Welcome to the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees Monthly Board Report.
The Board conducted its Work Study on October 15 and Regular Board Meeting on October 22.
During the Work Study, the Board heard a presentation on the annual financial audit of the District, a presentation regarding the Preliminary Design of the Future Serenity High School building and a report on the upcoming attendance rezoning process.
Mr. Kirk Evans, Partner with Evans, Pingleton and Howard, PLLC, reported to the Board regarding the District’s 2012-2013 annual financial audit. Mr. Evans stated that the financial records were maintained appropriately and the financial statements of the district present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of McKinney ISD as of June 30, 2013. Mr. Evans also stated that there were no issues in the management report that needed action by the Board.
Ms. Vandana Nayak, of SHW Group, presented a concept of a new Serenity High School building which is to be built sometime in the future. The building would service up to 35 students concurrently and would be located near the existing campus on the corner of White Avenue and Redbud Lane. Funds would come from a combination of private donors and school district bond funds. No time line was given for the building, but the concept drawings were necessary for fund raising efforts.
Dr. Kennedy, Superintendent, provided the Board of Trustees with proposed parameters or guidelines and corresponding timeline for the upcoming attendance rezoning. The parameters that were approved by the Board were as follows:
• Proximity to the schools creating boundaries that will reduce eligibility for bus transportation services to schools.
• Socio-economic diversity
• Utilization of space with future and current needs in mind
• Boundary stability
• Keep students in neighborhoods intact throughout their school career Pre K-12
The timeline presented for the rezoning process was as follows:
December 17: Draft Proposal unveiled on the website with an on-line feedback form
January 9: Telephone Town Hall Meeting in the Board Room at 7 p.m.
January 16: New Draft Proposal Based on Telephone Town Hall Meeting and input received on the website feedback form. Post for new feedback.
January 21: Presentation of Final Draft to the Board of Trustees
January 28: Board of Trustee Approval of High School Attendance Zones for the 2014-15 School Year
The public will have the opportunity to give input into the process in two primary ways. An online feedback form will be available on the MISD website in December and January and the public will also have the opportunity to participate in a Telephone Town Hall Meeting in January.
During the Work Study session, the Board also discussed proposed revisions to the local policy regarding grading guidelines and the existing inconsistencies in its application. In 2011, the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency issued a mandate that any student receiving a grade below 70 on any test would be allowed to retake the test for a higher grade. The Commissioner’s ruling did not give guidelines on how scores on the retakes would be handled nor whether a student who had received a grade of 70 or higher could retake the test. The Board approved a revision to the policy that allows any student who receives below a score of 80 to retake a test. However, the maximum score that can be received on the retake is 80. The Board felt this revision would allow for consistency across campuses and classrooms and will allow students to be rewarded for scoring high on the first exam while still allowing students who a score below 80 to continue efforts toward mastering the subject. It should be noted that attendance at tutoring sessions are required to retake a test.
On October 22, the Board conducted its Regular Board Meeting. At the meeting, the Board listened to students from Valley Creek Elementary present a learning showcase of the “The Leader in Me” program within their school. The Leader in Me program is an innovative, school-wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century. The Board recognized the Brenda Fee, Wolford Elementary Art Teacher, the Cockrill and Faubion Middle School Bands and the McKinney Boyd High School Broadway Broncos for their outstanding achievements.
Agenda items also included approval of a the 2013 annual financial audit, a revision to Employee Acceptable Use Policy for technology, one maximum class size exception waiver and the approval of offers made to purchase two Tax Foreclosed properties for future use of the Career and Technology home building program.
The Board will conduct its next Work Study meeting on Tuesday, November 12 and its Regular meeting on November 19.
MISD Board of Trustees
Curtis Rippee – President
Amy Dankel– Vice President
Bobby Amick – Secretary
Story submitted by Curtis Rippee