March 25, 2019 Board Meeting Summary

Board honors outstanding students, educators & business leaders

TASB Business Recognition

Each year, the Texas Association of School Boards recognizes local businesses that make a positive impact on our schools. This year we are recognizing two very familiar Allen businesses: Dickey’s Barbeque Pit and Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union. Thanks to both of these businesses for being invaluable partners of Allen ISD.

Science Fair Students

On February 23, 33 students from Allen ISD competed in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Public, private, and charters school students from Texas Education Agency Region 10 competed to advance to the State science fair in College Station. Allen ISD had four students win a regional award: Veda Kutagula, Christine Jacob, Esha Kothapalli, and Sanhita Chundury.

Girls Basketball

The Lady Eagles advanced to the Final Four in the Texas 6A UIL State Basketball Championship. The team earned a trip to the final four with exciting wins over Hendrickson and Prosper High Schools. Varsity coaches are Teresa Durham and Gary Trombley.

Swimming and Diving

Congratulations to seven Allen swimmers who qualified to compete in individual races and two team events at the State 6A Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin on February 15 and 16. The swimmers included Jakob Clark, Anni Fan, Andrea Hodgkins, Addie Armistead, Lara Alsader, Natalie Tang and Catriona Gilmore. The varsity coaches are Brent Mitchell and Dawn McCain.

Texas State German Contest

On February 23, 38 Lowery and Allen High School students competed in the Texas State German Contest at Texas State University. Over 900 students competed in 80 individual categories at the contest. Alessio Haro placed first in the digital logo design competition.

Photography Awards

The Board recognized 19 Allen High School students who won awards at the Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) winter conference. Superior awards were given to Rachel Karls and Ndia Brown.

Employees of the Month

Each month, the Allen ISD Human Resources Department recognizes one elementary teacher, one secondary teacher, and two district employees (anyone other than a classroom teacher) as the Employees of the Month. The monthly recognitions are sponsored by The Foundation For Allen Schools and Credit Union of Texas.

The Board of Trustees was proud to recognize the following honorees:

Elementary Teacher of the Month: Rachel Hackers at Story Elementary.

Secondary Teacher of the Month: April Burke at Ford Middle School.

Employee of the Month: Margaret Goodman in the Public Information Department.

Employee of the Month: Bobbie Allen, Assistant Principal at Green Elementary.

Board Receives Construction Report

Daniel Pitcock, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, provided the Trustees with an update on the construction projects in the district. Work will begin on Marion Elementary to renovate the campus this summer, similar in scope to the renovation projects that took place at Bolin Elementary in 2017 and Kerr Elementary in 2018. The renovation is part of the 2015 bond proposal that was approved by voters.

Pitcock also updated the School Board on the summer project at Allen High School which includes the renovation of F Hall. This renovation is also part of the 2015 bond proposal.

Board Receives Updates on Texas Legislature

Dr. Maroba Zoeller, Chief Governmental Relations Officer, and Deron Robinson, General Counsel, provided an update to the Board of Trustees on the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature. Dr. Zoeller and Mr. Robinson updated the Board on several education-related bills, including House Bill 3 that proposes an additional $9 billion for school funding and property tax relief. Another important bill of note is House Bill 3989 which would allow school districts to exit the TRS ActiveCare health insurance plan and enter a four-year pilot program to search for healthcare alternatives.

Public Hearing Held for Evaluation of Accelerated Instruction

The Board of Trustees held a public hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the accelerated instruction program for STAAR End-of-Course assessments.

Jennifer Wilhelm, Assistant Superintendent for Learner Services, presented the highlights of the 2018 remediation programming and resulting STAAR EOC performance of retesting students.

Board Names Firm to Perform Annual Audit

The Board of Trustees voted to approve Evans & Knauth, PLLC, to perform the annual audit of Allen ISD’s fiscal accounts for the 2018-2019 fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019.

Allen ISD annually contracts with an independent accounting firm to conduct the audit of the district’s fiscal accounts. For the past six years, Allen ISD has hired Evans & Knauth (based in Frisco) to perform the audit. The cost of the audit is not to exceed $42,000.

Board Approves Change Order for Dillard Center Construction

The Board of Trustees approved the change order to the total probable cost in for the Dillard Special Achievement Center. In the 2015 bond that was approved voters, nearly $15.2 million was allocated for the demolition of the old Lowery Center and the construction of the Dillard Achievement Center. During demolition of the facility, it was discovered that several areas had asbestos that needed to be abated. It was also discovered that a portion of the slab foundation was no longer in contact with the soil. The district procured an engineering study of the issue to ensure the best long-term solution for this facility.

Due to these changes in the project, the total probable cost has increased by an additional $1,462,057. The Board of Trustees approved the new change in the total probable cost.

Next Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Allen ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.