Board Briefs
News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs April 27, 2015

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda:

The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees honored 59 art students for awards they earned at regional, state and national levels this year. In addition, Trustees recognized Employee and Volunteer of the Month recipients, as well as a new T-2-4 Teacher Spotlight honoree.

In addition, the Board approved unanimously a competitive Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) bid for 2007 Bond work planned at the Spring Branch Education Center (SBEC) and for needed modifications at the East and West Transition campuses.

Special Presentations

Named as SBISD’s April Employee of the Month is the head custodian at Memorial Drive Elementary, Ricardo Montano. Ricardo was nominated by 10 school employees, as well as many students who wrote letters of support or submitted hand-colored cards. In his role, Ricardo maintains facility cleanliness and so much more: He is a crossing guard, a mentor to youth, a soccer coach and even a bug or snake handler if the need arises. “He tirelessly serves our school as he helps make it a great place for students and teachers,” Memorial Drive Principal Jennifer Jordan states. View Employee of the Month video >>

April’s Volunteer of the Month is Kathy Walsh, whose volunteer drive to support the SBISD SpringBoard Mentoring Program has led many others to make a lasting impact on students at both Pine Shadows Elementary and Westchester Academy for International Studies. A corporate volunteer, Kathy is a program champion who has helped increase a combined Tyco and Pentair group from four up to 19 employee volunteers. She embodies the ideal of a mentor: “Her dedication to the program and her belief in its mission, and passion for service, are all at the heart of her incredible role as a district volunteer,” her nomination states. View Volunteer of the Month video >>

April’s recipient of the SBISD T-2-4 Spotlight Teacher recognition is Spring Woods Middle School teacher and math department chair Joseph Maurer. He earns this honor for his efforts to embrace the district’s T-2-4 goal, and for going above and beyond to show commitment and support to it and the belief statements that undergird this goal. Houston born, Joseph has taught nine years at Spring Woods Middle. He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by ConocoPhillips with support by the Houston Astros. His UH bachelor’s degree in literature and linguistics will be paired soon with a master’s degree in Integrated Science Math and Reflective Teaching (iSMART). “I always want to learn and I always want to get better,” says the inquisitive teacher. Students report that he helps them learn math skills, and be better learners in general. Read more about T-2-4 Spotlight Teacher >>

SBISD has a long and an esteemed history of achievement in the fine arts. In recognition of annual Youth Art Month and the accomplishments of young district artists, Trustees recognized dozens of SBISD students for highly rated honors ranging from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo to National Scholastic awards. More than 20 students attended the Board presentation. In all, 59 students were honored at all levels.
Review list of art student honorees and their awards >>
View images of student artwork >>

Spring Branch Education Center Bond Update

Under Consent Agenda items, the Board of Trustees approved unanimously a competitive Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) bid for 2007 Bond work at Spring Branch Education Center (SBEC) and for modifications at the East and West Transition campuses. In all, the projects will cost approximately $29.6 million. Westfall Constructors, Ltd., is the contractor.

SBEC additions include the rebuilding of Cornerstone Academy and Academy of Choice, as well as a shared kitchen/student dining hall. Renovations to a portion of the SBEC existing facility will include the entry area, auditorium, library and new district museum space. Site improvements range from improved paving and bus/vehicle lanes to covered walkways and improved landscaping. Site work is expected to begin this summer. 

In other action, the Board of Trustees...

  • Held first readings on local policies involving Education Philosophy, Attendance, Attendance for Credit, Community Relations and Non-school Use of School Facilities
  • Approved Consent Agenda Action Items unanimously
  • Heard a Legislative Update and discussed the status of Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
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