News from the SBISD Board
Board Meeting Highlights
July 23, 2012
During its regular monthly meeting, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees discussed several topical issues, including design development plans for the new Valley Oaks Elementary School and proposed Legislative priorities and positions for the upcoming 83rd session of the Texas Legislature.
In separate action, Trustees adopted numerous Consent Agenda action items, including a resolution on an amendment to the Spring Branch ISD Paid 403 (B) Matched Savings Plan which will cease employer contributions due to the district's current financial circumstances.
Trustees heard a presentation by PBK Architects staff on proposed schematic design and design development plans for Valley Oaks Elementary School. This school is one of 13 elementaries that will be rebuilt under the voter-approved 2007 Bond Plan. Schools in the design or construction phase include Frostwood, Housman, Pine Shadows, Rummel Creek and Valley Oaks. Pine Shadows Elementary, scheduled to open in August, will be the ninth elementary school to be rebuilt in Spring Branch.
Next, Board members discussed Legislative Priorities and Positions for the 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature, which will be held in 2013. The district's goal is that all SBISD students will graduate on time from high school and then successfully complete a 2-year technical degree, a 2-year associate's degree, or a 4-year bachelor's degree.
Under draft Legislative Priorities, Trustees agree that the current state educational funding system and accountability system is inadequate to meet SBISD's goal and the needs of SBISD students and the expectations of our community. After group discussion, it was agreed that several specific priorities involving Finance and Accountability will be revised and then presented for approval in August, if possible.
In addition, a discussion was held on several Board Operating Procedures. These ranged from the preparation of the Board Agenda to e-mail protocol.
Trustees approved several Board Operating Procedures and a variety of Consent Agenda items. In adopting a resolution to adopt an amendment to the SBISD Employer Paid 403 (B) Matched Savings Plan, the Board ceased matching contributions due to current circumstances.
The optional 403 (B) Matched Savings Plan was created in 2000. Several years ago, matching contributions were reduced from 1 percent to 0.25 percent due to financial circumstances.
In other action, the Board of Trustees...
- Held second reading of policies on Professional Development and Employee Standards of Conduct
- Adopted policy on Wellness and Youth Services: Care Plans