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Archived Meeting Minutes

Prepared by Jamie Highsmith, Public Information Officer

November 05, 2002

The meeting was called to order by Board President Julia Stout at 5:37 pm. There was no executive session, and Mrs. Stout gave the invocation. The Pledge of Allegiance included the Presentation of Colors by the CHS Color Guard.

The minutes of the October 8, 2002 special meeting and the October 17, 2002 regular meeting were approved.

No public comment was given other than related to agenda items.

The following schools received certificates for TAAS recognition: Austin, Belaire, Bonham, Bowie, Crockett, Fannin, Glenmore, Goliad, McGill, Santa Rita, Travis, and Glenn.

The following reports were given:

A) Right Choices for Youth—presented by Kim Pimento, featured information regarding curri-culum “Choosing the Best,” which is presented in our 7th and 9th grade classrooms and focuses on abstinence from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, and violence.

B) Video presentation from the Texas School Alliance regarding the challenges of testing and finances for Texas school districts.

C) “Academic Strategies for Student Success,” presented by Joanne Rice: testing challenges we are facing and what we need to do be prepared.

D) “Balancing Future Budgets,” presented by Bob Van de Riet regarding the current issues of declining enrollment, population shift, and ineffective use of facilities. We will need to cut 2.3-2.8 million from next year’s budget. Options include reduced per-sonnel, cutting non-payroll budgets, closing campuses, curtailing pay increases, and eliminating the optional homestead exemption. This infor-mation was provided in advance for future decision making. No decisions were made at this meeting.


A) Ratification of administration’s action in the sale of properties

B) Textbook adoption committee for the 2002-03 school year


A) Use of Fund Balance—we currently have a 20 million dollar fund balance and must decide how it should be spent. It was approved to purchase library books and as many as five buses at a special price of $100,000 each.

B) Final change order for CHS Renovation Project--Natatorium, Theatre, and Gymnastics: approved

C) Approval of Memorandum of Agreement for Reimbursement with the City of San Angelo on the Southwest Elementary project: approved

D) Continuation for Site Monitoring of Ground Water at Abandoned Grounds Facility at San Angelo Stadium—in 1989 an underground fuel tank had leaked. SK Engineering is monitoring the site: approved.

E) Approval of 1st reading of TASB Policy Update 68 predominately local policies: approved.

F) Approval of 1st Reading of Board Policy FDA Local—Interdistrict Transfers: approved.

G) Determination of changing future regular board meeting dates to the first and third Tuesday of each month effective Dec.1: approved.

H) Approval of board self-evaluation and needs assessment 2002-2003--will be done in a workshop setting: approved.

I) Action resulting from consultation with attorney—none.


Board training: November 18, 2002 5:30 pm

Next board meeting: November 19, 2002 5:30 pm

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.