December 16, 2019 Board Meeting Summary

Board Names Robin Bullock Lone Finalist For Superintendent Post

Robin Bullock has been named as the lone finalist for the Allen ISD superintendent of schools post.  Bullock was named as Allen ISD’s acting superintendent in October when Dr. Scott Niven retired from the position.  Following the state required waiting period, the Board will take official action on naming the superintendent on January 22, 2020.

Bullock has served as Allen ISD deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent since 2013. She previously served as the deputy superintendent for Midlothian ISD as well as the interim superintendent. She also held positions as assistant middle school principal, elementary school principal, middle school principal and director of personnel for Midlothian ISD.

Board Recognition

Curtis Orchestra Named Tops In State

Three Allen ISD campuses have earned the top spots in the Texas Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) 2019-2020 Honor Full Orchestra Competition. Curtis Middle School was the top middle school symphony orchestra in the state, and Ereckson Middle School earned second place. Allen High School was named second best in the state in the high school division. The full orchestra combines strings from the orchestra and winds and percussion from the band.
As the state winner, Curtis Middle School will perform a concert for the TMEA members during their annual conference in February 2020 in San Antonio. Curtis has placed in the finals of the TMEA competition four times in the past five years. Additionally, Curtis Middle School earned seventh place in the Honor String Orchestra Competition.
Orchestras entering the TMEA competition must submit a recording of a live, unedited concert. A judging panel listens to all of the submissions and selects the top six to eight groups. A second panel of judges listens to the finalist’s recordings and ranks them again until a winner is named.
The directors of the winning Allen ISD orchestras are:
Curtis Middle School
·     Symphony Orchestra: Amanda Su, Amy Gearhart, Linda Orrantia, Daniel Lane and Mallory Bowen
·     String Orchestra: Amanda Su
Ereckson Middle School
·     Symphony Orchestra: Joanna DeVoto and DJ Vaccarezza, Rachel Boone
Allen High School
·     Symphony Orchestra: David DeVoto, Matt Cross and Philip Obado

All-State Orchestra Selections

The Texas Music Educators Association has announced the selection of eight Allen ISD students for positions in one of the All-State Orchestras. The students now begin preparations for three days of intensive rehearsals with outstanding guest conductors and a concert before the TMEA membership on Saturday February 15, 2020 in San Antonio.

Congratulations to the following musicians:

Lowery Freshman Center: Lindsey Kim and Samuel Tsao

Allen High School: Joie Cheng, Grace Droge, Wenting Du, Lauren Jin, Sydney Lee and Nicholas Payne


Employee Recognition Program

The Board recognized four Allen ISD staff members as part of the monthly staff recognition program.  Sara Paa, Lowery Freshman Center;  Amber Arnold, Chandler Elementary School; Melissa Jakobiak, Learner Services; and Kirk Evans, STEAM.


Legislative Update

Dr. Maroba Zoeller, chief governmental affairs officer, presented a legislative update on HB3 focusing on the property tax relief and recapture portions of the bill.

Facilities Construction Update

Daniel Pitcock, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, and Brandon Boyter, Executive Director of Facilities gave an update on Allen ISD construction projects. The new Dillard Special Achievement Center facility will open for students on January 8.  The center is a remodeled portion of the former Lowery Freshman Center at the corner of Main and Jupiter in Allen.

SOAR 2030 Update

Katie Kordel, chief innovation and strategic intiaitives officer, presented an update on the SOAR 2030 community and staff initiative. 

The SOAR 2030 Visioning Committee last met on December 9th and the SOAR 2030 Operational Planning Committee met on December 3rd . The next SOAR 2030 Visioning Committee Meeting will take place on January 16th at Curtis Middle School. The next SOAR 2030 Operational Planning Committee Meeting will take place on January 21st at the Lowery Freshman Center. The committees will meet jointly for their final meeting on the evening of February 5th at the Lowery Freshman Center.

Leveled Literacy Intervention Sytem Purchase

The Board approved the expenditure of $212,690.10 of the Early Education Allotment funds for the purchase of the Leveled Literacy Intervention Systems. Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a short-term, supplementary, small-group literacy intervention designed to help struggling readers achieve grade-level competency.  A portion of the Early Education Allotment funds will be used for this expenditure.

Board Passes Resolution Designation Fund Balance

The Board approved a resolution detailing the allocation of funds in the school dstrict's fund balance. The district has a current General Fund balance of $93,896,462. The resolution indicates which funds are committeed and which are assigned.

Next Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on January 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Allen City Hall.