Board Meeting Briefs for June 18, 2019
Recognition of Child Development Center Students for 1,000 Books before Kindergarten Challenge
The Del Valle Independent School District Child Development Center(CDC) participates in the national campaign, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, because early literacy is such a vital component of future educational success. For every 50 books recorded, children receive a pencil or bookmark. When students have read 100 books, they receive a free book from the CDC. Three of the CDC students completed 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This accomplishment is a family affair and takes place on behalf of their parents as well.
Discuss and Possible Action to Name Interim Superintendent
The Board named Dr. Annette Villerot as the acting superintendent effective June 19, 2019 and interim superintendent effective July 1, 2019.
Del Valle ISD School Health Advisory Council Board of Trustees Annual Report, School Year 2018-2019
Per TEC § 28.004, a school district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) shall annually submit to the Board of Trustees a written report including any council recommendations concerning the school district’s health education curriculum and instruction or related matters. The Education Code also states that the Council shall submit a detailed explanation of the council’s activities during the 12-month period preceding the report’s submission date. The SHAC report for school year ’18-’19 consists of SHAC meeting minutes over the last 12 months and the SHAC Annual Report.
Travis County Sheriff Office Student Resource Officer Update
TCSO SRO staff provided an update on actions, training, and support provided to DVISD. The DVISD Board of Trustees heard from the TCSO SROs and asked questions regarding the interactions between TCSO and DVISD.
Consider and Act on Del Valle High School Facility Modification
The Board approved the DVHS Facility Modification.
DVISD M&F staff worked with DVISD C&I staff, campus admin, and C&P staff to evaluate four spaces that could be converted into small group classrooms serving less than 20 students. After reviewing the proposed changes, the DVISD M&F staff can install walls in the four locations to provide additional classroom spaces.
Consider and Act on Renewal of Equipment Breakdown/Crime/Excess Workers Compensation Insurance
The Board approved renewal of Equipment Breakdown with Liberty Mutual, Crime with Traveler’s, and Excess Workers Compensation insurance with Safety National for 2019-2020.
Frost Insurance rebid all three coverages for Del Valle ISD and the following are the recommendations for the best value for the district: Equipment Breakdown: Previously equipment breakdown was folded into liability coverage with TASB. Since TASB no longer includes it in their coverage, it was bid separately and determined that Liberty Mutual offers the best value for the district. The total ‘19-‘20 renewal premium for Equipment Breakdown is $7,404. Crime: The best value and lowest cost proposal for crime coverage was presented by the district’s current provider Travelers. A three year fixed rate of $2,774 was submitted, which is only a slight increase from our previous 3 year fixed rate of $2,443. The total ‘19-‘20 renewal premium for Crime is $2,774. Excess Worker’s Compensation: All three bids received for Excess Worker’s Compensation coverage came in with lower premiums than our current rate of $130,887. While STAR insurance offered the lowest premium, their AM Best rating of A-was only recently upgraded from B. In addition, the smaller financial strength of the company combined with the lower rating presents concerns of possible bankruptcies in the future. Our current carrier, Safety National, offers better terms and a more stable environment. The new premium is $127,946 for a two year term. ($63,973 per year) The total ‘19-‘20 renewal premium for Excess Worker’s Compensation is $63,973.
Consider and Act on Final Budget Amendments for 2018-2019
The Board approved budget amendments for the 2018-2019 General Fund, Food Service and Debt Service Fund as presented.
At the end of our fiscal year, budget amounts are reviewed to determine if adjustments are needed. The budget amendments presented on the more accurately reflect departmental activities and revised revenue estimates. It is necessary to estimate ‘high’ in order to avoid the possibility of over-extending a function. None of these funds are available for expenditure and fund balances are not updated until the district’s audit which will occur in October 2019.
Consider approval of a $3000 stipend for Educational Diagnosticians
The Board approved a $3,000 stipend to Educational Diagnosticians employed with Del Valle Independent School District.
During the 2018-19 school year the Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs) were awarded a $3,000 stipend as part of a district incentive to attract and retain these specialized providers. The job duties of the Diagnostician and the LSSP are very similar and there is a similar need to attract and retain individuals with this expertise. In addition, the district is experiencing a significant increase in requests for evaluations and this has increased caseloads for all professionals that conduct evaluations. The state is moving Dyslexia evaluations into the domain of Special Education and these professionals are especially well versed in the evaluation of reading disorders.
Consider approval of an additional $3000 stipend for those individuals who are both SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists) and bilingual.
The Board approved an additional $3,000 stipend to bilingual Speech Language Pathologists employed with Del Valle Independent School District.
The district has been challenged for years to locate and hire qualified bilingual speech language pathologists to serve our students who have speech/language disorders and are also bilingual. To avoid having to pay large sums to contract personnel and to keep competitive with the area market and local school districts these additional funds are needed to attract and retain this highly specialized employee group.
Consider and Act on Del Valle ISD Budgets for 2019-2020
The Board approved the proposed 2019-2020 General Fund budget of $118,684,258, Debt Service Fund budget of $18,368,250 and Food Service Fund budget of $9,727,497.
The Board of Trustees must adopt budgets for the General Fund, Food Service Fund, and Debt Service Fund. The proposed General fund budget includes the administrative recommendations for above allocations, staffing, and employee raises for a total budget of $118,684,258. The estimated M&O tax rate required to fund the general fund budget is $0.97, rate change due to HB3. The Debt Service fund budget totals $18,368,250. The I&S tax rate required to fund the debt service budget is estimated at $0.35, same rate as previous year. The Food Service fund budget totals $9,727,497.The Food Service fund budget is a self-supporting fund in that federal revenues generated by the program pay for all the services.
Consider and Act on Employment of Ojeda Middle School Interim Principal
The Board approved Dr. Alex Torrez as the Ojeda Middle School Interim Principal.
The Board approved action items that were discussed during Closed Session.
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