Letter from Board President regarding naming of Willis R. Mackey High School – September 25, 2015
On Wednesday, September 16th, during a special board meeting, the Judson ISD board voted 5 to 2 to name the new high school, Willis R. Mackey High School. Board policy CW (local) provides procedures regarding new facilities. This policy includes information on naming facilities, public input, renaming facilities, public dedication, and plaque for new facilities.
As we began our process for naming the new high school, we asked for community input via our JISD website. We received approximately 400 suggestions. There was no prior decision on the naming of the school before the night of September 16th. The 400+ suggestions were reviewed to ensure they met the requirements per our board policy. The suggestions were provided to the school board for review.
According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, the school board could not deliberate on the naming of the new high school in any way prior to September 16th. Any and all deliberation on any topic must be done in an open meeting. Only when the board is in open session can we conduct business. The special board meeting agenda for September 16, 2015, was posted at least 72 hours in advance as required by law and was also advertised on the Judson ISD website.
Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion (citizens to be heard) of the meeting designated for that purpose. At regular and called meetings, the Board shall allot time to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak. Generally, no presentation shall exceed three minutes; however, the Board may extend the time limits. During the September 16, board meeting, I announced that I would extend the allotted time (3 minutes) for any group that wanted to address the board together. Several individuals took advantage of this break in protocol. You may view the entire September 16, special board meeting using the link provided.
We are aware of the 2,000+ signatures on the petition at change.org to rename Willis R. Mackey high school. At our next regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, October 15th, we will have our “citizen’s to be heard” segment of the meeting. We would like to invite you to speak at that time if you would like to address the board, in person, on the naming of Willis R. Mackey High School, or any other issue.
As in all matters coming before the Judson ISD board, when a proposal is presented to the Board, the Board shall hold a discussion and reach a decision. Although there may be dissenting votes, which are a matter of public record, each Board decision shall be an action by the whole Board binding upon each member.
As a team of eight, we want to be as transparent as we can with our students, parents, staff members, and community members. We want to apologize and take full responsibility for any miscommunication or misunderstanding regarding the process of naming the new high school.
As stated on our website,
“Through your elected officials, you have a voice in the decision making process. In you lies the strength of the Judson Independent School District. We consider what you and others have to say because you offer a unique glimpse into community needs and interests.”
Each School Board Member invites you to share your insights with them by telephone, letter or personal visit. As a board we want to hear what you have to say.
We are here to serve you and make a positive impact and memorable difference in the lives of our district's children. “They are our future!” This board will always put our children’s education first. It is not what the name of a building is but what goes on inside that building that counts.
District # 1 Trustee
Judson ISD Board President
The Judson ISD Board of Trustees wants to encourage family and community involvement in the education and mentoring of students in the district. The board has approved a proclamation declaring the month of October Family and Community Engagement Month.
Agenda of Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees
A Regular Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Judson ISD will be held September 17, 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
1. Keeston Edward: (sophomore at Wagner) Park Village ES basketball court access closed.
2. Bob Coster: Locked gates at Park Village ES
3. Elder Johnson: Invitation of Youth Festival to the board members and community of JISD
4. Arthur Vega: New High School name, protest of name Mackey High School
4. CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consider and take action regarding approving Minutes from the Regular Board Meeting held August 20, 2015
B. Consider and take action regarding approving Monthly Financial Information as of August 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 Construction Procurement Method for the Kitty Hawk Middle School Bus Drive Replacement (pulled, Macias)
E. Consider and take action regarding approving the Submission of the 2015 Appraisal Roll as Certified by the Bexar Appraisal District for the Judson Independent School District
F. Consider and take action regarding approving the Submission of the 2015 Effective and Rollback Tax Rates for the Judson Independent School District
G. Consider and take action regarding approving Update to DCE(LOCAL): Employment Practices - Other Types of Contracts, Second Reading
H. Consider and take action regarding approving Update to DIA(LOCAL): Employee Welfare - Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, Second Reading
I. Consider and take action regarding approving Update to EIA(LOCAL): Academic Achievement - Grading/Progress Reports to Parents, Second Reading
J. Consider and take action regarding approving Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) Certified List of Appraisers
K. Consider and take action regarding approving a Resolution Declaring Bexar County 4-H as an Extracurricular Activity and Bexar County 4-H Extension Staff Adjunct Faculty Status (pulled Salinas, Macias)
ALL ITEMS PASSED EXCEPT THOSE PULLED…ITEMS PULLED WERE PASSED AFTER DISCUSSION AND CLARIFICATION
5. DISCUSSION/CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ITEMS
A. Consider and take possible action regarding approving a Proclamation Declaring October Family and Community Engagement Month (passed)
B. Discuss and take possible action to Retroactively Compensate Educational Diagnosticians for 2014-2015 (pulled, Macias)
C. Consider and take possible action regarding approving Nominations for Bexar Appraisal District Board of Directors for 2016-2017 (pulled, Salyer)
D. Consider and take possible action regarding approving the Fast Track Hiring of Teachers (passed)
E. 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
B. Update on the State of the Transportation Department (A. Salinas)
C. Update on Energy Management Department (A. Salinas)
D. Presentation from Athletics (Paschall)
E. Effective Discipline Practices Presentation by Middle School Principals (Macias)
F. Disciplinary Practices for Personnel (Paschall)
G. Discuss Potential Bond (Macias)
H. Update on Board Advisory Committees
I. 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 551.072, Discuss the Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value or Real Property
B. 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(s) regarding the Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value or Real Property
B. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding Personnel
JISD Board Members were recently out at the new high school on Evans Road to see the progress and it seems to be changing significantly by the day. The project’s first phase is now at 70 percent completion and board members have been pleased with what they have been seeing. A lot of the inside construction is at full throttle with painting and installation of HVAC systems going on.
With the school at this point in the construction process, the survey of the community that asked for name suggestions has been completed. Almost 400 name suggestions were submitted for consideration. The district wants to thank everyone for their input on the process. The names will be presented to the school board for consideration in the coming weeks. From there, Principal Christina Clark will work with the school's students and parents on the mascot. In the meantime, the dust will continue to fly out there as construction hums along and we see the district's newest school take shape.
The Judson ISD School Board approved a total $228.8 million dollar budget on June 23, 2015. The budget that was passed by the JISD Board includes a general 3% pay raise for professional educators and administrators. In addition, a modest increase in the district’s contribution to employee insurance plans was included to help pay for the current benefits. Also figured into this budget is the pay raise of at least $1,600 for teachers, nurses and librarians as a part of their annual step. Bus drivers will also now be starting at $13.75 an hour. With this budget, the starting salary of teachers in the Judson ISD with no experience will be $50,150. This budget will take effect for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year which starts in July.
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