Board Meeting April 22 2020

MISD School Board Approves Architect For New Ag Barn
Posted on 04/22/2020
This is the image for the news article titled MISD School Board Approves Architect For New Ag BarnMarshall ISD's Board of Trustees approved the district's recommendation to hire the firm of Brown Reynolds Watford (BRW) as architects for the new Ag Barn to be constructed at Marshall High School.

The new Ag Barn, with a budget of $1 million, will be built directly behind MHS, in the area that currently serves as the Ag office/classroom. It will replace the current facility located on Airport Road.

The new facility will be approximately 8,000-12,000 square feet and will house Ag student projects as well as two classrooms and restrooms. 

The board also approved recommendations for the replacement of the ceiling tiles in MHS, as well as a change order for the current turf installation at Maverick Stadium.

Two other projects -- a new parking lot at both MHS and at Marshall Early Childhood Center -- were tabled for further discussion and requests for more information from board members.

The regular April board meeting on Monday was held virtually through Google Meets due to ongoing restrictions associated with the current coronavirus pandemic.

In other action at the meeting, Susie Byrd, MISD Director of Business and Financial Services, presented a report on the projected MISD fund balance for the 2019-2020 school year. Byrd estimates that the district's fund balance, which is in essence MISD's savings account, will be approximately $20.6 million. Taking out the recommended optimum fund balance and cash flow for district operations, which is three months worth of expenses, MISD has roughly $9.8 million remaining in the fund balance.

Other items of note on Monday's agenda:

• Trustees approved the installation of an Access Control System at Marshall Early Childhood Center and Marshall Early Graduation School. This system is for door entry and security cameras in each building. The system will also include card reader access and camera monitoring.

• Trustees also approved a Teacher Incentive Allotment in conjunction with the states  House Bill 3 Reading Academies. Per HB 3 passed last June in the Texas Legislature, all kindergarten through third grade teachers and principals must attend a teacher literacy achievement academy by the 2021-2022 school year. The legislation also includes an optional Teacher Incentive Allotment with a state goal of a six-figure salary for teachers who prioritize teaching in high needs areas and rural district campuses.

• Trustees approved a resolution for the Purposed Teacher Appraisal Waiver for 2019-2020 school year. Board policy requires all teachers have an appraisal each year and the board needed to pass this resolution to apply for a waiver from TEA due to effects of the COVID-19 shutdown.

The next meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, May 18.
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