January 22, 2018 Board Meeting Summary

School Board Recognizes Football Team, Thespian Winners & Finance Department

The Board of Trustees opened the meeting by recognizing students in the AHS Theater Department and the football team.

The Theater Department was honored for the following achievements at the Texas Thespian Convention on Nov. 16-18: National Qualifiers: Griffen Wetzel, Regan Ellis, Thomas Schnaible, Katie Purdin, and Anya Krishnaswamy. First-Place State Tech Challenge Team: Thomas Schnaible, Suneri Patel, Fayth Ray, Cassandra Montgomery, Austin Moulton, and Isabel Alvarez.1st Place State Knot Skills Challenge: Thomas Schnaible.

The Board recognized head coach Terry Gambill and the team captains for the 2017 UIL 6A Div 1 State Champion football team.  Captains included Colton Manning, Jace Watters, Brock Sturges, Trey Stratford and Mason Grosser.

The Board also recognized the Allen ISD Finance Department for earning the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation for the 2017-18 budget year from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting a school district budget.

Board Holds Public Hearing on Texas Academic Performance Report

Jennifer Wilhelm, assistant superintendent for learner services, presented the annual TAPR report to the Board of Trustees. The annual report, which is based upon 2016-2017 data, measures academic performance, financial standards, campus performance objectives, violent or criminal incidents, accreditation and information from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Several important facts from the annual report included:

  • All campuses and the district Met Standard in 2017
  • All campuses and the district were rated Exemplary in local accountability measures
  • All secondary campuses and 13 of 17 elementary schools earned one or more Distinction Designation.
  • The percentage of Allen ISD students meeting the Masters Grade Level standard was 16 to 27 points higher than the state and region in all subjects. 
  • Demographic data shows that Allen ISD ethnicity for 2016-17 is 51.1% White; 18.2% Asian; 13% Hispanic; 12% African American; 4.8% two or more races
  • The demographic data also showed that 15% of students are considered economically disadvantaged by state standards and 21.4% are at-risk.
  • The Allen ISD attendance rate is 97.1%; the completion rate is 97.8% and the annual dropout rate for grades 9-12 is 0.3%.
  • 1% of students met or exceeded AP/IB criterion
  • The average SAT score is 1607 and the average ACT score is 24.4.

The full report is available for viewing at: https://www.allenisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001197/Centricity/Domain/8/TAPR/AISD_AnnualReport_2016-2017.pdf

Board Calls For School Trustee Election

The Board of Trustees called for a School Trustee General Election to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The board seats up for election in 2018 include Places 1 (Susan Olinger), 2 (David Noll), and 3 (John Montgomery), and the unexpired two-year term of Place 7 (Vatsa Ramanathan). 

Board Approves 2018-19 Academic Calendar

The Board of Trustees approved the Academic Calendar for the 2018-19 school year. A draft of the calendar was developed by the District Calendar Committee and feedback was requested from parents, employees and the community in December. 

The calendar follows the Texas HB 2442 requirement of a minimum of 75,600 operational minutes per school year for students. Additionally, the district used its District of Innovation designation to locally determine the first day of instruction and the amount of inservice days for educators.

Features of the calendar include:

  • First day of school - Aug. 15, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 19-23, 2018
  • Winter Break – Dec. 21-Jan. 4
  • Spring Break – March 11-15, 2019 (coincides with Collin College)
  • Last day of school – May 24, 2019

The calendar will also feature early release days on Dec. 21, 2018 and March 8, 2019. The Board of Trustees also approved a resolution that will pay hourly employees with regular compensation for the early-release days during the 2018-19 school year.

Board Designates Fund Balance

The Board approved a resolution that designated the General Fund Balances of AISD for fiscal year 2017-18.

In October 2017, the Board approved a 50-year agreement between Allen ISD and Collin College for a Dual Credit program and facility to be constructed on the premises of the Collin College Technical Center. The Collin College Board also approved the agreement and on November 14, 2017, both parties signed the agreement to fully execute the document.

Within the agreement, Allen ISD is required to provideee up to $12,000,000 to help construct the instructional facility and help establish the Dual Credit program for it students. Since this amount is now contractual for the District, the $12,000,000 is recommended to be reflected as a Committed amount in the General Fund Balance Designation.

At the June 26, 2017 regular meeting, the Board approved a Designate Fund Balance resolution that established Assigned amounts as follows:

  • Future Maintenance for Eagle Stadium: $1,000,000
  • Technology – Classroom Multimedia: $948,684
  • New School Buses: $1,777,529
  • Security Improvements: $400,000
  • Total: $4,126,213

These Assigned amounts within the General Fund Balance will remain the same within this Designate Fund Balance resolution.

Board Approves Partnership With UNT for Master’s Degree Program

The Board of Trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Allen ISD and the University of North Texas. The partnership will create the Eagle Leadership Development Program and will provide a unique opportunity to develop future teacher leaders and possible administrators of Allen ISD. The program will closely align with the district’s specific needs and will deepen the pool of highly qualified future leaders who are prepared to assume leadership roles in our schools. We anticipate the initial cohort to have 10-15 participants. Additionally, the program will be tied to the UNT Masters/Principal Certification Program and will be another tool to retain, grow and reward AISD employees.

Experienced campus administrators and district leaders will guide cohort members through real world school-based leadership experiences as they earn their M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and obtain their principal certification through the State of Texas. The first cohort is expected to begin during Summer Term 2018.


Allen ISD to Purchase Land Adjacent To New Lowery Center

The Board of Trustees approved the purchase of two parcels of land near the Lowery Freshman Center.

The first piece of property is located at 300 N. Greenville Ave., Allen, TX 75002 at the intersection of Greenville and Jupiter. The Board granted the district to purchase the land for no more than $1,550,000, and funds for the purchase will come from the General Fund Balance.

The second purchase includes two addresses for 2.092 total acres. The first address is 0.6281 acres at 612 Pebblebrook Drive, and the second is 1.464 acres at 410 N. Greenville Ave. The purchase price for this property is not to exceed $2,400,000, and the funds will come from the General Fund Balance.

The purchase of both pieces of land will support Lowery Freshman Center’s site and campus accessibility.


Board Approves Purchase of New Bell/PA System for Allen High School

The School Board approved the purchase of hardware, software and installation services for a bell/public address/paging system in Allen High School for an amount of $169,987.81 (which will be paid from the 2015 bond issue approved by voters).

AHS is about to begin Phase 3 of its renovation project, and it has been determined that it would not be feasible to relocate the current bell/PA/paging system due to equipment age, outdated technology, and costs associated with rewiring the facility.

The current bell/PA/paging system is an analog system installed when the facility opened in 1999. In recent years, the District has adopted a standard of incorporating IP-based solutions whenever possible during facility renovations. Operations staff are recommending the replacement of this aging technology with a more cost-effective and flexible solution that is consistent with recently renovated or newly constructed facilities.


Next Board Meeting 

The next regular meeting of the Allen ISD Board of Trustees will be held Feb. 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.