Board Action Newsletter

Recap of the September 20 CHISD Board of Trustees Meeting

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In February 2021, Educate Texas and the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation awarded Cedar Hill ISD with a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant to make STEM education available to every scholar.


The STEMspired integration is on target for several of its goals, including STEM Extracurricular Clubs, Professional Development, Principal Learning & Coaching, Financial Expenditures, Communities in Schools, STEMspired Campus Plans and Project Based Learning.


The Dr. Peggy M. Wilson STEM Center will be formally dedicated on Tuesday, October 26.

To view the full STEMSpired Update, click this link:

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STEMspired Dashboard

Fulfilling the requirements of the STEMspired grant and informing our community on the progress of STEM integration is important to CHISD. Today the district launched a STEMspired dashboard that showcases goal status, financial information and timelines.
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The Board made the following policy updates at Monday's meeting:


Update 117 includes policy revisions in response to the declared catastrophes and to revise state rules and provisions for the 86th Legislative Session that are effective, January 1, 2021.

Delegation of Authority to the Superintendent to approve contracts for replacement, construction or repair of equipment or facilities in the event of a catastrophe, emergency or natural disaster.


REVISED U117

The Superintendent shall develop administrative regulations addressing employee leaves and absences to implement provisions of this policy with definitions for "immediate family", "family emergency", "leave day", "school year" and "catastrophic injury or illness."


FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION

The Superintendent shall establish procedures that ensure that all school facilities within the District comply with applicable laws and building codes.


PURCHASING AND ACQUISITION

The Board shall consider first the interest of the school system and the betterment of its educational program, endeavor to obtain the greatest value for every tax dollar expended and to give all responsible bidders equal consideration and assurance of unbiased judgement in determining whether their product meets specifications and the educational needs of the school system.

Board Signs MOU with Cedar Hill Action Team

The Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Cedar Hill Action Team to memorialize the nature of the relationship, ratify and approve past activities and mutually acknowledge for the future, the respective obligations and rights of both groups.

Cedar Hill ISD Releases Financial Report

Here is the link to the CHISD Financial Report, ending July 31, 2021:


https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=493364

Cedar Hill ISD Adopts 2021-2022 Tax Rate

On June 21, 2021, the Board approved the 2021-2022 budget. The approved budget is supported by a combined tax rate of $1.2384 ($.9023 Maintenance and Operations and $.3360 Interest and Sinking). The budget meeting notice was published on June 11, 2021 and met all legal requirements.


The maintenance and operations tax rate includes $.05/$100 value added to the district's maximum compressed tax rate of $.8524 and allowed by Tax Code 26.08(n) as amended by the 86th Texas Legislature and effective January 1, 2020.

Board Approves Elevate K-12 Hybrid Instruction Solution

The Elevate K-12 Hybrid Instructional Solution will address current vacancies in Languages other than English (Spanish).


If purchases over $50,000 are made through a purchasing cooperative, the Board of Trustees must be subsequently notified. Funds are budgeted and available within the 199 - General Fund.

CHISD To Work With College Board

Cedar Hill ISD will work with College Board to increase the percentage of scholars graduating College, Career and Military Ready (CCMR).


The College Board provides scholars with preparation for a successful transition to college through readiness programs. That includes the PSAT, SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) Programs. This resource will support scholar achievement in CCMR.


If purchases over $50,000 are made through a purchasing cooperative, the Board of Trustees must be subsequently notified. Funds are budgeted and available within the 199 - General Fund.

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High Pointe Elementary and Waterford Oaks Elementary

High Pointe Elementary Principal Dwight Perry and Waterford Oaks Elementary Principal William Davis presented information from their respective campus at Monday's Board Meeting. These campus spotlights provide the community with a look at the instructional goals, teacher training and culture at each campus.


Here are the links to the presentations:


WATERFORD OAKS ELEMENTARY

https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=493364


HIGH POINTE ELEMENTARY

https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=493364

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