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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 6, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room, Building 600, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, Texas. 

If, during the course of the meetings, 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):

BOARD AGENDA

For April 6, 2017 Meeting

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

1.   Call to Order

2.   Introduction of Audience

3.   Discussion of Public Comment Made at January 27, 2017 Meeting of the Board

4.   Recess (Adjournment) for Purposes of Board Training

5.  Board Training on Ethics – Orin Moore, Texas Association of School Boards

6.   Board Training on Advocacy – Orin Moore, Texas Association of School Boards

7.   Board Training on Writing Good Policy – Leonard Schwartz, TSBVI General Counsel

8.   Adjournment

 

 

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 7, 2017, 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):

BOARD AGENDA

for April 7, 2017 Meeting

  

1.   Call to Order

2.   Introduction of Audience

3.   Public Comments/Open Forum

4.   Consideration of Approval of Minutes of January 27, 2017 Board Meeting (Joseph Muniz), pages 4-11

5.   Report from the Finance Committee (Michael Garrett)

a.   Consideration of approval of Investment Report, page 12

b.   Consideration of approval of receipt of gifts and donations of over $500, pages 13-15

c.    Consideration of approval of request for expenditure of gifts and donations, pages 13-15

d.    Review of budget reports, pages 16-24

6.   Report from the Program Committee (Lee Sonnenberg)

a.   Consideration of approval of board policies:  pages 25-39

EHBA        Special Programs:  Special Education (amend), pages 27-30

FFG            Student Welfare:  Child Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, and Improper Child Care Practice (amend), pages 31-39

b.   Consideration of approval of the School’s calendar for 2017-2018, pages 40-41

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

Summer Program applications and classes

d.   Report from Comprehensive Programs Principal, Miles Fain

Consideration of approval of recommendations of the Instructional Materials Committee, pages 42-46 Consideration of approval of implementation a new teacher compensation system, pages 47-54 Student financial literacy instruction

7.   Consideration of Approval of Proposed Renewals and Non-renewals of Staff Contracts (Bill Daugherty), pages 55-61      

8.    Review of Needs Assessments and Proposed Action Plans and Consideration of Approval of Proposed Objectives for the 2017-2018 Annual Improvement Plan (Bill Daugherty), pages 62

9.    Lunch with Student Council (11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

10.  Status Report on Action Plans in the 2016-2017 School Improvement Plan, page 63 (Bill Daugherty)

11.  Report from the Superintendent, pages 64-65

a.   Legislative hearing

b.   Legislative Budget Board Management and Performance Review

c.   Governor’s hiring freeze

d.   Campus activities

12.  Consideration of Approval of Dates for 2017-2018 Board Meetings and Training Dates and Discussion of Summer 2017 Board Meetings Including a Strategic Planning Meeting (Bill Daugherty), page 66

13.  Discussion of Future Board Meeting Topics (Joseph Muniz)

14.  Announcements

15.  Adjournment