel of experienced chamber professionals we are
extremely proud of the Plano Chamber leadership staff and membership for
their important work they do for our city and for their support of our staff
and students here in Plano ISD and I just want to say personally what a great
partner they have been for Plano ISD we so value your partnership it’s so
strategic and all of your Chamber members and all the support they give to
our school district at this time Secretary Nancy Humphrey will read the
resolution into the record after the board approves the resolution Vice President Dr. Yoram Solomon will present it to the chamber leadership Nancy>all right I am so excited to get to read
this resolution whereas the Plano Chamber of Commerce is committed to
maximizing business development and economic growth of the community through
advocacy education innovation and collaboration and whereas the Chamber
leads the greater Plano community in promoting a strong and prosperous
business environment an educated and skilled workforce and a sustainable
regional economy and whereas these core values guide the Chambers service to
members and the community and whereas established in 1946 the Plano Chamber
represents over 1,200 businesses and community organizations in Plano and the
surrounding area and is vital to and a dedicated
partner with the Plano ISD and whereas the Plano Chamber of Commerce has been
named Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce
Executives the ACCE a national award that recognizes the Chamber’s
demonstrated organizational strength and impact on key community priorities such
as education transportation business development and quality of life
therefore be it resolved that as members of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees we
congratulate the Plano Chamber of Commerce for its distinguished award and
offer heartfelt thank yous and the gratitude to the Chamber for the core
values by which they stand firm which are integrity excellence servant
leadership innovation respect and collaboration signed and sealed this
seventh day of August 2018>(applause) at this time let me take a motion
may I have a motion to approve>I do I so move I Jeri Chambers move that the board of trustees approve the resolution honoring the
Plano Chamber of Commerce>and do I have a second>second>all right I have a motion
by Jeri Chambers and a second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of Trustees
approves the resolution honoring the Plano Chamber of Commerce is there any
discussion we will now proceed to vote all those in favor please raise your
hand motion passes unanimously we are going to recognize you>(applause) well thank you Superintendent and thank you Board of Trustees and thank you all that
are in the audience today we didn’t realize we had such a big fan base but
thank you for this special recognition for the 2018 Chamber of the Year we are
so fortunate as you mentioned Missy to have a partner in the district of
excellence through the work of this school board through our district
administrators through the thousands of educators in our district you all are
helping educate the next generation of responsible citizens responsible
citizens that will form a workforce that will be energetic enthusiastic and in
high demand we all know that the work we do has much greater impact when we work
together we thank you for your partnership your valuable partnership
and thank you again for this recognition>just real quick sorry but I also just
want to thank a few of our special attendees at tonight’s school board
meetings so those that are representing the Chamber if you will all please stand
and remain standing so you may recognize a few familiar faces in our group this
evening and although they are wildly crazy and passionate about their Chamber
of Commerce I must be honest that’s not why they’re here all of these amazing
people have something in common all that are standing our previous recipients of
the prestigious Citizen of the Year award it is my honor
Missy Bender as a friend and a colleague it is my pleasure to announce that you
have been selected by this amazing group to be honored as our 2018 Citizen of the Year (applause) for those of you in attendance first
of all you have an amazing leader in your school board president she has been
chosen by community leaders that include a Senator a sitting Congress member and
several of those that are here today that have led our community this award
recognizes an outstanding Plano citizen for their personal contributions over a
period of years that have contributed to the welfare and advancement of Plano it
is our top recognition for citizens in the city of Plano and we just appreciate
the work you do not just for Plano but across the state of Texas she loves
her focus on education she does an amazing job and represents us all well
and we will recognize her at the Best of Plano on Thursday, November 1st and I’m
so sneaky so sorry>(applause) I think the word the word you’re looking
for is anyway>well Chamber thank you so much for being here this evening congratulations on
your Best Chamber in the universe award because we truly believe that you are
deserving a first place in everything you do so I know that your support has
meant a lot to me as the first year superintendent and I know that the
partnership that we have will benefit the whole entire community so thank you
so much and truly even though there are very few real surprises in life and I think we got one tonight so thank you for that on behalf of Missy and her award so couldn’t be a better way to start the year so thanks to you and congratulations Missy and everyone got to witness the surprise wasn’t that worth staying for>(applause) by the way I think we should also
recognize Jamie, Jamie received a couple of recognitions this year>(inaudible) okay I think at this time if you were
recognized previously you’re welcome to exit>there will be photos in the foyer for administrators>okay we will now continue with our
agenda and the board will consider approval of the proposed changes to the
board operating protocol the amendments to board operating protocol that are
proposed align protocol with board practice and policy can we close that
back door please can we close the back door thank you on pages 21 through 22 the
reference to BDAA(REGULATION) is added and the date that the Superintendent
should be notified by any board member who seeks to be elected as an officer is
clarified; on page 23 the list of standing liaison roles for the board
is updated with the deletion of the board audit committee which is
actually subcommittee of the board and the deletion of the Downtown TIF Board
two additional committee liaison positions are being recommended one for
the North Texas Commission and one for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce I don’t want to motion yet so there the
proposed addition is for two new organizations the Richardson Chamber of
Commerce which we’ve not been a member of for a few years but we’d like to
become a member again so we’re looking to establish liaison relationship with
that and the other one for consideration is North Texas Commission which serves
as like a Regional Chamber of Commerce and this is a relationship that is new to us it requires membership also there are not
other school districts that are part of that organization yet but we inquired
with the former CEO to see if this would be a relationship you know is this
something that we should do she felt like they have strong advocacy support and if we were to become a
member they haven’t actively sought out school
districts but if we were to become a member she felt like they would be able
to broaden that to invite others as well so those are the two for your
consideration they’re on this list so if you want them to remain on the list then
make the motion as it’s presented if you don’t then modify the motion okay so do I have a
motion>I move that the board of trustees approves the amendments to the board
operating protocols as presented>all right>I second>all right we have a
motion by Nancy Humphrey and a second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of
Trustees approve the amendments to the board operating protocol as presented is
there any discussion hearing none we will now proceed to vote all those in
favor please raise your hand and the board passes this motion
unanimously 7 to 0 all right now having done that we now have a complete
list that includes those two items where we traditionally assign relationships
between community organizations and trustees to serve in relation to those
organizations these appointments for the 2018-19 school year are presented as
attached and have been compiled based upon as much as I could do it your
preferences and experience so given that do I have a motion>I move that the Board of
Trustees approve the appointment of board of trustees liaisons to committees
as presented for the 2018-2019 school year>I’ll second>thank you I have a
motion by Nancy Humphrey and a second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of
Trustees approve the appointment of Board of Trustee liaisons to committees
as presented for the 2018-19 school year is there any discussion we will now
proceed to vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes
unanimously 7 to 0 next item is where we will consider approval of the
endorsement of a candidate to fill the Region 10 position A and position D on
the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors board is invited to
endorse a candidate for these two positions representing Region 10 with
the Texas Association of School Boards if a majority of the active members of
this region endorses a candidate that individual will be elected to the
TASB if at least 25% but not a majority endorse a candidate the
individual will be included on the official ballot at the TASB delegate
assembling the information for candidates nominated for Region 10
positions A and D have been provided to the board additional information was
provided regarding candidates who contacted the board of superintendents
seeking endorsement so in your materials you can see that there are I think maybe
six individuals for position D and I think there’s one individual for
position A do I have a motion>I move that the Board
of Trustees approves the endorsement of Debbie Gillespie to fill Region 10
position A and Kelly Jergens to fill Region 10 position D on the Texas
Association of School Boards TASB Board of Directors>Do I have a second>I second>all right so I have a motion by
Nancy Humphrey and a second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of Trustees approve the
endorsement of Debbie Gillespie to fill Region 10 position A and
Kelly Jergens to fill Region 10 position D on the Texas Association of School
Boards Board of Directors is there any discussion>I’d just like to ask the
rationale for Kelly and I’d like some more background than what we received>
okay that’s fine I’ve known Mr. Jergens for I don’t know
many many years 20 years maybe and I know him to be a very involved person in
his community he’s been on the school board I want to
say I don’t know all the facts eight years five years as their president he’s
in Celina ISDD which is an up-and-coming fast growth district not too dissimilar
from the way Plano was in the 90s and I’ve had conversations with him
recently to talk about his desire to run and he’s in it for the long haul he’s
committed he understands school finance he understands advocacy for
public education and has very similar views as this board and he has very good
connections in Austin I’ll just say and it’s kind of funny you think Celina
but you know probably thirty years ago people probably said Plano so I can recommend him wholeheartedly I know him quite well and I know his family and
he’s committed to being on the school board for the long haul so I know he
will serve his term well on TASB and I bet would consider a second term or more
terms on the TASB board of directors if he were given that opportunity and then
as far as Debbie Gillespie I think we on this board all know Debbie and her
commitment to public education and her service on the Frisco ISD board so I
wholeheartedly recommend both individuals>I don’t think we can go wrong I mean
these are all fine people and it’s what happens after this is that these
endorsements are collected and it’s very rare that anybody ever gets a majority
so then it goes to a committee, committee interviews everybody they make a
recommendation the recommendation goes to the assembly and if somebody wants to
challenge the recommendation they advocate at that time and then a vote is
taken so if you know any of these candidates if they’re not the named
candidate doesn’t mean they’re out of the running>you’re right I agree there’s
other people on the list that I know and there’s they’re all good candidates>they’re all fine
you know candidates so any other discussion all right we will now proceed
to vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes unanimously 7-0 all right
we will now consider board approval of the delegate and alternate delegate to
the 2018 Texas Association of School Boards delegate assembly this is a
once-a-year opportunity for Texas School Boards to determine the leadership
advocacy agenda and the overall direction of the organization
delegate assembly is held in conjunction with the TASB convention, 2018 delegate
assembly is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Austin each
active member board may appoint one delegate and one alternate to represent
their district’s interests during the assembly in agenda item A3 the board
approved the Board of Trustee liaisons to committees for the 18-19 school year
whereby Dr. Yoram Solomon was named TASB delegate and David Stolle was named the
TASB delegate alternate do I have motion>I move that the
board trustee approves Yoram and David as an official Plano ISD School District
voting delegate to the 2018 TASB delegate assembly in Austin, Texas on
September 29, 2018 and approves David Stolle as an alternate delegate>alright do I have a second>I second>I have a motion by Angela Powell and a second by Nancy Humphrey that the Board of Trustees
approve Dr. Yoram Solomon as an official Plano ISD Independent School
District voting delegate the 2018 TASB delegate assembly in Austin, Texas on
September 29, 2018 and approves David Stolle as an alternate delegate any
other discussion okay we’ll now vote all in favor please raise your hand
all right motion passes unanimously 7-0 all right the next three agenda items for
discussion and action support the district’s goal to ensure the efficient
use of financial resources and budgeting the first item related to that is
considering board approval of Chapter 21 contract recommendations
Dr. Brockman, Assistant Superintendent for Employee Services will introduce the
discussion of a Chapter 21 contract recommendations Dr. Brockman>thank you
administration recommends the approval of the single Chapter 21 contract
attached in BoardBook>thank you do I have a motion>I move that
the board of trustees I can’t talk acts on the recommendation of the
Superintendent to approve Chapter 21 contracts as described for the employees
listed in the board packet>do I have a second>I second>a motion by Nancy
Humphrey a second by Yoram Solomon the Board of Trustees acts on the
recommendation of the Superintendent to approve Chapter 21 contract as
described for the employees listed is there any discussion hearing none we
will now proceed to vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion
passes unanimously 7-0 next item is where the board will consider the
approval of alternate appraisers again Dr. Brockman Assistant Superintendent for Employee Services will introduce the discussion the
approval of alternate appraisers>Dr. Brockman>thank you administration
recommends the approval of Melissa Cobb Todd King and Clint Poole as alternate
appraisers for teacher appraisal>do I have a motion>I move that the Board of
Trustee alternate appraisers>do I have a second>second>
I have a motion by Angela Powell a second by Jeri Chambers that the Board of
Trustees approves alternate appraisers is there any discussion we will now
proceed to vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes
unanimously 7-0 third item relates to board approval of all matters incident
related to the issuance and sale of Plano ISD unlimited tax school building
bonds series 2018 including the adoption of an order authorizing the issuance of
such bonds establishing parameters for the sale and issuance of such bonds and
delegating certain matters to authorized officials of the district
Randy McDowell Assistant Superintendent for Business Services will introduce the
discussion of the issuance and sale of Plano ISD unlimited tax school building
bonds Mr. McDowell>thank you President Bender members of the board so tonight
we do have for your consideration a 2018 bond sale sizing we do have a couple of
our consultants in the room as well we have Kristen Savant who is our bond
attorney and she’s with Norton Rose and Fulbright and we also have Nick
Furlong who’s our financial adviser and he’s with Hilltop Securities and so if
you have any hard questions I’ll divert those to the back
but included in your board packet is the bond parameters order that was prepared
by bond council so we have a presentation that will hit some of the
highlights of that bond order okay so just a little background to lead
into this the 2016 bond election was passed on May 7th of 2016 the bond
authorization was 481 million dollars we do have some previous issues on this
bond authorization and so we issued just under 284 million in August of 2016 and
that was a rate of 2.24 percent that was broken down you can see that between
facilities school buses and technology and the amortization or the financing of
those was done accordingly the facilities were amortize over 20 years
school buses 10 years and technology over 5 years and again you can see the
dollar amounts the second issue was a year later in
August of 2017 and that was just over 120 million dollar issue again it was
for facilities school buses and technology with the same
amortization schedule and those bonds were issued with the true interest cost
of 1.58 percent and I think Plano hit the market on the right day on that one
the market has changed just a little bit so the total issued to date out of the
481 million is just over four hundred and four million so that leaves just
under 77 million to be issued our financial adviser has recommended that
we structure that over a three-year period of that remaining 41.8 million is
technology and 35.12 is funding for a possible new elementary school if that’s
needed also elementary growth and any property future property needs of the district the I&S tax rate for the last two fiscal years has remained at 26.9 cents and that has been the goal is to try to continue that rate at
26.9 and structure the bonds accordingly the bond rates have
increased slightly we do expect a rate that will be in the low three percent
range but we do have a graph here from the Bond Buyer guide or the bond buyer
index I believe you saw this last year as well you can see how it bottomed out in the late
2016-2017 it has inched up a little bit and the
current index is about 3.9 percent at the end of July of course
Plano carries a very strong bond rating and it’s very attractive in the market
and so we do expect to do well on this bond issue the goals on this bond issue is
to maintain the I&S tax rate of 26.9 cents and so we
did wait until we got certified values and then our financial advisors looked
at how much we could issue and how we could structure that to maintain that
26.9 cent I&S rate they’re recommending that we issue
fourteen million fifty thousand dollars all of that is for technology and all of
that will be amortized over five years the majority of that principle will be
in the first three years so that will be a quick pay out on that fourteen million
that leaves in future years and of course these are subject to change up
and in 2019 we’re estimating just over 13 million that would be issued and then
the remaining 14.75 the remaining amount
that the other 35 million would be held until needed for an additional
elementary in future district needs so in the parameters order that’s in your
packet it does state that the aggregate original principal amount of the bonds
shall not exceed fourteen million fifty thousand I think the board is familiar
with the parameters ordering so that gives the administration the
Superintendent Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Finance the
authority to go out and and go through the process that we have to go through
to work with bond rating agencies to work with TEA on a permanent school fund
guarantee and then go to market and actually issue those bonds and we would
come back to the board with a report of how we did in the market how they were
sold at a later day the parameters order also states that the true interest cost
that the bonds cannot exceed three point five percent in the final maturity of
the bond shall not exceed February 15th of 2023 so this order would be good for
180 days again that’s authorizing the
administration to go out within the next 30 days
I’m sorry 180 days and if we can meet those the issuance the true
interest cost and maturity then we have the authority to go ahead and issue
those just because we have to be ready to pull the trigger on those on a given
day are there any questions that you have I know you’re familiar with this
process for myself or for our experts that are in the room>
I don’t have a question but I do I just have a comment and I want to just thank
our advisers I thank you Randy for the way that the bond passed in 2016 has been
managed if you told any private entity that they could borrow three hundred
million dollars and pay two point two four percent or one point five eight
percent they’d be lining up at the door so the fact that we are paying a
point and a half on 120 million dollars worth of debt is incredible so that
goes to our advisers who are helping us time the market at the right time it
goes to you for advising on when these issues and with our advisors on when
these issues should be done so I just want to say thank y’all to the way the advice that you’re giving us in
managing these funds>okay do I have a motion>I move that the Board of Trustees
approves the parameters order authorizing the issuance and sale of
Plano Independent School District unlimited school building bonds series
2018>do I have a second>I second>I have a motion by Jeri Chambers a second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of Trustees approves the parameters order
authorizing the issuance and sale of Plano Independent School District
unlimited school building bond series 2018 is there any discussion we will now
vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes unanimously
7-0 all right the last item for discussion in action is the item that we
pulled from consent agenda for separate consideration Vice President Yoram Solomon requested that item H be removed from consent agenda which it
was and is now item B4 on items for discussion and action
Randy McDonald will you please introduce the discussion of the agreement for the
purchase of attendance credits and recapture for the 2018-19 school year>yes I will so
in your packet is the agreement with TEA the purchase of attendance
credits we also call that option three and so there’s five ways that a school
district can equalize well Plano ISD went to its voters in 1993 and the
voters of Plano approved option three is the wealth equalization that Plano entered into and so that is the purchase of
students directly from the state and so that’s how ever many weighted ABA or
basically fictitious students we have to buy from the state in order to equalize
our well so that’s what we call recapture we have to pay recapture in
two different levels we have to pay that in Tier One the equalize wealth level and
that Tier is five hundred and fourteen thousand and on TEA’s estimate for this
year they have us at seven hundred and eighty two thousand wealth per weighted ADA and so we’re well above the 514 and so we’d have to pay recapture at that
level and then also as you know there’s no recapture on the six pennies from a
dollar to a dollar six but we do have a dollar seventeen tax rate and so the
eleven pennies from a dollar six to a dollar 17 we pay more recapture
even than on the Tier One pennies because the equalize wealth level is three
hundred nineteen thousand five hundred so the process is that the district has
to advertise in the paper a budget and proposed tax rate we have a hearing on
that we adopt a budget in June once we get certified values then we have to
come back and adopt a tax rate however if you’re a Chapter 41 district prior to
that you do have to go ahead and approve a contract either under option three or
option four to purchase attendance credits in our case from the state
and once we send that agreement into the state then we get a letter back from the
Commissioner of Education that then allows us to set our tax rate until they
receive the agreement we are on hold on setting our tax rate and so in your
packet is the agreement where we would buy the attendants credits or pay recapture to the state that amount in the budget was estimated at just under two
hundred and eight million dollars this year I don’t think it’s any secret that
number is doubled over the last two years in 16-17 it was in the hundred and
four hundred and five million dollar range this past year about a hundred and
fifty four million and this coming year 18-19 that we’re going into its projected
to be two hundred eight million so that’s what the optimum is>
so effectively this is how we pay what we owe in recapture to the state>that’s
correct>and it just has this name of attendance credits associated with it so
it’s doubled in two years and if we don’t approve this what is the
consequence>yes so there are provisions in Chapter 41 of the education code to
where if a school district, one is first of all if we don’t approve the agreement
by September 1 then we don’t get the early agreement credit and for Plano ISD
that’s just under four million dollars that we would not receive so we wouldn’t
get the early agreement credit secondly is then it would begin a process where
it would be up to the Commissioner of Education’s discretion on how he
equalize Plano ISD’s wealth if you’re familiar with the story from
Houston ISD I believe that was last year now their’s was a little bit different because
it was their first year being Chapter 41 and so their voters had to prove an
equalized wealth option whenever that went to the voters the voters did not
approve that and so it was very much the same process of if we don’t approve
this if Plano ISD doesn’t approve this
that then the Commissioner comes in and begins detaching property and that
process they start with your highest property values and they move that
to other adjoining districts until they get your property wealth down to a level that you’re not property wealthy any more so you wouldn’t have recapture and so that would be the
process if this was not approved we wouldn’t receive the credits also I
would assume that the Commissioner would come in and begin a process of detaching
property>so essentially the state is saying either sign this document agree to this document or I’m just gonna go ahead and take your property>with a penalty with the penalty>one point just to some people don’t realize
recapture’s other name is Robin Hood I’m not sure if we said that but some people
know it as Robin Hood>so Dr. Solomon you asked to remove this from the agenda do
you want to speak to>do you want to do a motion first or>why don’t you lay out why you wanted to pull it first then I’ll ask for a motion>here’s why fair enough you know I’m sure that the voters in 1993 when they voted this they didn’t know what to expect this year the item just for clarification the item on the
agenda is requesting a 208 million dollars payment now every agenda item
that we have has these five little boxes here where we tie this to some of
our district goals whether they’re ensuring continued improvement of
certain student learning efficient use of resources initiatives of commitment
to equity and all of those initiatives and goals this item has no
box checked so there is zero benefit to our district yet we’re gonna be paying
two hundred eight million dollars in the last couple of days I saw a Facebook
discussion that said you know PISD this is what it said there has raised
property taxes by eighty four percent we need to focus on PISD and why they need to reduce their property tax collection so I kind of looked at the
numbers from the previous board meeting we in the school year 2014-15 we
collected 440 million dollars for this coming school year we expect to collect
618 we’re going from 440 to 618 we don’t need this right we don’t need this for
our own M&O for our own budget however we don’t get this because in the 2014-15
school year we paid forty seven million dollars in recapture for the next school
year we expect to pay two hundred and eight million dollars that’s what you’re
asking us to approve I looked at the difference between these numbers this
difference doesn’t even help us pay the minimum two percent pay increase to our
teachers and administrators just to be competitive that doesn’t cover the two
percent; recapture this coming school year represents 30 percent of our budget
thirty percent of what we collect in taxes and
I’m not sure that people realize that thirty percent of what we collect in
taxes we’re going to send for the state and there are zero boxes for us in it I
remember a few meetings ago Randy you showed us something about the
cumulative deficit that we’re going to start incurring because of this and if I
remember correctly the school year was 2020-2021 or 21-22 but for one of those we will have a 96 million
dollar cumulative deficit 96 million dollars and now
we all wish that our property values stop rising right so that we don’t
keep on paying more and more property taxes if they stop rising we have
another forty million dollars in cumulative deficit right>yes sir>so
really I mean with this leads to only one question that Missy you asked before
can we just not approve this agreement but you just described it you just told
us that if we do that they start detaching properties if we don’t do that
by September first there is a four million dollar penalty it’s not really
an option that we have and I really think that people need to understand
that this is not something that we get we don’t even get the two percentage that
we’re paying our teachers right>that’s correct>and we don’t have any option we have to approve
it today or they start detaching properties>we have to approve it by September 1>by September first>thank you for that explanation of the
options and the consequences do I have a motion>not from me>I’ll be the debbie downer I move that
the Board of Trustees approves the agreement for the purchase of attendance
credits for the 2018-2019 school year reluctantly>do I have a second>I second the motion>
I have a motion by Nancy Humphrey a second by Tammy Richards that the Board of
Trustees approves the agreement for the purchase of attendance credits for the
2018-19 school year is there any discussion>yeah so I would say welcome to
the club if you’re tired of the conversation about recapture this has been I’ve
been talking about this for seven years and I’ve been warning that this is
coming for seven years and I have had conversations with sitting
elected officials who represent us in Austin and basically told me I’m not going to do anything about I can’t do anything about it and that’s ridiculous and so is fair game to
ask people who are running for office to represent people in this school district
what their position is on this what they intend to do because we cannot live with
this not one more year not one more day and it is going to bankrupt the
education of this state to continue to take from districts like us and have us
supplement the funding of education around the state you know Yoram said
we don’t need the additional tax dollars that we’re
collecting yeah we do need those some of those tax dollars here yes we could give
some of those tax dollars back to our taxpayers but we have budget needs we
have needs of the students in this school district that need to be met that we
cannot meet because we have to pay 208 million dollars to the state of Texas who then
redistribute to the state to the rest of the state in the reddest of the red states
in this state the reddest of the red counties in the state I cannot
believe that we have not had people going down to Austin and just beatin up
anybody they could just to get rid of this recapture it’s unbelievable now it took us three minutes to
make a motion you know this is truly a gun to your head motion you can either
agree to pay them two hundred eight million dollars or you’re going to wake
up tomorrow morning with the horse head in the bed that’s basically what they’re
doing this is movie Godfatherisk type of thing where you if you don’t agree to
pay them two hundred eight million dollars they’re just gonna start taking
properties away from you until they feel like they’ve gotten 208 million dollars anybody worth and they’re gonna charge you four million dollars for that
the pleasure of that so this fight is not a fight that this board is making
tonight this fight is a fight that has to be made in Austin and we gotta have people who are gonna go down there and fight for us>well David you state
your point very well and I think this board has for many years tried to
educate our taxpayers what they’re paying and so we have a movement called
Taxparency and that’s to educate people to understand where their taxes
are going and in the previous two legislative sessions we’ve tried to get
Taxparency bills approved and in this last session we were very close to
getting that where taxpayers would see on their tax statement how much of their
money that they’re paying to Plano ISD truly doesn’t stay in Plano ISD and I
think if we could get that message out to our taxpayers which takes an act of
legislation to pass that to get it on your tax statement but if people knew
what was going on I think we would have more action in Austin and I think you
hit the nail on the head when you said we need to vet our candidates who are
currently running and will be elected in November in an election we need to get
them to answer how are they going to fix this because I think some candidates are
talking about a consumption tax and I’m not certain that that would be a way to
go but there needs to be a solution to school finance in this
next legislative session or it’s gonna blow the cap I think people are school
districts are already not able to meet their budgets and if we’re going into a
deficit position and in 90 what’d we say>96 million>96 million>
plus 40>plus 40 for when the bubble pops you know if we’re doing if we’re
wealthy then I feel bad for the districts who don’t have the same tax
base that we have>let me just clarify something you said that I when I said
that we don’t need this we do need to grow and we do need to pay the 2 percent pay
increases or God forbid 3 percent because that’s what others are doing what we
don’t need is we don’t need fifty percent over four years we collected
more than fifty percent in four years we don’t need that but here’s the thing
nobody needs that the cost of education here or anywhere in the state should not
have gone up by fifty percent in four years so this money is not going to
education>so let’s go that next step where is it going so if we’re sending
you know that the increase cost to us is about 50 million a year and next year
after this one Randy will it be another 50 do you estimate>yes approximately yes>okay so where is that going I don’t want people to think that we
don’t care about educating other children in Texas that need education I don’t think we’re trying to send that message because I’ll just speak for
myself I don’t mind you know helping others to a degree but there’s a partner
in this and that partner is called the state of Texas so what is happening
with the money that we’re spending at extra 50 million a year or this
year’s gonna be 208 million its allowing the state to reduce
its contribution to education we’re partners
we both put money into this pie and what’s happened is they’re counting on
you to put in more so they can put in less we both used to put in 50
percent and they’re now putting in 38 percent so that you can put
in more and when you put in the more they take that delta and they’re able to
use it elsewhere to satisfy other state budget obligations what are those well I
could tell you they’re not related to education they’re related to other
things that they need to satisfy because they don’t have another revenue stream
so they’re using you as that revenue stream so until you get mad enough about
that and start asking hard questions and holding people accountable for the
decisions they’re the ones who can affect the property tax bill
if they will put in their fair share we don’t need to collect because they don’t
need to recapture from us to the same degree I don’t know if recapture will
ever go away entirely I just don’t know they need that money
they count on that money in the state budget so the whole story is the one
that we’ve been trying to tell it’s very complicated we’re gonna do our best to
try to simplify it as much as possible and get the word out we’re having an
impact on that we’re hearing conversations in the state the Texas School
Finance Commission work they’re having these conversations but the rubber will
hit the road when the legislative session begins in January and they’re
going to have to find new money in order to increase their contribution so we can
decrease ours and they can put in their fair share so>and just to emphasize
the consequence in the 2021 school year when we have 96 million dollar deficit
we’re gonna have to start taking loans just to bridge the cash flow if property
values level off we’re probably going to have to take loans just to make payday
that’s where we are>and potentially start cutting programs
that could be a conversation we have in the future>and this is all while we
collect taxes 50 percent more than we did four years ago>all right any other discussion right we will now
proceed to vote all this all those in favor please raise your hand>can we vote
on the duress or at least note that we voted on duress>motion passes unanimously with duress 7-0 all right that concludes the
items for discussion and action our next section is a report and our report this
evening supports the district’s goal to ensure continued improvement in student
learning and our presenters this evening will be Susan Modisette and Dr. Katrina Hasley speaking to us about summer learning in Plano ISD>thank you President Bender I’d like to welcome Matt Sipes to the
podium Matt is our director of expanded learning pathways which means that he
leads our initiatives in eSchool in blended learning in night school and
this evening he’s going to share summer school learning when Matt finishes I’ll
turn it over to Dr. Hasley who will share some information on learning by our
adults in the district so Matt the floor is yours>
thank you good evening board of trustees so I have the pleasure of sharing what
our summer learning programs look like and when I talk about our summer
learning programs I really do believe that they are a perfect example of our
district motto teamwork for excellence if you just consider all of the work and
the effort and the planning that goes in behind it in this first slide just kind
of high-level summary of what this past summer looked like we’ve served over
10,000 close to 10,400 students and that’s in our summer
programs and eSchool combined our eSchool enrollment is probably we
haven’t totally run all of the numbers but it looks like it’ll probably be one
of the higher enrollments in our history and so we’re excited about that our
summer school office staff and our eSchool office staff have done an amazing
job with registering students and meeting their needs in that way we also
graduated 36 seniors this summer and so that’s something to celebrate for sure 44 percent of our summer school students
are economically disadvantaged and so the chance to serve those and meet
those needs and I’ll talk a little bit more about that later; HR is a huge part
of what we do in summer school we employ over a thousand employees we work very
closely with facilities and all the construction and the renovation that is
going on and trying to find centralized locations and so 12 programs across 21
campuses transportation does an amazing job with planning routes you can see the
amount of routes that we use not just for our traditional routes but our
special needs routes as well and then FANS we serve over we serve about 3,400
meals a day and that’s at PAL breakfast and lunch and then Memorial and Bowman at
our PEP and SAIL site and then of course our summer meals at Meadows and so it
really is a group effort not listed on this slide but it just is the work that
student records and our analysts do in registering with TEAMS and also the work
of academic services with our curriculum and making sure that our kids have
access to content that they need we do have programs that focus on enrichment
and programs that focus on acceleration or remediation our enrichment programs
really give students a choice really focus on critical thinking creativity
and problem-solving and for our ELL students we really want to provide
opportunities for language development and then our accelerated
instruction programs excuse me meet students where they are at academically
and provide instruction for growth based on
their needs academically and then this last slide is just an overview of our
programs and the programs designated by age I do want to discuss our PAL program
Plano Academy of Learning this is our remedial program for our elementary
students we did add a fourth site and we waive tuition for our students who are
in our free and reduced lunch program and we saw an enrollment of 560 students and so that’s something to celebrate and so we
think there’s a correlation there obviously it is something to celebrate
in the increase and so that’s just our list of programming across the district so that was quick buy any question>I have a question just curious are all students who want
to participate able to participate in terms of are there any limitations for
sizing or anything if you sign up for SIGS every kid that wants to do SIGS is
able to do it>yes and we meet needs for students that have special needs if
they’re at a non special ed type program then we meet their needs in that way as
well>do you have any feedback or any response for our you said 44 percent
low socio-economic are we able to meet the needs of all of our low socio-economic kids and what challenges do you see in that area>so as
part of our PAL initiative that we added the foresight we did survey our
elementary campuses and we’re in the process of going through that data and
that’ll be part of our planning process for next year and how can we better meet
those needs if we do need to meet them but that is something that we’re
evaluating based on surveys from elementary schools>thank you>
would you campuses did you serve>we served where were we at location wise>for PAL>for PAL we were at I just went blank we were at Mendenhall, Barron, Rose Hagar and Thomas>were they full-day programs>
they were half-day>was transportation provided>yes from their
home campus and in certain cases we bus from their transfer campus>but
not from their homes>no it was yeah>(inaudible)>there are some high need areas that we
do bus from apartments and things like that some neighborhoods that we do bus
directly from>what like the Haverwood neighborhoods>we do have some bus stops over by Haverwood, Douglas apartments>do you have a break down or do you know the number of students that were doing enrichment programs vs. the accelerated instruction I’m just curious if we have a lot of students taking advantage of time to get ahead>so SIGS
we had about 1,800 that’s an enrichment program PEP and these numbers include
SAIL as well which is our program for our students are ELL bilingual
students who need language development that was around 1,650 and in pre-K, K
which is our kindergarten prep bilingual and students that need kindergarten
prep that was about 1,200 middle school to give you a comparison of what we did
more of I don’t I’d have to really just look at the numbers but it was we served
about some areas we were up some areas we were down from last year>Susan is the kindergarten prep program is that what we put in place like 3-4 years ago ok and how many did you say you had in that>1,200>wow that’s great>yeah we didn’t lose a one of them>(laughter) was that offered at the same four
campuses>yes we had not as the PAL we offered that at that was at
Jackson I should have brought that list with me I apologize some of the sites were the same as last year but I can get that information>was that also half day>no pre-k, K is full-day>okay and for the PAL sites that were half-day did they have PASAR opportunities to stay>if
no if the Shepherd kids which is where PAL was which is where PASAR was they
could attend PASAR but we don’t bus from PAL to PASAR it’ll be something that we look at>has that pre-k program grown in numbers>this year’s it’s actually down 120 students>okay then we regrouped quickly then from first few years and sort of has leveled out>sometimes that could be David a function of the number of births for a particular time>yeah I was really more thinking in terms of I mean
is this the norm are we’re gonna have about 1,200 I mean that’s a
good size program for what when we talk about it initially (inaudible)>do all 1,200 of those kids qualify for free and reduced lunch is that how they get in that program>
they have it’s either a language need or socio-economic>do you
know what the split is between them>I do not thank you>thanks so much>thank you>thank you Matt well I would like to share a little bit of the adult learning that
happened this summer we were talking about student learning and we also it’s
a primetime for our instructional staff to do a lot of
learning over the summer and this really highlights the level of commitment both
from those who seek out the opportunities to learn as well as those
who develop the opportunities and deliver those so over the summer we have 731 our
instructional staff enrolled in online courses and those this is according to
our digital my learning plan digital system and these topics range from
instructional strategies to classroom management to all kinds of other things
about content related instruction so we thought that was a great number and another
big number is over 22,000 hours of in-person training we’re logged into our
digital learning plan these are hours that teachers and instructional
assistants spent in class learning and they log that in on their portfolios so
the next few slides I would like to just share a little bit about those some of
those opportunities they took advantage of for the in-person learner our
technology department does a great job every summer of offering lots of classes
you can see there are five different topics here but they were divided into
44 classes lots of teachers participated in these you can see a big one was
Google Apps classes and also the Chromebooks had a lot of participants
also a returning feature is ETSI which is our Education Technology Success
Initiative and technology department again partners with others to do a
terrific job of offering all of these topics area they’re listed there and you
can see that the participants that took advantage of that and all of
these sessions are opportunities that the teachers come to
by choice so they’re not required to do this which also speaks highly of our
staff as you’ll recall last year part of our special education focus was on
behavioral support and really building capacity in those teachers and
instructional assistants who work directly with the students with the most
behavioral needs so we did our staff did designed the Summer Academy in two tiers
Tier 1 for the foundational level for teachers who are less experienced and
needed more of the foundational support and then Tier 2 for those who are more
experienced in the classrooms they were one was five days one was three
we have required all of our teachers and instructional assistants who work in
self-contained classrooms both centralized and campus based to attend
this we had 75 percent attended during the summer and so then we had a makeup the
last couple of days for those who were not able to come during the summer so
we’re very pleased with that percentage and got a lot of great reviews on the
classes our elementary academics department
works every summer with other departments in the district to provide
our summer elementary academy we have a lot of teachers pre-k through five and
administrators who come and attend these sessions I listed a lot of the focus
areas but there are lots of choices here for teachers to really seek out areas
where they want to grow from their professional development we also as you know are a district with
AVID campuses we have 22 of our secondary campuses in 24 elementary
campuses using the AVID program now we even have PISD staff members who are
trained AVID staff developers so that enables us to provide our own AVID
district path training in the district and that is a great support to our
campuses we also send our newer campuses to the AVID Summer Institute this year
we were able to send teams from the three new elementary campuses we added
as well as the new AVID excel middle school campuses and a few other smaller
teams from secondary schools a couple of other opportunities that
teachers had were the Team Leader Academy and this is a long-standing
tradition it’s a great five-day session that teachers are nominated by their
principals to attend they seek out teacher leaders who really want to grow
in their leadership areas and we get a 105 attend the Team Leader
Academy this year it is designed and delivered by seasoned team leaders and
district level directors we also had students and a teacher who attended the
UT Southwestern summer internship this was an eight-week internship that they
committed to and it included authentic research projects in labs researching
things such as cancer drug development and kidney functioning so that reminds
me of our science fair winners we had up here not long ago and then just a few
others we highlight our secondary academics Plano WRiting Leadership
Academy which is for our secondary ELA teachers and also our Collaborative Team
Planning which was developed by secondary academics to help
collaborative team, team leaders from secondary campuses had the option
to send a team to go back and provide this training on their campus we also
had Plano Kodaly Teacher training opportunity where eight campuses had
were represented with music teachers attending that training I did want to
highlight also our curriculum writing preparation
you know Plano is known for its strong curriculum and instructional resources
but curriculum only stays strong when it is reviewed and monitored and edited
regularly and our curriculum writing is done by master teachers who teach the
content area along with coordinators and specialists who are expert in their content
and also in designing instruction so before teachers are able to participate
in writing they participate in that professional learning to prepare them
for the work they learn about tools and common language and our systematic
approach to developing curriculum so that ensures consistency across content
areas and levels teachers attend the Curriculum Design Institute and we also
had a new refresher course for secondary writers the Curriculum Writer’s Symposium
this year so this summer we had 252 teachers working on curriculum and you
can see a lot of the content areas that are listed here all over the district
and all through the summer so we’re very proud of that work and it goes on every
summer here in Plano ISD the last thing to highlight was just the
back-to-school learning as you know teachers all staff came back last
Thursday and we had our great kickoff event on Friday morning and then before that
our new teachers were here for three days one day at campus orientation one
day for a district orientation with a keynote from our Superintendent Sara
Bonser and then one day with curriculum specialist and coordinators to help
them learn how to access curriculum our teachers all the teachers had yesterday
and today time with our curriculum department where they focused on
curriculum content our elementary really honed in on literacy and math for these
two days secondary had a curriculum collaborative
which is a conference style learning system and then they also worked in
their content areas with their coordinators so just again wanted to
highlight the dedication of our staff across the district through the summer
to take opportunities to learn we do have job embedded learning that goes on
throughout the year but summer is a great time for them to do that a little
more concentrated in and to really pursue their choices>thank you>Missy could I clarify I think we
had a misunderstanding David I wanted to clarify your question if I
could the number that Matt shared was our pre-k, K so it included about
half of that enrollment were students going into kinder which I think is the
program you were actually asking about that we and then about half were kinder
students; students who were had just finished kindergarten so that number is
about 600>but it’s starting with about 30 at Huffman about three years ago three or four years ago so from 32 to 600>(inaudible) one year so the fact that we’re getting you know we’re 20 times the number of kids that we started with is fantastic>okay thank you very much and now
countdown is on summer learning is over school is about to begin we’ll now move on to the policy section
of the agenda at most of our board meetings we have policies on the agenda
for board consideration these policies have undergone prior review by the
district’s attorney and by each board member I invite Karla Oliver, Assistant Superintendent for Government, Community and Planning Initiatives to introduce the
policies we have on the agenda this evening Ms. Oliver>
thank you President Bender I’d first like to bring to your attention FNF(LOCAL) student rights and responsibilities regarding
interrogations and searches it’s presented for adoption under second
reading this evening>do I have a motion>I move that the board of trustees adopt
FNF(LOCAL) under second reading>do I have a second>second>I have a motion by Yoram Solomon and second by Nancy Humphrey that the Board of Trustees adopt FNF(LOCAL) under second reading is there any discussion we will now vote all in favor
please raise your hand motion passes unanimously 7-0 Item B>thank you we have a couple of policies related to our
district of innovation plan DOI for instance DL(LOCAL) presented tonight
regarding workload is presented for approval under first reading and will
be presented for adoption under second reading at a subsequent meeting>do I
have a motion>I move that the Board of Trustees approve the first reading of
policy DL(LOCAL)>do I have a second>I second>I have a motion by Jeri Chambers a
second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of Trustees approves the first reading of
policy DL(LOCAL) is there any discussion
we will now vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes
unanimously 7-0 Item C>EEB(LOCAL) instructional arrangements
this policy relates to class size and it’s presented for approval under first
reading tonight and again will be presented for adoption under second
reading>do I have a motion>I move that the board of trustees approve the first
reading of policy EEB(LOCAL)>do I have a second>second>I have a motion by Yoram Solomon a second by Jeri Chambers that the Board of Trustees approves the first
reading of policy EEB(LOCAL) is there any discussion we will now vote all in favor
please raise your hand motion passes unanimously 7-0; Item D>EIE(LOCAL) academic achievement regarding retention and
promotion its presented for approval tonight under first reading and will
come back to you as a second reading>do I have a motion>I move that the board of
trustees approves the first reading of policy EIE(LOCAL)>do I have a second>I
second>I have a motion by Nancy Humphrey a second by Yoram Solomon that board of
trustees approves the first reading of policy EIE(LOCAL) is there any discussion
we will now vote all in favor please raise your hand motion passes unanimously 7-0; Item E>
thank you President Bender I would like to mention on Item D with that approval
on first reading we gave our dual enrollment program and it’s official
name of Collin College Dual Enrollment just FYI Item FNCA(LOCAL) student
conduct dress code is presented for adoption under first and final reading
this evening>do I have a motion>I move that the Board of Trustees adopt policy
FNCA(LOCAL) on the first and final reading>do I have a second>second>
I have a motion by Yoram Solomon a second by Nancy Humphrey that the Board
of Trustees adopts policy FNCA(LOCAL) under first and final reading is there any discussion>I would like for you to know that there’s a rumor flying through the high schools so they all know to (inaudible) their ID pictures (inaudible) look good cause they have to wear it around their necks>okay all right we will now vote all in
favor please raise your hand motion passes unanimously 7-0>they could be
opting to take the worst picture ever so that’s good>(inaudible)>Item F>yes
EIF(REGULATION) academic achievement graduation is presented for approval
under second reading this evening>do I have a motion>I move that the Board of
Trustees approve EIF(REGULATION) under second reading>and do I have a second>second>I
have a motion by Yoram Solomon a second by Jeri Chambers that the Board
of Trustees approve EIF(REGULATION) under second reading is there any discussion we
will now vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes unanimously two more Item
G>EIF(EXHIBIT C) academic achievement it’s in regard to graduation as well and
is presented for your approval tonight under second reading>do I have a motion>I move the Board of Trustees approve EIF(EXHIBIT C) under second
reading>do I have a second>second>I have a motion by Yoram Solomon and a second by Jeri Chambers that the Board of Trustees approve EIF(EXHIBIT C) under
second reading is there any discussion we will now vote all those in favor
please raise your hand it’s very hard to see at the ends of the table motion passes unanimously 7-0 all right last policy Item H>GKD(EXHIBIT C) Community Relations it’s in
regard to the non school use of school facilities and it’s presented for review
under first reading this evening>do I have a motion>Jeri all yours>
I move the Board of Trustees approves the review of exhibit GKD(EXHIBIT C) under first reading>do I have a second>I second>Missy I have a question>oh ok so I have a motion by Jeri Chambers a
second by Yoram Solomon that the Board of Trustees approves the review of exhibit
GKD(EXHIBIT C) under first reading is there any discussion>yes I’d
like to ensure that these fees don’t apply to student clubs for example the
LaCrosse clubs of high schools using the stadiums>let me let me go to the exhibit just a
moment and I’ll review that>I know they fought hard for access and $2,000
a game would be unaffordable and these are students of ours>I do not believe that
they are subject to that but I would like to make sure in the draft of the
policy>Ms. Richards you talking about any fees at all or just that amount of fee>$2,000 that amount of fee>so you can
check we can check on the fees I know they are given a break on the
rentals because there are hard you know some hard cost on the facilities>
so are those>and they are you know they are there there’s a and I think it
fluctuates from year to year the other thing on the clubs is sometimes
the clubs are not purely made up of students that are attending our campuses
there are students that are go to outside the district and even live outside the
district but yet are on those teams so they literally are a
club type team so>well I’m making reference to the lacrosse clubs that our
three senior high>that’s what I’m talking about>right and I know I have
knowledge that in the past there have been students but I think that’s
certainly something that if the school club were to be told 100% have to be
students from your school and that’ll save you $2,000 a game they would
be in line with that I just want to ensure that there’s no hidden change in
the policy from what those students were paying last year whatever it was to what
they’ll be paying in the future>and Ms. Richards for your benefit and for the
rest of the trustees when Dr. Cooper mentioned that there would be hard costs
associated with that when we apply that kind of principle and I’m not typically
the one who does that but I do understand and implementing
the policy but that means we don’t incur a revenue it would be for preparing that
facility to be ready for the next activity it would be cleaning if there
were restrooms open that kind of thing so that we would not collect revenue as
we might for a general rental>no I completely understand there are costs to turn
the lights on I just want to make sure that this is not a hidden change to
the practice of the last two or three four years when we had this whole room filled
with PISD lacrosse kids>I’ll double-check but I don’t think for that
specific those groups that that’s the case>okay>this is for outside groups
rentals potentially playoff games you know whether other organizations from outside the school district>that fine>we’ll get the clarified>that was just the best attended school board
meeting of the last four years was when those kids all came and they said quite eloquently
about wanting to play in their own stadiums>we’ll make sure you get that
information>so just a further point of clarification using that rationale so
this is an outside organization that’s created a school club in name under the
senior high or some school could other soccer other club sports do the same
thing and then have access to our facilities in the same way>
we would need to discuss that>yeah so I think if we’re gonna I mean
what we added here was transparency to say for our athletic fields this is the
cost because we didn’t have that transparency so we were not having same rules so whatever the rule is can we just
document the rule so that it’s fair to everybody>I’d also like to check in it
seems like at least my experience with Plano Senior High the lacrosse team
were an official club of the school they had a school sponsor that allowed them
to meet they were allowed to be in the homecoming parade because they
identified themselves as a PISD club their athletic piece is different but
I’d like to have some clarification on that as well because I think that’s
where that connection is unique versus just anyone randomly coming>and I and
just to clarify I’m not stating that the current or upcoming roster of any of the
three senior highs are not pure I just know in the past that it can vary from
year to year of whether they are or not so I just wanna>well certainly in schools the size that we have having places to belong a school
club whatever they may do lacross or crochet is important for our kids and so
we shouldn’t do anything that diminishes the right of children to participate>
so this is for first reading when you come back you’ll have a little bit more
info please okay all right any other discussion
we’ll now vote all those in favor please raise your hand motion passes
unanimously 7-0 okay that’s the last policy okay will now have the conclusion of the
public comment session we move to the conclusion of our public comment session
of our agenda which is inviting speakers who signed up prior to the start of the
meeting in accordance with board policy to address the board 15 minutes will be
allotted for speakers wishing to address the board about topics relating to
non-agenda items each speaker has up to three minutes if you’re not finished
speaking at the end of your three minutes I will interrupt you so that we
can move to the next person Ms. Oliver do we have any comment cards for non
agenda items>yes ma’am we do we have one would you like me to go ahead and
introduce that person or is there more you need to read just want to be sure>let me
read a little bit I remind the speaker of the guidelines I provided earlier
regarding the public comment session if anyone has any questions please let me
know and I’ll go over the guidelines again let me just keep it real simple
you have three minutes Secretary is Nancy Humphrey she’ll give you three
minutes on the timer when you have one minute left
she’ll signal that you have one minute left please begin to wrap it up if you
go over I’ll ask you nicely to conclude your remarks if you have any questions
in your comments that you’re asking of the board because it’s a non agenda item
we are unable to answer those questions directly but we can if it’s appropriate
direct you to a staff member who after the meeting can answer your questions
okay let’s begin>I apologize I can’t read
their first name specifically so I’ll ask for either Mr. or Mrs. Ratliff to
come to the podium>over here but there’s no microphone there>no there is it’s just lying there>over here please>you may begin>alright thank you I agree
with your comment when you said you didn’t want students to I guess be left
out from participation so what I wanted to discuss tonight was I’m a parent of
a child who is a member of a Plano ISD marching band senior high school what I looked at here the last couple years being in Texas we’re coming from
North Carolina is the cost of being in that marching band; this year I paid 990 dollars for my child to be in the marching band along with the
color guard my issue here is that when we looked at the cost breakdown I
understand the need for bands and band directors to have someone to go in and
musically arrange or show but to have an individual band paying 60 and 70
thousand dollars for someone to come in and design your show which is there by
pricing out some students in your district from being able to afford to
pay when we have band directors and assistant directors who should have the
skill set to design a show because that is what their degree is in which is
music or music education which teaches that as a fundamental part of their
curriculum if they can’t do that piece why are we employing them because that
should that will also drive the cost down that they’re charging students for
a student to be paying six and seven hundred dollars when you look at some
students in certain districts where you have twenty five percent of your
students on free and reduced lunch if you have a 200 member band now you have
fifty students who and if they can’t afford to pay for food how can
they afford to participate in an extracurricular activity where you’re
charging them between 600 and a thousand dollars and to get an excuse from any
director of band that says well at least our costs are lower than the fees of
some of our peers in North Texas is astounding that shouldn’t be the case to
also have a difference of policies within PISD
where you have some schools that say if you’re in an auxiliary piece of the band
you have to also participate in>one minute>marching classes where you have some
schools that say you can be an auxiliary and you don’t have to have a marching
band class why is there not one standard across PISD
that says one way or the other so that you don’t leave this up to individuals
my ask is that we cap fees across the district as it pertains to the senior
high schools and high schools for these children so that kids aren’t being
priced out of an opportunity to participate in the Fine Arts you
mentioned the recapture that Texas does where you’re recapturing Fine Arts
budgets to fill budget gaps and the parents are being forced to have to go
into the boosters and pay in extra money to fund that cost so band directors
don’t have to write their own shows again for me I don’t deal well with that
it’s somebody being hired and you be able to farm that off that’s like a
principal saying well my job is to go in and evaluate teachers I’m gonna pay
somebody else to do my evaluation and I’m gonna charge the teacher for me
having them do it it just doesn’t make sense but I appreciate you guys taking the time to listen to it>time alright thank you>thank you very much if there is no further business
before the board the meeting will be adjourned and the time is 9:12 p.m.

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