Board Briefs Dec.15, 2014
Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda
Board Agenda: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicMeetingMaterials.aspx?ak=101920&mk=50139067
Trustees recognized and honored an engaging school custodian, an amazing elementary school volunteer who is described as a “living angel,” and an acclaimed middle school choir director who inspires all students to excel during the December regular monthly meeting of the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees.
In other action, the Board approved the SKY High School Contract that will make possible the opening of the YES Prep High School program at Northbrook High School next school year. A unanimous vote also led to approval of academic calendars for the next two years – 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. View new Academic Calendars >>
Employee and Volunteer of the Month
Salvador Chacon, head custodian at the Treasure Forest Elementary School, was recognized as the December Employee of the Month. Salvador makes his school floors shine and students smile with his interest in them and their futures. Principal Blanca Reyes says that this committed employee not only does a great job leading and training his team, but he also is a genuine, caring adult role model for children. Teacher Martha Moreno notes in nominating him that Salvador is a key male role model for many students. “The way in which he takes time to greet students, shake their hands, and guide them makes them feel special. In return, the students love talking to him!”
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December’s Volunteer of the Month is Harold Dooley, who is a tremendous volunteer for 750 students, families and staff at Spring Shadows Elementary. This volunteer has been described as “a living angel watching over us.” A parent of a Spring Shadows teacher, and grandfather to children who attend Hunters Creek Elementary, Mr. Dooley does everything from locating the school supplies needed for every child at the beginning of the year to chaperoning Houston Zoo trips. The Spring Shadows team states: “It is difficult to put into words the impact Mr. Dooley has had on our community. He just seems to know what we need and he makes it happen.”
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T-2-4 Spotlight Teacher Recognition
A highly acclaimed choir director, Landrum Middle School’s Jaime Trigo, was honored as this month’s T-2-4 Spotlight Teacher. Trigo is the teacher that every child deserves. He expects high performance, brings out the best in his students, and above all, believes in all students and is held in respect for having risen from simple family circumstances in South Texas. Above all, this man embraces and goes above and beyond to embrace SBISD’s T-2-4 goal, and the belief statements that undergird it. His choirs have performed rock ‘n roll-based songs at big arenas including Don Coleman Coliseum for SBISD Convocation and the Omni Hotel for November’s Good Neighbor celebration. Last year, his choir won UIL Sweepstakes for its performance, the first such win for the school choir in recent memory. Trigo believes students can do better: “I believe that kids will jump as high as you ask them to jump, if you clear a path for them. You set them up, give them a nudge, they will give their best.”
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SKY Partnership High School Contract
Trustees voted 6-0 with one abstention after their discussion to approve the SKY High School Contract. Under the SKY Partnership alliance between SBISD, KIPP Houston and YES Prep Public Schools, public charter programs opened in 2012 at two district middle schools. KIPP Courage College Prep now serves about 300 fifth- through seventh-graders at Landrum Middle. About 420 students currently attend YES Prep Northbrook at Northbrook Middle in grades six through eight, with the first middle school graduation planned for June. With contract approval by the Board, a new high school YES Prep program at Northbrook High School opens for graduates and new students in the summer of 2015. KIPP Courage’s students will matriculate into the same high school program in 2016.
In other action, the Board of Trustees...
- Approved the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Academic Calendars
- Heard a Report on School Board Member Training for 2014
- Approved numerous Consent Agenda items