Summary Report & Media Highlights
December 11, 2017
Board of Trustees Regular Agenda:
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Opening Remarks

Dr. Muri said that he enjoyed the transportation department holiday celebration earlier that day, and gave “kudos” to PTA members from various campuses who served the morning’s “lunch.”

Sights and Sounds Around Spring Branch

Trustees watched a video spotlighting a group of Spring Woods High School students who recently spent a day at the Texas Capitol demonstrating computer coding to legislators.


Dr. Muri recognized last summer’s Aspiring Leaders, teachers who interned with the superintendent and senior staff, with #IAMSBISD awards. Organizing the program was Laura Lensgraf, now school support supervisor. #IAMSBISD awards are given to individuals or teams who exemplify and embody SBISD’s core values of Every Child, Collaborative Spirit, Collective Greatness, Limitless Curiosity and Moral Compass.

From left, Laura Lensgraf, Board President Karen Peck, Jennifer Blaine, Rebecca Thompson, Christopher Villareal, Linda Buchman, Delfino Guillen, Simone Patrick, D’Andre Weaver, Jennifer Parker, Lee Ann Berk, Amanda Tysor and Dr. Muri.

Recognition of Dr. Keith Haffey

Trustees recognized Dr. Keith Haffey for being named Texas State Network of Assessment Professionals (TSNAP) Sandra Poth Educator of the Year. Dr. Haffey has twice won the award, the first time in 2012. A former teacher and campus administrator, Dr. Haffey has nearly 40 years in public education, the majority of that in SBISD.

Board President Karen Peck, Dr. Keith Haffey and Dr. Muri.

Recognition of SBISD DSHAC by It’s Time Texas

Trustees recognized the District School Health Advisory Council for being one of the top five DSHACs in Texas by It’s Time Texas, a nonprofit that promotes health and fitness statewide. It’s Time Texas Founder and CEO Baker Harrell told trustees that 60 percent of kids today will be obese by age 35, making the work of DHACS “so very vital.” The SBISD DSHAC was also recognized in 2015 as one of the best in Texas.

Darlene Evans, Board President Karen Peck, Fae Cohen, Aisling Haddon, Sandy Bristow, Samuel Karns, Baker Harrell, Lance Stallworth and Dr. Muri.

CenterPoint Load Management Program Incentive Check

CenterPoint representative Calvin Burnham presented a symbolic check to trustees and the district for $144,333.01 for participation in the load management program. Participants in CenterPoint’s load management program voluntarily reduce electrical demand on short notice and are compensated by CenterPoint. Burnham said participation in the program is highly competitive but that SBISD is a great partner in the program. CenterPoint has paid SBISD more than $1.2 million since the program began.

From left, Board President Karen Peck, Robbie Siems, Calvin Rutledge, Margaret Dunlap and Dr. Muri.

School Board Member Training

Board President Karen Peck reported that all trustees have exceeded the number of required training hours for school board members.


Charge for CTE Task Force

Trustees approved the charge for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) task force, which will study and recommend ways to best align the district’s CTE vision with the T-2-4 goal. The task force will report its recommendations to the board in December 2018.

CTE Task Force Chartering Document

Bond Oversight Committee Membership

Trustees postponed this item until a future meeting to provide additional time to finalize the membership recommendation.

Third Reading of Policy AE (Local) – Educational Philosophy

Trustees approved amendments to its Educational Philosophy policy, specifically to the district’s T-2-4 goal. As previously written, T-2-4 called for doubling the number of students who achieve post-secondary success by 2017. The amended goal adds “Every SBISD graduate” to the statement, and proposes to reach 72 percent success by 2022. The policy will be up for adoption at a future meeting. The policy will be posted for public comment on the Board Policy website.

Educational Philosophy Policy (Third Reading)
Board Policy Website

Consent Agenda

Trustees unanimously approved the consent agenda. The consent agenda groups together items that are considered routine and that are considered as a whole. Trustees reserve the privilege of pulling items off the consent agenda for individual consideration. No items were pulled. Board President Karen Peck abstained from items 8(c) and 8(d), citing a conflict because she has received a stipend from TASB.

Consent Agenda (number 8)

Course Weight Task Force Report

Trustees heard a report from the Course Weight Task Force. Executive Director of Student Support Services Lance Stallworth described the committee’s work then presented its recommendations: add a half-point rather than a point to pre-AP courses that also have an AP option; and expand options for weighted courses, within the four per year (16 maximum) now allowed for students. Stallworth said the committee recommends implementation beginning with the class of 2022, who are currently eighth-graders. Trustees will discuss the recommendations at the January workshop meeting.

Findings and Recommendations

Dr. Muri closed the meeting by thanking Stallworth and the course weight committee for their work, and by wishing the district a happy holiday.

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