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Board Briefs March 23, 2015

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda:

The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees honored March Employee and Volunteers of the Month during their regular meeting, while Board members were recognized for completing continuing education as a combined Board-Superintendent Leadership Team.

Special Presentations

Honored as March’s SBISD Employee of the Month was district Fire Alarm Technician Mario Burk, who is employed through the SBISD Police Department. Mario has maintained, repaired and inspected alarm equipment and systems since October 2013. Upgrades to district burglar and fire alarm systems are a vital part of the 2007 Bond Plan, and a key safety feature in all schools.

Mario’s attention to detail helped provide the students at Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS) with a safe, silent testing environment during Norm Referenced Tests. He set up an on-campus office to monitor and silence false alarms during test periods. “This was definitely not in Mario’s job description,” WAIS Director Jennifer Collier said in her nomination.

Police Chief Chuck Brawner notes that finding and keeping a high-quality alarm technician like Mario is no easy task. “Mario works very diligently to repair, maintain and inspect the district’s fire alarm systems. Because of his efforts, our campuses have working fire alarms that meet the fire codes for district schools,” the Police Chief states. View the video >>


March’s Volunteer of the Month is Liza Yellott, who works in Seitel’s Corporate Marketing and Branding Department. Three years ago, Liza took on the challenge of bringing the popular Dr. Seuss children’s book, The Cat in the Hat, to life for students at the Panda Path School for Early Learning. Panda Path was selected for this new effort due to Seitel’s campus partnership and its continuing interest in reading and early literacy efforts.

Liza has given countless hours of her time and energy since then to this project. She created sets of whimsical props and backdrops personally, and then found Seitel volunteers to play book roles that included The Cat, Thing 1, Thing 2, The Boy and The Girl. Liza’s smart idea for Dr. Seuss dramatizations with props and book characters has now expanded. This month, every SBISD prekindergarten will host a dramatic reading of The Cat in the Hat for the first time, led by a variety of partnership teams.

In addition to this early literacy work, Liza plays a key role in the Seitel and Panda Path shared partnership, ranging from winter holiday gifts for students to the springtime Field Day at Panda Path. View the video >>


The SBISD Board of Trustees, meanwhile, was commended by regional and Texas education officials for completing at least eight hours of Level 2 and Level 3 Continuing Education as a leadership team with Superintendent Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D.

During the presentation, Dr. Pam Wells, the executive director of Region IV Education Service Center, issued a special commendation to the SBISD Board of Trustees. Joining Dr. Wells at the podium was District 6 State Board of Education Member Donna Bahorich. SBISD’s Board members were the only Trustees in the region to earn such an award this year, and one of only two school boards in Texas to be so honored, presenters said.


In other action, the Board of Trustees...

  • Adopted TASB Policy Update 101
  • Approved routine Consent Agenda items
  • Heard a Legislative Update and discussed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
  • OK’d Employee Contract Recommendations for the 2015-2016 School Year in Special Meeting action
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