July 23, 2018 Board Meeting Summary

Foundation donates $130,000 for Allen ISD teachers

The Board of Trustees accepted several gifts and donations on behalf of the school district, including a $130,000 donation from the Foundation For Allen Schools. The donation will help support teacher grants and tuition reimbursements for the 2018-19 school year.

Other gifts included $5,000 from Top Golf in Allen to purchase T-shirts for the student section at football games (Student Leadership will sell the shirts for a profit), $1,000 from Walmart in East Plano to Evans Elementary for its music program, and $740 from Verizon to Vaughan Elementary as a result of proceeds from parent volunteer hours.

The Board also recognized the Foundation for the $130,000 plus over $99,000 which was raised for student scholarships in 2017-2018.

Board selects delegate for TASB Convention

The Board of Trustees named Kelley Rowley as a delegate and David Noll as an alternate for the 2018 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention. Each school district in Texas that has membership in TASB can elect delegates and alternates to attend the convention each year. The convention will be held Sept. 28-30 in Austin.

Board of Trustees approve purchase of attendance credits

The District was notified that the wealth per student for 2017-2018 exceeds statutory limits, and thus must take measures to reduce its wealth per weighted student to a level that is not greater than the equalized wealth level as determined by the commissioner of education in accordance with Section 41.002, Texas Education Code.

The District’s equalized wealth level is estimated at $497,000 per weighted ADA, and the statutory equalized wealth level is set at $319,500 per weighted ADA. A district has five options available to equalize wealth under Chapter 41:

  1. Consolidate with another district
  2. Detach property
  3. Purchase attendance credits from the state
  4. Contract to educate nonresident students from a partner district.
  5. Consolidate tax bases with another district

The Board approved Option 3 to purchase attendance credits. The District’s Chapter 41 Recapture amount currently reflected on the 2017-18 Summary of Finance is $2,756,619. The recapture amount for 2018-19 is estimated to be $3,720,000.

Board authorizes District to lease rental property

Allen ISD recently purchased properties located at 300 and 410 N. Greenville Ave, and the properties currently hold nine tenants. The Trustees authorized the Superintendent to sign lease extensions for additional terms of up to one year for the current tenants, necessitated by future District programming needs. Each of these tenants have leases which terminate at various times throughout the next 3-4 years. The properties are located next to the new Lowery Freshman Center campus.

Board approves interlocal agreements with City of Allen

The Board of Trustees approved two interlocal agreements with the City of Allen to provide crossing guards and school resource officers.

The crossing guard agreement for states that AISD will hire, train, and perform payroll duties for school crossing guards. The salaries for the crossing guards will be shared between the District and the City. Crossing facilities (e.g., signage and crosswalks) will be maintained and paid for by the City’s Engineering Department. 

The interlocal agreement for the School Resource Officer Program (SROP) has been a longstanding commitment between the two entities to maintain safe, secure, and orderly learning environments for students and staff. The AISD Board of Trustees approved an extension to the program for one year, and the program will automatically renew for four one-year terms unless either party chooses to withdraw from the program.

The current SROP consists of 10 full time department officers in AISD schools, and the agreement calls for an increase to 12 total officers by the 2019-2020 school year, and an overall goal of 15 officers by the 2022-2023 school year. The program fee is split evenly among the District and the City for up to 10 officers, with the District picking up more of the percentage for each subsequent officer over 10.

Next Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Allen ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, August 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.