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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired shall be held on April 8, 2016, beginning at 10:15 a.m. in the Board Meeting Room, Building 600, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, Texas. 

If, during the course of the meeting, any discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in closed session, the Board shall convene in such closed session in accordance with Texas Government Code, Sec. 551.001, et seq.  Before any such session is convened, the presiding officer shall publicly identify the section or sections of the Code authorizing the closed session.  All final votes, actions, or decisions shall be taken in open session.

The subjects to be discussed or considered, or upon which any formal action may be taken, are as follows (items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice):


for April 8, 2016 Meeting


1.   Call to Order

2.   Introduction of Audience

3.   Recognition of the 2016 TSBVI Outstanding Outreach Staff Member (Joseph Muniz)

4.   Public Comments/Open Forum

5.   Consideration of Approval of Minutes of January 28 and 29, 2016 Board Meetings (Joseph Muniz), pages 3-18

6.   Report from the Finance Committee (Michael Garrett)

a.   Introduction of Pam Darden as the new Chief Financial Officer

b.   Introduction of Brian McDonald as the new Director of Support Services

c.   Consideration of appointment of Pam Darden as the Chief Investment Officer, page 19

d.   Consideration of approval of Investment Report, pages 20-21

e.   Consideration of approval of receipt of gifts and donations of over $500, pages 22-25

f.     Consideration of approval of request for expenditure of gifts and donations, pages 22-25

g.    Review of budget reports, pages 26-34

7.   Report from the Program Committee (Caroline Daley)

a.   Consideration of approval of board policies:  pages 35-83

DAA           Employment Objectives:  Equal Opportunity Employment (amend), pages 37-47

FFG            Student Welfare:  Child Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, and Improper Child Care Practice (amend), pages 48-56

FL               Student Records (amend), pages 57-83

b.   Consideration of approval of the School’s calendar for 2016-2017, pages 84-85

c.   Report from Short-Term Programs Principal, Sara Merritt

Summer Program applications and classes

d.   Report from Outreach Director, Cyral Miller

Distance Learning

e.   Report from Comprehensive Programs Principal, Miles Fain

Consideration of approval of recommendations of the Instructional Materials Committee, page 86Transition to Adult Life Update

8.   Report from the Audit, Compliance, and Management Review Committee (Joseph Muniz)

a.   Overview of the Information Resources Department (Mike Wolszon)

b.   Report from the Internal Auditor (Jaye Stepp), page 87

Approval of Internal Audit Report on TSBVI’s Health Center

9.   Consideration of Approval of Proposed Renewals and Nonrenewals of Staff Contracts (Bill Daugherty), pages 88-94

10.    Consideration of Approval of Agency Strategic Plan Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Performance Measures (Bill Daugherty), pages 95-99

11.    Consideration of Approval of Proposed Goals, Needs Assessments, Objectives and a List of Action Plans for the 2016-2017 Annual Improvement Plan (Bill Daugherty), pages 100-136

12.    Lunch with Student Council (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

13.    Report from the Superintendent, page 137-138

a.   Legislative Budget Board Audit

b.   Campus activities

14.    Report from All Blind Children of Texas (Gloria Bennett)

15.    Discussion of Future Board Meeting Topics and Scheduling of Training Sessions (Joseph Muniz)

16.    Consideration of Approval of Board President’s Recommendations Concerning Board Committees (Joseph Muniz), page 139

17.    Appointment of Board Committee Members, Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons (Joseph Muniz), page 139

18.    Announcements

19.    Adjournment