(gentle music) (gavel banging) – I call this meeting of
the Conroe Independent School District Board
of Trustees to order. Let the record show that a
quorum of members is present, that this meeting has been duly called and that notice of this
meeting has been posted in accordance with
Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551. The time is now six o’clock. Please join me while Mr. Kidd leads us in our invocation and Mr. Sanders in our Pledge of Allegiance. – At this time if you would like to, I would ask that you join me in prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you Lord for loving us, thank you for your grace, thank you for the
blessings and the freedoms that we have in this country. Dear Heavenly Father we just specifically lift up and ask that you
be with those families and the schools and the students in the East that are recovering from the floods and from the hurricane. Lord just be with them. Dear God, just be with our students, be with our educators,
be with our workers. Lord, tonight we just
give thanks for those that are making a difference
in our students lives every single day in very small ways but very impactful in important ways. They may not go recognized Lord, but we just thank you for them and we ask you to just be with them and encourage them throughout this year to just continue making a difference in our students lives. And we pray for the
safety of our students. We specifically lift up
the CISD police force and we just ask for protection, we ask for guidance, we ask for wisdom to be with them, and to continue to keep our schools safe. Dear Lord, just be with us tonight. Thank you for everyone in this room and their hearts for service, their hearts for our students. Lord, we pray that you give us guidance and direction as a board tonight and lead us in a way
that would glorify you. In your holy name we pray, amen. – [All] Amen. – Please join me in honoring
the flag of our country. – [All] I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. – And now please join me
in honoring our state flag. – [All] Honor the Texas Flag. I pledge allegiance to thee Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible. – Thank You Mr. Kidd and Mr. Sanders. Item IIA, Special District Recognition, Read for a Better Life
Initiative, Dr. Null. – Well thank you President Bush. I’m going to actually move around a little bit this evening for this item. Well thank you all for being here tonight it’s always great to see so many people at a board meeting especially
so many young people at a board meeting. Read for a Better Life is a program that we’ve been doing at
Conroe ISD for many years and as the new superintendent I was asked a lot of questions coming in, are we gonna continue Item
A or Item B or Item C? And when it came to Read for a Better Life that answer was very quickly yes, we will continue that. And so for those of you that don’t know what Read for a Better Life is, it’s a district-wide initiative
where we dedicate time to reading aloud to children. It’s somethin’ that we hope that we do every single day in our classrooms and we hope that it goes
on every single night in every home in our school district. But tomorrow is our very special
day where we really focus around the entire school
district reading aloud. So many of us that work in this building will go out and read to students. We’ll have volunteers from
all across the community come in to read to students. You’ll even see high school kids moving down to the elementary,
intermediate schools and reading to students. And it is really a great day. And for many people in
our school district, it’s like Super Bowl Sunday, and I’m speaking to those librarians. I know we have some librarians here, would y’all stand up. This is a day to celebrate librarians too. Let’s celebrate librarians.
(audience applauds) Thank you for making reading
special in your buildings. We do appreciate it. As part of our Celebrate
our Schools this year, when we brought all of our teachers in we had a very special
presentation of a book. It was a tradition that
Dr. Stockton started, to read a book to all of the employees of Conroe ISD during our
Celebrate our Schools, which is like convocation. So almost 6,000 employees
come to that event. And instead of me reading a book this year we went to some children and asked them to read a book. And we filmed them on video. Many of them are here
today and I wanna tell you that I’m like starstruck,
’cause I’m looking around. I’ve probably watched that
video a hundred times. So I see some faces in
here and I know exactly the words that you said in this video because I remember you so well. You were so great. So we’re going to show that video tonight. This video has been, we
put it on our social media, so Facebook and Twitter,
and this video has been seen almost 10,000 times. The author of the book, yes great. (audience applauds) The author of the book has seen our video. She loved it, she
contacted Miss Blakelock, our communications director. She shared it on her
Facebook page as well. So it’s really made a big difference. So this is really bad planning on my part because I’m gonna try to
read a book after this, which is bad, like I should never try to. (audience laughs) ‘Cause this is way better
than anything I will ever do I promise you this. So let’s enjoy the
children reading Be Happy. (gentle music) (gentle guitar music) – Be Happy. – By Monica Sheehan. – Sing and dance a little. – Draw and paint a little. – Make friends. – Share what you have. – Don’t compare yourself with others. – Be the best you. – Be helpful. – Be curious. – Be brave. – Stand up for yourself. – And others. – Be a hero for Mother Earth. – Say thank you to the people. – That teach you. – Help you. – Cheer you on. – And get you an ice cream cone. – Unplug yourself from the TV. – And video games. – Go outside. – Play. – Explore. – Read books. – Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. – The only real mistake is not trying. – Believe in yourself. – Do what you love. – Follow your heart. – Be kind. – Be thankful for all the
people and things that you love. – Dream big. – And don’t ever lose hope. – You’ll never know what
tomorrow will bring. – So have fun. – Make the world a better place. – And be happy about being you. – Can you think of some things you’re happy about right now? – My sisters. – Basketball. – I’m nice to kids. – Go to the pool. – My brother. – Family. – Singing. – My mom. – Baseball. – Super Mario Odyssey. – School. – Believe in you. (gentle guitar music) (audience applauds) – [Curtis] Now do you see why
I’ve watched it 100 times? Okay for our movie stars,
if you were in the video would you please stand up, kids? (audience applauds)
Can you come up here? Can you come join me? Come up, come up. Feel this applause. I really do wanna start
getting autographs. (audience laughs) So we’re gonna have them
introduce themselves and I’m gonna make one
addition to our group here. If you were at Celebrate our Schools, you also noticed that we had
a very special young lady that served as our master of ceremonies and that was Miss Lilly. Lilly will you join us up here as well? (audience applauds) So I’m gonna come by and if
you would just tell everybody your name okay, and how
about what school you go to. Can you do that? I know that Gisela can start us off great. – [Gisela] Okay, I’m Gisela Sarmiento and I go to Conroe High. (audience applauds) – My name is St. John and I
go to Anderson Elementary. (audience applauds) – [Curtis] All right, Good
school, that’s my daughter’s. – [Jeridi] My name is Jeridi and I go to Anderson Elementary. (audience applauds) – [Ocho] My name’s Ocho and
I go to Patterson Elementary. (audience applauds) – [Amaya] My name is Amaya
and I go to Runyan Elementary. (audience applauds) – [Shataya] My name is Shataya and I go to Runyan Elementary. (audience applauds) – [Daniel] My name is Daniel Bolton and I go to Sam Houston. (audience cheers and applauds) – [Genesis] My name is Genesis Davis and I go to B. B. Rice. (audience applauds) – [Donna] My name is Donna and
I go to Anderson Elementary. (audience applauds) – [Daniel] My name is
Daniel and I go to Runyan. (audience applauds) – [Liliana] My name is Liliana Wildy and I go to Grangerland Intermediate. (audience applauds) – [Curtis] Let’s all squeeze in, y’all squeeze in here, come here, come back here, come back here. Squeeze in closer where
we can take a picture. – Make two rows.
– Over this way, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on. There we go, like we’re friends. Okay, now, the next thing is if your big brother or big sister or little sister or little brother are up here with me,
will you come join me. So anymore kiddos that are here, will you come join us? We have cookies, so
you’re gonna wanna come. All right. So if y’all wanna turn around and sit, you’re gonna turn around and sit. Hey guys, you’re gonna
turn around and sit. I’m gonna sit in this
chair and read you a book. So turn around and sit,
turn around and sit, there we go. Turn around and sit. – [Woman] Turn around, sit down. – [Curtis] Here we go,
turn around right here. Turn around, you can scoot closer. – [Man] I remember seeing
him take one of those. I just said, what. – Do we have any more kids? Or adults, I just wanna come
to the carpet this evening. (audience laughs) – [Man] It’s going around. – [Man] What’s that? – Come on Prednar.
– I can hear. (Melanie laughing) So, I knew for sure that
I couldn’t read Be Happy as great as you all read Be Happy, so I looked for another book for tonight. And I was able to find another book by the same author, and it was a book that we also considered
for Celebrate our Schools. But I thought it would be
perfect to read tonight. So this book is called, Love is You & Me. And it’s also by Monica
Sheehan, all right? So I’m gonna show you the pictures, I’m reading the best I can, but we also will have pictures up on the screen behind me, okay? Love is You & Me. Love is me and love is you, so when you smile, I smile too. You recognize some of these characters? Yeah, they look a little familiar. When you’re around the skies are blue, it’s like being happy times two. Love is sweet, and love is grand. (baby babbling) Sometimes love is just holding hands. It’s a feeling inside. (baby babbling) It’s a smile in your heart. It keeps us together when we are apart. Love is fun and it’s feeling free. (baby babbling) Love lets you be who you want to be. (baby babbling) Love will catch you when you fall. Love, it’s the greatest gift of all. It’s just us two without a care. A little vacation for buddies. It’s what we give, and the times we share. It wipes away the tears and
sends our troubles along. Love is the place where you always belong. (baby babbling) And we’ve got love me and you, we’re sticking together
we’ll see it through. And wherever we go, love will always be because love is you and me. (audience applauds) What y’all think about that? – Great.
– It’s nice. – You like that one? – [Girl] Yeah. – Yeah, it’s pretty neat that you had your little brothers and
sisters join you too. I’m for real just starstruck sitting here. I’m not, I’m just tellin’ you the truth. Like you guys were awesome in the video, I loved it. Thank you for sharing that with everybody. And thank you for being here tonight, and thank you, if you’re a parent of one of our kiddos that’s down here, would you stand up so
that we can celebrate you? (audience applauds) Yay, parents. – Is that book of (speaking faintly). – It might’ve been made, it’s a great Valentine’s
day book, I think. Okay, so the last part
of our program tonight might be the most delicious part. (audience laughs) But we have a cookie for everybody, so thank you all for coming. (children chattering) – I gotta tell you,
that (speaking faintly) – What do you think? Like Conroe right? That’s pretty cool. – [Girl] Don’t like it seriously. – So you have to ask your
parents before you eat it. You might not have had dinner yet, so you’ll need to talk to your parents. – Good qualifier, Dr. Null.
– Too late. – [Child] No, it’s right behind you. (children chattering) – Did you get one yet buddy? You wanna get some over there? We’ll run out. Here baby, here you go sweetie. You need one buddy? Right here? (children chattering) How about one more hand for our kiddos? (audience applauds) Great job. All right we can get up. Parents you are always welcome to stay, but you’re also welcome to go home if the students have homework, or you need to get home or get to dinner. So now would be a nice time
to exit if you need to. I said you’re welcome
to stay if you’d like, but it’s also an appropriate
time for you to leave. Thank you for bringing your kids tonight, it made for a very special evening, so thank you so much. – Can you also share a cookie with us? (audience applauds) Can you also share a cookie, applause drowns out speaker)? – [Curtis] Yes. – They’re standing by the door. – [Man] She’s havin’
the tray on the table. – I know, but she might need more. (audience chattering) – That cleared out about half. – Yeah. – [Curtis] Thank you. – [Man] Yeah, movie stock. – [Curtis] Thanks for
being here and coming by. – Those times really get you. – You mean when everyone’s
coming to see their kids? It’s great for our (speaking faintly). – Out by my house. – (laughs) She’s so curious. – Stop it. (laughs) – [Man] So we videoed
’em for a second time. (children chattering) – Tell Jim the cookies are for the guests. – [Woman] Yes, I think so. Daddy had to stay home tonight. Okay, I’m going back
(speaking faintly) now. – Thanks for being
here. (speaking faintly) – The cookies were good, yes. Pay up. – [Woman] You too. – [Child] That was great. – You all right over there? – Well thank you very much for allowing us to do that. That was sorta special, that was special. – Very special, thank you very much. Item IIB is Citizen Participation. Miss Godfrey, has anyone registered to address the board? – [Linda] Yes they have. – The next 30 minutes have been designated for public participation by patrons who have signed up to address the board in accordance with board policy BED. Please remember that the
board may not discuss or act upon any issues that
are not posted on our agenda. The board has adopted complaint policies that are designed to secure at the lowest administrative level a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and concerns. These policies provide
that if a resolution cannot be reached administratively, the person may appeal the
administrative decision to the board as a properly
posted agenda item. Copies of the district’s
complaint policies can be found on the district’s website. Those who have registered
to address the board will be limited to five
minutes for their presentation. Delegations of more than five must appoint one representative
to present their views to the board. Miss Godfrey, will you
please call the first person who has signed up. – [Linda] George Young. – [George] Good evening board members, my name’s George Young. – Good evening.
– Evening. – [George] I came here
this evening to read you a book of complaints. But, all of the problems were resolved, part by Dr. Hines and part of
’em by the chief of police. So now I’m gonna give
you back all your time. (audience laughs) – [George] Thank you. – Well thank you.
– Thank you. – Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Mr. Jones. (audience applauds) – We’ll take that any day. – We’ll take that, thank you very much. – Come back next time, next year. – Come back any time. (audience laughs) – Second person Miss Godfrey. – [Linda] Andrea Custer. – [Andrea] Hello I’m Andrea Custer, and I was Woodlands
President and a CISD parent, and I’m here to talk
about the school names. Hurricane Harvey devastated our landscape but strengthened our human spirit through the bonds of community. When I heard CISD would be
needing two new schools, I thought wouldn’t it be lovely
if we could find somebody who truly embodies the
love, courage and endurance we all witnessed immediately following that fretful time when
so many were in distress. What better way to demonstrate to children the importance of helping your neighbors, perseverance, community,
the beauty of humanity, and all of our capabilities, in naming the new flex school after
Officer Norberto Ramon. Officer Ramon was a military veteran and almost 25-year first responder with a full file of accommodations at the Houston Police Department and helped save approximately 1,500 people from floodwaters, all while battling for his own life against Stage IV cancer. In fact, he should have been
in treatment in Oklahoma but instead, he went on
run after run after run, on a boat to save flood victims. He lost his battle in June. So I’d like his example
to be forever memorialized by honoring the school with his name. This would be an homage to
the Greater Houston community who demonstrated, by the thousands, the beauty and humanity by doing exactly what we would want our children to do, and exactly what Officer Ramon did, which is ask, how can I serve you today? The president of the Houston
Police Officers Union, Joe Grimaldi, said, he was
truly the best of the best. Officer Ramon’s longtime friend, Lieutenant Patrick Murray said, Norbert was a man of honor,
integrity and self-respect. He held these in high esteem and practiced them every day and in every aspect of his life. The HPD Chaplain, Monty Mongtomery, said that his police records
turned up countless letters from chiefs, supervisors and citizens, written about Norbert and
the service he provided to the community. And HPD Chief Art Acevedo said, I think he set a standard and an example, not just for members of our
Police Department to follow, but for our profession
and everybody in society. With a foundation such as this, imagine for a moment the
future of this school and the intrinsic partnership
between first responders and the children, and thus the community. I can see fire trucks with the dedication, EMTs, reading for a better life, and police officers teaching students about safety while
demonstrating the essential cohesion between first responders and the general public. During Hurricane Harvey, we saw people ignore ideological, political
and geographic boundaries to help total strangers in need, because heroism knows no boundaries, and neither does gratitude. This would be everyone’s school. A school in Officer Ramon’s name is a dedication to the thousands of people in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, that beautifully displayed the resilience of the human spirit by relentlessly
serving their neighbors in need from Conroe to Orange to Katie. It would show respect, admiration, and serve as a giant thank you to first responders everywhere. And this school would be a reminder to anyone who ever visits that
anything you set your mind to is achievable when you
rise to the occasion with fortitude and dedication, a message I think we can all agree is important for our youth. Courage and perseverance. Ramon Elementary. I think it’s got a nice ring. I submit it to you,
submitted for your review and information, packet on Officer Ramon, including a letter of
support from his brother on behalf of the entire family and sent to the officer’s
widow, Cindy Ramon, and a letter of support from the Houston Police Department’s Family Assistance Unit. Lastly, Officer Ramon’s end of watch was June 15th, 2018, and the Greater Houston area is absent an amazing heroic man, and I’d like to publicly say to Mrs. Ramon and all of Officer Ramon’s family, friends and colleagues,
I’m so sorry for your loss. May he forever be remembered
in all of our hearts as the humble brave man you all knew. I’m so grateful for all the
heroes of Hurricane Harvey whom would be represented
by Norberto Ramon and CISD has an amazing unique opportunity to thank them all. Thank you for your time. – Thank you.
– Thank you Miss Custer. (audience applauds) – [Linda] Rachel Honeyman. – [Rachel] Well That Was Beautiful. That was the talk I’d
like to follow after. (audience laughs) I’m here to submit a name myself as well, and that name would be Paula Klapesky. I know a lot of y’all may know her. She is the Mitchell
Intermediate principal. She was one who opened that school. She has a love for all things of education but she’s not someone
who does this as a duty, she does this as a calling. And you can just tell those people when you walk into the room. She knows students that graduated when she opened up the school
through all the way up. She follows ’em through life, she follows them up into marriages and into the community and serves them in addition to being
able to represent them as Mitchell as well as them
being able to represent her and what she’d been able to
produce into this community. I’m parent with someone
at Bush and at Mitchell and at McCullough and I can say that I literally sold my house and moved out to get away from how big this district is. It scared me and it scared a lot of people that had to come up here
inside of this organization, because I had two normal average boys. So I sold my house, sold
it, listed it in a day, and I went and sat underneath
a fifth grade orientation outside of this district,
inside a different ISD. And I was like, I can do this. I can bring my kids
here and I can do this. But just to do my due diligence, I decided I need to also go sit underneath where I’m going into Mitchell and I’m gonna sit under Paula Klapesky and hear what she has to say about CIDC. And being that she’s done this 26 years, having the longest
tenure inside Conroe ISD and accolades of high-performing school, I left that meeting saying, I could have done this
but I have to stay here. I literally pulled out,
lost thousands of dollars on that house, walked the neighborhood, knocking on the doors
saying, I have to live here. Because this place not
only with Paula’s lead, invested in kids
academically, but socially, emotionally, shoot your prayers in. And I knew that if I stayed with her, that not only with my kids maybe get into the school they want, they’re gonna graduate from
the school that they want, and it was very clear knowing that she could get us there. So I would humbly submit Paula Klapesky as a fine example for (speaking faintly). – Thank you.
– Thank you. (audience applauds) – Thank you all for your comments. Item III is a Consent Agenda. I have had no requests to remove anything. Seeing none, do I have a motion? – Motion to.
– I move, no go ahead. I don’t want Ray (speaking faintly). – I move we approve the
consent agenda as presented. – I second. – All right, all those in favor? Motion passes. Item IVA, Receive Update Regarding
Targeted Improvement Plan and Turnaround Plan for
Sam Houston Elementary. Dr Null. – All right, we’ll invite
Dr. Debbie Phillips and Dr. Tamika Taylor
up to present this item. – [Debbie] Good evening President Bush, members of the board, Dr. Null. Thank you so much for
having us here this evening. The plan we’re presenting tonight is essentially the same plan that you approved last January. After receiving our data this summer we’ve added a few more specifics, tweaked a few things, but we
wanna take this opportunity to bring you an update
and bring you up to speed on our progress, and this will be the plan that we hold tight to
for the next two years. Before we jump into it we wanna introduce our incredible staff
at Houston Elementary. Viviana Harris, a principal,
is here tonight, Viviana. (audience applauds) She is the glue that makes it all happen. She’s an amazing leader. We’re very proud of her. We also have a recently a new addition to our leadership team, Vanessa Lincoln. Is Vanessa here tonight? Yay Vanessa. (audience applauds) She is serving as interim
assistant principal and doin’ an amazing job, and we still have Theresa Waller, wonderful assistant principal. (audience applauds) Our counselor Amber Bradford, is she here this evening? Yay Amber.
(audience applauds) Thank you for all you do and of course Dr Delic Lloyd has been with us for the last three years, our school improvement
professional, Dr. Lloyd. Thank you.
(audience applauds) And we also wanna recognize
all of the teachers that make the magic happen. Sam Houston elementary teachers
please stand, any staff. (audience applauds) Yay. Thank you so much. I know you guys are exhausted, we appreciate you comin’ out tonight. This year we also have
refined some district support for Sam Houston and so we’re excited that Dr. Hedith Upshaw is taking the lead in providing support for Houston in the areas of planning, professional development and coaching. And Dr. Upshaw is also instrumental in rallying her troops together, content coordinators and district coaches to support Sam Houston as well. Dr. Shellie Winkler is continuing to serve as the district coordinator
of school improvement. She ensures compliance, keeps us on track. She’s also gonna be
supporting Viviana Harris and Houston in the implementation of Instructional Rounds that
we talked about in January. Tamika Taylor, Dr. Tamika Taylor is supporting everything related
to data-driven instruction, including testing, data
meetings, interventions, but most importantly this
year she is designated as the district communication contact between us and the school. We wanna be sure that we streamline all of our communication with Sam Houston and the teachers and make sure that we don’t inadvertently
give mixed signals with all of the support
that we wanna give. So we’re really excited
about the support team that we’ve built. So first I’m gonna turn
it over to Dr. Taylor and she’s going to talk
to you a little bit about the new accountability system and the progress that
Sam Houston is making. – [Tamika] ‘Kay board. As you will recall, you
underwent a training on the new accountability system that was performed by Region six. And just to give you a
summary so that we can all understand this system a little better this is a system that has three Domains that the state will be looking at. We will be looking at student achievement, school progress which has two Domains, academic growth and relative performance, and then Domain three, Closing the Gaps. And so I will talk a
little bit more about those as we look at our data. For campuses is to reach
what is called met standard with the State of Texas,
you have to either meet Domains one or two under the
new accountability system and as a part of Domain two they will look at the best of Domain,
of Part A and Part B and then you have to meet Domain three. So we have to meet one or two and three under this new accountability system. And so looking at Houston scores, our scores from last year, looking at Domain one
for Student Achievement this is just the passing rate on STAAR. How did all kids on campus
do on the STAAR test? The target set for the state was 60. Houston scored a 56 in that area. Domain two, Progress 2-A,
the target for the state was 60, we scored a 59 there. For Relative Performance, Part 2-B, the target was a 60. We scored a 59 in that Domain. And for Closing the Gaps,
the target was a 60, we scored a 43. So when we look at those scores
and we look at 2017 to 2018, the best way to compare that
is just to look at the kids at the Approaches Grade Level, because the system changed a little bit. The test did not change, but
the accountability system brought us some different
numbers and measurements that we had to contend with
for this past school year. So when we look at the
way we performed in 2017, our overall Achievement was 51% at passing at the Approaches Grade Level. We went up to 59% at
overall Achievement in 2018. Reading in 2017 was 53% passing, we went up to 56% in 2018. Math was 55% passing in 2017. We went up to 69% in 2018. And then writing, 41% in 2017. We went up to 43%. So as you can see,
we’re on an upward hill. We are making progress in those areas. And to really solidify that, and to, like Dr. Phillips
said, narrow our focus. We are going to continue our plan that is in place by the district, in addition to maintaining a partnership with Region six. And through Region six
we’re going to be provided with services this year,
different from last year. We will participate fully in that process through the TAIS Process
which is a continuous school improvement process
that Region six sponsors by the State of Texas. With that you’ve already
met Dr. Delic Lloyd, she will be a part of that process continuing to serve us
with Houston Elementary in addition to Region six staff members. Also as a part of that we have identified our campus leadership team with the principal and
administrators in place and our district support team in addition to participating in Region six professional development where we will really solidify that data management piece making sure we’re looking at student data and continuing to receive
professional development and growing this campus. So we’re so excited to do that and Dr. Phillips will
talk to you a little bit about the plan that is before you as related to all of the plans
we’ve talked about tonight. – Okay. – Thank you Dr. Taylor. – [Tamika] You’re welcome. – [Debbie] Okay so we
have, I believe Dr. Null already emailed you the entire plan, so I won’t get into all the specifics. And actually that plan that he emailed you is just a part of the whole picture of what we’re doing. But we’ll just, just as
a big bird’s-eye view, we have three goals this
year that we’re working with with Sam Houston. First off, we wanna increase the overall 2019 writing assessment to 60%, that’s our goal this year. And we’re gonna do that by
utilizing Instructional Rounds to develop stronger planning models, coaching cycles and
delivery of instruction during Writers Workshop. And last January we talked to you about the benefits of Instructional Rounds and how we’re going to
weave that in this year. We wanna stress that it’s more than just observing other teachers teaching. It’s a time for teachers to really reflect on what they’re doing well, and then areas that they still need help with. And the most impactful part
of Instructional Rounds is that through this process
it triggers coaching cycles. And so teachers recognize, here is an area that I could get better at. And so they have that
personalized one-on-one support from a coach. The second goal is to
increase the percentage of students making or exceeding progress on the STAAR Reading Assessment. That would be that 2-A, 2-B part. We’re gonna do that through
developing protocols for instructional planning. Disaggregating data to
target initial instruction, reteaching and providing interventions to address the various needs of students. So the last two years
Sam Houston has focused on the structure of guided reading. You’ve heard us talking about that. And then last year we added the idea of generating effective questioning during guided reading. They’ve also been working on building those strong professional
learning communities, coming together as a team,
supporting each other. This year they’re ready to take on more. So this year we’re gonna
add another layer to that. They’re gonna take on more
of the data disaggregation as well as more of the reteaching and more of the interventions
and enrichments. Goal three, to increase
the level of passing rates on the STAAR Reading
Assessment from 56 to 70, and they’re going again to use the Instructional Rounds method
to help make that happen. So I think it’s important to keep in mind that this plan is building. We’re heading in the right direction. So this plan builds upon
what’s been going on in year one and year two. We started with basic structure, such as how to do guided reading and now we’re adding those
extra layers of support, especially for the
benefits and enrichment. So aside from that we’ve also added other support nets as well. We’ve added a family engagement liaison that we’re really excited about, a new position for Sam Houston. So we have somebody dedicated exclusively to supporting the community
and supporting the families. She’s got a lot of great ideas already. We’re looking at having
ESL classes for parents. We’re looking at offering
technology classes for parents to learn
how to navigate the web. So we’re excited about that. We’ve added a second literacy
coach to Sam Houston, so we have one coach
that’s pretty much working with kindergarten through
second grade teachers and we have another one that’s able to just support third and
fourth grade teachers. Last year we added a positive
behavior support liaison. We had some shifting in
funding and we were able to pick that back up again as a district, and to keep that support going. And we’ve also posted two
positions for two teachers and when we find the right teachers they’re gonna be able
to provide additional small group support for students. And then again we’ve added
district support for planning. So we have our curriculum coordinators who actually write the curriculum, meeting with Sam Houston teachers to help them plan out the
most powerful lessons. So we’re excited about the the plans that we have ahead. So again we don’t, with the added support and the talent of the staff that we have, we feel like we’re
really on the right path. We’re not asking for any approval. You’ve already approved the plan, but we’re here to answer any questions that you may have. – Community liaison, as I recall, a couple years back we
added an additional liaison and substituted a counselor,
or some metric there. Did we lose that liaison? – [Debbie] I don’t know
that we, I don’t recall that we had an additional counselor, but maybe you’re thinking
of the positive behavior support person that we
added a couple years ago? Pardon me, the what? – [Woman] (speaking faintly) student. – [Debbie] Oh okay,
maybe Shelly’s thinking you may have been thinking
of Austin Elementary. We did add a second. – No I’m thinking of Sam, thinkin’ Sam. – [Debbie] Yeah, but we. – We didn’t add an
additional counselor at Sam? I know the ratios didn’t justify it, or numbers versus the model that we have for an addition. – The positive behavior support person came in and took a lot of that role. Took some of that off what
the counselor was doing, to free the counselor up to do more. – Do we still have that role in play? – [Debbie] Yes we do. – So we’re adding now a
community liaison as well? – Yes, that’s a second.
– Family, family liaison. – [Debbie] That’s a new position we share. – Yes, that’s good. – Very good. – [Debbie] Good question. – You sort of halfway answered
part of my question here with the two literacy
coaches splitting the grades, and so my question was how does this plan play out in the vertical alignment with the younger non-testing grades, and particularly with the math coach? That looked like that was the lowest score on the passing rates there. Are the younger grades getting
this additional assistance or is it only being implemented once they hit the testing grade? – [Debbie] No, well we
have a literacy coach just designated for K through two, so they’re getting a lot of
support through literacy. And then what’s so
wonderful about our addition of Vanessa Lincoln, the
new assistant principal, is she was a district, one of our best district math coaches. So we have a full-time math coach that’s helping all of the grades not just three and four and then we have Vanessa Lincoln’s support as well. – And then we could also mention the PLC’s and I’m sure it’s in here, I apologize if it is. Is there any cross
campus PLC work on that? We have some campuses that are having joint PLC meetings with
grade levels and stuff. Is there any of that going on with campuses bringing in. – [Debbie] I don’t know that we, do we have any of that planned? – Teams from other campuses
working with them as well. – [Debbie] Well through
the Instructional Rounds we’ll be doing that, but as
far as like planning together, I’ll defer that to Tamika. – [Tamika] That will be a part of the instructional round process, that whole cross managing
of what’s working well on campuses with similar demographics and looking at those master teachers at Houston and throughout our district. So that cross alignment will actually be brought in through the
Instructional Rounds piece. – Great, thank you. – [Debbie] ‘Cause with the rounds, they they may not always be
observing teachers at Houston. We have plans for them to go and observe on other campuses as well. – Oh, I’m sorry. Dr. Phillips, I had a question. You mentioned there’s two additional staff that you’re gonna be. – [Debbie] Two teachers
that we’ve posted, yes. – Okay, when do we anticipate
those to be filled? – [Debbie] They are posted, and have we started interviewing? – No. – [Debbie] Viviana, not yet? – [Viviana] No. (woman laughs) – [Woman] I have not. – [Debbie] Okay. – [Man] Try to get on (speaking faintly). – [Debbie] Now they’ve been
posted for about a week. – I know we’ve got all hands on deck, but I just think if there’s
positions that are unfilled that’s the campus we
oughta be concentratin’ on getting’ filled (speaking faintly) – [Debbie] Oh absolutely. And Dr. Sharples is working on heading that up for us. – So can we get an update maybe at the next board meeting to make sure that those have been filled
or what the status is, just to make sure? I know we all wanna stay on top of this and we want Sam Houston
to succeed as well. And I just think, board, makin’ sure that we’re on top of that. – [Debbie] Absolutely. – Holdin’ everybody
accountable will be helpful. – Excellent segue to my question. so we are we are puttin’
a lot of resources towards Sam Houston and rightfully so. I think the board is very supportive of the plan you guys have in place. My question is more of
a long-term perspective. So once we get the grades
and some of the scores, and so forth, where we want ’em to be, I’d like to get a better understanding of what’s the plan thereafter. See, because what it seems like, we’re attacking this
strongly which we should. We got a issue at hand and
we’re tryin’ to address it on all hands on deck approach. But what happens once
that issue’s addressed. Do we start to lose ground thereafter? So it’s more for me and it
doesn’t have to be answered at this meeting, but I’d
like to know long-term what are we planning to do to maintain and continue to thrive at Sam Houston as opposed to givin’ us what we wanna do, where we need to be, checking
the box and movin’ on. – [Debbie] Absolutely
and we’ve learned a lot through Austin Elementary in that process. The support that we poured
into Austin Elementary is basically continuing. But as the teachers become
more and more self-assured and become taking over
the leadership roles on the campus we’ve slowly
started withdrawing. But it’s not until they
start demonstrating that they’re ready for that next move and to start taking the helm when it comes to the planning and whatnot. So the extra counselor
that we placed at Austin is still there, the positions, we have not withdrawn any of that support. And so we know not to do
that until we feel like. – Fair enough, I just
wanna make sure we were lookin’ at this is a more long-term. – [Debbie] Yes, absolutely. – And I had a question to dovetail off of Mr. Williams. I was really touched, I think, when we talked about it, that I believe some of the teachers were
taking on the students individually as mentors. And really applaud everybody
there at the school for just taking that on and doing that in their own time. And that really shows
the dedication and care that we’re all about. So my question is really
more of a thoughtful question of which I guess we have this community liaison addressing, is from a community standpoint, kinda what Mr. Williams was sayin’, after we get education part there, how as a community can we
continue to support Sam Houston? And so possibly what I would request is in the upcoming meetings
maybe just a brief reporting from either you via the community liaison as to the efforts being
made in that respect, where we can go out to
our respective connections and those that are present
and maybe reach out to the community to kinda come together and provide what assistance we can and whatever need that may be there. – [Debbie] That’s awesome. The community has been overwhelming. We have retired teachers
that have stepped forward, we have churches that
have stepped forward. It’s been a beautiful thing. Everybody wants to help. – At the Assistance
League, I was at a meeting the other day, big time downtown on that. – [Debbie] Yes. – I’d also like to say and
not in the form of a question but really in the form of a segment, that, and I also share your concern that this improvement
not just be a one-time but a continuous thing. But I do know from experience and I’ve seen people
like Viviana win before. And they don’t win one year, okay? – [Debbie] That’s right. – It usually takes more than one year. Raina, took her more than one year. Viviana more than one year at Anderson and so on and so forth,
but I’m just telling you people like her with her commitment, it’s not a one-time thing, okay? So I’d like to point out again. She left a very successful campus and is doin’ it all over again, and so I want to thank her publicly again. (audience applauds)
– I agree. – Let me just, let me just, let just say I have all the faith in the world. – And I’d like to
quickly dovetail on that. I had the opportunity to be at Sam Houston the first week of school
and I saw the looks on the kids faces when they
were coming in the doors and they were excited to be there and excited to be learning. And the staff and the
atmosphere on that campus was absolutely amazing. And I know that’s leadership from Dr. Null down to everybody at that campus. So thank y’all. – So this is more of a
state driven question I have for you, but we saw the assessment and the standards kinda
shift on us this year. I have to wonder, how does that play in. Had we had the same system
would this have been a different result for Sam Houston? – Absolutely. – [Debbie] I’m gonna let Tamika, ’cause we tried to do that, it’s very. – I called to compare that. – [Debbie] And I
understand that but I just. – When we have shifting standards and we have shifting
accountability systems and we saw a major
shift this year in that, how does that directly impact them? – [Tamika] So we’ve
played with those numbers. We’ve gone back and forth and the mathematical alignment
is just not something that you can compare apples to apples. But when you look at the
progress that was made compared from last year
under the index system to this past year under the Domain system we certainly made way more progress. And had we been under that old system that would’ve been measured differently. And so just mathematically
we would have been extremely close, we can’t say for sure what those numbers would have been, but we can confirm that we
have made the needed progress numbers-wise and we continue to do that. So we’re proud of that. – That was what I thought was the case. And so when it’s a moving target I mean it’s really hard on our campuses to have a plan in place
that you’re working towards and then everything shifts on you. And so I really wanted to make sure that those of you in attendance, and that we have that on the record that y’all have made substantial progress, and while this doesn’t necessarily show all the progress that you’ve made. And I’m so proud of our campus staff and of our students because
they’re putting in the work towards this and they’re changing lives. This is a campus with legacy, and we’re talking about
the family engagement and that’s a huge piece of this because you’re able to change
not just one student’s lives, but the lives of many,
many other students. And that aspect of our education system sometimes goes overlooked at the impact that you all have, not
just on that one student, but on their parents and
on their grandparents and on their siblings that
are already past your campus. And so I really want to thank you for all the hard work
you’ve continued to put in and all the hard work you will put in. But it’s because of your love for the kids and it’s your love for making them as successful as possible. Not because of just any standards come down from the state. So thank you. – [Tamika] Thank you. – Thank you very much. (audience applauds) – [Debbie] Thank you. – [Man] Thank you very much. – Thank you very much
Dr. Phillips, Dr. Taylor. Item 4-B, Consider Adoption
of Read for a Better Life Resolution, Dr. Null. – Dr. Hines. – [Chris] Good evening, President Bush, members of the board
of trustees, Dr. Null. Earlier Dr. Null acknowledged
that we had librarians in the audience with us to celebrate Read for a Better Life. So tonight we’re gonna
ask for your approval of a resolution. Reading is fundamental
to the academic success of the children. Conroe Independent School
District recognizes that the single most important activity to build the knowledge required for their initial success in reading is reading aloud (speaking faintly). Reading aloud builds
sound and word awareness and stimulates language development. It helps children to practice listening, provides students with a
greater range of experiences. In addition the nurturing intentions of the parents during a read, encourages children (speaker
drowned out by papers) a positive (speaker
drowned out by papers). Reading to children builds motivation, curiosity and contentment. Reading is not only a vital skill and a fundamental function
in today’s society, but reading is a gateway to new ideas, to learning and provides fuel for the imagination. Therefore the board of trustees
are respectfully requested to consider the adoption
of the attached resolution which proclaims that the staff of CISD will support Read for a Better Life, and authorizes the district
to enlist the support of the parents in the community of CISD to read aloud to every
student for 30 minutes of every day. So we ask for your approval of a Read for a Better Life resolution. – I would move that we adopt
the resolution as read. – Second the motion. – Thank y’all for doin’ this. I know tomorrow is gonna be
a wonderful, wonderful day in this district as everybody gets out and goes on campus. All those in favor? – Thank you Dr. Hines. – Thank you sir. – Item 5-A, Discuss Possible Names for Flex School 19 in
the Oak Ridge High School Feeder Zone and the New Junior High School in the Conroe Feeder Zone. Dr. Null? – Yeah, over the last few months we’ve gone through the naming process for these buildings and I
know that you’ve received via not only the spreadsheet
that we’ve given you but also from emails from the community as well as those that have spoken to us in board meetings, many worthy names for these two buildings
that will be opening in the next two years. The next three items on tonight’s agenda will address these. This first item is just your opportunity to discuss and have any conversation. It’s not an action item. But it’s your opportunity to discuss or ask any questions that you may have as you prepare for the the naming of these two buildings tonight. – Anybody have any comments? – Yes, I wanna say that
at our last naming process I would like to say that we, I mean I guess the way to say it is we had a couple of great candidates and we elected to choose one of ’em and defer the other. And nothing’s changed in my mind about, and I defer to the family. But, Kix Lamp, Mr. Lamp to me. It was always Mr. Lamp, so I don’t know. But, Kix Lamp was a wonderful educator and one that I think,
has since passed away, since we named the other school. And I just think it
would be truly a blessing if we name the school after Mr. Lamp. No remarks against anybody else. Just, I just feel like he
led the way in 44 years. Okay, from the heart. So with that said, that
was all I have to say. – That’s for Flex 19? – [Chris] That’s Flex 19, I apologize. – No problem. – I just wanna comment and I don’t see Miss Honeyman still here. I know Rachel personally, and I know what she went through with movin’ out of the district and where she looked and all that. Personally I would struggle, and I don’t know about the rest of you but to name, I actually
have a child at Mitchell and I think the world of
Miss Klapesky as well. but I would struggle to
name any of our campuses after a current employee in that way. So just, I appreciate the passion and I appreciate what Paula does, but it’s just a personal opinion. – I’d like to, yeah, I feel the same way, but I’d like to throw a
name out there as well if we’re just talking about it ’cause I agree with you on Kix Lamp. We’ve had a few pages that
have been provided to us and like you said it’s hard. This is probably one of the
hardest decisions we make because there’s so many wonderful people to name schools after. And then we are burdened and obligated but also blessed to pick one. But the name that has
been submitted as of late is that something that’s
kinda brought to me is that Dave and Sheree,
is it Shuma, Scuma? – [All] Suchma. – Suchma, thank you, yeah. We’ve all heard it, just the
stories we’ve been getting I didn’t know these individuals but I’ve done a little bit of research and they’ve left a mark, as Mr. Lamp has as well. So I would like for us
to at least consider that name as well. – I actually wrote something down in that regard, go ahead. – No, well I was just gonna say that it is exciting to name schools and we have had a lot of public response. And I think a name of a gentleman that has served this community long and
hard, Mr. Hope, Ruben Hope. His name has been, I think,
mentioned quite a bit throughout the process as well. But I also appreciate
all the recent emails and the recent public remarks
which just shows the strength of the community leaders that we have here and all the wonderful candidates that we have to choose from. Mr. Hope is deceased. And so I think everybody needs to highly consider him as well. – Would that be. – So, for clarification,
which one would you. – I think 19. – The junior high? – Right, I was. – Probably, both, whatever. – We were kind of discussing both. And while we’re, I guess while
we’re talking about that, with the junior high,
I know there has been overwhelming support through the years to name a school after
our former superintendent. But I know he has been
very humble in my opinion and just the way he conducts
himself in that respect. But I didn’t know if we were
kinda thinking about that. – Well we’re putting it out there. I mean you put it there. (board laughs) – So I also wanted to throw a name in and kinda echo what
board member Hubert said. So I actually kind of took some time to write some notes. I said the name of our school is one of our most difficult processes. This is due to the overwhelming number of well-deserving
candidates that we received. As I read carefully
through the submissions, I asked myself, what should
our school namesakes embody? I believe our name should bear the name of educators who have
dedicated their careers to educating and serving our kids. Educators who spent their
careers as public servants in the fields of education
and community service. Thereby, the name David and Sheree Suchma have been submitted
repeatedly by our educators and a countless number of
children that they’ve served. The Suchmas have continued to serve CISD and I believe the naming of this school specifically Flex 19 and
the Oak Ridge Feeder, after these selfless career CISD educators I believe it’s most fitting. So I’m gonna throw my name, my vote toward Mr. David and Cheree Suchma. And as Mr. Kidd said, it’s
no slight to anyone else, as overwhelming number of very
well deserving candidates. But as I went through and
read and thought hard, carefully about who
should a school namesake be embodied there and those educators, folks that have actually
served our district, served our community and
are lifelong educators, it just seems most appropriate for me. – I recognize that and I
know we’re just in discussion and we’re not nominating,
’cause I was gonna, I’m gonna nominate Mr. Hope as well. But in just the longtime
service in the community I agree with you and although
he was not an educator, served on the school board
and served as a representative of our community and the legislature and did a lot for education. But that’s why this is all very good to have open discussion,
so that I think everybody knows how difficult this naming can be. – And I point out that
they’re just kinda like, as suggested a while
ago, because they can’t all be chosen tonight, doesn’t mean, we grow about 1,500 students a year, it’s not the last chance. – They’ll get another one. – This ain’t the last rodeo. – Get another bite at the apple. – And like I said, there hasn’t
been a name mentioned yet that’s not deserving in
one way, form or fashion. – I was gonna say every single one. – And we can think of 10 others too. And so I would say that in all good, in time, all things, good things come. – I would echo one of
the earlier statements. While they’re all very worthy candidates I’m just hesitant to name a school after someone who’s
still currently employed with the district. – So, correct me if I’m wrong, we do have one of these names, are they still currently employed? So I know we have, Mr. Lamp and Mr. Hope are both deceased. But are the Suchmas still employees? – They’re not employees, they serve as mentors in our Summer
Leadership Academy for our eighth grade students. So they’re not full-time employees. They are, I guess,
employees in that regard. They come in and they are paid. – So they’re part-time employees? – Yeah, to do that portion, but they’re not employees. – We had the same discussion
when we named Clark as well as. – Correct. – Yes, I’m not discounting that. – Stewart.
– Changed Stewart as well. – To Mr. Moore’s point. – The same capacity. – The same capacity, Stewart and Clark. – So we’ve got four names out there. We’ve got two schools. (laughs) – I’d like to also add one more name. (board laughs) – Okay, they’ve got five
names, go ahead Mr. Sanders. – Well, I was at one,
so I wanna echo Stockton as well for junior high,
but go ahead Mr. Sanders. – Thank you. I also had down the Suchmas and Mr. Lamp. But one teacher that I
am very familiar with, having served with her on this board was a teacher for a long time, served as a board member for a long time, has been a community
leader for a long time and her name is Lynda Sasser. And I think very highly of Mrs. Sasser, and all the work that she has done and continues to do in our district and for the kids of Conroe ISD, and I’d like to submit her name as well. – I could support that. – Yeah, that was nice. – So at the end of the day we have five names, two schools. (laughs) – If I could, am I gonna. – Are we gonna add another name? (laughs) – No, we’re not gonna have more than that, they just had another thing. – Well yes, we had a ton
of names on our list, but we’re discussing tonight. – I don’t wanna throw
another name out there, but I do want to get
something off my chest about Dr. Don Stockton. He was very adamant to me when he left, saying, I do not want a
school named after me. And not that I wanna agree with, not that I wanna follow that, I’m not sure that I’m
ready to break his advice so early as nine months
later, or six months later. – So, I am gonna speak to that point because when his name came up, that was my first question
of Dr. Null about that because you know he was
very adamant about that, and actually made me promise
when I assumed being president that I would not allow that to happen while I was president. – You’re outgoin’ anyway, so. (board laughs) – Thank you. Anyway.
– He can’t do that to you. – But to that point, I
asked Dr. Null about that, and he had a conversation
with Dr. Stockton about it to where Dr. Stockton would be honored and humbled to receive that. To that point though, I told him I had to hear that for myself, and didn’t trust hearing it from Dr. Null. (audience laughs) And contacted Dr. Stockton
myself to confirm that. Because he was the one
that made me promise that I needed to actually
hear confirmation of that from him. And he did say that he would be humbled to receive it should that
be what the board chooses, but that it was our choice
and he would never seek that, or ask that of us. But that is up to us. – All right so we’re clear, it’s up to us. (audience laughs) – Cause we already knew that part though. – Yes, but, anyway, so. – So I guess we should start with 19. – 19 is our first item on the agenda. So Item 5-B, name Flex School 19. – I would like to nominate Ruben Hope. – For Flex School 19. – For Flex School 19. – Do I have a second? I don’t think we require
seconds with nominations. – Do we not require seconds? – No, under parliamentary procedure. – Okay, wonderful. – Anyone can make a nomination. – So, we have a nomination for Mr. Hope. – I’d like to nominate Mr.
David and Sheree Suchma for Flex School 19, Oak Ridge High Feeder. – Okay, we have a
nomination for the Suchmas. – And I’d like to nominate Mr. Kix Lamp. – All right. – And it’s H.W. I believe, like I said, it’s Mr. Lamp, I’ll
leave that to the family. – All right. We just take these one at a time and vote on them? – What does open for
discussion mean or no. – Open for discussion on the three. – Is it open? – Open for discussion. – [Woman] No more nominations? – No more nominations. – ‘Kay, so. – So we got the. – We got Hope, Suchma and Lamp. – My only concern with Hope is, if this was a municipality building, if it was a courthouse or a law library or somethin’ like that I
think it would be most fitting but he spent a lot of
time in the legislature and he made his career
and is a civil litigator and that’s why I’m more prone
to move toward the Suchmas because they are lifelong educators. They spent their career
specifically in education servin’ our kids and
continue to serve our kids even after retirement. So that’s why I’m a little
bit more strong, Suchmas. – And while I respect
about the educators part very much so, I’ve been
in this County since 1970, so for the last 48 years, and Mr. Hope not only
served in the legislature, that was just a small portion, but he coached Little League’s teams. He was very instrumental
out in East County in bringing Caney Creek High School. He was very instrumental in a lot of areas throughout the district. And besides being an excellent lawyer, president of the Booster Club, I could go on and on. The fair, the rodeo,
the community parades. I could go on and on, on the
list of community involvement. So while I respect and
recognize what you’re sayin’, after being here for 48
years and knowing the history of Conroe and the history
of Montgomery County and CISD, that’s why I
strongly would encourage consideration of Ruben Hope. – If I could add to that myself, my thinking on this was, I
like the idea of the Suchmas because they, for this particular school, because this is an Oak
Ridge Feeder Zone School, and I believe they have
spent a lot of time in the Timah area and in this area, and this area seems to be somethin’ more towards them whereas
the Conroe school, on C, the Conroe Feeder Zone, the junior high, that would be more where Ruben Hope, his area, his law firm was here in Conroe. I believe he represented the Conroe area. I know he was on the school board here for the entire school district but to me it seems like that
would be a more fitting place for a Ruben Hope conversation. That’s what I was thinking. – I would just like to remind y’all that when when it came
time to name Flex 18 Katherine Johnson Clark,
that we had talked about Mr. Lamp and Mrs. Clark being, and that is if not deeper into
the Oak Ridge Feeder Zone, we talked very clearly
about one versus the other and regardless of how that worked out, I just point out I absolutely
agree with you, Mr. Kidd. There is no locking Ruben into or Mr. Hope into a legal or government issue. He did as much for this school
district as anybody else. I just happen to believe
it’s Mr. Lamp’s turn. And after 44 years of education, his commitment is unquestionable, his commitment was unquestionable, let me put it that way. And so I just would remind everybody that if you want to vote for education and for people who who
led with their heart, Mr. Lamp is as good an example as any. And I will tell you that
on the next go round, that Mr. Hope is in my vote, okay? But I say that straight up because he is more than a
lawyer, let me tell you. He helped many people including me and I wasn’t a kid. (board laughs) So, special man. – Do we have any other comments? – It, would the, for the Suchma, is it, would the name be David and Sheree for both of ’em? – It’d be called Suchma Elementary. – Right but on the name
it’ll say both of ’em? – If we choose that. That’s up to us. – You choose the name. – That’s up to you. – [Woman] You really can choose. – You can change whatever you. – [Woman] It doesn’t have
to be Suchma Elementary, it could be David and Sheree, initials or whatever else you wanna put in. – Got it, got it. – Any other comments? Are we just ready to vote? – [Woman] We haven’t had a motion. – Do we have to have a. – [Woman] We need to make a motion. – We need to have a motion on what name we’re going to go with. – How do we do that? – No we nominated. – No we nominated. – And we had three different nominations. – I make a move, that
we move for Ruben Hope. – ‘Kay, I have a motion for Mr. Hope. Do I have a second? I will second Mr. Hope for Flex 19. Any discussion? All those in favor. – I motion Dave and Sheree Suchma. – Hold on, just a minute. All those opposed? All right, motion fails. All right, next motion. – David and Sheree Suchma. – ‘Kay, I have a motion for the Suchmas. – I second the motion. – Okay, all those in favor? – No discussion? – Five, all those opposed? ‘Kay, motion passes. Suchma Elementary Flex 19. So David and Sheree Suchma. – [Board] Congratulations. (audience applauds) – All right. Item 5-C, Name the Conroe
Feeder School Junior High. Do I have any nominations? – I nominate Lynda Sasser, and I’m not sure if she would
want a middle initial or not. – I’ll second. – Well, it’s nominations,
we’re not seconding at this point. – Okay, nomination. – Nomination for Linda Sasser. – I’d like to nominate
Ruben Hope for this school. – Okay, and Mr. Hope. Any other nominations? (man speaking faintly) – I nominate Don Stockton. – All right, and Stockton. Discussion? – Thank God. – I think we’re discussed out and ready to go on. All right, do I have a motion for Conroe Feeder Zone Junior High? – I move we approve Lynda Sasser for Conroe Junior High School. – I can second. – We have a motion and a second for Sasser Junior High. Any discussion? All those in favor? Two, all those opposed? Five, motion fails. Do I have another motion? – I nominate Don Stockton. – I have a motion for Dr. Stockton. – Donald J. – Donald J. Stockton Junior High School. Do I have a second? – I’ll second. – ‘Kay, motion and a second. Any discussion? All those in favor? – You’re gonna make me do it aren’t you? – Is your hand raised or
not, I can’t tell, Mr. – No my hand is not raised. (audience laughs) He knows where I live. – All those. (laughing) All those opposed? (laughs) – You could abstain at least. – You can’t abstain,
you want, okay, opposed. – How you wanna vote? – All right, motion passes. Donald J. Stockton Junior High. (audience applauds) – I am happy for him, but I don’t wanna. – (laughs) You can explain
that one on your own. Item 5-D, Authorize Formation
of a Facilities Planning Committee, Dr. Null. – All right, Dr. Hines. – [Chris] Good evening again. Approximately 40 years
ago, the board of trustees authorized the formation of a
Facilities Planning Committee to study the facility
needs of the district. The committee’s recommendation
opened (speaking faintly) to a 40 year, $487
million Conroe referendum approved by the voters in 2015. Fast forward to 2018,
you’re in the final stages of the 2015 bond issue (speaking faintly). In light of the district’s
continued growth, as a continuation of the facilities, the committee is seeking approval to establish a Facilities
Planning Committee to extend the facility
and maintenance needs of the district and make recommendations for a future bonds program. And if approved this evening, the program will include
non-CISD employee representatives for use of the district’s feeder zones along with representatives
from community groups and the business community. A tentative schedule of
leads have been established with the goal of providing
a report to the board in December of 2018. Superintendent, Dr. Null,
will lead the committee, with support from the planning and construction department,
the maintenance department and the finance department. The districts architectural engineering and demographic service providers will serve as resources
for this committee. We are requesting that you
authorize the superintendent to form a Facilities Planning Committee. – Motion approved. – I second the motion. – Thank you sir. – Any discussion? All those in favor? Motion passes. Item 5-E, Receive Update
on Attendance Zone for Flex 19, Dr. Null. – That would be Dr. Hines. – Gotta get his clicker. – [Chris] Refer to Flex 19, as Suchma. – Elementary. – [Chris] Elementary or case 16. – They’re about to work that out. (laughs) – [Chris] (speaking faintly) mic is on. – Yeah, it doesn’t sound like it’s on. – [Woman] Use your outside voice. (board laughs) – You can show him how to do that, right? (board laughs) – Not everybody has one of those, dear. – [Chris] Check one, two,
check, I think it’s coming on. – Use your teacher voice.
– Here we go. Thank you. We are going to, just as information to share with you
tonight that we are about to begin the Attendance Boundary Committee for Suchma, K through six campus. And I know you’re wondering
why is it necessary for us to even do boundaries
or revise boundaries for schools from time to time. And really what we found
over the last several years is when we add schools it becomes obvious that to meet our enrollment
demands, we will rezone. Also when we have schools
that become overcrowded or when we have a campus that’s underutilized we’ve rezoned. And then over time we often, we see shifts in student density and
there could be things like multifamily housing
gets added into an area and changes our enrollment quickly. We have areas that mature over time. We have areas that over
time start to renew, and we start to grow again. So we see all these patterns, and it really results in
us trying to come back and look at attendance
boundaries from time to time. And just a quick reminder,
our school district continues to grow. We’ve added roughly 15,000 students over the last 10 years,
and that trajectory is holding pretty firm. We will receive a report later, in a couple of months from our demographer to get updated information. So what is really starting this process is Suchma Elementary. We will be opening a new 1,000
student elementary school in August of 2019, and
this campus is intended to serve grades kindergarten
through sixth grade. And I know Mr. Foster
will show some pictures to update it here after I’m finished. This is, you’re wondering
where it’s located? The campus is east of I-45 and south of State Highway 242, and it’s gonna be located
at 10261 Harper School Road. And this is the campus location on a map. And just to get you oriented, there’s Irons Junior High School at the top of the page
and then across 242, between the, on Harper School Road which is now, this is an older picture, it shows trees, there
are no trees there now. Here’s a rendering of what
the campus will look like. And I know sometimes we get the question, why is this process challenging? And from experience, what I can tell you is schools are communities. And families often have a history of attending a particular school. Now change is sometimes difficult. The families often choose where they live to attend a particular school, so when we come in and
say we’re changing that it’s emotional and it’s difficult. What are our objectives? As we go into this
process, our objectives, first and foremost will be to develop an attendance boundary for the new campus. And we do want to not just fill it up and overfill it, we
have to leave some room for growth at that school
because it’s gonna be located in an area that’s still
seeing some growth. Now at the same time
we also want to provide some crowding relief to
Oak Ridge Elementary, Houser Elementary and
Vogel Intermediate Schools. And of course this will
enable us to do that. We’ve also targeted for us to look at, we are creating a thousand seats in the kindergarten
through sixth grade levels and we have two schools
that are overcrowded we wanna look at, Ride
Elementary and Hailey Elementary and we’re hoping as a result
of this added capacity that we could also find solutions for some of their crowding. So those are our objectives
going in to the process. We have a committee,
it’s not 100% finalized but it’s made up of principals and parents from the attendance zone. So we have representatives
from the Oak Ridge Feeder as well as many of the campuses in the College Park Feeder. In addition we have district resources, Mr. Kacur, Dr. Stewart. I don’t know if Dr. Stewart’s still here, if she’s still here,
and Regina Woody-Crane who works with us in the
technology department and helps us with the maps and pulling the demographic information, and our transportation
director, Sam Davila, also serves as a resource to us, as we also consider transportation when we look at boundaries. We have several goals, I
won’t read them all to you, but we do want to be mindful of what we’re tryin’ to do
is provide quality education to our students. We try to draw boundaries
that are efficient and make the best use of our facilities. We also try to anticipate future growth or future locations of schools. We did that, and I’ll use an example that, when we opened Snyder after Broadway, we knew there was another
school coming, Bradley, and we were tryin’ to
not move neighborhoods like twice in two years. So we tried to set the stage
and left some neighborhoods a little further away for that two years where they didn’t have to move twice. And so we try to communicate
during this process. We will use our website
as we did last time, it was very effective for taking comments. We can basically put up all the tools that we use and take
feedback through the website, so people really don’t
have to physically come in to actually participate in the process. We will create some scenarios, and we’ll bring them back for the public. And we consider a lot of things. I mentioned several of ’em, but look at future enrollments, we look at boundaries such as railroads, major freeways, thoroughfares. We also consider transportation. And so certainly every
time we open a school and there are students that are close by, we try to make sure they go to that school to reduce the traffic. Right now we’re planning
a series of three rounds of presentations, and these presentations really represent the three phases. The first phase we come out and we share, really publicly, this is what’s going on, this is the process, this is how it works, and here’s a chance to start
soliciting some feedback. Our committee is meeting
all during that time, beginning to look at scenarios, and we evaluate scenarios
just based on criteria. Did it put too many
students in this school? It’s not a good solution. Did not get enough students in? We don’t like that one. And then the second round
as we work through it, and this time having gone
through it several times we’re actually looking
at trying to do something in the second round a
little bit more interactive like a come and go thing,
where people can come in and participate a little bit in terms of giving feedback
of the scenarios they like and the ones they don’t like. And then the third round,
and we take all that back and we’ll continue to refine our plans. And then the third
round is really kind of, when we go back out to the
communities that are impacted and we tell ’em what we’re
gonna recommend to you. And we do that so that
everybody is on the same page. And then our hope is to come
to the January board meeting with a recommendation for you. – And Dr. Hines, can you go back just one. That’s the same presentation
at each of those three, right? – [Chris] Each of those three, yes sir. Let me clarify that, it’s the same time. – You had two evenings and one noon. – [Chris] We just do it, we try to put it on two different nights and
usually one time during the day just to try to accommodate
different schedules. – Right, right, I appreciate that too. – [Chris] Yes and so it
gives people some options. We’re gonna be using Irons and Knox as our two locations
to make presentations, and both of the schools have been great about scheduling some time for us. We do, just to wrap it
up, we do understand the significance of the process. We don’t take it lightly. We are committed to providing a quality educational experience, and as you know, you’ve been through this. Probably the, you know, it’s
very difficult to explain to someone they’re goin’ to a new school. But the best part is, a
year later they forget, ’cause you get the school open and they’re usually happy with it. And so we’re very committed to that. And we wanna provide a product that people are proud to attend and want their children to go there. So we hope, we do hope
to bring back to you in January if everything goes as planned, and obviously things could get off track. And this year we have some challenges with where Thanksgiving
fell and the winter break. But we worked around it and so our hope is to be back in January
with a recommendation for you from the committee. – Well I appreciate all the work that goes into this. We have the difficult
process of naming the schools and then the difficult process of deciding who goes to which schools. – [Chris] Who goes there, yes ma’am. – And both of those are
challenging processes. We’re very grateful for
everyone’s participation in both those processes
from a community standpoint, but also the teachers and the principals helping to lead this. So thank you Dr. Hines. – Madam President, may I have a moment of personal privilege? – Yes. – Dr. Hines, I just
want to state publicly, having had the opportunity previously to serve on attendance boundary committees and facility planning committees, I fully understand how
busy you’re fixin’ to get as well as so many of these
other support personnel. I appreciate the professionalism of these presentations
but I also understand this does not truly reflect
how many moving parts there are behind the scenes. – Correct.
– Oh yeah. – Oh yeah. – Everything from transportation to what does this do
to special populations to human resource allocation, to physical resource allocation. So I just want to, ahead of the curve, say thank you to you and to Dr. Null and to finance and
planning and construction and maintenance and transportation and instruction and curriculum and technology and everybody that puts in so much
work behind the scenes. I know what you’re fixin’ to go through, and blessings upon you. – All right. We received the update. We don’t need to authorize this, y’all are already moving ahead. So Item 5-F, Receive
Capital Improvements Update. Dr. Null. – All right, Mr. Foster. – [Easy] Good evening President Bush, members of the board and Dr. Null. It’s my pleasure to bring forward for you an update on our capital improvements we have underway throughout the districts. I wanna start with our
safety and security project. As we reported over the summer, we’ve created a lot of
the secure vestibules in our elementaries, intermediates, junior highs, ninth grade campuses. So this is just a representative picture of Rice and their vestibule. The work from now until the
end of the calendar year is above the ceiling, so
it’s stuff you can’t see. It’s access controls, camera upgrades, it’s commissioning those systems, putting them together. I’m happy to report that
project is on schedule and as I said, is scheduled
to wrap up in December over the winter break. Movin’ on to Flex 19, which
is now Suchma Elementary, or Suchma K-6, as we come through it. You can see from our
aerial photography now the site is beginning, it’s in good shape. You can see the major pathways on the site in the dirt still. Notice that the concrete construction on the parking lots is underway, and the density of the
building structure itself is where our focus is currently. So you can see that
building come together. If you were out there you’d see some of the building systems going in underneath that metal structures that’s going up as well. It is currently on
schedule, scheduled to open in August of 2019. At Austin Elementary our
addition and renovation project, where addition is actually gonna allow us to take some of the
portions of that building that have reached the
end of their useful life out of service. So from this angle you
can see the building slab for the new building
and that’s gonna expand a little bit more over the next few weeks. We’ve been fightin’ rain
and everything else. However it is still on schedule. We’re receiving the
structural steel components for that building over the next two weeks. Soon we’ll start going vertical and start looking like Flex
19 does as it progresses. That project’s on schedule, so we’re gonna finish the building moving into next summer. Move all the classroom furniture in. And so next summer we’ll
work through the process of decommissioning the
parts of the building that are coming out of service. So we’ll be ready for school
in August of next year. At Irons Junior High, or
the ten classroom addition, you can see that building is
what we call dry currently so the roof is essentially on it. The building exterior is sealed up. You can see the windows
and their flashings are inside the building and the masonry’s wrapping around the building now. So that project is also on schedule. It is scheduled to open
over the winter break, so when our students return in January they’ll be able to attend
classes in this building. So you can see the inside of the building is where a lot of the focus is coming in. The building systems, you can see the finishes, things of
that nature are going in. As you see we’ve got primer and sheetrock and things of that nature. The colors are gonna start appearing over the next couple of presentations. At our new junior high school, which is Donald J Stockton Junior High, ya have to say it real
slow to get it right. You see here, a lot
like Flex 19 in Austin, we’re in the building slab
area of this building. It’s a much larger project. So the slab is progressing
a little bit slower. But you see here we’ve got
the building utilities in, the great beams are in, the slabs pours are what’s scheduled over
the next several weeks and the building steel
here is also scheduled to deliver within the next month, and that’ll start going vertical, so it’ll be something to see over the next several meetings. Now I’m currently working
with FAA regulations ’cause we were close to the airport, so I’m hopin’ to get our drones in the air over the next couple months, so that we can get some birds-eye views of this site as it develops. At Conroe High School, we’re
doing a building addition that’s gonna facilitate a major renovation of the main campus. The building addition is
nearing its finishing stages from this view which is a common view that you get to see every month. You’ll see it’s startin’
to wrap up really nicely. Over the next 45 days or so we’re gonna be able to more
or less reopen Wilson Road as it says ’cause our construction traffic is mostly inside the building, ’cause most of the exterior work is done at that point which makes
our campus easier to navigate for the students and safer overall. On the inside of that
building it’s really startin’ to come alive. So it is scheduled to open
over the winter break, so when the students return in January they’ll be attending classes in this portion of the building. So you can see the colors
are starting to come in, the openness, the area that the new light will bring in into that building is really startin’ to show. Classrooms are coming together, so you can see paint, you can see carpet. Last month you saw a little
bit of the cabinet work. So that all is underway
and proceeding on schedule. The building, I said, is
turning over winter break. The project continues
through December 2019. And that is our update. – Thank you Mr. Foster. Item 6-A, Receive Financial Reports. Dr. Null. – Mr. Rice. – [Darrin] Yes, good
evening President Bush, members of the board and Dr. Null. I’m here this evening to
present the financial statements for the district for the month of August. These statements will
include our general fund, our debt service, child nutrition, our self-funded insurance. The first statement we’ll
look at this evening is our balance sheet. Our balance sheet includes our assets, our liabilities and our fund
balances for the district. Each month we like to look
at our cash and investments, and we’ll concentrate once again here on our general fund. As you can see, we have cash on hand of $13,300, we have bank
deposits of $3.5 million, we have investments in our state pools of 59.3 million, we have an investment with Woodforest National
Bank at $30.2 million. We have our short-term investments, that’s investments that are
less than a year, $29.7 million. And our longer-term investments that are managed by
TCG Investment Advisors at $51.8 million, giving us total cash and investments in the general fund of $174.5 million. The next statement we’ll
look at this evening is our income statement. Our income statement includes our revenues and expenditures for the district. Our revenues are broken
down into three categories that include our local
and intermediate sources, our state program revenues and our federal program revenues. And we can look at the detail of our local and intermediate sources, and you can see that property taxes is the
largest generator of revenues for both our general fund
and our debt service fund. It’s food sales and child nutrition and its premium contributions in our self-funded insurance plan. Our projected fund
balance, as you can see, our projected increase in fund balance has increased by about $1.7 million. That is the amount of the Impact Aid Grant that we received and that was
able to offset expenditures that we had for Hurricane Harvey. So that was a grant
that we received there, be able to offset some
expenditures in the general fund. Projected fund balance in child nutrition, we’re projecting a decrease
in child nutrition. Once again they did a bunch
of kitchen renovations this summer and used some of
their fund balance for that. – So we didn’t have to
go out into debt for it. – [Darrin] Yes sir, correct. This are our 2015 bond
referendum status update. We have currently expended and encumbered roughly $470 million. We have an estimate to complete
of about $54.5 million. That’s leaving us with a
total completed forecast of $524.3 million, and that’ll leave us with about $4.1 million
worth of contingency. Self-funded insurance, I’m happy to report that our plan ended in
the positive this year. Our total revenues for the year were $47.8 million. On the expenditure side
we had total expenses for the year of $46.4 million, leaving our revenues over
expenses of about $1.4 million. And we also averaged
over 500 employee visits to our employee clinic, so
that was good progress there. Our investments, our par
value for our total portfolio was $393.6 million. Our investments in the
pools were yielding 2.21%. Our investments with
Woodforest National Bank were yielding 2.22%. Our longer-term investments with TCG Investment Advisors 1.66%, leaving us with a combined portfolio that had a WAM of 57 days and yield 2.13%. Our benchmark which is the 90 day T-bill, was yielding 2.07%. Thank you, if there is any questions. – Thank you Mr. Rice. – [Darrin] Thank you as well. – Do I have a motion to adjourn? – Before we do. Personal privilege. – Yes, yes. (board laughs) – He likes that term. – It’s the most appropriate. – How do we usually advise the Suchmas. – They already know. (laughs) – I think they made a phone
call (speaking faintly). – I thought so but I thought. – I will make a personal
phone call tonight to both of them as well. – I just wanted to ask that question, if you would be calling them? – Yes I will. – Take ’em a cookie. (board laughs) – There’s more right over here. – I’m gonna get about 3,000 texts. – I was gonna say, there were people in the audience that already took care of notifying everyone for us. All right. – You got a motion. – Just curious. – We got a motion? – Motion. – Second. – All right, we are adjourned, thank you. – We do have cookies for all of you that were troopers and you hung through the whole meeting. We have cookies, please take one. (gentle music)