Board Action Newsletter

Recap of the January 18 CHISD Board of Trustees Meeting

CHISD Celebrates National School Board Appreciation Month

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Academic Intervention Presentation

Dr. Cherron L. Montgomery, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, presented to the Board regarding Academic Intervention and the district's focus on utilizing the Art of Teaching and Instructional Methods. The full report can be viewed here:


https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=508878

Waterford Oaks Campus Spotlight

As part of CHISD's Cadence of Accountability Initiative, campuses regularly report to the Board of Trustees the latest information on scholar academic progress, teacher training and school culture. Waterford Oaks Elementary Principal William Davis shared information on how the campus is cultivating continuous improvement and scholar focus. For more information on the Campus Spotlight, click here:

https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=508878

High Pointe Elementary Campus Spotlight

As part of CHISD's Cadence of Accountability Initiative, campuses regularly report to the Board of Trustees the latest information on scholar academic progress, teacher training and school culture. High Pointe Elementary Principal Dwight Perry shared information on how the campus is cultivating continuous improvement and scholar focus. For more information on the Campus Spotlight, click here:

https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=508878

CHISD Board Election Set for May 7, 2022

The Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees Election is set for May 7, 2022. Place 1 and Place 2 will have elections in 2022.

CHISD Conducting Facility Assessment

Cedar Hill ISD requested qualified firms interested in contracting with the district to provide a facilities condition and educational adequacy assessment with a long range capital plan. Here is the complete report:


https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1600?meeting=508878

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Policy CE (Local)

The proposed change to CE (Local) aligns fund balance requirements to the following:

  • A commonly referenced guideline is three months of expenditures should be kept in fund balance. This guideline is included by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in the Financial Integrity Ratings System of Texas (Schools FIRST).
  • The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) recommends an unassigned fund balance of "no less than three months of regular general revenue operating expenditures."


The current policy requires two months of expenditures in fund balance, and the

proposed policy establishes a requirement of three months of expenditures. This

proposed change was vetted with the Policy Committee on December 9, 2021.

You can view the policy in its entirety here.

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Permenter Middle School was well represented in the recent HOOPLA (Honoring Our Outstanding Paras, Lead Educators and Administrators), accounting for half of the four honorees.

Permenter Mathematics Teacher Barimah Amoo-Asante and Permenter Attendance Clerk Therisa Brooks-Gerald were honored, along with reigning Collegiate Academy Middle School Teacher of the Year (Theatre) Samantha Dunaway and Lake Ridge Elementary Paraprofessional Regina Hall.

Amoo-Asante was nominated by longtime Permenter colleague JoLynn Maddox.

"Mr. Amoo-Asante has has been leading the math department in a variety of ways for most of his time in the district,” Maddox said. “He makes sure his lessons are innovative and relevant. "We are doing scatter plots? Then we will be looking at gas prices." It makes a huge difference with his scholars. There is not a day after school where he is not tutoring a child or an entire classroom of children.”

Amoo-Asante, who is originally from Ghana, has worked in Cedar Hill ISD for 16 years and has been an educator for 20 years.

“I came to CHISD to make a difference in the lives of our scholars,” Amoo-Asante said. “I believe that if I can help even one student to achieve their dream, that student can change the course of history in his family and also in the nation. I really enjoy working with the staff and students at CHISD. CHISD is like a family, students, staff and the community show appreciation in education and that makes me a proud Longhorn.”

Brooks-Gerald has worked in CHISD for 24 years and joined the district because Cedar Hill reminded her of her hometown.

“The culture is diverse and the education is rich,” Brooks-Gerald said. “I enjoy working in this District, after 24 years, It's home and it's mycCommunity . Most of the families are still here and scholars that I have had pleasure of watching and grown up here have graduated (including my own) have come back to work and teach in the district, bringing back more culture and bigger and better education opportunities.”

HOOPLA is the latest award for Dunaway, who said she was “entirely surprised to receive the HOOPLA Award.”

“After such a challenging year for everyone in education, it was very validating and humbling to know that what I am specifically doing matters,” Dunaway said. “I feel seen and valued. It was the perfect boost of confidence that I needed to get through the rest of this year.”

Dunaway’s in her third year at CHISD and 11th overall in education. She was drawn to CHISD’s Collegiate Pathway.

“I knew that Collegiate Academy and High School would be a good fit with the close-knit family atmosphere and high academic expectations,” Dunaway said. “I love my scholars, my fellow staff, and the opportunities that my campus provides! I'm also honored to be a part of one of the top Theatre Arts departments in the area.”

Hall was nominated by colleague Ashley Lynn.

"Mrs. Hall is an exceptional paraprofessional in the ECSE (early childhood special education) classroom who is loyal and dedicated to her job,” Lynn said. “She shows up daily with a smile on her face and a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. She is appreciative and always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. She loves the kids and works hard with each of them to reach their full potential.”

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