February 2016
Board Briefs
News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs February 22, 2016

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

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Sights and Sounds Around Spring Branch

Trustees watched a video highlighting four February events around Spring Branch ISD – the Bookworm Festival at Spring Oaks Middle School, the BP Dinner with the Experts, the MakRs Bus at Landrum Middle School, and the Wilchester Elementary Art Show and Sale.
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Spring Branch ISD police officers Connie Washington (second from left), Officer Bern Collum and Cpl. Ray Gonzales are recognized as #IAMSBISD for #MoralCompass by Board President Chris Vierra (left) and Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri awarded medallions to three SBISD police officers who went above and beyond to help a family during the holiday season. Officer Connie Washington answered a call on the Monday before Winter Break to assist several refugee students whose parents hadn’t picked them up. Their parents couldn’t be located and eventually seven siblings had gathered at Spring Shadows Elementary. Officer Washington made the decision to stay with the children until their parents were located, which they were around 8 p.m. that night, having been delayed after boarding the wrong bus. After escorting the family to their apartment and seeing how little the family had, Officer Washington, Cpl. Ray Gonzales and Officer Bern Collum shopped and bought holiday gifts and groceries for the family. Dr. Muri recognized the three for their #MoralCompass, for seeing a need and acting to fill it.

Betsabeth Beyk (second from left), CIS program manager at Westwood Elementary, is recognized as #IAMSBISD for #CollaborativeSpirit by Board President Chris Vierra (left), Community Relations Officer Linda Buchman and Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri.

Community Relations Officer Linda Buchman presented a medallion to Betsabeth Beyk, a Communities in Schools program manager at Westwood Elementary School. Beyk coordinates and trains mentors at Westwood, always looking for and recruiting new mentors, Buchman said, while helping existing mentors any way she can. With January being National Mentoring Month, Buchman said it was especially meaningful to recognize Beyk for her #CollaborativeSpirit. “She mentors the mentors,” Buchman said.

NHS Math Teacher Recognized

Jonathan Claydon (center), is recognized as one of five Texas finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science by Board President Chris Vierra (left) and Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri.

Northbrook High School math teacher Jonathan Claydon , one of five Texas finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, was honored at the State Board of Education’s January meeting and recognized by Trustees at the February meeting. Claydon’s innovative teaching methods include blending technology and older “analog” methods, bringing math to life in multiple ways.

All-State Musicians

All-State student musicians with Board President Chris Vierra (left) and Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri (right).

Trustees recognized seven student musicians who earned All-State honors this year. Students competed through several rounds of auditions to earn All-State, beginning last fall at the District, Region and Area levels. Students and their teachers were brought forward by Director of Fine Arts Rusty Hess. From Memorial High School: Orchestra – Catherine Cai, Senior, Violin; Jonathan Keith, Senior, Bass; Meredith Aucock, Senior, Violin; Choir – Benjamin Snow, Senior, Bass2; Allison Eggert, Senior, Alto2. From Spring Woods High School: Band – Christian Uriostegui, Junior, Contrabassoon. From Stratford High School: Band – Zachary Barnett, Junior, Alto Clarinet.

Character Without Question

Trustees recognized and congratulated the 48 recipients of their campus Character Without Question award. These students embody the strong character traits of Honesty/Integrity, Responsibility/Dependability, Respect, Perseverance/Effort, Courage, Caring/Kindness and Citizenship/Civic Virtue. The awards are underwritten by the Spring Branch Education Foundation and Wells Fargo.

First Reading of Policy

Trustees did a first reading of local policies concerning board members and elections, and other revenues and investments. Those polices will be read a second time before being considered for adoption at the third and final reading.
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Adoption of Policy

Trustees unanimously adopted several legal and local policies in line with a policy update from the Texas Association of School Boards.
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Enrollment Projections

Trustees unanimously adopted enrollment projections for the 2016-17 school year. District officials estimate that 35,766 students will enroll during 2016-17, a 1.3 percent increase from this year’s actual enrollment.
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Staffing Guidelines

Trustees unanimously adopted campus staffing definitions and guidelines for 2016-17 school year. Both staffing guidelines and enrollment projections are part of the budgeting process.
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TASB Board Position

Trustees unanimously approved the nomination of board vice president Karen Peck to fill the interim position for Region 4 on the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors.
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Consent Agenda

Trustees unanimously approved the consent agenda. Items on the consent agenda are considered as a whole. A trustee has the privilege of removing an item or items for separate consideration. Trustee Pam Goodson asked that items 8 (c) and 8 (e) be removed for some clarification on how contracts are awarded. The items were then voted on and unanimously approved. Whitley Penn was selected as the district’s auditor.
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Strategic Plan Update

Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri reported that the Strategic Planning Committee has spent the past month ideating (imagining and conceiving what is possible) and is now in the scaling phase of the process, which will continue over the next several weeks. He said that some measurement and data considerations will be presented to Trustees at the March 7 workshop meeting.
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