Board Briefs
News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs May 18, 2015

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda:

During its regular monthly meeting, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees honored dozens of high school athletes who qualified for state UIL competitions this year. In other special presentations, Trustees:

  • Recognized Employee and Volunteer of the Month honorees
  • Awarded 2014-2015 Share a Smile honors to 28 campuses and four SBISD departments
  • Honored Early College students in the Houston Community College and University of Houston-Downtown programs for high academic achievement

In addition, the first public hearing was conducted on the Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget.

Special Presentations

Named as SBISD’s May Employee of the Month is Phillip Provenzano, who has elevated the position of library assistant at Spring Woods School into a highly regarded campus and athletics booster. The Tiger soccer team has lovingly renamed him Master P. He mentors students, builds signs for clubs and teams, helps cook team dinners, and shines at his regular job duties. He helps keep the library open after school hours as a safe place for students to study or work. Read more >>

May Volunteer of the Month is Dmel Tatum. This month marks the end of Dmel’s two-year term as president of the SBISD Council of PTAs/PTSAs. Under her leadership, Dmel has tirelessly worked with individual school PTA Presidents and their delegates, and served as a liaison between local PTAs and Texas PTA leadership. She has improved communications, aided initiatives between PTA groups and campus leaders, and been a strong supporter of parent-school engagement. “She is a true advocate for every child and every family,” her winning nomination states. Read more >>

SBISD has a long history of excellence in athletics. This year, more than 80 high school athletes and team members advanced to state-level competition in both 6A and 5A UIL play in golf, cross country, track & field, tennis, and swimming and diving. Student athletes and their families were honored during a special Recognition of Student Athletes event. Read more >>

The district’s annual Share a Smile campaign focuses on improved customer service. This year, 28 campuses and departments, including 12 new sites, were recognized. The district effort is led by Community Relations Department’s Becky Wuerth. A highlight of this year’s recognition event was issuance of distinctive “Blue Carpet” lobby-style carpet awards to nine sites following three years of active program participation. Read more >>
In a separate Board presentation, Genevieve Coogan with Houston Community College (HCC) presented certificates to 11 Early College Program students who attained a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during local college studies. The two-year HCC program allows students to earn college credits at HCC-Spring Branch. In addition, Branden Kuzmick with the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) issued 23 Dual Credit UHD certificates to high school students who took part in credit opportunities with the downtown-based UH System college. Read more >>

Preliminary Budget Hearing

SBISD’s Associate Superintendent of Finance Karen Wilson presented an overview of the Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget during the first of two public hearings. Based on initial budget assumptions, SBISD expenditures will increase about 3 percent, or $8.4 million, with a separate electricity rate reduction of about $1 million resulting from operational system changes. Also budgeted is $5.7 million for a 3 percent average increase for all SBISD employees. The budget will also fund several T-2-4 Initiatives, including teacher fellowships, staffing restoration of prekindergarten assistants, and expansion of the SKY Partnership program to Northbrook High School for incoming YES Prep Program at Northbrook Middle School graduates.

The preliminary budget is based on the current tax rate of $1.3945, which has remained the same since 2010. The current tax rate results from a General Fund tax rate of $1.09, plus Debt Service rate of $0.3045. By law, Debt Service funds cannot be used for the district’s general operations, including salaries or any salary increases. A second, public budget hearing will be held June 22 during the Board’s next monthly meeting. View the FY 2016 Preliminary Budget >>

In other action, the Board of Trustees...

  • Held a First Reading on Performance Appraisal, Evaluation of Teachers
  • Adopted policies on: Education Philosophy; Attendance, Attendance for Credit; Community Relations and non-school use of School Facilities
  • Discussed the Fiscal Year Budget and heard a Legislative Update
  • Approved Consent Agenda action items and routine contract awards
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