A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Denver City Independent School District was held on Monday, November 13, 2017, beginning at 6:15 PM in the Board Room of the Denver City Independent School District.
Board President Brad Woosley called a Public Hearing to order at 6:15 PM and then led the board in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and Texas Flag. School Superintendent Gary Davis followed with the invocation.
The purpose of the Public Hearing was an Overview of the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, Denver City ISD Rating, and Annual Financial Management Report. These discussions were led by Business Manager LaChrisa Rains.
In a Pass or Fail criteria, First Rating 2016-2017 Indicators, the district received a Pass rating, according to Rains.
Also discussed during the Public Hearing was Superintendent Davis’s annual contract which is good until June 30, 2020.
Following the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the Board immediately went into the Regular Meeting.
Following a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 16, the board moved into their regular agenda.
Criminal District Attorney Bill Helwig met with the board during the Public Discussion to update them concerning the results of recent activity at both the high school and Kelley Elementary. He thanked Superintendent Davis on the quick actions of his staff and the proficient way in which these events were handled. Helwig was very complimentary of the entire DCISD staff and their cooperation with his office.
After his presentation the following information items were presented for perusal of the Board: Financial Report, Investments, Un-reconciled Cash Position Report, Recapture Report, Enrollment Report, Excalibur Report, Transportation, Utilities Report, and Staff Development Report.
Craig Wallace and Dag Azam were present once again and updated the Board on the progress of the new high school. Once again using a slide presentation Wallace highlighted several areas in the new structure including the mammoth basement that is between the classrooms and the performing arts center. He said this basement is a 90X95 foot area that if needed can be divided into six normal size classrooms and also includes a kitchen area. He also pointed out the height of the ceiling will be 14 feet tall so as not to create a claustrophobic feeling.
Other areas he pointed out included the new library which will be 150X80 feet, a state of the art band hall and a second story, which will be a 4,000-square foot area, that can also be converted into four more classrooms. The north end of this room will look out over the Mustang football stadium.
Wallace also pointed out how the west end and east end are moving toward each other and will soon connect in the middle.
And of course, Wallace also talked about the new performing arts center. He said there will be a classroom included in the center and Mr. Davis added students will be able to make their own costumes with several sewing machines that will be included.
Wallace also once again described the seating area and compared it to what was done in the Dag Sports Complex. There will also be a large storage area under the seating.
The estimated completion date for classroom use is still set for August of 2018 and the completion of the performing arts center should be in December of 2018.
“It is certainly going to be something everyone in Denver City can be proud of,” Wallace concluded.
Davis also went through revisions to GKD(LOCAL) Policy which dealt with the use of any DCISD facilities.
“With the completion of our new high school there will be several organization who will want to use it,” Davis said. The revisions to this policy will help clarify use of the various facilities.
According to the Scope of Use the District shall permit non-school use of designated District facilities for educational, recreational, civic, or social activities when these activities do not conflict with school use or with this policy.
The policy then goes into specific areas for Nonprofit Fundraising, For Profit Use, Scheduling, and Approval of Use.
It goes on to state “No approval shall be required for non-school-related recreational facilities use of the District’s unlocked, outdoor recreational facilities, such as the track, playgrounds, tennis courts, and the like, when the facilities are not in use by the District.”
There were several other revisions included in this update. These updates can be viewed at any time in the school administration building.
Following this item, the board approved 27 transfer students to the various campuses from the Seagraves, Seminole, and Plains district. The list also included one student from Hobbs.
When asked what the criteria was for accepting these transfer students, Davis explained each building principal looks at the student’s grades, attendance, and any discipline issues before approving their transfer. He also said these transfers can be revoked, but not during a current school year.
In Personnel items the board approved the resignations/retirement of Sheri Parsons from the junior high, Maria Marquez as a crossing guard, and Griselda Martinez from Mustang Cafeteria.
In future business Davis noted the next board meeting will be on December 18 and Level II Team of 8 Training will take place on Monday, December 4 at 6 pm.
There being no further business the board adjourned.
Members present included Brad Woosley, Robbie Underhill, Russell Dial, David Mitchell, Jess Roberts, Cody Williams, and Johnette Mansur.