March 26, 2018 Board Meeting Summary

Board Recognition

The Trustees first recognized two AHS students for winning awards from the Texas Association of Future Educators’ Teach for Tomorrow summit. Hollis Marcinek won a Blue Ribbon for bulletin boards and Karsen Hsing won a Top 5 Award for Lesson Planning and Delivery in Humanities.

The Board also honored three students for advancing to the Texas State Science Fair on March 24 in San Antonio. Students honored were VinhHuy Le from AHS, and Amisha Baidya and Jenny Wei from Curtis Middle School.

Next, the Trustees recognized all of the students who won awards at the Association of Texas Photography Instructors’ Winter Conference.

First place winners for artistic video were Caedyn Serna, Emily Goodman and Francoise Booth.

First place winners for news video were Harley Hendrick, Sydney Beavers and Luke French.

First place winners for Big 72 Film Race were Bayley Bryant, Caitlin Nichols, James Hubbard, Naomi Mills, Deandre Pope, Melanie Essay, Madison Plummer, Burak Hezar, Cady Serna, Marisa Chang, Matthew Bayyouk, Kennedy Thompson, Françoise Booth, Maggie Wasielewski, John Ftacek, John Coronado, Emily Goodman, Harley Hendrick, Corbin Chinn, Shelby Lovett, Megan Potts, Nicholas Silva, and Sydney Beavers

Honorable Mention recipients for artistic video were Madison Plummer, Burak Hezar and Jara Bowen.

The Board then congratulated the Allen Eagles Varsity Basketball Team for winning the UIL 6A State Championship on March 10 in San Antonio. The Eagles defeated Katy Tompkins High School 49-47 in overtime to capture the first basketball state championship in school history.

Finally, the Board honored AHS junior Cameron Conkle for winning the Grand Champion Trophy from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 17. His steer earned the top honor out of more than 1,739 steers, and it was auctioned off the next day for $410,000.


Board holds public hearing on Accelerated Instruction Programs for STAAR End-of-Course

The Board of Trustees held a public hearing concerning the 2017 Accelerated Instruction Program for STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments, as required by the Texas Education Code. The hearing  focused on Summer and Fall 2017 EOC remediation and results from the Summer and Fall 2017 administrations of STAAR EOC exams.

The evaluation determined, among other things, that the further removed a student is from the coursework for an EOC subject area, the more challenging it becomes for the students to be successful on the EOC. In addition, summer EOC remediation appears to be beneficial for the most at-risk students (students who failed their spring STAAR EOC by a significant margin).


Board chooses firm to complete annual financial audit for AISD

The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to engage with the firm of Evans & Knauth, PLLC, to perform the annual audit of Allen ISD’s fiscal accounts for the 2017-18 school year ending on June 30, 2018. For the past five years, AISD has worked with Evans & Knauth, (formerly Evans, Pingleton, and Howard) which is located in Frisco, Texas.

The firm will audit the accuracy of the fiscal information provided by AISD through the Public Education Information Management System. The cost of the audit is not to exceed $40,000.


Board approves construction costs for Ereckson Middle School track

The Board of Trustees approved the total probable cost of construction and engaged with Hellas Construction, Inc. to work on the Ereckson Middle School track and stadium. The cost is $4,315,077, and will include new bleachers, a press box, stadium lighting, a concession stand, and restrooms.

The project was approved by voters during the 2015 bond proposal, and it will help bring Ereckson’s track and field up to standard with the other two Allen ISD middle schools.


Board approves purchase of technology for Middle School Gifted Services

The Board approved the purchase of $92,849 worth of technology for the expansion of the middle school gifted services. The GT program in middle school will be expanded for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The approved purchase will provide two carts full of laptops to each of the three AISD middle school campuses to support technology integration into the learning environment. The technology will also help facilitate the purposeful use of blended learning in order to engage and enrich student learning in the gifted classrooms.


Board awards contact to fence installation and repair company

The Board of Trustees approved a contract for fencing installation and repair services to Sav-On-Fence, Inc.

AISD conducts fencing installation and repair services annually at each campus, and a request for proposal (RFP) was advertised to help solicit companies. Ninety-four companies were notified of the RFP, and three proposals were received. A committee of district staffers reviewed each proposal and recommended Sav-On-Fence, Inc. The Board approved the recommnendation.

The contract will begin on April 1, 2018, and shall automatically renew each April for four additional one-year periods, until terminated by either party.


Next Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Allen ISD Board of Trustees will be held April 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.