School Board Action Items - Jan. 2019

School Board Action Items - Jan. 2019
Posted on 01/25/2019

School Board News

Elected officials, community, district honor Board

January has been designated as School Board Appreciation Month and school board members across the state are being honored for their work to support public education.

The work AISD Trustees do takes commitment, sacrifice, dedication and love. As the theme says, Aldine Board members have planted seeds of success for so many. Their dedication and hard work have resulted in the construction of new schools, stronger partnerships, innovative programs and new policies. Aldine ISD’s Board of Education consists of:

  • President Steve Mead (serving since 2004)
  • Vice President Connie Esparza (serving since 2017)
  • Secretary Dr. Kimberley Booker (serving since 2017)
  • Assistant Secretary Paul Shanklin (serving since 2014)
  • Dr. Viola M. Garcia (serving since 1992)
  • Rose Avalos (serving since 2006)
  • Patricia Ann Bourgeois (serving since 2013)

Campuses shared their appreciation through plants, homemade cards, signs, gifts, marquee messages, social media shout outs and even a video from a young news crew at Ermel Elementary School. In addition, a number of elected officials honored the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees for its leadership and commitment to the community during the Jan. 15 Board meeting.

U.S. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, represented by Yuroba Harris, presented the Board with a Congressional certificate. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, represented by Janice Weaver, presented each Board member with a proclamation on behalf of the City of Houston. Precinct 2 County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, represented by Tanya Makany, the Board with a proclamation, and Kent Clingerman, a staff member for Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jack Cagle, thanked the Board for their service on behalf of the Commissioner. State Rep. Armando Walle, a MacArthur High School graduate, sent a proclamation thanking the Board for their hard work and dedication to the students, staff and the Aldine community.

A video was played detailing the many campus visits, the hundreds of handshakes at graduations, the community meetings and building dedication ceremonies Board members attend during their tenure.

Staff assignments announced

Juan Toscano was named an assistant principal at Keeble EC/Pre-K/K School after serving as a language instructional specialist with Klein ISD.

Jerome Nickerson was named an assistant principal at Shotwell Middle School after serving as a teacher at that same school.

Employees, students honored

During the Jan. 16 Trustees meeting, a number of employees were honored for the contributions they make to Aldine ISD on a daily basis.

Dani Sheffield, executive director of child nutrition services, named the cafeteria staff at Raymond Elementary School as her department’s Team of the Month. The staff consists of manager Maria Robinson, lead specialist Karen Chavez and specialists Maria Aldaco, Petra Majano, Maria Majano, Maria Morales and Maryann Peralez. The CN supervisor is Shirley Etundi and the Principal is Tannessa Maddox.

Milo Ortiz, executive director of buildings and properties, named Hall Center for Education as his department’s Building of the Month. On hand to accept the award were head custodian Aida Hernandez and Principal Marcie Strahan.

Grants announced

Stacey Smith, director of special programs, announced a number of grants during the Jan. 15 board meeting.

Wilson Elementary Principal Dana Baker and teachers Kayla Caswell, Karina Lovo and Lekia Norman secured a $1,582 grant from Donors Choose to purchase supplies for their respective classrooms.

Cypresswood Elementary Principal Innetta Carter and teacher Eddie Kuykendall secured a $1,226 grant from Donors Choose to purchase books for Kuykendall’s classroom.

Anderson Academy Principal Eunetra Simpson and teacher Joel Waters secured a $7,500 Amazon STEAM Education Grant.

A number of Aldine ISD middle schools received a grant from Chevron to implement Gateway to Technology courses this summer for campus technology instructors. The grant totaled $150,000. Each campus received $30,000. The campuses that received funding were Shotwell Middle School, represented by Principal Denise Winchester, Hambrick Middle School, represented by Principal Dr. Rebecca Sanford, Teague Middle School, represented by Principal Sonya Hicks, Aldine Middle School, represented by Principal Christi Van Wassenhove and Mead Middle School, represented by Principal Jessica Scott. Also on hand at the Board meeting was Franklin Higgins, director of Career and Technical Education and Mable Holt, School Area Superintendent for Middle Schools.

Action Items

During the Jan. 15 Board of Education meeting, Aldine ISD Trustees approved the following action items.

  • Awarded a bid to Fisk Electric Company to provide access control, video surveillance and intrusion, audio-video equipment, network equipment, structured cabling, public address and phone systems at Rose Avalos P-Tech Early College High School.
  • Approved and awarded contract renewals to a number of district vendors to pay for goods and serves.
  • Approved a budget amendment of the General Fund for period 7 of the 2018-19 budget.
  • Approved the overpayment of taxes by four businesses who applied to the tax collector for a refund.
  • Approved the consent agenda, which means all items appearing there are adopted by one single motion.
  • Approved the Board’s Standing Committees for 2019