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July 24, 2017 Board Meeting Summary
Gifts and Donations Update
The President of the Board of the Foundation Pam Toups and Foundation Director Regina Taylor informed the School Board that $227,738 dollars were invested in Allen ISD students and teachers during the 2016-17 school year.
The donated funds were raised through sponsorships of the Top Ten Luncheon and the Campus and District Teacher of the Year awards, and through proceeds from the Allen Eagle Run. The Foundation’s support of the district includes funds for Teacher Tuition Reimbursement, college scholarships for AHS seniors, and teacher grants that will benefit 240 teachers and approximately 15,000 students.
Assistant Superintendent for Operations Daniel Pitcock and Executive Director of Facilities Brandon Boyter presented a construction update to the Board on numerous projects planned and underway across Allen ISD. The report included a status of Bolin Elementary School and Allen High School renovations. The high school competition gymnasium is being completely renovated and work is scheduled to be completed by the start of school on both projects, Jenny Preston Elementary School is also on schedule for opening in mid August. The new AHS auxilliary gymnasium is nearly completed with roofinga nd landscaping being completed. The gymnasium will also include space for the school's JROTC program. The fine arts addition is also nearing completion with some minor flooring work that should be done within the week.
The Lowery Freshman Center under construction is beginning to take shape and will open in August 2018. The STEAM Center site work has also been underway for a month.
Chief Governmental Relations Officer Dr. Maroba Zoeller reported on the Texas Legislature’s ongoing 30-day special session which began July 16. Education related bills in the 85th Legislative Session range from improving school finance, decreasing the reliance on Robin Hood and eliminating unfunded and underfunded mandates to rejection of the accountability system, supporting Pre-K, and school vouchers in various guises. Other education related bills being considered by the legislature in the special session include the "bathroom bill," the authorization of state lottery funds to be used for education funding, an unfunded mandate to increase teacher salaries in 2019-2020 and state tax reduction.
Strategic Plan Update
Superintendent Dr. Scott Niven presented an update on the Allen ISD Strategic Plan to the School Board. The strategic goals presented as part of the plan included:
Strategic Goal 1: STUDENT LEARNING
Cultivate innovation and increase student success by engaging students in rigorous and relevant learning experiences that will prepare them for graduation and post-secondary success.
Strategic Goal 2: HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT, SUPPORT, AND RETENTION
Cultivate an organizational culture and climate that values building capacity in all staff that fosters academic success for all students.
Strategic Goal 3: RESOURCES
Leverage all opportunities to create and sustain a successful learning organization. Develop and implement a long-range financial plan to support student success.
Strategic Goal 4: ORGANIZATIONAL AND INSTRUCTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY
Ensure optimum use of resources and operation and systems.
Strategic Goal 5: COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Allen ISD will be purposeful in promoting and communicating the message of our vision of excellence to our stakeholders, business and surrounding community, the extended social media community, and in state, national, and international venues. (Complete Strategic Plan 2017-2020)
Board Approves Contract Renewal for Online Learning System
The Board of Trustees approved an expenditure for an online learning system with Edgenuity for the 2017-2018 school, which includes software, training and a media appliance to facilitate content delivery efficiency, for an amount not to exceed $134,250.
The district currently utilizes the software to deliver online content to support learning for secondary students for both initial credit and course credit recovery. Following the Board’s approval, the district will expand the current utilization of the software for the 2017-18 school year to include the Eagle Academy and secondary summer school.
The software agreement with Edgenuity will provide ongoing support, software updates, and licensing for Texas middle school and high school core content libraries (Grades 6-12) and World Languages. It also includes licensing for test readiness modules for STAAR/EOC, ACT, SAT, GED, and TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exams.
Board Approves Temporary Sidewalk for Preston Elementary
The Board of Trustees approved both an easement agreement and the construction of a temporary sidewalk to provide an additional pathway between Preston Elementary and an adjacent neighborhood. The district will construct a 10-foot temporary sidewalk on property currently owned by Ridgeview Development, LLC. The temporary sidewalk will remain in place until Ridgeway Development, LLC, constructs a permanent Hike and Bike Trail as directed by the City of Allen.
In addition to the temporary sidewalk, the district will build a sidewalk located on district property to provide continuous travel for students and parents to the campus.
The Board of Trustees will hold a Teambuilding Workshop on July 29, and the next regular meeting will be held on August 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Allen City Hall.