April 22, 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. At the April meeting, the Board recognized a familiar Allen business: Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union.

 

Eagles Wrestling Wins Tenth State Title

The Allen Eagles Wrestling Team won its tenth consecutive state championship at CyFair ISD's Berry Center on February 23. Five individual state titles helped the team win with a total of 241.5 points. The number two team, Arlington Martin, finished with a score of 138 points.

Individual state winners in their weight categories included: 113 lb. - Braxton Brown; 138 lb. - Trent Dooley; 145 lb. - Mario Danzi; 152 lb. - Elise Brown Ton and 285 lb. - Johnny Green. The team is coached by Jerry Best, Todd Yeoman, Joshua Brining, Adam Pemberton and Tyrell Jones.

State Animation Awards

On March 5 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Allen High School animation teams took State Champion and Second place for Division 2 Digital Animation out of 70 animations.

Animation 2 and Practicum in Animation students form teams, write their own stories and animate them from the first day of school until the second week in January. The winning teams included:

First Place State UIL Film

Category: Division 2 - Digital Animation Film Title: Grim Jr.
Director: Brooke Aftomis
Animators: Rachel Mills, McKenna Sanchez, Alex Bourne and Jenna Salinas

Second Place State UIL Film

Category: Division 2 - Digital Animation Film Title: Golden Opportunity Director: Gordon Summitt
Animators:Edward Kovarnik, Nathaniel Buckner and Ethan Marr

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: Tracy Savitch at Norton Elementary.

Secondary Teacher of the Month: Sheri Kuester at Curtis Middle School.

Employee of the Month: Nady Martin in the Student Nutrition at Olson Elementary.

Employee of the Month: Corinne Kahil, Secretary at Vaughan 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 renovation 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 the senate and house bills that are aimed at supporting the school-funding formula.

Board approves Tech Refresh for Boyd, Reed and Lindsey

The Board of Trustees approved the total probable cost for a technology-refresh project at Boyd, Reed and Lindsey elementary schools in the amount of $5,228,379. The refresh is to proactively update technology on campus on a 5 to 6-year cycle, depending on the device type. The project would include classroom A/V installation, additional data drops in classrooms, added drops for security cameras, and some local sound components.

Board Approves Cost for Marion Renovation

The School Board approved the total probable cost for the renovation of Marion Elementary School for the amount of $15,360,588. The renovation is part of the scheduled plan from the 2015 bond proposal. The project will be completed by the Balfour Beatty Construction firm, with architectural work completed by Corgan.

Board Approves Cost for Allen High School Renovation

The School Board approved the total probable cost for the renovation of Allen High School (phase 4) and reroofing for the amount of $12,982,428. The renovation is part of the scheduled plan from the 2015 bond proposal. The project will be completed by Joeris General Contractors, with architectural work completed by VLK.

Board Approves Purchase of Special Education Lift Equipment

The Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a special education lift system at both Curtis Middle School and Olson Elementary School. The price of the lift is $350,779.04. Allen High School, Lowery Freshman Center, Curtis Middle School, & Olson Elementary School campuses will require lift system devices for students in the Active Learning Classrooms. Most students in these classrooms are non-ambulatory and/or severely physically challenged, leaving them unable to navigate their instructional environments with any form of independence. These devices will allow them access to instructional opportunities previously unattainable. Allen High school and Lowery Freshman Center will be receiving this equipment within the budget associated with construction or renovation.

Board Approves Expansion of Early Childhood Program

Allen ISD currently has a state-funded early childhood program that is housed at Rountree Elementary. The early childhood program is comprised of the Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) and Prekindergarten (PK). Allen ISD’s early childhood program has evidenced student enrollment growth during the past 3 years in both programs. The steady increase of both Prekindergarten and PPCD students has led to the transition of opening an additional campus site for the early childhood program. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic school year, Allen ISD will provide early childhood services at two elementary locations, Cheatham Elementary and Rountree Elementary. Consideration has been given to create equity within the program resources for the students served at both sites. To support these efforts, this request is for an age appropriate playground structure and equipment to be purchased and installed at Cheatham Elementary. The playground that is being recommended is of similar design to the playground currently installed at Rountree Elementary. The total probable cost of the project is $213,934.50.

Board Approves Adoption of ELA Materials

The School Board approved the recommendations from the Instructional Materials Adoption Committee for English Language Arts for instructional materials adoption 2019-2020. The State Board of Education (SBOE) uses a proclamation to call for new instructional materials. The proclamation identifies the subject areas scheduled for review. Instructional Material Allotment (IMA) funds will be used to purchase these instructional resources. The purchase of these instructional materials will be no greater than $3,300,000.00. The Instructional Materials Allotment for Allen ISD is currently $5,670,583.40.

Next Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Allen ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.