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Board Recognitions 4-16-15

Pledge Leader: Dao Diann Luu Bui … Dao came to Elolf in Kindergarten where she quickly mastered the English language.  Now a 5th grader, Dao is a model student inside and out.   Her kindness and good character earned her many awards and she has never failed to make the Honor Roll. She doesn’t know yet what career she wants to pursue…she just knows she wants to make a difference somewhere.

The quality of students from JECA continues to come through year after year through so many measures. These two students were recognizing recently participated in the Exxon-Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair and certainly got the judges attention.  They received a 3rd Place Special Award from Texas Tech for Natural Resource Management.  Part of the award was a $500 scholarship for each girl.   Congratulations to  Annelise Cornwell and Ashley McCoy for their hard work. Their instructors are Mr. Eric Botello and Ms. Elsa Barrientos.

 

Judson High School has a great theater program and UIL competition is certainly confirming that.  Several of the school's Theatrical Design students qualified for the 2015 State Competition.  Theatrical design may not be the actual acting part, but set designs have a huge impact on how a production is presented and how it comes off to the audience. This team's creativity and hard work have paid off and will be competing soon for state. These students are: 
Brianna King
Mykenzie McAlister
Mercedes Morales
Cassandra Williams

Vanessa White is the team's UIL Competition Coach

Judson Education Association Scholarship Winners:
Andrew Kennedy of Judson High School. Andrew is ranked #10 in his class. His intended college major is Biochemistry, and he would like to attend Texas State University.


Indigo Cofer of Wagner High School.  Indigo is ranked #5 in her class. Her intended major is Pre-Medicine, and she would like to attend either Texas Tech or Baylor.

Mr. John Rehwaldt, JISD Transportation Fleet Mechanic, was found unconscious in a shop truck in the Transportation Department On April 2nd, 2015 at around 10:30 in the morning. Mr. Larry Luensmann discovered him and immediately asked Ms. Jajeta Barido to call 911.  Mr. Luensmann immediately sounded the alert to Mrs. Michelle Ramm, the JISD Transportation Director, as well as Mr. Arnolfo Sanchez and Ms. Maria Witham. They pulled him out of the truck. Mrs. Ramm and Mr. Luensmann began CPR…later with assistance from another bus driver Mr. John Warren.  EMS arrived less than 5 minutes later and transported Mr. Rehwaldt to North East Methodist Hospital, but he didn’t make it.  District Counselors were available to support the many transportation drivers who witnessed this incident. The Executive Director of Operations, Mr. Fields met with the bus drivers afterwards to offer support.  All left the meeting sadden but knowing everyone did what they could in a tough situation. Later that same day they went out on their routes to transport students back to their homes without incident.  We would like to recognize the quick-thinking actions of the JISD transportation staff for their heroic efforts and teamwork demonstrated on this day. The conduct of the JISD Transportation employees exemplified the genuine concern and comradery in the department and throughout the Judson Independent School District.  

Ms. Michelle Ramm, Larry Luensmann, Arnolfo Sanchez, Maria Witham and Mr. John Warren. Thank you for your efforts and your professionalism during this time. 
 Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Mr. Rehwaldt.

 

Board Briefs: Regular Board Meeting 4-16-15

1.    MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
A.    Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
2.    RECOGNITIONS
3.    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS/CITIZENS TO BE HEARD:
       Ms. Herrara, - concerns of parent for her child
       Renee Paschall – micromanagement of board members
4.    CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT ITEMS
A.    Consider and take action regarding approving Board Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on March 26, 2015 
B.    Consider and take action regarding approving Monthly Financial Information as of March 31, 2015
C.    Consider and take action regarding approving of Expenditures Equal to or Greater than $50,000 
D.    Consider and take action regarding approving of Quarterly Cash Investment Report for all Funds as of March 31, 2015
E.    Agenda Item: Consider and take action regarding approving Instructional Materials to Include Social Studies, Grades K-12 & K-5 Social Studies Spanish, Fine Arts, Grades K-12, Career and Technical Education, Principles and Elements of Floral Design.
ITEMS  A,B, D, PASSED ON CONSENT VOTE.  ITEMS C, E WERE PULLED, BUT LATER PASSED AFTER DISCUSSION
5.    DISCUSSION/CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ITEMS
A.    Consider and take possible action regarding approving the Formation of a Committee to Review and Revise Hall of Honor Criteria and Qualifications (Merrell) (passed)
B.    Consider and take possible action regarding approving an Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP) for the Two Comprehensive High Schools and Judson Learning Academy (passed)                                                                            
C.    Consider and take possible action to Amend Board Operating Procedures Regarding Rotation of Board Officers and Report of Legal Advice to All Board Members (Macias) (pulled)
D.    Consider and take possible action regarding approval of the Contract Renewal List for Teachers, Nurses, Librarians, Counselors, Licensed Specialist in School Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Campus and Central Office Administrators for the 2015-2016 School Year (moved to closed session)

E.    Consider and take possible action(s) regarding approving the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments


6.    DISCUSSION ITEMS/REPORTS
A.    Superintendent Report
1.    Construction Update
B.    First Reading for Policy Update 100, Affecting Local Policies:
1.    CKE(LOCAL): Safety Program/Risk Management - Security Personnel
2.    CPC(LOCAL): Office Management - Records Management
3.    CRD(LOCAL): Insurance and Annuities Management - Health and Life Insurance
4.    DC(LOCAL): Employment Practices
5.    DCB(LOCAL): Employment Practices - Term Contracts
6.    DCD(LOCAL): Employment Practices - At-Will Employment
7.    DCE(LOCAL): Employment Practices - Other Types of Contracts
8.    FDA(LOCAL): Admissions - Interdistrict Transfers
9.    FL(LOCAL): Student Records
C.    Discuss Transportation Accident Report (LaFoille) (moved to closed session)
D.    Update on Board Advisory Committees
E.    Update on Board Training, Conferences, Events and Consider Future Agenda Item Requests by Board Members
7.    CLOSED SESSION
A.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Discussion regarding the Associate Superintendent’s Retirement Agreement (Salyer)
B.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Consider and Discuss Posting New High School Principal Position for 2015-2016 School Year
C.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Discussing Personnel
8.    CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION(S) REGARDING ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION
A.    Consider and take possible action to approve Posting of New High School Principal Position for 2015-2016 School Year (passed)
B.    Consider and take possible action(s) regarding Personnel (passed)
9.    ADJOURNMENT

Board Recognitions 3-26-15

Brooklyn Ellis…she’s a 5th grader from Converse Elementary School. Brooklyn is captain of the safety patrol, a member of the robotics team, vice president of the national elementary honor society, a member of the elementary district honor choir and a representative for student council at Converse ES.

 

From Coronado Village Elementary School.  This school has distinguished itself in the STEM world of Robotics. In February this team cleaned up at the Alamo Region First Lego League Qualifer tournament at Rolling Meadows Elementary taking first place and earned the highest scores possible for Robot games, Performance and Design. They then went to the Alamo Regional Tournament downtown, and won 2nd place in Robotic games and were awarded the trophy for Strategy and Innovation against 61 other teams from across south Texas.

Talena Cheney-Lopez
Alex Estrada
Charles “CJ” Castillo
Viviana Garza
Brychan Dillworth
Brad Maulden
Robert “RJ” Martinez
Leah Anderson
Katelyn Duran
Deshaun Robinson
Mark Sheppard

I’d also like to ask the following to stand where they are…The Torobots coaches…Javier and Cindy Duran. Their mentors…Erika Garza of Rolling Meadows, Robert Maulden of Park Village, and Charles Castillo of Metzger. Thanks also go out to Bonnie Anderson and Principal Cynthia Davis of Coronado Village and Luz Ramirez our district Bilingual Coordinator

 

  For the second straight year this student is the UIL Girls State Wrestling Champion. Dominating this season to a 37-0 record...congratulations to Wagner senior Julie Mata.

She says the competition was noticeably tougher this year, but at 37-0 she was better.  Julie dispatched with her Corpus Christi King opponent by PIN with 39 seconds left in the gold medal round.  Last year Julie only lost once on her way to her first state title. She is currently ranked as the #1 high school girl wrestler in the country.  Congratulations also to her Wagner Wrestling Coaches Benjamin Lenyard (Outstanding Girls Wrestling Coach for 2015 Region IV, District 15-6A)  and Melissa Palomo.

 

From the JISD Communications Department. Each year those who work in the Communications and Public Information Departments of school districts gather for what is called the Texas School Public Relations Association Conference. At the conference ending event called the Star Awards the Judson ISD Communications Department won a Silver Star Award for the Gala Thank You To Sponsors video project.  That project was produced shot and edited by David Rhoads our district multi-media specialist and Yvette Reyna…Executive Director of the Judson Education Foundation.

Board Briefs of Regular Board Meeting 3-26-15

Agenda of Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees
Judson ISD

A Regular Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Judson ISD will be held March 26, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM in the ERC Board Room, 8205 Palisades Dr., Live Oak, Texas 78233.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

1.    MEETING CALLED TO ORDER    
A.    Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance    
2.    RECOGNITIONS    
3.    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS/CITIZENS TO BE HEARD:

          Renee Paschall- general comments, internal auditor possibility
          Delia Medrano Finch- Project Graduation at JHS    
4.    CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT ITEMS    
A.    Consider and take action regarding approving Board Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on February 18, 2015     
B.    Consider and take action regarding approving Board Minutes for the Special Board Meetings held on February 25, March 3, and March 17, 2015    
C.    Consider and take action regarding approving Amendment of Superintendent Contract    
D.    Consider and take action regarding approving Monthly Financial Information as of February 28, 2015    
E.    Consider and take action regarding approving of Expenditures Equal to or Greater than $50,000    
F.    Consider and take action regarding approving Budget Transfers Across Functions    
G.    Consider and take action regarding approving Ranking for Test & Balance Engineering Services for the New High School on Evans Road    
H.    Consider and take action regarding approving Request for Proposals 15-10 for Copier and Printer Hardware and Service with Usage Tracking Software (pulled, passed after discussion)    
I.    Consider and take action regarding approving an Early Release Waiver    
J.    Consider and take action regarding approving the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification for the 2015-2016 School Year    
K.    Consider and take action approving Update to BDB(LOCAL): Board Internal Organization - Internal Committees, Second Reading     
L.    Consider and take action approving Update to Policy BE(LOCAL): Board Meetings, Second Reading (Adair) (pulled)    
M.    Consider and take action regarding approving Update to FFAC(LOCAL): Wellness and Health Services - Medical Treatment, Second Reading    
5.    DISCUSSION/CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ITEMS    
A.    Consider and take possible action regarding Approving the addendum to the Elementary Class-Size Exception Report for 2014-2015 (passed)
    
B.    Consider and take possible action to Allocate $250,000 to an Internal Audit Department (Macias) (changed to discussion only item)    
C.    Consider and take possible action(s) regarding approving the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments (passed)    
6.    DISCUSSION ITEMS/REPORTS    
A.    Superintendent Report    
1.    Construction Update    
2.    State of the Foundation Video Presentation by Judson Education Foundation    
B.    Northeast Lakeview College Presentation    
C.    Discuss Employee Insurance and Benefits Program (Adair)    
D.    Discuss Election Protocol (Macias)    
E.    First Reading for Policy Update 100, Affecting Local Policies:    
1.    CKE(LOCAL): Safety Program/Risk Management - Security Personnel    
2.    CPC(LOCAL): Office Management - Records Management    
3.    DCB(LOCAL): Employment Practices - Term Contracts    
4.    DCD(LOCAL): Employment Practices - At-Will Employment    
5.    DCE(LOCAL): Employment Practices - Other Types of Contracts    
6.    FDA(LOCAL): Admissions - Interdistrict Transfers    
7.    FL(LOCAL): Student Records    
8.    GBAA(LOCAL): Information Access - Requests for Information    
9.    GKB(LOCAL): Community Relations - Advertising and Fund Raising in the Schools     
F.    Update on Statement of Impact Amendments    
G.    Update on Board Advisory Committees    
H.    Update on Board Training, Conferences, Events and Consider Future Agenda Item Requests by Board Members    
7.    CLOSED SESSION    
A.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Discussing Personnel    
B.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Consider and Discuss Posting of Position and Employment of Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction    
C.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071, Attorney Consultation Regarding Legal Issues Related to Possible Proposed Nonrenewal of Term Contract for Administrator    
8.    CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION(S) REGARDING ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION    
A.    Consider and take possible action(s) regarding Personnel    
B.    Pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.074, Consider and Discuss Possible Proposed Nonrenewal of Term Contract for Administrator     
9.    ADJOURNMENT

JISD Hires Dr. Carl Montoya As Superintendent

In a special meeting of the Judson ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Carl Montoya was hired as the new JISD Superintendent.  Dr. Montoya has been the superintendent of Brownsville ISD for the last three years. Dr. Montoya’s 36 years of experience includes administrative positions in the Dallas ISD, Superintendent at Aransas Pass ISD, as well as at Brownsville ISD. 

His vision has also developed a culture of college readiness leading all 6 of BISD’s high schools to TEA Early College High School designations. He is also a big believer in STEM education, launching an innovative middle school initiative.  That program expanded into an aerospace engineering branch that fits well with the arrival in Brownsville of SpaceX, the first commercial space transport facility in the U.S.  Dr. Montoya served on the committee that helped recruit the company. 

As a valued educator and Certified Master Peace Officer, Dr. Montoya was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as Vice Chairman of the Texas School Safety Center Board assisting schools on safety and anti-violence issues. He is a member of the National Council of Urban School Districts, and is involved in Federal legislation affecting Texas school districts.

Dr. Montoya has been married to his wife Debbie for 30 years and they have two grown daughters.  He is a Boy Scout volunteer and a Rotary International member. Montoya takes over for Dr. Willis Mackey who will be formally retiring at the end of this school year after eight years at JISD.