Board Meeting Briefs for May 19, 2020

 

Consider and Act on Employee Compensation Proposal 2020-2021

The Board of Trustees approved the proposal for the 2020-2021 Employee Compensation Plan, Bilingual Stipend increase, specialized SPED areas stipend increase and daily sub rate increase as presented.

During the April 11th Budget Workshop, administration presented a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposal was developed by taking into consideration the restricted funding environment and ensuring that the budget represents the District’s strategic goals and budget priorities. Employee Compensation proposals for 2020-2021 for teachers and staff were also presented and discussed at the April 21, 2020 Board Meeting.

To meet the Board’s continued goal of employee recruitment and retention and to recognize the commitment and dedication of our staff to the Del Valle community, a One-Time Salary Increase for all teachers and staff except for the Executive Leadership Team is proposed. Included in this schedule is a one-time salary increase to be paid in a lump sum that shall accrue proportionately as services are rendered and is payable upon the educator’s completion of services for the school year. The one-time salary increase will be made with the educator’s last paycheck for the school year.

Employee Compensation Proposal

  • All new hires with 0 years of experience would receive a one- time salary increase of $500
  • Current and new employees with 1-9 years of experience would receive a one-time salary increase of $750
  •          approximately 1.5 % for teachers
  •          approximately 2% for auxiliary employees
  • Current and new employees with 10 or more years of experience would receive a one-time salary increase of $1,000
  •          approximately 2% for teachers
  •          approximately 2.5% for auxiliary employees

Fiscal Implication: $1,417,750

Stipend adjustments for positions that are hard to recruit and retain were also proposed. Additionally, as Technology Applications teachers transition back into the classroom, and develop embedded technology into the curriculum, a “Technology Curriculum Integration Stipend” is proposed for those who choose to participate.

Stipend Proposal:

  • Bilingual Stipends $4,500 increased to $7,000 = $377,500
  • Special Education Stipends $1,000 increased to $3,000 = $106,000
  • PASS
  • Structured Learning
  • Behavioral
  • Technology Curriculum Integration Stipends $2,000 = $18,000

Fiscal Implication: $501,500

Substitutes Daily Rates Proposal:

An increase in Substitutes daily rates to remain competitive is also proposed

Non-Degreed $75 increase to $85

Degreed $85 increase to $95

Certified $95 increase to $100

Fiscal Implication: $113,000

 

Total Fiscal Implication: $2,032,250

 

Consideration and Possible Approval of Pfluger Architect Fees for Design Services on Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary Replacement Projects

The Board of Trustees approved Pfluger Architect Fees for Design Services on Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary Replacement Projects

Pfluger Architects were approved to provide design services on the Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary School Replacement projects at a previous Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees meeting.  Del Valle ISD Construction staff have engaged Pfluger’s staff to develop a scope of work, a preliminary project schedule, and a fee for their design services on this project using a stipulated sum compensation framework.

  • The voters approved a total of $38,870,000.00 for Hornsby-Dunlap ES Replacement and$38,870,000.00 for Smith ES Replacement as part of the 2019 bond referendum.
  • The cost of the design services listed below are within the scope of this budget.

A brief scope of work for Pfluger’s design and construction administrative services is listed below:

  • New Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary Schools
  • Design fees
  • Demolition of existing Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary Schools
  • Submit design documents for permits to the various jurisdictions, track design changes through the permit process, coordinate and attend meetings with the relevant jurisdictions.
  • Provide oversight during the construction process to ensure design intent and design compliance from the general contractor.

A breakdown of Pfluger Architects fees is listed below:

  • Hornsby-Dunlap ES Design Services                           $2,230,000.00
  • Smith ES Design Services                                          $1,620,000.00
  • Hornsby-Dunlap ES Reimbursable Expense Allowance   $     2,000.00
  • Smith ES Reimbursable Expense Allowance                $     2,000.00
  • TOTAL                                                                       $3,854,000.00

 

Consideration and Possible Approval of Schematic Design Concept for the New Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary Schools 

The Board of Trustees approved the Schematic Design Concept for the New Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith Elementary Schools.

Pfluger Architects, having met with Del Valle ISD leadership, Staff, community members, and Del Valle ISD Trustees, have developed a schematic building design using the feedback they gained during these initial collaborative meetings.

The schematic design elements are inclusive of, but not limited to, the following:

Schematic Design Concept Elements:

  • Both schools will have a one-story floor plan but could have different finishes or materials to make them unique from one another.
  • 800 Student Functional capacity / 1,000 Student Architectural capacity
  • Approximately 99,600 square feet overall
  • Grades served: Pre-K through 5th grade
  • Separate drop-offs for autos and buses
  • Covered canopies at drop-offs for shade and inclement weather
  • Two playgrounds (age appropriate)
  • Secured outdoor spaces with fencing
  • PE play area near the gymnasium
  • Landscaping will be minimal and easily maintained
  • Courtyards will consider shade, security, and access to make them more usable to students and staff
  • Furniture will be age appropriate allow for the flexible use of space
  • Library, gym, and cafeteria should be easily accessible after hours without giving access to the whole school.  This includes access to toilets.

 

Consideration and Possible Approval of Schematic Design Concept for the New Del Valle Middle School Project 

The Board of Trustees approved the Schematic Design Concept for the New Del Valle Middle School.

Stantec Architects, having met with Del Valle ISD leadership, Staff, and community members, have developed a schematic building design using the feedback they gained during these initial collaborative meetings.

The schematic design elements are inclusive of, but not limited to, the following:

Schematic Design Concept Elements:

  • The new middle school will have a one-story floor plan.
  • 1000 Student Functional capacity / 1,200 Student Architectural capacity
  • Approximately 165,000 square feet overall
  • Grades served: 6th through 8th grade
  • Separate drop-offs for autos and buses
  • Covered canopies at drop-offs for shade and inclement weather
  • Athletics – artificial turf football field with a track, a practice football field, and tennis courts
  • Secured outdoor spaces with fencing
  • Landscaping will be minimal and easily maintained
  • Courtyards will consider shade, security, and access to make them more usable to students and staff
  • Furniture will be age appropriate allow for the flexible use of space
  • Library, gym, and cafeteria should be easily accessible after hours without giving access to the whole school.  This includes access to toilets.

 

Consider and Act on Special Education purchase of an Activity Van and a Suburban for students served in our 18+ program

The Board of Trustees approved the purchase of an activity van and a suburban to serve 18 + students.

The Special Education Department serves students with disabilities up to age 22. The 18+ program is housed at the Opportunity Center. The focus of instruction for students this age is on successful transition to employment or other post-secondary goals. Many students have (or gain) employment while participating in this IEP focused program and are supported at job sites in our community by teachers and job coaches every day.

At present the 18 + teachers have to go to our transportation department twice daily from the OC to pick up and return vans and/or a suburban to take students to and from job sites/interviews etc. Just picking up and returning transportation takes at least an hour (or more depending on traffic) each day. This is lost instructional time that takes away from serving students. Over the course of a school year this loss of instructional time is significant.

Additionally, for students in this age group a suburban and/or activity van is a much more authentic mode of transportation rather than a yellow school bus. They will sometimes have to use the small yellow school bus due to other groups that need transportation on any given day. An authentic mode of transportation can add great value to student self-esteem as they are entering the work force.

The addition of one activity van and one suburban to specifically serve these students will add capacity to the current fleet owned and operated by DVISD. This will free up vehicles for other use and other routes across our district. One of each type of vehicle is requested as the van will have a lift for those students with mobility impairments.

 

Consider and Act on Adoption of Board Policy CCGB (LOCAL) Regarding Ad Valorem Taxes and Economic Development

The Board of Trustees approved the revised board policy as presented.

The Texas Economic Development Act, contained in Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code, allows Texas school districts to grant certain property tax incentives designed to attract large scale capital investment projects within the school district’s taxing jurisdiction. Under this law, a school district may consider an application, and if specific various legal requirements are met, enter into an agreement for a limitation on the appraised value of the applicant’s property.

Texas law states that the school board shall, by official action, establish reasonable, non-refundable application fees to be paid by an applicant requesting consideration of an agreement under Chapter 313. The fees cover the District’s costs to review and process the application, including fees incurred for financial and legal consulting services.

In order to establish non-refundable application fees, the Board was asked to consider adoption of Board Policy CCGB (Local), establishing the Board’s application fees and other related matters.

 

Closed Session

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

 

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