It's great how different campuses have their unique way of getting students academically and mentally ready to take the STAAR exam. If you can get across the message of doing your best no matter what, the foundation for testing well has been laid. Teachers at Coronado Village got their message across by performing musical and funny skits at their STAAR Pep Rally. There's something that relaxes and inspires the mind of a student when they see their teachers outside their element having fun as well as doing their best with the activity at hand. Thank you teachers for putting your dignity aside for a moment to give students a little extra confidence and motivation.
Fiesta of course is in full swing and it seems Fiesta royalty have been busy lately visiting several campuses in the JISD. Miss Fiesta, Sophia Campos, took time out of her busy schedule to talk to students about the importance of staying in school, doing their best and being kind to others. It was fun for the kids to see someone that gets so much media coverage in their own school...even more important was the message she brought.
It's never too early to plan out your future. Students at Paschall Elementary have a great school counselor that organized a tour of UTSA for 5th grade students. The kids, along with their parents and teachers got a firsthand look at the campus through a great tour, lecture and a campus wide scavenger hunt. This field trip was part of a year-long college awareness program started by school counselor Kirsten Hadas. Thanks Ms. Hadas for taking the lead on this eye opening trip for everyone.
Pledge Leader: Zander Williams- a 5th grader from Park Village Elementary. Zander has attended Park Village since 3rd grade. Zander is an A-B honor roll student and is currently a member of the Park Village Robotics Club. Zander is part of the safety patrol and regularly participates as a member of the Morning PVTV Broadcast Crew. Zander will also be part of the inaugural class of Judson’s STEM-- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy next year. He is the son of Rose and Jackie Williams.
After competing in the district and regional engineering and science fairs and both times coming away with 1st place in her category, 7th grade student Madison Lagrimanta earned her the right to attend the Exxon-Mobil Texas Engineering and Science Fair. Her teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Hooper at Kitty Hawk and Mrs. Elsa Barrientos is the Science Specialist.
After the district and regional levels, these students competed at the State Refinishing Contest held in Corpus Christi at Del Mar College. Rebekka Howell placed 4th out of 12 in Refinishing Technical Information and Danielle Caballero placed 3rd out of 24 in Technical Information for Refinishing.
The Grace Hopper Award recognizes great computer professionals in their field. This year the Texas K-12 CTO Council chose Judson ISD Chief Technology Officer Steve Young as their Grace Hopper award winner for the state of Texas.
The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) awarded Judson’s Purchasing Department with an Award of Merit. The TASBO recognized the Purchasing Department because of their commitment to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. This department is comprised of Purchasing Director Mike Ashmore, Executive Secretary Hilary Moore (not pictured) and Department Buyer Debbie Baerman (not pictured)
Agenda of Regular Meeting
The Board of Trustees
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Judson ISD will be held April 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 PM in the ERC Board Room, 8205 Palisades Dr., Live Oak, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order 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
Tom Ponder- changing school start time for elementary
Marilyn McKinney- CVE Wax Museum event
Mark Lambert-natatorium, time change for elementary
Steven Fernandez-resignation as Indian Education President
4. CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consider and take action regarding approval of Board Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting on March 27, 2014
B. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of Board Minutes for the Special Meetings on March 17 and March 20, 2014
C. Consider and take action regarding approval of Monthly Financial Information as of March 31, 2014
D. Consider and take action regarding approval of Budget Transfers Across Functions
E. Consider and take action regarding approval of Quarterly Cash Investment Report for all Funds as of March 31, 2014
F. Consider and take action regarding approval of Construction Procurement Method for the Evans Road High School Water Line Extension
G. Consider and take action regarding approval of Ranking for Materials Testing Engineering Services for Evans Road High School
H. Consider and take action regarding approval of Construction Procurement Method for an Upgrade to the Uninterruptible Power Supply System for the Education Resource Center
I. Consider and take action regarding approval of a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Expedited Waiver for Staff Development
J. Consider and take action regarding approval of a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Expedited Waiver for Foreign Exchange Student Program
K. Consider and take action regarding approval of Instructional Materials: Mathematics, Grades K-8 & K-5 Spanish, Science, Grades K-12 & K-5 Spanish and Technology Applications, K-12
All Consent Items passed
5. DISCUSSION/CONSIDERATION OF ACTION ITEMS
A. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of a Utility Services Agreement with San Antonio Water System (SAWS) for Water and Sewer Provisions for the Evans Road High School Site (passed)
B. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of Increasing the Paid Lunch Prices for 2014-2015 (amended, option 2 passed)
C. Consider and take possible action regarding Initiating an Internal Audit of Human Resources (Macias) (pulled)
D. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of an Opportunity Assessment Review at no Charge to Judson ISD by Chevron Energy Solutions Company (Adair) (passed)
E. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of Local District Update CH(LOCAL): Purchasing and Acquisition, Second Reading (Adair) (Tabled)
F. Consider and take possible action regarding approval to Direct the Superintendent to Develop a Plan for Meeting University Interscholastic League (UIL) Requirements to Build and Fund a Natatorium (Salyer) (amended, passed)
G. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of establishing a Commitment of Fund Balance in the Amount of $3 Million Dollars for the Procurement of Future School Sites (Flores) (passed)
H. Consider and take possible action regarding approval of Moving the Date for the Regular May Board Meeting to Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (passed)
I. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding approval of the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments (passed)
6. DISCUSSION ITEMS/REPORTS
A. Superintendent Report
1. Construction Update
2. JSTEM Academy Update
3. Curriculum: 3 Essential Instructional Systems (Vertical Alignment , Collaborative Planning & RPM) + Student Culture
B. Discuss Ramifications of Elementary Boundary Changes Approved on March 27 (Flores)
C. Policy on Internal Auditor - First Reading (Adair)
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, Discussing Personnel
B. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Sections 551.071 and 551.074, Attorney Consultation Regarding Legal Issues Related to the Superintendent’s Retirement Plans, and Discussion Regarding Same (passed)
C. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Sections 551.071 and 551.074, Attorney Consultation Regarding Legal Issues Related to the Associate Superintendent’s Retirement Plans, and Discussion Regarding Same (passed)
8. CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION(S) REGARDING ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION
A. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding Personnel
B. Discussion and take possible action regarding Superintendent's Retirement Plans
C. Discussion and take possible action regarding Associate Superintendent's Retirement Plans