Board Meeting Briefs for January 15, 2019

 

Public Hearing on 2017-2018 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) Report

Dr. Annette Villerot, Dr. Pilar Westbrook, Dr. Tamey Williams-Hill and Dr. Celina Bley presented data from the Texas Academic Performance Report.

Texas Education Code Chapter 39 requires each district’s board of trustees to publish an annual report that includes the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) (formerly named the AEIS); campus performance objectives; a report of violent or criminal incidents; and, information received under Texas Education Code §51.403(e) from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Board of Trustees shall hold a hearing for public discussion of the report, and they shall widely disseminate the report within the district.

 

Recognition of Board Members for School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month and Del Valle Independent School District joined other districts across the state to thank the School Board for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.

 

Consider and Act on Texas Education Agency Maximum Class Size Waiver

The board approved the Texas Education Agency Maximum Class Size Waiver.

Dr. Tamey Williams-Hill asked the board to consider and act on the Texas Education Agency Maximum Class Size Waiver.

A waiver must be submitted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for every kindergarten through fourth grade classroom in which the student-teacher class ratio is greater than 22:1. The waiver application for the 2018-2019 academic school year is available on the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL). At this time, Hillcrest Elementary School has one first grade bilingual classroom and Popham Elementary School has one fourth grade bilingual classroom, and Smith has one kindergarten classroom for which the district will need to apply for a waiver. The number of students in each of the classrooms is 23 students. The Departments of Human Resources and Curriculum and Instruction staff will continue to monitor classroom sizes and will continue to bring any new class size waiver updates as the school year progresses.

 

Consider and Act on School Calendar for 2019-2020 School Year

The board approved the School Calendar for 2019-2020 School Year.

Dr. Annette Villerot asked the board to consider and act on the School Calendar for 2019-2020 School Year.

Three calendar options for the 2019-2020 academic school year were presented and considered by the District Advisory Committee (DAT). A collaborative stakeholder process was used in the development of the 2019-2020 academic school calendar. The process included recommendations and feedback from DAT and Del Valle ISD’s faculty, staff, and parents. These stakeholders participated in an electronic survey to determine which calendar option best meets the needs of the community at large. Twitter, District website, District list-serve, and an email broadcast were used to alert employees and parents/community about the survey.

 

Consider and Act on Professional Development Waivers for 2019-2020 School Year

The board approved the Professional Development Waivers for 2019-2020 School Year.

Dr. Annette Villerot asked the board to consider and act on the Professional Development Waivers for 2019-2020 School Year.

This Expedited General Staff Development waiver allows districts to train staff on various educational strategies designed to improve student performance in lieu of a maximum of three days (420 minutes per day) of student instruction. At the December District Advisory Team Meeting, the team approved the following recommendation for staff development waiver days:

Staff Development—TEA Waiver Required

  • Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Monday, February 17, 2020

 

Consider and Act on Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP) Participation for Early College High School, Del Valle High School, Del Valle Opportunity Center

The board approved Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP) Participation for Early College High School, Del Valle High School, Del Valle Opportunity Center.

Dr. Pilar Westbrook asked the board to consider and act on Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP) Participation for Early College High School, Del Valle High School, Del Valle Opportunity Center.

Del Valle ISD continually strives to address the needs of our at-risk population by carefully monitoring student progress, participating in research-based dropout prevention initiatives and implementing innovative programs. Early College High School, Del Valle Opportunity Center and the credit recovery program at Del Valle High are designed to meet this need. Over the years, as each has grown and evolved, new challenges have arisen, specifically in the area of attendance. The ECHS students take classes at the HS and ACC and end up with fewer classes as they move through the grade levels and pursue their Associate’s degree plan. As they reach Junior and Senior year, they do not need a full school day to complete their requirements, and the district would like to offer students the opportunity to have a more flexible day. The OFSDP is a TEA authorized program that allows approved districts to provide flexible hours and days of attendance for students in any grade level meeting specific criteria. The goal of the is to improve graduation rates by allowing districts to maximize attendance time while offering students more flexibility as they work towards meeting graduation requirements.

 

First Review of TASB Local Policy Update 112 and District Initiated Changes, Affecting Local Policies

Neil Bonavita presented information to the board pertaining to the First Review of TASB Local Policy Update 112 and District Initiated Changes, Affecting Local Policies.

A. For Addition:

1. CCGA(LOCAL): AD VALOREM TAXES – EXEMPTIONS AND PAYMENTS

B. For Revision:

1. BJA(LOCAL): SUPERINTENDENT – QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES

2. CH(LOCAL): PURCHASING AND ACQUISITION

3. CQ(LOCAL): TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

4. CV(LOCAL): FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION

5. DCB(LOCAL): EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES – TERM CONTRACTS

6. DGBA(LOCAL): PERSONNEL-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS – EMPLOYEE COMPLAINTS/GRIEVANCES

7. DH(LOCAL): EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

8. DIA(LOCAL): EMPLOYEE WELFARE – FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION

9. FMA(LOCAL): STUDENT ACTIVITIES – SCHOOL SPONSORED PUBLICATIONS

10. FNG(LOCAL): STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES – STUDENT AND PARENT COMPLAINTS/GRIEVANCES

11. GF(LOCAL): PUBLIC COMPLAINTS

12. GKA(LOCAL): COMMUNITY RELATIONS – CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PREMISES

13. GKB(LOCAL): COMMUNITY RELATIONS – ADVERTISING AND FUNDRAISING

C. For Deletion:

1. CCG(LOCAL): LOCAL REVENUE SOURCES – AD VALOREM TAXES

 

Consider and Act on Employment of Del Valle Elementary Principal

The board approved the employment of Joseph Maines as Del Valle Elementary School Principal.

 

Closed Session

The board approved action items that were discussed during Closed Session.

 

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