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Board Meeting Updates

MASON ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 
by Kathryn Martin 
 
The Board of Trustees of MISD met for their regular meeting on September 23, 2019 at the MISD Administration Office. Board President Jeff Durst called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm with members Jim Bob Smith, Cole Farmer, Tina Cantu-Navarro, Ryan Jordan, Mary Donaldson and Kathryn Martin in attendance. The invocation was brought by Pastor Fred Krebs of St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
 
Also, in attendance were Superintendent Stan Whittle, High School Principal Kade Burns, Elementary/Junior High Principal Ryan Holbrook, Sara Ruiz, Teri Price, Cathy Felts, Mayra Alba, Julie Parker, Larry Smith, Merlina Gamel, Diane Bode, Angie Dudney, Justin McFarland, Bobby Metcalf, David Davidson, Jr., Mike King and Carlos Canady. 
 
As the first order of business the Board examined and approved Consent Agenda items: Approval of the Minutes from the August 26 and August 31 meetings, Payment of District Bills, the Comparison of Revenue Report, the Investment Report, Budget Amendments, Gifts and Donations of $2,500.00 from the Mason County 4-H for the Junior High Cooking Class and Substitute Applications. 
 
The result of a Campus Safety and Security Audit conducted by ESC 15 Auditor Michael Bohensky was presented to the Board along with suggestions for improving the security on Mason ISD facilities. 
 
High School Principal, Kade Burns presented a draft of the Emergency Operations Plan which is one of the components of the Campus Safety and Security Audit for Mason ISD. The Plan is being developed cooperatively by Mason ISD, county and city governments and various organizations and agencies in the community. The Plan outlines actions by the Board of Education, school officials, local governmental officials and cooperating private or volunteer organizations to address prevention of avoidable disasters, reduce the vulnerability of and protect affected parties, respond effectively to the occurrence of disasters and provide for recovery if there is damage. 
 
In addition, key members of the Mason ISD administration will serve on the Threat Assessment Team as mandated by Texas Senate Bill 11. This team will receive training and provide proactive, evidence-based interventions consistent with the model policies and procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center. 
 
Merlina Gamel, Diane Bode and Angie Dudney presented information on a Concho County Pilot Program being offered for the first time at Mason High School. This is a Career and Technology opportunity which will eventually lead students toward career paths and industry-based certification in Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of rural locations in the nextgeneration 3D 911 system. 
 
The Board nominated Matt McBee for the McCulloch CAD Board of Directors. 
 
The Board approved employer contributions for certain employees of the District in order to comply with requirements of the Affordable Care Act. 
 
A resolution designating October 9, 2019 as Texas Education Human Resources Day throughout the District and honoring our Human Resources Director, Kathy Felts for her dedication and commitment to Mason ISD employees and students was adopted. 
 
The Board heard a report from Bobby Metcalf, Lead Custodian on the work he and his staff are doing to maintain the cleanliness of our buildings. The Board appreciates Mr. Metcalf and his staff for their enthusiasm and excellent work in our schools as they keep classrooms, hallways, offices, gyms and cafeteria clean and shiny and serve our staff and students so efficiently. 
 
Justin McFarland, ESL Director reported on the numbers and progress of our 74 current ESL students. The district anticipates the numbers of ESL students to continue to increase, so there is a need for increased staff to adequately serve their needs. Currently the most urgent need is in PreK for a full-time, Spanish-speaking instructional aide. 
 
The Board convened in Closed/Executive Session to consider personnel matters and the hiring of legal representation. 
 
The Board reconvened in Open Session at 8:55 pm. At that time the Board approved the hiring of Carlos Canady with the Canady Law Firm to represent the District in its lawsuit against the insurance carrier over its refusal to pay claims for approximately $3.2 million in hail damage which was incurred over a year ago to virtually all District facilities. 
 
The next regular board meeting is set for Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm at a location TBD. 
 
The meeting adjourned at 9:02 pm.