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May 22, 2017
Board of Trustees Regular Agenda:
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Recognition of #IAMSBISD Award Recipients

Trustees recognized Raymorris Barnes of Academic Performance and Support, who was recently awarded an #IAMSBISD medallion for #CollectiveGreatness for his work implementing the Employee Child Transfer program. Associate Superintendent for Academic Performance and Support Tyler Ream made the presentation the week before and told Trustees that Barnes is the “glue” that holds his department together. Ream said that Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri heard “loud and clear” last year that the program was something employees wanted, and Barnes “jumped in head first” to make it happen, both designing the program then reviewing every applicant. Ream emphasized that the programs fills previously empty seats in schools. #IAMSBISD recognizes individuals or teams who exemplify one or more of the district’s core values of #EveryChild, #CollectiveGreatness, #CollaborativeSpirit, #LimitlessCuriosity and #MoralCompass.

Raymorris Barnes (center) with Board President Karen Peck and Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri.

Recognition of ERP 2016 Honor Roll Schools

Trustees recognized 10 SBISD schools who were named to the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) 2016 Honor Roll. ERP uses publicly available data to analyze schools and districts across the country, looking for those that work in closing achievement gaps and other measures. The schools on the Star Honor Roll have higher populations of disadvantaged students. SBISD Star Honor Roll schools are Nottingham Elementary and Spring Branch Middle School; Scholar Honor Roll schools are Cornerstone Academy, Frostwood Elementary, Memorial Drive Elementary, Memorial Middle School, Memorial High School, Spring Branch Academic Institute, Rummel Creek Elementary and Wilchester Elementary.

ERP site
Board President Karen Peck (left) with Rian Evans, Wilchester Elementary; Nancy Harn, Rummel Creek Elementary; Roy Moore, Nottingham Elementary; Steve Barry, Spring Branch Middle; Jill Wright, Cornerstone Academy; Ellen Green, Frostwood Elementary; Jennifer Jordan, Memorial Drive Elementary; Lisa Wier, Memorial Middle School; Lynda Maxwell, Spring Branch Academic Institute; and Dr. Muri. Not pictured is Daniel Bauer of Memorial Middle.

Recognition of Coach Tony Brillon

Trustees recognized Stratford High School Boys Cross Country Tony Brillon as National Federation of High Schools Section 6 Coach of the Year. Executive Athletic Director Paige Hershey presented Brillon, who was recognized by the University Scholastic League (UIL) at the state cross country meet on Nov. 11, 2016. Brillon has coached state-level winning teams four times in the past seven years; his teams won back-to-back state championships in 2013 and 2014. He has taught biology and coached for more than 20 years, eight at Stratford, and took a four-year break to serve in the U.S. Navy. He has also helped coach Stratford football.

Recognition of Coach Mike Hoskovec

Trustees recognized Stratford High School Swimming and Diving Coach Mike Hoskovec as National Federation of High Schools Section 6 Coach of the Year, presented by Paige Hershey. Hoskovec was recognized by the UIL earlier this year, at the state swim meet in February. Hoskovec’s teams are perennial contenders at the state swim meet – the men’s team was won Region every year but one since 2011 and were back-to-back state 4A champions in 2012 and 2013; the women’s team has won Region since 2011 and were 5A runners-up in 2015 and 2016. He’s been at Stratford for 14 years and currently teaches aquatic science.

Recognition of Coach Eliot Allen

Trustees recognized Stratford High School Head Football Coach Eliot Allen for his recent induction into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor, joining several other SBISD coaches, past and present. Allen joined the Stratford staff in 2002 as defensive coordinator and was named head coach in 2004. His Spartan team made the playoffs in 2006 for the first time in 13 years, and Stratford has since been in the playoffs 11 consecutive years, including a run to the state semifinal in 2013. He’s a five-time district coach of the year and has compiled a 112-58 record at Stratford. Allen also serves as Stratford’s athletic director and was presented by Paige Hershey.

Board President Karen Peck (left) with coaches Mike Hoskovec, Eliot Allen and Tony Brillon, and Dr. Muri.

Recognition of State Athletes

Trustees recognized SBISD student athletes who competed this year at the state level. Executive Athletic Director Paige Hershey told Trustees that while the district has many exceptional student-athletes, the one presented Monday are the best of the best. She said she was most proud of how the athletes when about their competitions – whether they won or lost, they competed the right way. She was joined in the presentation by assistant athletic directors Cheryl Etlinger and Mike Stokebrand.

Board President Karen Peck (left) and Dr. Muri with SBISD student-athletes who competed at the state level this school year.

Recognition of SBISD Retirees

Trustees recognized SBISD employees who are retiring this year. Retirees earlier this month were treated to an Astros game and recognition on the field before a game with the Atlanta Braves. Community Relations Officer Linda Buchman said that only a portion of this year’s 152 retirees were at Monday’s Board meeting, collectively the 152 represent 3,373 years in education, and 2,812 of those years in SBISD.

Trustees recognize some of this year’s SBISD retirees as they cross the Memorial High School stage.

Public Hearing on Preliminary FY 2018 Budget

Associate Superintendent for Finance Karen Wilson presented the 2018 preliminary budget during the public hearing. The preliminary general fund budget is based on a 5 percent increase in property values and includes an as-yet undetermined pay increase for employees, a $1.2 million increase in expenditures, and does not change the district’s tax rate of $1.3945. Total revenues in the preliminary 2018 budget are nearly $20 million less than 2017, due to reduced state funding and increasing recapture payments. Wilson said that the debt service fund, used to repay principal and interest on bonds and, Wilson noted, under district – not state – control, is healthy and doing fine. Wilson said the preliminary budget is based on the best information the district has right now, adding that the Legislature is still in session and things can change.

The budget is set to be adopted at the June 26 regular meeting. A second public hearing on the budget will be held at that meeting.

Several Trustees expressed displeasure with the Legislature and its seeming lack of emphasis on funding public education and reforming school finance.

The public hearing was closed.

FY 2018 Preliminary Budget Presentation

Approval of 2017-18 Compensation Plan

Dr. Muri told Trustees that he had made the “difficult decision” to pull the compensation plan from consideration and possible approval, and would resubmit a compensation plan at either the June workshop meeting or the June regular meeting. He said that the Legislature has yet to make funding decisions for school, with the House and Senate still at odds as of Monday’s meeting. And a correction in the recapture calculation formula found by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) earlier this year that benefited SBISD and other recapture districts that also offer the Local Option Homestead Exemption (LOHE) has been challenged in a lawsuit, with a district judge in Austin last Friday issuing an injunction against the TEA and the rule change. TEA has appealed this decision.

Update:   SBISD Trustees approved the 2017-18 Compensation Plan during a special meeting on Tuesday, May 30. Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri said that the approved plan is the same one he was ready to present to Trustees at the Monday, May 22, regular meeting before it was pulled for consideration because of financial uncertainty. The $9 million plan restructures step and pay grades and uses existing money from fund balance and benefits as no new money is available. SBISD faces a $15 million revenue shortfall next year, but Dr. Muri reiterated that a pay raise was Trustees’ top priority for the 2017-18 budget.

Special Meeting May 30, 2017

First Reading of Policies

Policies DMA (Local), FEA (Local) and FFA (Local) were presented to Trustees for first reading. Trustee and Policy Liaison Katherine Dawson said that DMA clarifies language around professional development; FEA deals with attendance; and FFA puts SBISD policy more “in sync” with recommended policy from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The policies will be posted on the Board’s policy website for public comment. Policies go through three separate readings at three separate meetings before approval on third reading.

Board Policy Website

Adoption of Policy

Trustees unanimously adopted on third and final reading TASB Policy Update 107. Trustee Dawson said that the policies had been posted on the website and received no public comments.

TASB Update 107

Consent Agenda

Trustees unanimously approved the consent agenda, with Board President Karen Peck abstaining from items 14 and 26. The consent agenda is a group of routine agenda items that are considered as a whole. Trustees have the privilege of removing items for separate consideration. No items were removed.

Consent Agenda (9A)

Legislative Update

Dr. Muri said that he was once told that sometimes, the best action the Legislature could take was none at all, a sentiment he’s starting to share. He thanked Trustees and the community for the calls, letters and visits with legislators about SBISD and funding for public education. The Legislature wraps up on May 29, he said, and “unfortunately, it’s not looking good for Spring Branch.” Trustee and legislative liaison Chris Vierra said that she and others were still watching the Legislature, but priority has not been given to education. “They’re holding all of Texas hostage to their agenda,” she said.

Closing Remarks

Dr. Muri reminded Trustees about graduation on May 27 and May 30, calling it a “time of celebration” as the thousands of SBISD graduates are honored and recognized.

The next scheduled meeting of the SBISD Board of Trustees is the June Workshop meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Wayne F. Schaper Sr. Leadership Center, 955 Campbell.

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