A large crowd gathered at the Comanche ISD School Board Monday night for the regularly called school board meeting at the Comanche ISD Superintendent’s office. Public comment and the Superintendent Gary Speegle’s Report started the meeting.
The attendance was made up of concerned teachers and citizens. The issue is that the CISD educators may lose their $2,900 stipend for next year.
Mike Furlong, former School Board member, expressed his support to continue teacher pay stipend as other school districts. Heather Cuellar, a CHS teacher said, “The Comanche ISD has lower salaries than any others in the area. It is making it hard to find highly qualified teachers that are needed to help prepare students for the STAAR test, a state-mandated test, to make a grade.”
Taysha Feist, also a CISD Elementary School teacher, said “This feels like a slap in the face. The State of Texas has raised the teachers’ pay, but our local community may drop our $2,900 stipend.”
This debate was derived by House Bill 3 that was enacted in Texas. The bill proposes a general pay raise for teachers but will not be rewarded to administrative positions in the school. CISD has a hundred and twenty current teachers and would receive 1.1 million dollars for salaries for the teachers.
Overwhelming support for the teachers was very evident during the meeting. Almost all school board members were present for the discussion and the stipend issue will be voted on in August.
After the discussion about the teacher’s stipend, the $6.5 million gym was discussed closing the Superintendent’s Report.
The full agenda for the July 22 meeting is below:
1. Call to Order, 1.1. Roll Call and Establish a Quorum, 1.2. Prayer
1.3. Pledge, 1.4. Mission Statement
2. Public Comments/ Open Community Forum
The Public is invited to sign up and speak on matters of concern. The Board welcomes comments during the public comment part of the meeting. However, in accordance with the Texas Open Meeting Act, Board members cannot discuss or vote on issues not posted on the agenda. Please limit comments to five (5) minutes per speaker (BED Local). Sign in with recording secretary.
3. Action Items - New Business: Consider and Discuss
3. 1. Board Review of Update 113 LEGAL policies regarding changes to District
policies: AIA(LEGAL), AIB(LEGAL), AIC(LEGAL), AID(LEGAL), BBBA(LEGAL), BBBD(LEGAL), BBE(LEGAL), BDF(LEGAL), BF(LEGAL), BJCD(LEGAL), CBB(LEGAL), CDA(LEGAL), CDB(LEGAL), CDH(LEGAL), CFEA(LEGAL), CG(LEGAL), CNC(LEGAL), COA(LEGAL), COB(LEGAL), CPC(LEGAL), CR(LEGAL), CRB(LEGAL), CRF(LEGAL), DEC(LEGAL), DFE(LEGAL), E(LEGAL), EHBAF(LEGAL), EHBF(LEGAL), EHBI(LEGAL), EKB(LEGAL), ELA(LEGAL), F(LEGAL), FFG(LEGAL), FNF(LEGAL), FNF(LEGAL), FOA(LEGAL), FODA(LEGAL), and FOF(LEGAL). (No Action Needed)
3. 2. Consideration and Discussion on additions, revisions, or deletions of
(LOCAL) policies as recommended by TASB Policy Service and accrediting to the Instruction Sheet for TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 113 with the following
changes: replace BBE(LOCAL), replace BDD(LOCAL), replace BJCD(LOCAL), replace CI (LOCAL), replace CO(LOCAL), add COA(LOCAL), add COB(LOCAL), delete CRB(LOCAL), and replace FNF(LOCAL).
3. 3. Consider and Discuss Board Policy Manual Local District Update 2019.01:
DNA(LOCAL). 3.4. Consider and Discuss Abilene Regional Day School Program for the Deaf Shared Services (SSA) Agreement, 3. 5. Consideration and Discussion of 2019-2020 SY T-TESS Timeline,
3.6. Consideration and Discussion of Out of State Travel--Skills USA, 3.7. Consideration and Discussion on Athletic Handbook,
3.8. Consideration and Discussion of the 2019-2020 Comanche JH & HS Student Code of Conduct & Handbook, 3.9. Consideration and Discussion on Campus & District Improvement Plans, 3.10.Consideration and Discussion on the Business Procedures Manual,
3.11. Consideration and Discussion on Resolution Regarding Comanche Special Services Cooperative Interlocal Agreement, 3.12. Consideration and Discussion on Personnel
4. Consent Agenda (Action Required), 4.1. Approve Minutes from the Regular Meeting May 13, 2019, Special Board Meeting June 6, 2019, Special Board Meeting July 2, 2019, Disbursement of Funds, and Quarterly Investment Report.
5. Administration Reports: 5.1. Athletic Director’s Report, 5.2. Technology Director’s Report 5.3. Food Service Director’s Report 5.4. Early Childhood Center
5.5. Elementary Report, 5.6. Junior High Report, 5.7. High School Report, 5.8. Director of Operations Report, 5.9. Director of Finance Report, 5.10. Superintendent’s Report,
5.10.1. Comanche Special Events Center Update.
5.10.2. Salary Schedule
6. Discussion Items (No Action to be Taken), 7. Consideration and Discussion of Adjournment
Below are the approved minutes from the Special July 2 meeting
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF COMANCHE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT met in Special Session on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, beginning at 6:30 PM in the Comanche ISD Boardroom with the following members present to-wit: Jason Pate, Sheila Stephens, Neil Dudley, Tracey Carr, Kay Hagood, Harold Higginbotham, Eric Garcia, and Superintendent Gary Speegle.
Members Absent: None , School Personnel Present: Kathy Herring, Howard Gifford
Guests Present: Chris Flannery, Ruth Shugart
1. Call to Order, 1.1. Roll Call and Establish a Quorum Jason Pate called the meeting to order with a quorum present. Mission Statement read by Neil Dudley
2. Public Comments: None, 3. Action Items – New Business: Consider and Discuss
3.2. Discuss and Possible Action on 2019-2020 Food Service Prices
Motion by Neil Dudley second by Harold Higginbotham to approve the 2019-2020 Food Service Prices as presented. Motion carried: 7-0
4.1. Presentation from Gray & Gray Architects on Comanche ISD Special Events Center
3.1. Discuss and Possible Action on Twelve (12) Month Employee Salary Schedules
Motion by Neil Dudley second by Kay Hagood to approve the twelve (12) month employee salary schedules as presented. Motion carried: 7-0
3.3. Discuss and Possible Action to Approve Updated Cost of Work for the Comanche ISD Special Events Center Project
Motion by Neil Dudley second by Harold Higginbotham to approve the updated Cost of Work for the Comanche ISD Special Events Center Project. Motion carried: 7-0
3.4. Discuss and Possible Action to Approve the Procurement of a General Contractor Through Competitive Sealed Proposals as Offering the Best Value to the District for the Comanche ISD Special Events Center Project
Motion by Sheila Stephens second by Eric Garcia to approve the procurement of a General Contractor through competitive sealed proposals as offering the best value to the District for the Comanche ISD Special Events Center Project. Motion carried: 7-0
3.5. Discuss and Possible Action on Approval of Prevailing Wage Schedule for Comanche ISD Special Events Center Project
Motion by Neil Dudley second by Eric Garcia to approve the prevailing Wage Schedule for the Comanche ISD Special Events Center Project as presented. Motion carried: 7-0
4. Discussion Items (No Action to be Taken)
Executive Session Notes:
Board Members Jason Pate, Sheila Stephens, Neil Dudley, Tracey Carr, Eric Garcia, Kay Hagood, and Harold Higginbotham. Superintendent Gary Speegle, and Director of Finance Kathy Herring entered into Executive Session at 7:20 p.m. as authorized under Section 551.074 (Personnel) of the Texas Government Code, Section 551.071 (Attorney Consultation), and Section 551.072 (Real Property) of the Texas Government Code. Board members, Speegle and Herring exited from Executive Session at 8:57 p.m.
5. Consideration and Discussion of Adjournment
Motion by Neil Dudley second by Kay Hagood to adjourn at 9:05 pm, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Motion carried 7-0.