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NISD Board Notes April 2021

April 15, 2021
Call to order
Executive/Closed Session
Board entered closed session at 5:03 p.m.
Board returned to the open session at 6:12 p.m.
Return to Open Session
A. Invocation was provided by Trustee Rev. James Ervin.
B. Superintendent Announcements
For the second straight year, Nacogdoches ISD has been named a Best Community for Music Education. The district received word last week about the award. You might remember we received this same award a year ago but it was in the early days of the pandemic and we weren’t in school. What a magnificent accomplishment. Our music programs mean so much to the district, and those students and their teachers and directors should be proud of this achievement. Research shows that involvement in the arts is beneficial to what happens in the classroom, and this is another reminder of the excellence of our district-wide fine arts program.
April is School Library Month, and that’s an opportunity to recognize and celebrate school librarians and their programs. In fact, tomorrow is National Librarian Day and we’re grateful for everything our campus librarians do to encourage students to read. The hard work they do for the district pays off not just in the classroom but in the ongoing efforts to create lifelong learners. Just listen to some of the benefits of early childhood reading… research shows that a student who reads an average of 20 minutes per day – or a young child read to by an adult for 20 minutes per day – will spend 3,600 minutes per school year reading while being exposed to an astonishing 1.8 million words annually. And those same students, on average, score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. In Nacogdoches ISD, librarians provide a number of critical resources, programs, and expertise on their campuses. In communities across Texas and the nation, libraries and librarians deliver indispensable services in our schools, particularly when considering their impact on our youngest readers. We’re grateful for the hard work and contributions our Nacogdoches ISD librarians make daily.
Nacogdoches High School’s Dragon Student Response Team continues to build upon the success from success. NHS collected 12 top-three finishes at the South East Texas Public Service Competition held back in March. Fifteen students made up those top finishers, with the Dragons bringing home two first-place trophies, 6-second place wins, and four third-place medals. The Student Response Team is a club that’s part of Nacogdoches High School’s Career & Technical Education Department and is made up of students from the law enforcement course of study.
Nacogdoches High School’s men’s soccer team finished an outstanding season this month, reaching the regional semifinals before falling to Wakeland High School from Frisco (which plays Saturday for the Class 5A state title). NHS reached the regional semifinals after a stirring win on April, 2 over its Angelina County rivals. The Dragons' Christian Delgado headed in the winner as the final seconds of extra time ran off the clock. What a great season for the Dragons!
Public Comment
No one requested to address the Board of Trustees.
Consent Agenda
Unless removed from the Consent Agenda, the Board will take action on items identified under the Consent Agenda at one time.
A. Board Meeting Minutes
1. March 2021 Minutes
B. Business Office Reports – Lisa Barbarick
1. Budget Amendments
2. Donations under $2,500
3. Investment Report
4. Miscellaneous Business Office Reports
C. Donations over $2,500 – Lisa Barbarick
D. Consideration of Order of Cancellation for the May 1, 2021, Election for District 4 and Declare Unopposed Candidate Elected – Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo
E. Certify the Superintendent to the Region VII ESC Regional Advisory Committee for 2021- 2022 – Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo
Motion to approve the consent agenda was made by Trustee Farshid Niroumand. The motion received a second from Trustee Rev. James Ervin. The consent agenda was approved by a vote of 7-0.
A. Annual Announcement of Continuing Education Hours for Board Members – President Pam Fitch.
All trustees exceeded the training requirement hours for school board members in Texas by the following amounts: Leabeth Abt, 10.5; Rev. James Ervin, 26; Board President Pam Fitch, 3.25; Dr. Tyrrel C. Grohman, 95; Board Vice President James Montoya, 6.5; Farshid Niroumand, 11.75; and Board Secretary Mindy Winslow, 4.25.
Executive/Closed Session
Board entered a closed session at 6:28 p.m.
Board returned to the open session at 9:28 p.m.
Return to Open Session
A. Consideration of and Board Action, if any, on Level III Employee Grievance Determinations:
1. Sydney Hampton
Motion to uphold administration's decision was made by Board Secretary Mindy Winslow. Board Vice President James Montoya seconded the motion. The board approved by a 6-0 vote. (Trustee Rev. James Ervin, after feeling ill, had left the board meeting at 8:26 p.m. during the executive session.)
2. Mary Smith
Motion to uphold administration's decision was made by Board Secretary Mindy Winslow. Board Vice President James Montoya seconded the motion. The board approved by a 6-0 vote.
The board meeting adjourned at 9:34 p.m.

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