Wednesday, April 8, 2020

School Boards Hold Regular Meeting Online Due to Emergency Closure

On March 16, Governor Greg Abbott adapted the rules for open meetings to ensure that local governments could still operate, but at the same time limit face-to-face meetings. This allowed the Carroll ISD School Board to continue to hold public meetings while complying with social distancing restrictions.

On Tuesday, March 24, the School Board held its first virtual meeting through Cisco’s WebEx platform. The meeting was open to the public through a weblink shared throughout the district’s communications. Topics on this meeting’s agenda included Pre-K tuition relief, a District Resolution ensuring employee payment during the closure and several other topics.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Janet McDade updated Trustees on a payment relief plan for tuition-paying families enrolled in the Pre-K program during the emergency closure. Families will receive credit for two weeks in March and will only be charged half of their monthly tuition charges during the emergency closure in order for the district to pay teachers. This relief plan will remain in place while the district is still under an emergency closure. When Carroll ISD reopens, the tuition will return to the full monthly amount.

Carroll ISD has about 130 tuition-paying students in the Pre-K program. The goal of the district’s goal is to pay teachers and still offer relief to tuition-paying families. If a parent chooses not to pay, the child will be unenrolled and lose the Pre-K services and their place in the program going forward. Parents of three-year-old Pre-K students who choose to unenroll will have to reapply to be included in the lottery the following year.

Trustees also adopted a resolution delegating authority to the Superintendent to act in place of the Board, per Policy DEA Local, to pay employees through the duration of the emergency closure.

Other actions taken during the Board Meeting included:

  • Superintendent Dr. Faltys gave the Trustees a safety update regarding CISD’s response to COVID-19. More information about CISD’s response and actions can be found here.
  • Trustees approved administrative contracts as recommended by the Superintendent.
  • Trustees adopted a resolution delegating authority to the Superintendent to act in place of the Board, per Policy DEA Local, to pay employees through the duration of the emergency closure.
  • Board approved the replacement of MEP misc. HVAC systems and main heat boiler equipment for Eubanks Intermediate, Dawson Middle and Carroll High. These replacements will utilize approved 2017 bond funds at a cost not to exceed the estimated cost of $3,247,579 which includes a 10% contingency.
  • Trustees approved the consent agenda.

To view the agenda from this Carroll ISD School Board Meeting, click here.

Trustees will meet again on Monday, April 6. The location of that meeting will be determined before the meeting and shared through the district’s communications platforms.