TSD Governing Board Holds Its 3rd Meeting of 2019

August 16, 2019

The TSD Governing Board held their third meeting of 2019.

Members present at the meeting were Eric Hogue, President, Shawn Saladin, Vice President, Angie Wolf, Secretary, Sha Cowen, Ryan Hutchison, David Saunders, Keith Sibley, Christopher Moreland, and Heather Withrow.

Governing Board President Eric Hogue introduced and welcomed the new members.

The TSD football leaders led the Governing Board in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge.

The Board recognized Avonne Brooker-Rutowski for her tireless work coordinating the National Conference on Deaf Education during the summer. The Board also recognized the following individuals for their work in the state’s Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) migration: Julie Dodd, Dirk Albrecht, Cristina Hernandez, Rudy Gomez, Michelle Anderson, Anne Devine, Ryan Kelley, Melissa Meador, and Rosalinda Rivera.

Michelle Rossomando and Josh Leger of McKinney York provided the Board a status report on the current master plan construction of the Central Services Building and the Early Learning Center (previously known as the Toddler Learning Center). Ground breaking is expected in Spring 2020 with a completion date of Summer 2021.

Superintendent Claire Bugen and TSD’s chief financial officer provided the Board a legislative summary. They discussed the additional funding provided by the legislature for a behavior health counselor, three special education staff, 4% salary increase for certain under paid staff, 2 buses and 1 utility truck, furniture, and campus security infrastructure and CTE culinary arts expansion. They also mentioned the 4% pay increase for all other classified employees not covered under HB 1. Also discussed were Deaf related legislation such as the newborn infant hearing screening, language acquisition for children under eight years old, and legislation terminology.

The superintendent provided a high-level report of previous and scheduled events. She also presented the new theme for the year: You Belong Here. She explained that belonging is a fundamental human need and working together and developing a sense of belonging will result in success.

The superintendent also provided a brief update on the reorganization efforts after the departure of the campus operations director in late spring.

TSD’s director of instruction provided the Board updates of the student’s code of conduct and the list of appraisers and timeline for Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) for 2019-2020.

The Board also received reports on student performances for 2018-2019 from TSD’s instructional data analyst.

Items approved by the Board include:

  • Minutes for the previous meeting;
  • Gifts and donations to the school;
  • The campus master plan design updates;
  • The new student code of conduct;
  • Timeline and list of appraisers for PPfT;
  • Extension of the professional service contract for TSD’s Medical Director, Dr. Minying Gu;
  • Quality indicators and annual report on student performance for 2018-2019;
  • District improvement plan (DIP) and its six priorities;
  • FY 2020 operating budget;
  • Internal audit final report for 2019 presented by Garza / Gonzalez & Associates, which looked at purchasing and purchasing compliance and risk assessment;
  • Superintendent’s performance goals for 2019-2020; and
  • Policies relating to personnel, instruction, and students.

If you have questions or request additional information, please feel free to email the PIO at gabriel.cardenas@tsd.state.tx.us.

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