With the results of the May 9th election, the Judson ISD School Board has two new members and one returning member...they were recently sworn in. Incoming Board Member Renee Paschall took her oath of office from Converse Mayor Al Suarez, while Dr. Melinda Salinas took her seat on the board after Precinct 4 Judge Rogelio Lopez administered her oath. Returning Board Member Steve Salyer was also sworn in by Judge Lopez. After the brief installation ceremonies, the board elected leadership. Mr. Salyer retained his position as Board President, Mr. Flores also stayed on as Board Vice President and Ms. Paschall was elected as Board Secretary. Congratulations.
Pledge Leader: Emily Clymer… Emily is a 5th grade honor roll student at Hopkins Elementary. She is a G-T student, was a Spelling Bee participant, and is someone to look up to at school and at home. She has a physically challenged sibling and the support, responsibility, and extraordinary care and love that she has given her family and her sister as well as maintaining her academic responsibilities is nothing short of commendable.
The Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference each year announces the Texas Bluebonnet Award Book Winner. The winner this year was the story “The Day The Crayons Quit.” To speak and introduce both author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers before a crowd of some 1600 attendees was Crestview 5th grader Jaiden Andrade. …..Jaiden also represented TLA’s District 10 by participating in a round table discussion with the author and illustrator.
Metzger’s FCCLA is very active. FCCLA stands for Family Career and Community Leaders of America. These students went to the organization’s Regional 5 Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi and came away with a couple of top placings. They placed first in Life Event Planning and Chapter Service. Welcome Andrea Hudgins-Miles and Crystal Ramirez.
These students recently competed at the Skills USA Texas State Leadership & Skills Conference in Corpus Christi and they came out big winners. First…
the 6th grade winners for
Exploratory Division: the winner is Alexis Gonzales.
Business Procedure Exploratory Team: winners Alexis Gonzales, Yanil Bahena, Martina Magana, Eva Perales and Angel Tolbert.
8th Grade State Winners
Opening & Closing Team: Madie Lagrimanta, Eliana Parada, Serena Rayburn, Julia Torres-Herrera, Ariana Burleson, Cami Villanueva
BBQ Trailer Welding Project: Maddie Lagrimanta, Eliana Parada, Serena Rayburn, Julia-Torres-Herrera, Ariana Burleson
Porch Swing Project: Brannen Turner
Julian Acevedo is their instructor and coach
Emblem Team, Project Blue Award: Zachary Rhoades. Kristin Rumfield, Teacher
Kirby Middle School has some awesome SkillsUSA students as well and many of them were big winners at this State Competition.
8th Grade Winners
Construction ID tool test state winners for skillsUSA:
1st place Sergio Rangel
2nd place Julian Cruz
3rd place Chris Rodriguez
Ken Tucker, Teacher
To go to a National Conference is a big deal…especially if you are a freshman. This freshman here tonight was not intimidated at all competing against 18 teams of upper classmen…she took the opportunity and benefitted from it. Sarah Megan is here tonight…was recognized as one of the best examples of fair trade practices.
The winners at the TPSA (Texas Public Service Association) Criminal Justice State Competition:
From Judson High School : 3rd place SWAT/Negotiation:
Laura Lira, JoAnthony Rodriguez, Troy Hernandez, Joel Gomez, Ian Sides, Christopher Joy.
3rd place Building Search:
JoAnthony Rodriguez, Laura Lira, and Alexandra Rodriguez
Jesse Acosta, Teacher
Aaron Williams, Teacher
From Wagner High School: 3rd place in Domestic Disturbance
JISD Police Officer Van Mayfield-instructor
JISD Police Lt. Robert Ocallaghan-instructor
coming from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Judson High School student Christian D'Amato was one of 3,100 students nationally that earned this designation because he scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black students that took the PSAT/NMSQT nationally and requested consideration.
Out of more than 3,000 member schools, Judson High School was chosen as one of only 110 nationally to receive a “Leading Chapter Award” by the National Speech and Debate Association. Nationally, Judson ranks in the top 16% of all NSDA member schools.
Carlos Acosta, Sha’La Carter, Alexander Dane, Jamie Dixon, Alexandria Jeanblanc, Devin Nelson, Mallory Nelson, Kai Rodriguez, Sofia Romero, Rachel Roybal, and Kaitlyn Witteman.
Mbayi Aben, Kayla Casiano, Andrew Kennedy, Anne Maza, Gabriella Robinson, and Shade Smith.
Mr. Matt Turner, Debate Teacher
Mr. Rey Andrade, Debate Teacher
Mr. Larry Bailey, Theatre Teacher
Ms. Vanessa White, Theatre Teacher
The Agri-science program at Judson is very strong and we wanted to recognize those who were FFA State Competition winners.
Lauren Henderson, Teacher
Andrea Watts, Teacher
The Alamo Academies is a national award winning, innovative, STEM-based program with the Alamo Colleges. It provides a college pathway for juniors and seniors to attain industry and academic certificates that lead to high-wage jobs or to further higher education while addressing critical workforce industry needs.
Aerospace: Mauricio Bailey, Abigail Gritton
Information Technology & Security Academy: Austin Smith, Alexander Stephens, Daniel Wrzesinski
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Academy: Alberto Quezada
Health Professionals Academy: Averee Curry
Diana Gonzales, Career Counselor
The Judson ISD Board also chose to take a moment to say thank you for Ms. June Adair's years of service on the board as a trustee.
Agenda of Regular School Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees
A Regular School Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Judson ISD will be held May 21, 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
3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS/CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
-Jesse Hernandez: Judson HS Principal speaking on Project Graduation
-Cyndi Ambrose: Career pathways, transportation
-June Adair: Thank you, attendance zones and future bond
4. CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consider and take action regarding approving Board Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on April 16, 2015
B. Consider and take action regarding approving Amendments to the Minutes from the Regular Board Meetings held on April 17 and November 20, 2014
C. Consider and take action regarding approving the Ratification of an Interlocal Agreement with Bexar County for Election Services
D. Consider and take action regarding approving Monthly Financial Information as of April 30, 2015
E. Consider and take action regarding approving Amendments to the Budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year (pulled-passed)
F. Consider and take action regarding approving Budget Transfers Across Functions
G. Consider and take action regarding approving a Resolution to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement for Cooperative Purchasing with the Harris County Department of Education (pulled-passed) 6-1 abstained Ms. Paschall
H. Consider and take action regarding approving of Expenditures Equal to or Greater than $50,000 (pulled-passed) 6-1 Ms. Paschall abstained
I. Consider and take action regarding approving Request for Proposals 15-09 for an Employee Time and Attendance System (pulled-passed Paschall abstained)
J. Consider and take action regarding approving Request for Proposals 15-14 for Visual Impairment Instructional Services
K. Consider and take action regarding approving Request for Proposals 15-17 for Depository Services
L. Consider and take action regarding approving 2015-2016 Secondary Student Fees
M. Consider and take action approving Update 100, Affecting Local Policies - Second Reading:
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
All Items were either passed or pulled and passed after clarification
5. DISCUSSION/CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ITEMS
A. Consider and take possible action regarding approving a Resolution Relating to the Passage of Senate Bill 149 and Assessment Graduation Requirements (passed)
B. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of the Dress Code (LaFoille) (pulled)
C. Consider and take possible action regarding approving the Contract Renewal List for Teachers and Counselors for the 2015-2016 School Year (passed, Ms. Paschall abstained)
D. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding approving the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments (passed, Ms. Paschall abstained)
6. DISCUSSION ITEMS/REPORTS
A. Superintendent Report
1. Construction Update
2. Judson Learning Academy/Simon Youth Foundation Update
B. Discussion on Condition of Evans Road (Salyer)
C. Report on Judson I.S.D. Truancy Program
D. 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 551.071, Consultation with Attorney Regarding Legal Issues and Anticipated Litigation Concerning the Award of the Contract for Request for Proposals 15-10 for Copier and Printer Hardware and Service with Usage Tracking Software
B. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071, Consultation with Attorney regarding Facilities Lawsuit and Tolling Agreement
C. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071, Attorney Consultation regarding Legal Issues Related to Delegating Authority for the Superintendent to Resolve Certain Claims Against the District and the Authority to Waive Certain District Claims
D. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071, Attorney Consultation regarding Legal Issues Related to Settlement and Release Agreement with At-Will Employees
E. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Consider and Discuss Possible Settlement and Release Agreement with At-Will Employees
F. 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 regarding Request for Proposals 15-10 for Copier and Printer Hardware and Service with Usage Tracking Software (pulled)
B. Consider and take possible action to Delegate Authority for the Superintendent to Resolve Certain Claims Against the District and the Authority to Waive Certain District Claims (passed)
C. Consider and take possible action regarding approving a Settlement and Release Agreement with At-Will Employees (passed)
D. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding Personnel
After all the early voting and election day votes were counted, the Judson ISD Board will have two new members taking their seats when it convenes for its regular meeting later this month. While sitting Board President Steve Salyer retained his seat over challenger Rick Page, June Adair lost her bid for re-election after she was defeated by Converse City Councilmember Renee Paschall and Incumbent Sonny Merrell who was appointed earlier this school year to his position after Beth Williams moved, will be replaced by former JISD Principal Melinda Salinas. The results will not be official until the vote is canvassed on May 20th during a special board meeting.
As far as the newcomers are concerned, Renee Paschall is expected to resign her position on the Converse City Council to take her position on the JISD Board. Melinda Salinas is currently Assistant Superintendent at Poteet ISD, but lives within the Judson ISD boundaries. Both are expected to be sworn in and take their seats on the board after the canvassing of the vote. Take a look at the results below.
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:
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.