The Brownwood school board met in regular session Aug. 14 with the following agenda items:

Superintendent’s report
    • Superintendent Dr. Joe Young will speak at the Aug. 18 Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, in which he will highlight hiring updates, academic changes and district news.
    • Quarterly financial report — indicated the district is financially on track for the year.
    • Preliminary budget update for the 2017-’18 school year — indicated a balanced budget has been developed and will be carried through the finalization phase planned for later in the month.
    • Staff handbook — minimal changes were made, inclusive of legislative definitions and updates.

Discussion, action items, departmental reports
    • Assessment, district, and campus improvement plan –  Young presented information including the expansion of the Gifted and Talented program and other academic curriculum changes, staff additions, district communication tools and the 2017 TEA Accountability Ratings.
    The Brownwood ISD received “met standard” ratings in all areas of accountability as measured by TEA for 2017.         The report describing these ratings is on the TEA website.
    • District improvement plan — Young presented a detailed plan outlining steps to be taken for improving academic performance throughout the district, including focus on data-drive instruction, formative assessments and grade level meetings regarding curriculum and instruction.          • Student code of conduct — Contains several changes to the code as mandated from the 2017 State Legislature, including SB 179 (David’s Law) regarding cyber bullying and the revised regulations limiting out-of-school suspension for grades 2 and below except those permitted by law.
    • Proposed tax rate for public notice — $1.2151, representing $1.04 for maintenance and operations and $0.1751 for interest and sinking fund. This rate is the same rate as the 2016-2017 rate.
    • Date to approve the 2017-’18 budget and tax rate — Aug. 28.
    • Public funds investment policy — same as the policy currently in place, with no proposed changes.                     • DNA (Local) — governs the requirement of annual evaluations of teachers through the T-TESS system. Details of the schedule of evaluations, originally presented to the board in June, were reviewed.
    • Texas Association of School Boards-initiated policy update  — approved as presented.
    • District of Innovation teacher certification —Young reviewed the District of Innovation guidelines approved by the board in May. Under the District of Innovation plan in place, BISD has the flexibility to locally certify personnel to teach in specialized trades and vocational areas. Young presented three teachers for approval, noting that specific job posting and hiring processes as outlined in the district of Innovation plan had been followed.
    • Property/casualty insurance — Dr. Hector Martinez presented four competitive bids, noting the current carrier of the district’s policies is going out of business. After discussing the merits of the competitive bids, Martinez recommended the acceptance of a $194,029 bid from Public Educators Association of Texas (PEAT). The board approved.
    
Consent agenda approved
    • TEA general waivers for shortened days and exam days to count for approved instruction time.
    • Appraisal list for approved teacher evaluators.
    • Teacher appraisal calendar for regular yearly evaluations.
    • Contract extension for All Aboard Transportation for one year under the same rate as the current contract.

Announcements
    • Chamber of Commerce luncheon — Friday, Aug. 18.
    • Budget workshop — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21.
    • First day of school — Wednesday, Aug. 23.
    • Special board meeting – Monday, Aug. 28.
    • Meet the Lions –6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28.
    • Labor Day — Monday, Sept. 4, district closed.
    • Next regular meeting — Sept. 11.
    • Second annual Lion’s Pride Gala – Saturday, Oct. 14.