Jacksonville ISD

Elections, construction and innovation were the key topics as Jacksonville school board trustees pondered different items during a regular board meeting Thursday at the JISD administration office.

Trustees called a May 2 school board election, then approved a propose joint election with the City of Jacksonville, which will hold municipal elections on that date, said Calah Moake, administrative assistant to Dr. Chad Kelly, district superintendent.

Election day polling will be held at City Hall; there are two places open on the JISD board of trustees, with two individuals filing for the race, she said.

In other action, a trio of separate but related items were approved: School leaders agreed to approve an extended agreement with Claycomb and Associates, as well as approved a Jacksonville Middle School weight room project, setting its method of procurement as competitive build proposals.

Public hearings were held during the meeting.

The first focused on the district's annual report of the 2018-19 Texas Academic Performance Report, and drew no comments from the public.

The second involved the district “moving forward to develop a local innovation plan for the designation of the district as a district of innovation,” the meeting agenda noted.

“This provides more flexibility for our district, educationally speaking,” Moake explained. By becoming a district of innovation, work on local policy will flow more smoothly she said, adding that it will be in effect for the 2020-21 school year.

Trustees adopted a resolution designating JISD as a district of innovation, then in a separate action, approved an oversight committee of nearly three dozen members who will represent the schools, central office, parents, business leaders and the local community, she said.

Meanwhile, trustees rejected a bid offered for the JISD South Warehouse, located at the site of the former Darr Chiropractic building. No further action was taken, but the issue will be considered at a future date.

During the meeting, school board members:

• Adopted a resolution regarding an annual review of the district's investment policy;

• Approved of Budget Amendment 20-03;

• Approved an interlocal agreement with Region 10 ESC for the the Child Nutrition multi-region purchasing Cooperative program for the 2019-20 school year;

• Approved an agreement and resolution with Region 6 and the EPIC6 purchasing program; and

• Approved a consent agenda that included minutes from a Dec. 16, 2019, regular board meeting and a Jan. 13, 2020, special board meeting; investment, finance and ADA reports; current amended budget; donations of $1,000 or more – 40 snowblower engines 205 CC 10 horsepower to Jacksonville High School by Mark Nelson, in the amount of $18,400; a donation of 8,480 pounds of mild steel for AG mechanics to Jacksonville High School from an anonymous donor in the amount of $3,325; and a donation of approximately 10,000 to 11,000 pounds of flat bar, plate steel and Angel iron to Jacksonville High School from Justin Romine in the amount of $5,000.

Following an executive session, trustees voted in open meeting to approve Kelly's contract as JISD superintendent by one year, concluding June 30, 2023; and approved a job description for a Reading Academy Cohort Specialist position.

Board member Todd Travis was not present for Thursday's meeting.

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