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>> IT IS 6:11 PM.

[1. NOTICE AND RETURN]

WE HAVE A QUORUM AND THIS MEETING HAS BEEN DULY POSTED.

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THE MONTHLY BOARD MEETING OF THE DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

WE'VE ALREADY DONE A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE.

[NOISE] EXCUSE ME. THE FOLLOWING TRUSTEES ARE EITHER PHYSICALLY PRESENT OR PARTICIPATING SIMULTANEOUSLY BY VIDEO CONFERENCE.

ACOMA, THE BOARD IS PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT THIS LOCATION.

DISTRICT 1 TRUSTEE, EDWIN FLORES.

DISTRICT 2 TRUSTEE, DUSTIN MARSHALL'S JOINING US VIRTUALLY.

DISTRICT 4 TRUSTEE CAMILLE WHITE.

DISTRICT 5 TRUSTEE MAXIE JOHNSON.

DISTRICT 6 TRUSTEE JOYCE FOREMAN.

DISTRICT 8 TRUSTEE JOE CARREON.

OUR SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, DR.

JANA OLSA JOINS US AND I'M JUSTIN HENRY, BOARD PRESIDENT.

THIS MEETING WILL BE AVAILABLE SIMULTANEOUSLY IN SPANISH ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO DOWNSIZE DNS ESPANOL ON FACEBOOK INTO THE DISTRICT'S WEBSITE.

TRUSTEE FLORES IF YOU COULD PLEASE.

>> [FOREIGN].

>> THANK YOU. IN ORDER FOR THE BOARD TO HOLD THIS MEETING IN AN EFFECTIVE MANNER, I WANT TO LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED IN AN ORDERLY FASHION AND I ASK THE PUBLIC TO ABIDE BY THE RULES OUTLINED IN BOARD POLICY BED LOCAL PERTAINING TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE FOR A PERSON WITH INTENT TO PREVENT OR DISRUPT THE LAWFUL MEETING, TO SUBSTANTIALLY OBSTRUCT OR INTERFERE WITH THE ORDINARY CONDUCT OF A MEETING BY PHYSICAL ACTION OR VERBAL UTTERANCE AND THEREBY CURTAIL THEIR EXERCISE OF OTHERS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

SPEAKERS ARE CAUTIONED THAT WHAT THEY SAY COULD VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND OF THE LAW OF DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY.

IF YOU'RE UNSURE THE LEGAL EFFECT OF THE REMARKS, THEY MIGHT WANT TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE PRIOR TO THE UTTERANCE.

ANY PERSON WHO BECOMES BOISTEROUS OR DISRUPTIVE WHILE ADDRESSING THE BOARD OR WHILE ATTENDING THIS MEETING SHALL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

FAILURE TO LEAVE WHEN REQUESTED TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN THE PERSON BEING ESCORTED FROM THE MEETING AND A SUBJECT TO ARREST.

WE WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT ALTHOUGH NOT REQUIRED, WE DO RECOMMEND THE WEARING A FACE MASK WHILE ON DISTRICT PROPERTY.

I DON'T SEE ANY ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT HAVE JOINED US SINCE OUR EARLIER MEETING.

TRUSTEES, WE ARE NOW ON THE PRESENTATION OF BOARD RECOGNITIONS.

[3. PRESENTATION OF BOARD RECOGNITIONS]

MS. PROCTOR, WOULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE OUR GUESTS?

>> THANK YOU, PRESIDENT HENRY.

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM COME IN.

THEY'LL BE JOINING US IN A FEW MINUTES. THEY'RE IN THE HALL.

[BACKGROUND] THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION TO THE 20616Z REVOLUTION Z ROBOTICS TEAM OF ALEX SANGER PREPARATORY.

SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA, PRINCIPAL HECTOR MARTINEZ, AND CARLOS HERNANDEZ, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE] TEAM MEMBERS, PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

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THOMAS EARNSHAW, ESTEVAN SALSIDO, AUSTIN JACKSON, PETER MAURERSAY, HECTOR RIVERA, AND HECTOR RIVERA, EXCUSE ME, IS THE COURT.

THE 206160Z REVOLUTION Z ROBOTICS TEAM RECEIVE THE INNOVATION AWARD AT THE VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THEY ALSO WON THE DESIGN AWARD AND TEAMWORK THIRD PLACE AT THE REGIONAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS 20616Z REVOLUTION Z.

[APPLAUSE] SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA AND CARLOS HERNANDEZ, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE NEXT SEVEN RECOGNITIONS.

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 1251B EAGLEBOTS OF CASA VIEW ELEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE] PRINCIPAL LUCERO ANDAZOLA , PLEASE COME FORWARD.

TEAM MEMBERS, PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

JELANI AVERES, JASON RIVERA, MIGUEL JUAREZ, DE LA CRUZ, LUNA MARTINEZ, ELIJAH CHAVEZ, ROBERTO CARRARA AND COACH ROBERTO CARRARA AND COACH MAURICIO SANCHEZ.

THE 1251B EAGLEBOTS ROBOTICS TEAM, WON TEAMWORK THIRD PLACE AT THE VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THEY ALSO WON TEAMWORK SECOND PLACE AT THE REGIONAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS 1251B EAGLEBOTS [APPLAUSE].

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 1251G LADYBOTS OF CASA VIEW ELEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE].

TEAM MEMBERS PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

PALOMA SATA, ANNABELA LITA, EMMA ALDANNA, WENDY ROSALES AND COACH PATRICIA CORTES.

THE 1251G LADYBUGS ROBOTICS TEAM RECEIVED THE DESIGN AWARD AND WON TEAM WORK THIRD PLACE AT THE VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THEY ALSO WON THE EXCELLENCE AWARD AND TEAMWORK CHAMPION AT THE REGIONAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS 1251G LADYBOTS [APPLAUSE].

TRUSTEE WHITE AND PRINCIPAL REYMUNDO CERVANTES, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 3028X OWLBOTS ROBOTICS TEAM OF THE SCHOOL FOR THE TALENTED AND GIFTED IN PLEASANT GROVE.

TEAM MEMBERS, PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

FAUSTO FLORES, ALEC DELEON, ESTEVAN MONRELL, JOSHUA PEPPER, AND COACH OMAR CORTES.

THE 3028X OWLBOTS ROBOTICS TEAM WON THE TEAMWORK THIRD PLACE AT THE VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THEY ALSO WON THE EXCELLENCE AWARD AND TEAMWORK CHAMPION AT THE REGIONAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS 3028X OWLBOTS.

[APPLAUSE] PRINCIPAL LOURDES GORDUNO, PLEASE COME FORWARD, AND TRUSTEE BEN MACKY IS PARTICIPATING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE.

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 224G GIRL POWERED ROBOTICS TEAM OF WINNETKA ELEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE] TEAM MEMBERS PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED, ABIGAIL SEGOVIA, ALISON SALAZAR, GABRIELLA VASQUEZ, BRIANA GARCIA, AMIRA OLVERA, LEAH LAVETT, ALEXANDRA OLVERA, AND ISTALIA CRUIZ,

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JOINED BY CASSANDRA BENAVIN THE ROBOTICS COACH.

THE WINNETKA 224G GIRL POWERED ROBOTICS TEAM, RECEIVED THE ENERGY AWARD AT THE VEX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE ENERGY AWARD IS PRESENTED TO THE TEAM THAT DISPLAYS A HIGH LEVEL OF ENTHUSIASM AND PASSION AT THE EVENT.

THEY ALSO WON THE DESIGN AWARD AT THE REGIONAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS 224G GIRL POWERED.

[APPLAUSE] PRINCIPAL GARDUNO PLEASE REMAIN STANDING.

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 224X WELL BOTS ROBOTICS TEAM UP WITH WINNETKA ELEMENTARY.

TEAM MEMBERS PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

ROGER RAMOS, MATTHEW LOPEZ, JOHNNY FLORES, MARVIN ROMERO, FRANCISCO LOPEZ, DAVID CRUIZ, NICHOLAS CARMONA, CALEB CORTES, AND COACH JEREMY WILLIAMS. [APPLAUSE] THE WINNETKA 224X WELL BOTS TEAM WON TEAM WORKED THIRD PLACE AND RECEIVE THE ENERGY AWARD AT THE VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THEY ALSO ONE TEAM WORK SECOND PLACE AT THE REGIONAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS 224X WELL BOTS.

[APPLAUSE] PRINCIPAL ADAM ESCOBEDO , PLEASE COME FORWARD.

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 3635 6B ROBO HORNETS ROBOTICS TEAM, OF MARGARET B, HENDERSON ELEMENTARY.

TEAM MEMBERS PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

EVA JOHNSON, KELSEY LEE, ISAIAH STILLWELL, MARIO AGUILAR, VALENTINO LAURA, AND COACH GIOVANNI FREYER.

[APPLAUSE] THE 3635 6 V ROBO HORNETS TEAM RECEIVED THE ENERGY AWARD AT THE V6 ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE ENERGY REWARD IS AWARDED TO A TEAM WITH STUDENTS WHO DEMONSTRATE TEAMWORK AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

CONGRATULATIONS, 3635 6B ROBO HORNETS.

[APPLAUSE] PRINCIPAL ESCOBEDO PLEASE REMAIN STANDING.

THE BOARD IS HONORED TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION TO THE 3635 6Z QUEEN HORNETS ROBOTICS TEAM OF MARGARET B. HENDERSON ELEMENTARY.

TEAM MEMBERS PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

HOMERERO HERNANDEZ, BELLA CARRERA, ELIZABETH JOHNSON, JOSHUA ROJAS, JUAN CONTRARIES AND COACH JAVIER ALVARADO.

THE 3635 6 Z QUEEN HORNETS TEAM RECEIVE THE ENERGY AWARD AT THE VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS, 3635 6 Z QUEEN HORNETS.

[APPLAUSE] THIS CONCLUDES OUR RECOGNITIONS.

>> THANK YOU, MS. PROCTOR, AND THANKS AGAIN AND CONGRATS OR THE AWARDEES AGAIN THIS EVENING.

WE'RE NOW MOVING TO SECTION 4 OF OUR AGENDA.

[4. CLOSED SESSION - The Board will retire to closed session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551 concerning the following section:]

THE BOARD IS GOING TO RETIRE TO CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT TO TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 551, CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS, 551.071 FOR PRIVATE CONSULTATION WITH ITS ATTORNEY ABOUT PENDING OR CONTEMPLATED LITIGATION, OR ON A MATTER IN WHICH THE DUTY OF THE ATTORNEY OF THE GOVERNMENTAL BODY, UNDER THE TEXT DISCIPLINARY RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS.

CLEARLY CONFLICTS WITH THIS CHAPTER, INCLUDING LEGAL CONSULTATION AND ADVICE ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE AMENDMENT AS SUPERINTENDENTS VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION AGREEMENT AND RELEASE.

SECTION 551.074 TO DELIBERATE THE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT EVALUATION, REASSIGNMENT DUTIES, DISCIPLINE, DISMISSAL OF A PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE, INCLUDING THE AMENDMENT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION AGREEMENT AND RELEASE.

SECTION 551.074 TO DELIBERATE THE EMPLOYMENT EVALUATION, REASSIGNMENT DUTIES, DISCIPLINE, DISMISSAL OF A PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYMENT OR EMPLOYEE, INCLUDING THE 2021 2022 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF THE CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR AND RESULTS.

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SECTION 551.129 TO CONSULT WITH ATTORNEYS BY USE OF TELEPHONE CONFERENCE CALL, VIDEO CONFERENCE CALL OR COMMUNICATIONS OVER THE INTERNET, AND AN OPEN MEETING AND OR CLOSED MEETING AND ADVICE ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE AMENDMENT AND SUPERINTENDENTS VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION AGREEMENT AND RELEASE.

THE TIME IS NOW 6:27 PM AND WE ARE IN CLOSED SESSION.

TO NIGHT I'M NOT GOING TO EVEN ASK THEM BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO LIE TO YOU, BUT PROBABLY 30-45 MINUTES AT BEST.

[MUSIC] THE TIME IS NOW 6:56 PM AND WE ARE BACK IN OPEN SESSION.

THE BOARD TOOK NO ACTION IN CLOSED SESSION.

TRUSTEES WE WILL NOW BEGIN WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. BUT AN AWESOME.

[5. REPORTS]

>> MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC.

IT GETS CALMING EVERYBODY DOWN.

BUT THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE.

I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THIS HAS BEEN A LONG RUN.

I WAS A STUDENT IN DALLAS FROM SECOND GRADE TO GRADUATION.

I WAS A TEACHER IN DALLAS AND A COACH FROM 1979-1987.

THEN 13 YEARS AS THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS AFFORDED ME A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY LOVE THE CITY AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

I THINK WE'VE COME A LONG WAY.

IT HASN'T BEEN PERFECT AND THERE'S STILL A LONG ROAD TO GO YET.

BUT I THINK IF YOU ASK AROUND THE COUNTRY NOW, WHO ARE THE TOP URBAN DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTRY? IT'S NOT EVEN URBAN IS NO LONGER EVEN A QUALIFIER.

HEB NAMED DALLAS ISD THE BEST LARGE DISTRICT IN THE STATE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND NOW YES, THE CONVERSATION WHO ARE THE BEST URBAN DISTRICTS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, AND IT'S DALLAS AND MIAMI ARE IN THAT CATEGORY.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF GREAT WORK DONE AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE WHEREWITHAL TO GO THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES TO NOW BE ABLE TO HELP OUR STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR SUCCESS SIGNIFICANTLY.

I'LL STOP WITH THAT AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AND I ALWAYS LIKE TO SAVE SUPERINTENDENT DALLAS AGAIN STILL.

BUT NOT FOR LONG BABY, JUST ONE MORE WEEK AND I'M GONE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> THANK YOU, DR. HINOJOSA. ALSO, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO BOARD OF TRUSTEE COMMITTEE REPORTS.

STARTING WITH DISTRICT 1.

>> I'M GOING TO READ THE DISTRICT 1 TRUSTEE ACCOLADES.

CONGRATULATION TO DANIELLE CALVO FOR JOINING MARCUS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY AS ITS PRINCIPAL ON ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY, ALTHOUGH HIS OFFICIAL START DATE IS IN JULY.

HE'S ALREADY WORKING ON THE TRANSITION WITH MR. ROMERO AND THE LEADERSHIP TEAM TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TOWARD THE GOAL OF BEING A BLUE RIBBON CAMPUS BY 2028.

WELCOME, MR. CALVO.

BIG KUDOS TO MR. PING SONG, THE MANDARIN TEACHER AT WALNUT HILL ELEMENTARY FOR BEING FEATURED IN THE DALLAS ISD VOICES MAGAZINE.

HER STORY OF MOVING FROM CHINA TO THE US AND THEREFORE COMMITMENT TO EXPANDING THE MINDS OF STUDENTS AS AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL.

THIRD, A BIG SHOUT OUT TO CEDRIC LOGAN FROM WT WHITE ON SIGNING A LETTER OF INTENT TO PLAY BASEBALL AT HOUSTON TILL IT'S IN THE UNIVERSITY, WE KNOW THAT YOU'LL DO GREAT.

[APPLAUSE] I ALSO WANT TO [BACKGROUND] SAY A PERSONAL THANK YOU TO DR. HINOJOSA FOR ALL HIS YEARS OF SERVICE.

I STARTED AS A TRUSTEE FIVE DAYS AFTER HE WAS SUPERINTENDENT, HIS FIRST TIME AROUND.

I WAS HERE FOR ALL OF H1.0 AND H2.0 DURING THAT TIME AND SO I THOUGHT I'D TELL A SUPERINTENDENT'S JOKE.

A SUPERINTENDENT ARRIVES IN HEAVEN AND SAINT PETER IS LOOKING AT HIM GOING, WHAT DID YOU DO IN YOUR LIFE? I WAS A PUBLIC SCHOOL URBAN SUPERINTENDENT AND I WON ALL THESE ACCOLADES AND OUR SCHOOL WON ALL THESE BLUE RIBBONS AND ALWAYS ALL THIS STUFF.

SAINT PETER SAYS, "WELL, WE'LL LET YOU IN." HE'S TOURING THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT, THE RECENTLY DECEASED SUPERINTENDENT AROUND HEAVEN AND HE'S SHOWING HIM WHERE THE BOWLING ALLEY IS AND HE'S SHOWING HIM ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS, AND THEY GO BY THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSE.

IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE HOUSE.

IT HAS THREE POOLS AND TWO JACUZZIS AND IT'S GOT A MEDIA ROOM AND IT'S THIS MANSION.

THE SUPERINTENDENT IS LOOKING AT IT, LIKE WOW THAT'S NICE.

THEY KEEP ON TOURING AND THEY FINALLY GET TO WHERE THE SUPERINTENDENT STAY.

IT'S THIS BLOCKY-LOOKING APARTMENT COMPLEX WITH ALL EFFICIENCIES.

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THE SUPERINTENDENT'S LOOKING AT THIS AS A SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPLEX.

THE SUPERINTENDENT LOOKS AT SAINT PETER AND GOES, "WAIT A MINUTE, I WAS THIS GREAT URBAN SUPERINTENDENT, I DID THIS GREAT JOB, BEST TOOL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY, WHATNOT AND I GET THIS LITTLE EFFICIENCY.

WHO LIVES IN THAT BIG HOUSE?" SAINT PETER GOES, "A LAWYER LIVES IN THAT BIG HOUSE." HE GOES, "WHY?" WELL, SUPERINTENDENTS, WE'VE GOT THOUSANDS OF YOU, LAWYERS WE'VE ONLY GOT ONE.

[LAUGHTER] [BACKGROUND] SORRY, I COULDN'T PASS UP [LAUGHTER] [BACKGROUND].

I WILL NOW READ THE DISTRICT 2 ACCOLADE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> CONGRATS TO THE NYASHA GRIFFIN JUNIOR HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL FOR BEING ONE OF SIX DISD DEBATERS TO RECEIVE $3,000 TOWARD [APPLAUSE] A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE 4TH ANNUAL ROLAND PARISH SCHOLARSHIP DEBATE TOURNAMENT ON MAY 18TH.

CONGRATS TO [INAUDIBLE] BAROEBUCK OF HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL AND RISA SUKAR OF WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR RECEIVING $3,000 EACH THROUGH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MAY 27TH.

ON MAY 29TH, 79 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS COMPETED IN THE 2022 RUSSIAN-THEMED LONE STAR CHALLENGE REGIONAL COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION IS THE BABY SIBLING TO THE ACADEMIC DECATHLON AND ACADEMIC PENTATHLON AND IS A FUN CONTEST DESIGNED TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE TEXAS START TEST.

STUDENTS ARE TESTED IN MATH, LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND SOCIAL STUDIES CENTERED AROUND DNN, AN ANNUAL THEME.

THIS YEAR WAS THE PASSPORT TO RUSSIA.

CONGRATS TO SUDI WILLIAMS TAG AND LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY FOR BEING AMONG THE TOP THREE OVERALL RANKED SECOND AND THIRD RESPECTIVELY WAY TO GO.

BIG CONGRATS TO THE 51 WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL BI-LINGUAL, BI-LITERATE AND BI-CULTURAL GRADUATING SENIORS.

HONORS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES THAT STUDENTS IN THE DUAL-LANGUAGE PROGRAM CAN PARTICIPATE IN INCLUDE MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND SPANISH LANGUAGE IS OTHER THAN ENGLISH COURSES.

THESE ARE RIGOROUS COURSES AND ARE TAUGHT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

EXCITING NEWS ON JUNE 6TH, LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND LIPSCOMB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARE AMONG 43 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE LIBRARY UPGRADES BY DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

READ LABS ARE TO BE INSTALLED AT EACH SCHOOL.

THE LABS WILL INCLUDE VIDEO STUDIES, CODING STATIONS, AND RECORDING BOOTS FOR PODCASTING.

PRINT AUDIO AND DIGITAL FORMATS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES.

ON JUNE 22ND, THE WOODROW WILSON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDED $50,250 IN SCHOLARSHIPS, 33 SENIORS WERE AWARDED SINCE ITS INCEPTION, 230 STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AWARDS TOTALING $400,000.

SUDI TAG WON NATIONALS IN THEIR CATEGORY AT THE NATURAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION THIS WEEK.

YES, NATIONALS, LED BY THEIR TEACHER, MS. HERRERA, [INAUDIBLE], VICTORIA VOLATI, ANISSA REDDA, AND LINUS WATT SUCCESSFULLY WON DISTRICT REGIONALS, FINISHED SECOND AT THE STATE LEVEL ONLY TO WIN BEST JUNIOR EXHIBIT IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION TITLED LAUNDRY FOLDERS DIAPER CHANGES DINNER MAKERS, THE WOMEN WHO FIRST PUSHED FOR A DIPLOMATIC INTO THE VIETNAM WAR.

THEY ALSO NAMED NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES SCHOLARS AND RECEIVED A CASH PRIZE.

WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY PROUD OF THIS ACHIEVEMENT AND THAT CONCLUDES THE DISTRICT 2 REPORT. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FLORES. MOVING ON TO DISTRICT 3, TRUSTEE MICHIGAN.

>> THANK YOU, LET ME START BY ALSO ACKNOWLEDGING OUR GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO DR. HINOJOSA.

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO SERVE WITH HIM FOR SEVEN YEARS AND HE'S BEEN A GREAT SUPERINTENDENT FOR US AND I KNOW THERE WILL BE A PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR HIM, BUT HOPEFULLY, THAT PLACE WILL BE TAKEN IN A LONG PERIOD OF TIME NOT ANYTIME [LAUGHTER] SOON.

BUT I DO WANT TO THANK DR.

HINOJOSA FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE TO THE DISTRICT.

LET ME START BY ACKNOWLEDGING ALSO THE GRADE ROBOTICS TEAMS THAT WE'VE HAD FROM CASA VIEW AND SANGER.

THEY'VE BEEN BACK HERE MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND IT'S A REAL PRIDE TO THOSE OF US IN EAST DALLAS AND SO CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH THOSE SCHOOLS.

I ALSO WANTED TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM ELENA WIN'S SALUTATORIAN ADDRESS AT CONRAD HIGH SCHOOL.

I DID POST THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND I RECEIVED A LOT OF COMMENTS MOSTLY FROM TEACHERS,

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SO THIS IS JUST ONE PARAGRAPH.

"IN 2019, I CAME TO CONRAD AS A REFUGEE STUDENT.

BEING A REFUGEE WITH NO FAMILY HISTORY OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC SUCCESS, BECOMING ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE WAS OUT OF MY IMAGINATION.

TO ME, A DREAM, A GOAL WAS A MERE DREAM, LIKE A FANTASY YOU FORM IN YOUR HEAD.

HOWEVER, THE SCHOOL SURROUNDINGS PROVED MY PERSPECTIVE WRONG.

AT THE SCHOOL, I WOULD KEEP HEARING TEACHERS AND CLASSMATES CONSTANTLY ASKING, "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE FUTURE? AN ENGINEER, A DOCTOR, ASTRONAUT, OR JUST WHAT?" THIS QUESTION STARTED TO MAKE ME SEE MYSELF IN THOSE CAREERS.

I'D HAD DOUBTS ON MYSELF, BUT THE WORDS I BELIEVE IN YOU WOULD ALWAYS COME FROM THE TEACHER'S MOUTH.

WITH THE EMPHASIS, THE SCHOOL PUT ON THE INDIVIDUAL CAPABILITY OF ITS STUDENTS.

IN ADDITION TO THE SOLID PROOF WITH ITS GREAT PROGRAMS SUCH AS NATH AND THE COLLEGIATE ACADEMIES, I DARED TO DREAM.

NOW I BELIEVE DREAMS CAN BE TURNED INTO A REALITY, NO MATTER YOUR BEGINNING IF YOU WORK HARD AND BELIEVE IN IT.

BELIEVING IS THE FIRST STEP TO ACHIEVING.

ONCE AGAIN, I THANK THE IMPACTFUL SCHOOL AND TEACHERS." WHEN I POSTED THIS, THERE WERE A LOT OF TEACHERS WHO RESPONDED, SOME PRIVATELY SAYING THIS IS WHY [NOISE] I TEACH AT DALLAS ISD.

LET ME NOW TURN TO ANOTHER LONG LIST OF ACCOLADES TO FINISH UP THIS REPORT.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MHA CONRAD HIGH SCHOOL ROBOT CHARGERS.

THE BRILLIANT TEAM WON THE QUALITY AWARD AND BECAME A CHAMPIONSHIP FINALIST AT THE FIRST ROBOTICS UIL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO OUR INCREDIBLE SUPERINTENDENT SCHOLARS, GRADUATING SENIORS, RODRIGO, WILSON AND DAISY RIVERA OF BRYAN ADAMS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, AND ANGEL HERNANDEZ, KARA JOHNSON, AND ELIZABETH OYINWOLA OF CONRAD EACH RECEIVED $3,000 TOWARD THE COST OF COLLEGE.

CONRAD'S MALVINA DAVIS ALSO EARNED A $5,000 SUPERINTENDENT'S LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S VALEDICTORIANS AND SALUTATORIANS, BRYAN ADAMS, VALEDICTORIAN, JAMIE ESPELITA, SORRY IF I MISPRONOUNCED HIS NAME, WILL STUDY NURSING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON [NOISE] WHILE SALUTATORIAN JENNIFER CERVANTES PLANS TO ATTEND SMITH COLLEGE AND MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS.

MEANWHILE, CONRAD VALEDICTORIAN FRANCISCO CASTELLANOS WILL ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT DALLAS TO PURSUE FINANCE, WHILE SALUTATORIAN ELENA WIN WILL MAJOR IN ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON.

KUDOS TO DISTRICT 3 COUNSELORS WHO WERE HIGHLIGHTED AT THE COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION.

SONYA GLIBB OF CONRAD WAS NAMED THE WINNER OF THE SECONDARY COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR AWARD.

ADRIAN VELAGUS OF GEORGE W. TRUETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS NAMED THE FINALIST FOR ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR AND ROSA PUENTE OF BRYAN ADAMS WAS NAMED THE HIGH SCHOOL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WHO WON THE TEXAS SEAL BY LITERACY.

WE ARE SO PROUD OF THE 135 STUDENTS FROM BRYAN ADAMS AND THE 20 STUDENTS FROM CONRAD WHO WORKED HARD TO RECEIVE THIS PERFORMANCE ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR BILINGUALISM AND BILITERACY.

THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.

THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE MS. K. MOVING ON, DISTRICT 4.

[NOISE]

>> GOOD EVENING. I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL, ACKNOWLEDGE SUPERINTENDENT HANNA HOUSE AS WELL.

I'VE KNOWN HIM DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS, BUT JUST HAVEN'T WORKED CLOSELY WITH HIM, AND DEFINITELY HOPE YOU ENJOY [LAUGHTER] YOUR RETIREMENT OR YOU'RE NOT RETIREMENT.

I DEFINITELY WANT TO CONGRATULATE MS. SHELLY BAXTER AND WISH HER THE BEST ON HER NEW ROLE AS PRINCIPAL AT GILBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

MS. BAXTER BRINGS 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN DALLAS ISD AND IS MOVING UP FROM HER MOST RECENT ROLE AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF QUASAR.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS.

ANYWAY, BLANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECOGNIZE FIVE DEDICATED EDUCATORS WHO WERE HONORED BY THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY.

MS. RADCLIFFE, MS. RUFF, MS. SIMON WERE NAMED TA RECOGNIZE TEACHERS A DISTINCTION AWARD TO THE TOP 33 PERCENT EDUCATORS IN THE STATE.

MS. ALLEN AND MR. FIJI FIHO WERE NAMED TA,

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EXEMPLARY TEACHERS AND HONOR TO THE TOP 20 PERCENT OF EDUCATORS IN TEXAS.

THANK YOU TO THESE FIVE EDUCATORS AND TO ALL OF OUR TEACHERS WHO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR OUR STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER AS WELL.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE HAS STARTED A NEW PARENTS CLUB TO ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO KEEP THEIR NEW GARDEN BEAUTIFUL.

THEIR FIRST MEETING TOOK PLACE MAY 23RD, WHERE THEY DISCUSSED A SYSTEM OF WATERING THE GARDEN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

THANK YOU TO OUR DISD PARENTS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES.

I JUST WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY SUMMER.

THANK YOU. [NOISE]

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE [INAUDIBLE] AND TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

>> THANK YOU PRESIDENT HENRY. WILL SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. HAROLD ON HIS SERVICE TO KIDS, ALL THE THINGS THAT HE'S ACCOMPLISHED HERE.

IN DALLAS ISD AND WE PRAY MUCH SUCCESS IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS AS YOU RETIRE AND ENJOY LIFE.

I WANT TO INVITE EVERYONE TO THE DISTRICT 5, MEET AND GREET WITH THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT, DR. STEPHANIE ALEXANDER THIS MONDAY, JUNE 27TH, 5:30 PM AT SOUTHALL CLIFTON HIGH SCHOOL.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, I'M TAKING DR. ALEXANDER ON A TOUR TO SEE SOME OF THE GREAT CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS THAT [NOISE] HAVE TAKEN PLACE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS IN DISTRICT 5.

WE WILL CONCLUDE THE EVENING IN SOUTHHALL CLIFF WITH A MIX AND MINGLE AT 5:30, FOLLOWED BY A BRIEF PROGRAMS FROM THAT ELAZAR STARTING AT 6:00 PM.

EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN US AS WE WELCOME HER BACK HOME TO DALLAS ISD.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DALLAS ISD DEBATERS WHO RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 18,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FOURTH ANNUAL ROLAND PARISH SCHOLARSHIP DEBATE TOURNAMENT ON MAY 18TH.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WERE MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH DALLAS URBAN DEBATE ALLIANCE AND THE PARIS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.

THE FOLLOWING DISTRICT FIVE DEBATERS WERE AMONG THOSE WHO PRESENTED WITH A $3,000 SCHOLARSHIP.

MICHELLE AGUILAR FROM WILMER HUTCHINS HIGH SCHOOL.

FRANCISCUS GILBERT AT THE SCHOOL FOR [INAUDIBLE], LEROY TOWN FOOL WITH THE BARACK OBAMA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY.

ELLIOT [INAUDIBLE] FROM GEORGE FOR [INAUDIBLE] SANDERS [INAUDIBLE].

ALSO CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOWN VIEWS AREN'T RAIN ROBOTICS TEAM, WHICH ONE OF THE ROBOT DESIGN AWARD IN THE FIRST ROBOTICS ISRAEL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE'RE PROUD OF YOU.

KUDOS TO THE STUDENTS AT KENNEDY CURRY MIDDLE SCHOOL AND WILMER HUTCHINS HIGH SCHOOL WHO TOOK PART IN THE ADAPTIVE ROBOTICS COMPETITION.

THE PROGRAM MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN ROBOTICS.

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPETE AND GROW.

ALSO WANT TO THANK AND GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO CHIEF LIBBY DANIEL'S AND HER TEAM FOR SUPPORTING THE FORKLIFT JUNETEENTH EVENT.

THERE WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU ALL OUT IN DISTRICT 5 PROMOTED DALLAS ISD AND SUPPORTING KIDS.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU'RE DOING DALLAS ISD.

[APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

TRUSTEE FORMAN, DISTRICT 6 REPORT?

>> [INAUDIBLE] I'M PROBABLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THAT GRAY HAIR.

[LAUGHTER] BUT IT'S ALL BEEN A LABOR OF LOVE FOR CHILDREN.

I APPRECIATE YOU.

I APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU'VE DONE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE WORK IN THE FUTURE, WHILE WE CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S AN EQUALIZED EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN WITHIN DALLAS ISD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'VE PROBABLY BEEN THE ONE THAT'S KNOWN YOU THE LONGEST BECAUSE I'VE BEEN AROUND FOREVER.

FEEL LIKE A RELIC.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I'M GLAD THAT [NOISE] YOU ARE RETIRING AND MOVING ON TO SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BE BETTER OFF FOR YOU.

WITH THAT SAID, I'D LIKE TO START OUT WITH CONGRATULATIONS TO CARTER HIGH SCHOOL [APPLAUSE] PARTICULARLY THE VALEDICTORIANS, KENNEDY GRANT AND SOLUTATORIAN, RICOLA JONES WAS FROM THE P TECH PROGRAM.

I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THOSE YOUNG WOMEN.

BIG SHOUT OUT AS WELL TO THE GRADUATES OF KATHLEEN GEORGIA GILLAN COLLEGIATE ACADEMY, KIMBALL HIGH-SCHOOL, AND MAYA ANGELOU.

YOU ALL DID A GREAT JOB AND WE'RE PROUD OF YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHANCE PER YEAR OF CARTER HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM FOR RECEIVING AN OFFER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA.

WAY TO GO YOUNG MEN.

[APPLAUSE] CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF RONALD MCNAIR FOR THE EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF THE WIZ THAT I JUST WENT TO TWO NIGHTS AGO.

I AM SO EXCITED THAT OUR STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO PUT ON THIS PARTICULAR PERFORMANCE.

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HOPEFULLY, IN THE FUTURE, MORE OF OUR STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO VENTURE OUT IN THE ARTS MORE.

[NOISE] THE CARTER GIRLS WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE 4 BY 200.

[APPLAUSE] IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 15 YEARS SINCE CARTER HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WON THE 4 BY 200.

[APPLAUSE] ONCE AGAIN, I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE WORK IN DALLAS ISD, BUT SPECIFICALLY, SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT'S GOING ON IN DISTRICT 6.

THANK YOU. [NOISE]

>> THANK YOU TRUSTEE FORMAN.

DISTRICT 7.

[NOISE] DISTRICT 8.

>> THANK YOU, PRESIDENT HENRY.

I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO NORTH DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL'S VALEDICTORIAN CINDY GOMEZ AND SALUTATORIAN EVELYN CASILLAS.

VALEDICTORIAN GOMEZ WILL ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN AND MAJOR IN ACCOUNTING, AND EVELYN IS STATED TO ATTEND ALSO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN AND PLANS TO MAJOR IN SOCIAL WORK.

I ALSO WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR IDEA VALEDICTORIAN JONATHAN EDERIGHT AND SALUTATORIAN JOSHUA EDERIGHT.

THEY'RE BROTHERS IDEA HIGH SCHOOL OR IDEA ACADEMY.

JONATHAN WILL JOIN A TEXAS A&M COMMERCE AND MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS.

JOSHUA PLANS TO CONTINUE WORKING ON HIS STARTUP GAME DESIGN COMPANY.

REALLY COOL, CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM.

I ALSO WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO SHARE A STORY ABOUT A REALLY COOL SIXTH GRADER, THAT TRUSTEE JOHNSON AND I MET AT ARCADIA PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND WHO I THINK IS WITHOUT A DOUBT A FUTURE SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE FOR DALLAS ISD AND AS MERCEDES AGAIN AT ARCADIA PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

ABOUT A MONTH AGO OR SO WHEN TRUSTEE JOHNSON AND I HELD A LITTLE BIT WRONG, BUT SHE EMAILED TRUSTEE JOHNSON AND I WITH CONCERNS JUST SURROUNDING TESTING AND THE STAR EXAM.

SHE FELT TOO MUCH PRESSURE AND SHE ELABORATED IT ABOUT THAT AT LENGTH.

WITH TRUSTEE JOHNSON'S JUST A PARTNERSHIP THERE, WE DECIDED TO GO PAY HER VISIT AT ARCADIA PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SHE IS ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THAT SHE PRESENTED HERSELF TO BE ON PAPER, AN ABSOLUTE SUPERSTAR.

SHOUT OUT TO MERCEDES AND PRINCIPAL GREER ARCADIA PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR HELPING TRUSTEE JOHNSON AND I FACILITATE THAT VISIT.

THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.

I ALSO WANT TO GIVE A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE PRINCIPALS OVER IN BACHMAN LAKE WEBB CHAPEL AND THE TJ FEEDER PATTERN PRINCIPALS OVER AT SALIVA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BURNETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, JOE MAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SIGAROA ELEMENTARY MEDRANO JUNIOR HIGH, AND PRINCIPAL JONES AT TJ HIGH SCHOOL ITSELF.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, THEY PARTNERED WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS THERE AT THE BACHMAN LAKE WORKSHOP WAY AREA.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF ORGANIZATIONS LIKE BACHMAN LINKED TOGETHER, CHRIST FOUNDRY, BROOKLINE INTERNATIONAL, AND EQUAL HEART.

THEY TOOK A MORNING OR THE BETTER PART OF A DAY TO REALLY MEET, DISCUSS HOW WE CAN BE BETTER PARTNERS FOR OUR KIDS, AND THEN ALSO TAKE A TOUR OF THE COMMUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER AS COMMUNITY NON-PROFITS AND AS SCHOOL LEADERS THERE IN THE COMMUNITY.

THAT'S GIVING THEM MORE.

IT'S PUTTING THAT LITTLE EXTRA INTO THE WORK, SO I WANT TO GIVE A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THEM AND APPLAUD THEM FOR COMING TOGETHER AND DOING THAT.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I DO WANT TO SAY PUBLICLY IF I HAVEN'T SAID IT ALREADY, CONGRATULATIONS DR. HANNAH HOST ON YOUR RETIREMENT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THIS CITY, THIS REGION, THIS STATE IS BETTER BECAUSE OF YOU.

YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL, AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US EVERYTHING YOU DID.

THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDES MY REMARKS.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE GADON I'LL BEGIN THE DISTRICT NOW REPORT.

I'LL START WITH TRUSTEE CARDIAC FINISHED.

WANT TO FIRST JUST ACKNOWLEDGE DR. ANALYSIS SERVICE, TRUCK KIDS AND DALLAS ISD AND BEYOND, HE SERVES THE SUPERINTENDENT IN MULTIPLE PLACES, BUT MOSTLY IN THIS DISTRICT, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND COMMITMENT TO THAT PASSIONATE I THINK THAT WE SHARE, WHICH IS PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR KIDS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I'M CONGRATS ON WHATEVER YOUR NEXT ENDEAVORS ARE.

YOU GET TO CHOOSE IT. IT'S A LOT OF FREEDOM IN AND OF ITSELF.

I WANT TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO THE DISTRICT NINE ACCOLADES I WANT TO START WITH, JUST CONGRATULATE ALL THE GRADUATES.

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SKYLINE IS IN DISTRICT 9, BOTH THE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL AND THE MAGNET.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, LINCOLN, THE GREAT JAMES MADISON [INAUDIBLE], THE GRADUATING CLASS.

I THINK, TRUSTEE WIFE FOR JOINING ME IN MADISON'S GRADUATION.

IT WAS GOOD TO SEE YOU THERE. THANK YOU FOR THAT SUPPORT.

JUST WANTED CONGRATS TO ALL THE GRADUATES ACROSS THE DISTRICT.

CONGRATULATIONS MR. SCOTT DAVIDSON, ENGLISH TEACHER AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS.

WE'LL BE CELEBRATING HIS 50TH YEAR AS A TEACHER NEXT FALL. THAT'S AMAZING.

THAT'S WHY WE SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO DALLAS ISD STUDENTS AND FAMILIES.

ALSO WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE 56 CLASS REUNION COMMITTEE OF THE GREAT JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1966.

THEY HELD A FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN A 2022 GRADUATING CLASS WHO ARE SEEKING HIGHER EDUCATION.

THE SCHOLARS WERE BASED ON NEED AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.

TO GRADUATING SENIORS RECEIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP.

ONE OLIVE AND I'M GOING TO MISPRONOUNCE YOUR NAME, SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

BUT IN THE INTUNE-Z AND BRANDON PATTERSON WERE BOTH AWARDEES OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO AKASH PATEL A SPANISH TEACHER AT IGNITE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND FOUNDER OF HAPPY WORLD FOUNDATION INCORPORATED, WHO WAS RECENTLY NAMED TO TIME MAGAZINE'S FIRST EVER LIST OF INNOVATIVE TEACHERS.

THE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS TEACHERS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

WE'RE IMPROVING THEIR FIELD, ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THEIR STUDENTS IN A UNIQUE WAY.

MR. PATEL, YOU CONTINUE TO REPRESENT DOWNSIZE THE WELL, THANK YOU.

THAT CONCLUDES THE DISTRICT 9 ACCOLADES.

TRUSTEE JOHNSON IS GOING TO READ THE DISTRICT SEVERAL COURT ON BEHALF OF TRUSTEE MAGGIE.

>> ON BEHALF OF TRUSTEE MAGGIE, SHOUT OUT TO THE FORUM DISTRICT 7 SCHOOLS EXPECT TO RECEIVE A LIBRARY AND MAKEOVER AS PART OF PROJECT READ AND COLLABORATIONS WITH APPLE.

THE FOUR SCHOOLS GETTING REDESIGNED SPACES ARE ADDISON HIGH SCHOOL, ELLO DANO, [INAUDIBLE], OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE NORTH KIRCHHOFF PERSONALIZED LEARNING ACADEMY.

THE MAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR, AND TRUSTEE BEING MAGGIE, IS EXCITED TO SEE WHAT'S NEXT FOR ALL 43 SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT SELECTED, BY THIS REBOUND.

HE ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR ELEMENTARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR, [INAUDIBLE] ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING FEATURED ON NBC 5, TELEMUNDO, AND CBS 11, SHARING HER AMAZING STORY AND PASSION FOR TEACHING.

KUDOS TO YOU. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS AT ROSE MASS LAURA, WHO WERE ON IT FOR COMPLETING FOUR YEARS OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS PLUS PROGRAM. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

OUR AGENDA NOW CALLS FOR THE PUBLIC FORUM SEGMENT OF OUR MEETING.

[6. PUBLIC FORUM]

WE'LL BEGIN THE SPEAKERS TO AGENDA ITEM FOLLOWED BY SPEAKERS, THE NON-AGENDA ITEMS. I'M ASKING SPEAKERS TO BE MINDFUL OF YOUR FELLOW SPEAKERS AND TO REFRAIN FROM USING INDIVIDUALS NAMES, TO INCLUDE STUDENTS NAMES, AND TO ADDRESS THE BOARD AND NOT INDIVIDUAL TRUSTEES.

COMMENTS, INVOLVEMENT, PERFORMANCE OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES ARE OFFICERS SHOULD BE MADE THROUGH THE GRIEVANCE POLICY AUDIENCE.

I'M ASKING YOU NOT TO ENGAGE IN CONDUCT THAT WILL DISRUPT THE MEETING.

WHO IS OF ORDER AND THE CORN WILL BE ENFORCED IN THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD TO ENSURE EFFICIENT MEETINGS, UNLAWFUL OR DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT INCLUDING INTERRUPTING SCHEDULED SPEAKERS, SPEAKING OUT OF TURN, CROSS THE ROPED OFF BARRIERS ARE INTERFERING WITH THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

EACH PARTICIPANT IS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTINENT CONSEQUENCES OF HIS OR HER OWN STATEMENTS.

SPEAKERS, PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT SUBSTITUTIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

IF YOU SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, YOU CAN NOT SPEAK ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE ELSE.

SPEAKERS WHO FILLED IT HERE TO THIS RULE BE INTERRUPTED AND INFORMATIVE COMMENTS ARE OUT OF ORDER.

MRS. JORDAN, WILL YOU PLEASE CALL THE NAMES OF OUR SPEAKERS?

>> YES. I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE SPEAKERS THAT YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE MICROPHONE, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS RENA HONI, FOLLOWED BY JUDY BRYANT.

>> PRESIDENT HENRY, TRUSTEES, SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA I'M RENA HONI, PRESIDENT OF ALLIANCE AOF T, AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT 7 I'M SPEAKING TO AGENDA ITEM 9.29, THE AMENDMENT TO THE DOI FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION WAIVER.

BEFORE I GET INTO THAT, I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS THANKS TO DR. HINOJOSA.

I WAS CERTAINLY GLAD WHEN YOU CAME BACK FOR THE SECOND ROUND.

WHILE WE WOULD NOT ALWAYS AGREED ON EVERYTHING, WE HAVE DEFINITELY HAD A WORKING RELATIONSHIP THAT IS HELPED IMPROVE SOME AREAS.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I WISH I COULD TRULY CONVEY HOW INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTING IT IS TO HAVE THIS ITEM ON THE AGENDA TONIGHT.

A PROMISE WAS MADE BY ONE OF THE ADMINISTRATORS HERE TODAY IN 2018 THAT THE DOI WOULD NEVER BE USED FOR ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES.

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NOW, NOT ONLY ARE YOU BEING ASKED TO APPROVE IT FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, MORE IMPORTANTLY, IS FOR THE CORE SUBJECTS.

THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THEIR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY.

WE KNOW THERE'S A TEACHER SHORTAGE EVERYWHERE.

WE KNOW FEWER PEOPLE ARE ENTERING THE TEACHING PROFESSION.

WE KNOW OTHER DISTRICTS ARE TAKING OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF THEIR COMPENSATION PACKAGES AND BECAUSE THEY ARE TREATING THEIR EMPLOYEES AS PROFESSIONALS.

BUT NOW PEOPLE WILL LEAVE DISD BECAUSE WE'RE LOWERING OUR STANDARDS FOR QUALITY IN THE CLASSROOMS. SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS BROUGHT IN UNDER DOI MAY WORK OUT WELL.

BUT WE ALREADY KNOW FROM CURRENT PARTICIPANTS IN THE AAC PROGRAM THAT THE PROMISE SUPPORT WILL NOT BE THERE.

THE UNFAIRNESS TO THESE CANDIDATES AND TO THE STUDENTS IS A RECIPE THAT MANY WILL STRUGGLE FOR A LONG TIME AND NOT BE ABLE TO OVERCOME.

AS STATED LAST MONTH, WE HAVE CERTIFIED TEACHERS THAT STRUGGLE WITH TEACHING.

BUT THERE IS LIKE HAVING BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT, HAVING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW CHILDREN LEARN AT DIFFERENT AGES, KNOWING EDUCATIONAL VOCABULARY, AND HAVING AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL BOX THAT MANY UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS DON'T HAVE, LEAVES THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE WHEN THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.

WITH THE ATMOSPHERE OF COMPETITION IN THE CLASSROOMS TODAY, BECAUSE OF OUR EVALUATION SYSTEM, EDUCATORS ARE NOT WILLING TO SHARE AND COLLABORATE WITH COLLEAGUES ANY LONGER, LIKE THE NORM USED TO BE.

THIS WAS ONE OF MY GREATEST FEARS FIVE YEARS AGO WITH THE DISTRICT OF INNOVATION APPLICATION THEN AND NOW IS THE REALITY.

AS A FORMER 26-YEAR VETERAN TEACHER IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN DALLAS ISD, I URGE YOU TO REJECT THIS SECTION OF THE AMENDMENT WITHOUT THE ADMINISTRATION AGREEING TO PUT SOME OF THE EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHERS AND CENTRAL STAFF.

>> THANK YOU RENA HONI, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU.

>> JUDY BRYANT.

FOLLOWED BY TONY SHAN BERT.

JUDY BRYANT.

>> SHE ISN'T HERE.

>> THANK YOU. TONY SHENOVARD, FOLLOWED BY SUZANNE JONES.

TONY SHENOVARD.

>> PRESIDENT HENRY, TRUSTEES, AND SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA.

I AM TONY SHENOVARD, 334 CENTER STREET, DALLAS, TEXAS 75208.

I'M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ALLIANCE SAFETY, AND I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

I REMEMBER A TIME WHEN THERE WERE MANY CAREER TEACHERS AT MY SCHOOL.

THE CAREER EDUCATORS WERE DEEPLY INVESTED IN THE STUDENTS AND PASSIONATE ABOUT THE SUBJECT THAT THEY WERE CERTIFIED TO TEACH, AS IT TAKES YEARS TO MASTER A CRAFT.

THESE MASTER TEACHERS WOULD MENTOR NEW TEACHERS, HELPING THEM BECOME MASTERS OF THEIR OWN CRAFT.

HIRING PEOPLE WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE WHO WILL BE TEACHING A COURSE SUBJECT TO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENDURING A FOUNDATIONAL YEARS OF THEIR EDUCATION WILL BE TANTAMOUNT TO GO INTO THE DENTIST FOR BACK SURGERY.

THESE CANDIDATES WILL BE DOING NOTHING MORE THAN GLORIFIED BABYSITTERS GETTING ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.

TEI IS A SHAM.

I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT.

PETTING TEACHER AGAINST TEACHER USING A SYSTEM OF EVALUATION THAT IS NOT TRANSPARENT.

THOSE TEACHERS WHO KNOW HOW TO MANIPULATE THE SYSTEM MAKE THE HIGHEST SALARY.

TEI DOES NOT IDENTIFY TEACHER EXCELLENCE.

EXCELLENT TEACHING IS COLLABORATIVE, NOT COMPETITIVE.

HERE'S THE REASON WHY DALLAS IS THE ONLY SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT EMPLOYS THIS TERRIBLE DIVISIVE EVALUATION SYSTEM.

THE ONLY DISTRICT.

TEACHING MORALE AND DIS IS VERY LOW, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF TEI BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE BLATANT VIOLATION OF TEACHERS PLANNING PERIODS BY DICTATORIAL PRINCIPALS WHO ARE NOT SUPPORTIVE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

THEY'RE NOT TEAM PLAYERS.

DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS ARE ON THE RISE AND TEACHERS ARE BEING ASSAULTED MORE THAN WE'D LIKE TO ADMIT.

COMPOUND THESE CONCERNS WITH COVID-19 SAFETY ISSUES AND THE PROLIFERATION OF GUN VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS,

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THERE'S NO WONDER THAT 66 PERCENT OF TEACHERS POLLED NATIONALLY ARE THREATENING TO LEAVE TEACHING PROFESSION.

HERE IN THE ISD, TEACHERS FEEL UNDERVALUED, UNDERAPPRECIATED, UNDERPAID, AND OVERWORKED.

WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT AND WE'RE LOOKING TO YOU TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

[APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU. SUZANNE JONES FOLLOWED BY ANDREW KIRK.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS DR. SUZANNE JONES WITH THE TEXAS FACULTY ASSOCIATION AND NEA.

WHEN I COME TO WORK EVERY DAY TO BRIGHTEN THE LIVES OF MY STUDENTS, TO INSPIRE AND PROVIDE AN OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK OF POSSIBILITY TO THEM.

I AM CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF SEVERAL THINGS.

FIRST, HOW WILL I EVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD A HOME OR APARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT I TEACH? I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE CLOSE TO MY SCHOOL, BUT DALLAS HOUSING PRICES ARE OUT-OF-CONTROL.

THAT LEAVES MANY OTHER TEACHERS, INCLUDING MYSELF, TO HAVE LONG AND TIRING COMMUTES WITH INFLATION, RISING GAS PRICES, AND RELATED VEHICLE MAINTENANCE COSTS.

TEACHERS OBVIOUSLY TAKE ON THIS BURDEN.

I'M ALSO REMINDED HOW I MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO REALISTICALLY HAVE MY OWN CHILDREN THAT I CAN SEND TO DALLAS SCHOOLS BECAUSE I CAN BARELY SUPPORT MYSELF AT THIS TIME AND I SEE NO OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH NO MATTER HOW MUCH I OFFER, WHAT I HAVE LEFT OF MYSELF TO THE CAMPUS.

WHEN I STARTED IN THIS DISTRICT, I WAS TOLD I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO RETIRE UNTIL I WAS 62.

SINCE THEN, NUMEROUS TIMES I'VE DONE THE CALCULATIONS AND WITH INFLATION, TRS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUPPORT ME WHEN I'M OLDER IF I EVER GET THE PRIVILEGE OF RETIRING.

ALSO DUE TO TEXAS LAWS, SINCE I STARTED MY CAREER IN TEACHING AS A YOUNG ADULT, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRAW FROM SOCIAL SECURITY.

I FEEL TRAPPED IN A PROFESSION THAT MAKES ME FEEL REPLACEABLE AND DOES NOT CARE IF I AM HERE.

TO BE BLUNT, IT IS SOON COMING TIME FOR ME TO MAKE A FINAL DECISION ON WHETHER IT MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE TO LEAVE MY CALLING, JUST AS MANY OTHER TEACHERS HAVE DONE THIS DURING THE GREAT RESIGNATION.

THESE ARE THE THINGS I HAVE TO CONSIDER AS A TEACHER WHO IS YOUNGER THAN 30, IT IS A BLEAK FUTURE THAT KEEPS ME FROM GETTING MY STUDENTS MY FULL ATTENTION.

AT TIMES IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO SUPPORT MY STUDENTS' SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL NEEDS BECAUSE I AM LEFT WITHOUT THE SAME SUPPORT.

WHEN INDIVIDUALS DO NOT FEEL LIKE THEY'RE SUPPORTED OR THAT THEIR BASIC NEEDS ARE NOT BEING MET, WE KNOW THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM AT THEIR BEST LONG TERM.

WE KNOW THIS AND UNDERSTAND THIS, BUT WE DON'T APPLY IT TO TEACHERS.

IT'S TIME TO ACT NOW BEFORE WE LOSE MORE EXCELLENT TEACHERS WHO WANT TO STAY IN DISD, WHO LIVE AND BREATHE TO SUPPORT OUR DISD COMMUNITIES.

BY CONSIDERING AN INCREASE OF EIGHT PERCENT BASE SALARY, WE CAN BETTER SUPPORT TEACHERS [APPLAUSE] SO THEY CAN LIVE LONG AND HEALTHY LIVES, WHICH THE DISTRICT, ITS STUDENTS, AND ITS COMMUNITIES CAN BENEFIT FROM AS WELL.

THIS WAS A TESTIMONIAL BY AN ANONYMOUS DISD TEACHER.

[APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU. ANDREW KIRK, FOLLOWED BY SHEILA WALKER.

>> GOOD EVENING, IT'S ANDREW KIRK, ALLIANCE AFT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER AND BUILDING LEADER AT SUNSET HIGH SCHOOL.

WHAT THE WOMAN WHO LABORS ONCE IS THE RIGHT TO LIVE, NOT SIMPLY EXIST, THE RIGHT TO LIFE AS THE RICH WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO LIFE, AND THE SUN, AND MUSIC AND ART.

YOU HAVE NOTHING THAT THE HUMBLEST WORKER HAS NOT A RIGHT TO HAVE ALSO.

THE WORKER MUST HAVE BREAD, BUT SHE MUST HAVE ROSES TOO.

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF ROSE SCHNEIDERMAN, A UNIONIST WHO PRIMARILY ORGANIZED WITH IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN THE NEEDLE TRADES.

WHAT'S SURPRISING IS LESS THE SOURCE THAN THE CONTINUITY OF ITS CONTENT FROM 1912-2022.

IF YOU TALK TO EDUCATION WORKERS OFTEN, AND WE DO, YOU CONTINUOUSLY LEARN AND RE-LEARN THE EXTENT TO WHICH ONE'S LACK OF BREAD, A FAMILY SUPPORTING, AND DIGNIFIED WAGE INTERPENETRATES WITH A LACK OF ROSES, QUALITY TIME WITH ONE'S FAMILY, TIME TO ENJOY ONESELF AND TO RECONSTRUCT THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN WORK AND LEISURE.

DISTRICT EMPLOYEES SPEND SO MUCH TIME SURVIVING, THEY HAVE LITTLE TIME TO LIVE.

ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY TEXAS AFT, 67 PERCENT OF TEACHERS ARE CONSIDERING OR HAVE CONSIDERED LEAVING THE PROFESSION THIS YEAR.

IN ADDITION TO OUR CONTRACTED DUTIES AND RECURRING ASKS TO COVER OR ACCEPT SUBDIVIDED CLASSES, MANY OF US HAVE SOUGHT ADDITIONAL WORK.

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IN A 2021 SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE TEACHER SALARY PROJECT, 82 PERCENT OF TEACHERS HAVE EITHER CURRENTLY OR PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ON MULTIPLE JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

ONE REASON WHY OUR MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS HAVE READ TESTIMONIALS SUBMITTED BY OTHER WORKERS IS THE SHEER NUMBER OF OUR CO-WORKERS WHO DRIVE FOR LYFT OR UBER, WHO TEACH SUMMER SCHOOL, OR HAVE TAKEN OTHER EMPLOYMENT TO CLOSE FINANCIAL GAPS.

SO MUCH FOR SUMMERS OFF.

THESE EXPERIENCES ARE EVEN MORE ACUTE FOR SUPPORT PERSONNEL.

DALLAS ISD REPEATEDLY PROFESSORS TO VALUE THE LABOR OF ITS WORKERS WITH ATTENDING NODS TO SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE.

IN JUNE 2020, OUR DISTRICT UNANIMOUSLY AFFIRMED ITS COMMITMENT TO BLACK LIVES AND BLACK STUDENTS.

MEANWHILE, OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, WHOSE STAFF ARE OVER 90 PERCENT BLACK, SUFFER FROM PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT AND LOW WAGES.

THERE ARE MEMBERS OF OUR UNION WHO HAVE HAD NO RECOURSE BUT TO SLEEP IN THEIR CARS.

DO BLACK LIVES MATTER AT WORK? DO THE BLACK PARENTS OF YOUR STUDENTS ALSO MATTER? MEANWHILE, OUR COUNSELORS AND SCHOOL NURSES ARE BEING OFFERED RAISES THAT ARE WELL BELOW THE CURRENT RATE OF INFLATION, THREE PERCENT, 6.5, AND 7.1 PERCENT RESPECTIVELY IF THE ONE TIME TAXABLE RETENTION INCENTIVE IS INCLUDED.

I DON'T NEED TO REMIND ANYONE OF THE INCREDIBLE EXPANSION OF THESE EMPLOYEES' WORKLOADS SINCE THE PANDEMIC.

LUCKILY, INFLATION WILL RESOLVE ITSELF AFTER THE 2022, '23 SCHOOL YEAR.

DALLAS ISD HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE ITS OWN STATED PRINCIPLES AND SET A NEW PRECEDENT IN PROVING THAT IT VALUES THE WORKERS THAT MAKE LEARNING POSSIBLE. [OVERLAPPING]

>> THANK YOU MR. KIRK, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

SHEILA WALKER, FOLLOWED BY KAREN HOLMES.

[APPLAUSE]

>> GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT HENRY, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, AND SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA.

ALSO CONGRATULATIONS SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA ON YOUR RETIREMENT.

MY NAME IS SHEILA WALKER.

I RESIDE AT 10707 BIG THICKET, DALLAS, TEXAS.

I'M THE COMMUNITY LIAISON AT LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT 4, WHERE CAMILLE WHITE IS MY TRUSTEE.

I'M HERE SPEAKING TODAY AS PRESIDENT ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS OF NEA DALLAS AS WELL AS A PROUD DISTRICT EMPLOYEE.

IN NO WAY DO I ENVY THE TASK THAT THIS BOARD IS BEING CHARGED TO APPROVE THE '22, '23 PROPOSED EMPLOYEE SALARY INCREASES.

I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO THE DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ITS STUDENTS, AS WELL AS NOT INCREASING THE HEALTH INSURANCE THIS YEAR.

NEA DALLAS APPRECIATES THE PROPOSED INCREASES FOR FOOD SERVICE, MAINTENANCE, TRANSPORTATION AS WELL AS THE POSSIBILITY OF RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15.

WE ASKED FOR $15 LAST YEAR, WE GOT 13.50 SO WE APPRECIATE THAT GROWTH.

WE WORK DAILY TO ADVOCATE RESPECT FOR OUR SUPPORT EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS KEEPING PRO IN PROFESSIONALS.

SINCE THESE ARE ALL EMPLOYEES, THEY KEEP MAKING THIS DISTRICT SUCCESSFUL AND OUR STUDENTS PREPARED FOR LIFE.

WITH THE HIGH INCREASE THAT'S COMING UP WITH THE COST OF LIVING FOR GAS AND FOOD AND OTHER ESSENTIALS, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSIDER AN EIGHT PERCENT INCREASE ACROSS THE BOARD FOR TEACHERS, CAMPUS SUPPORT, NON-EXEMPT, AND CAMPUS EXEMPT EMPLOYEES.

PLEASE VOTE YES TO AN EIGHT PERCENT INCREASE FOR TEACHERS, EXEMPT, AND NON-EXEMPT CAMPUS EMPLOYEES, [APPLAUSE] AS WELL AS THE PROPOSED INCREASE FOR FOOD SERVICES, MAINTENANCE, AND TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES.

WE'RE NOT ASKING TO BE MADE RICH, BUT WE RATHER GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR FAMILIES.

THESE ARE THE SAME FAMILIES THAT COMPROMISE AND COME TO WORK IN DALLAS ISD IN THIS COMMUNITY TO FILL OUR SCHOOLS.

I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THE BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS OF NEA DALLAS AND THE EMPLOYEES OF DALLAS ISD. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU. KAREN HOLMES, FOLLOWED BY GEORGE WRINGEL.

KAREN HOLMES.

>> SHE'S COMING.

>> HELLO, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MYSELF.

I AM KAREN HOLMES, RN, BSN, MASTER OF EDUCATION, DALLAS ISD SCHOOL NURSE, FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE SCHOOL BOARD AND LET YOU KNOW THAT I'M HERE SPEAKING IN REGARDS TO AGENDA ITEM 9.47, COMPENSATION BUDGET ON RETENTION NEW CENTER FOR THE DISTRICT STAFF.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY SINCERELY THAT I REALLY LIKED MY JOB AS A SCHOOL NURSE AND THE SCHOOL THAT I WORKED FOR AND THE STAFF IS IN NO WAY A REFLECTION OF MY CURRENT POSITION OR SCHOOL.

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THE SPEECH IS NOT NEGATIVE TOWARDS ANY OF THAT, HERE'S MY POINT.

[BACKGROUND] [LAUGHTER] IN REGARDS TO THE RETENTION INSTEAD OF IT'S CLEARLY SPELLED OUT THAT THE SCHOOL NURSES HAVE NOT BEEN PLACED FOR THE 3,500 INCENTIVE MONEY.

I AM AWARE THAT THE TEACHERS ARE ON THE TEI EVALUATION SYSTEM AND THE NURSES CONTINUED TO BE ON THE PRIOR EVALUATION SYSTEM WITH RATINGS EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS, PROFICIENT, BELOW PROFICIENT WITH SCORES FOR 70-100.

WHEN THE NURSES WERE INFORMED THE TEI EVALUATION TOOL CAME OUT THEY WOULD ALSO TRANSITION TO THIS MORE DETAIL-ORIENTED, NURSE DIRECTED EVALUATION TOOL.

AS OF YET, THIS IS YET TO HAPPEN.

THIS MEANS THAT EVERY SCHOOL NURSE WITH A SCORE OF WHETHER IT'S A 70 OR 100 CATEGORY GETS A RAISE, COST OF LIVING RAISE WHATEVER IT WAS VOTED ON BY THE SCHOOL BOARD.

IF THE $3,500 RETENTION INCENTIVE WAS BASED ON AN EVALUATION TOOL, THEN THE TOOL THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING USED FOR THE SCHOOL NURSES SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE ABILITY FOR THE SCHOOL NURSES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SAME FEDERAL INCENTIVE DOLLARS.

THE LAST TWO YEARS HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR ALL DURING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

THE SCHOOL NURSES WERE ASKED TO STEP UP AS EXPECTED DURING A PANDEMIC AND PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH DUTIES SUCH AS DIRECT COVID TESTING WHILE WEARING PPE AND LEARNING HOW TO PERFORM ONE TEST [LAUGHTER] AND USE ROOMS THAT WERE NOT REALLY SET UP FOR SPECIFICALLY ISOLATION CONDITIONS.

CLOSE ALL THE CLINIC DOWN DURING THE TESTING TIME.

THAT PROCEEDED TO OVERFLOW, I'M SO SORRY.

[LAUGHTER] THE STUDENT TRAFFIC IN A CLINIC TO THE MAIN OFFICE, THEY WERE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT, LET ME TELL YOU.

[LAUGHTER] JUST WHEN THE SCHOOL NURSE WAS GETTING USED TO THE COVID TESTING PROCESS WITH A LITTLE COTTON SWAB AND ALL THAT AND HAD BEEN TRYING TO DOCUMENT IT, THEY WERE ASKED TO CHANGE TO A NEW COVID TESTING PROCESS AND LEARN HOW TO DO THAT THROUGH TESTING, ALTHOUGH TESTING WAS BEING DONE DUE TO PRIVACY AND ISOLATION PURPOSES, AGAIN, WE HAD TO CLOSE THE CLINIC AND AGAIN THAT WAS NOT APPRECIATED [LAUGHTER] BY THE MAIN OFFICE STAFF, PRINCIPALS, ETC.

IF THERE WERE POSITIVE COVID TEST REPORTED TO THE SCHOOL NURSE, THEN THEY WERE ASKED TO TELL THAT EMPLOYEE HOW MANY DAYS THEY HAD TO STAY OUT, INFORM THEM TO FILL OUT A FORM THAT GOES TO BENEFITS FOR THEM TO CONTINUE TO GET PAID AND THE NURSE REPORTED TO THE PRINCIPAL.

>> THANK YOU MISS HOLMES, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

>>[APPLAUSE] YOU GET MY POINT. [LAUGHTER]

>> GEORGE WRINGEL, FOLLOWED BY TANYA HERNANDEZ.

GEORGE WRINGEL. [BACKGROUND]

>> GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT HENRY TRUSTEE SUPERINTENDENT NAHOSA.

MY NAME IS GEORGE WRINGEL 334 STREET INDUSTRY, DALLAS, TEXAS 75208.

SUPERINTENDENT NAHOSA [FOREIGN], I APPRECIATE YOU.

I FIRST WANT TO THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS FOR TAKING THE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND MAKING A MOVE IN RAISING THE STARTING WAGE TO $15 FOR SUPPORT STAFF.

INFLATION IS MAKING IT HARD ON EVERYONE.

TONIGHT YOU WILL BE MAKING MAJOR DECISIONS THAT IMPACTS YOUR WORKFORCE.

UNFORTUNATELY, YOU MISS THE TARGET WITH NURSES AND COUNSELORS ARE COVID FRONT-LINE SOLDIERS WHO ARE NOW SCHEDULED TO GET THE LOWEST INCREASE.

I WISH I COULD SAY THE WORKING CONDITIONS WILL MAKE UP FOR IT, BUT I CAN'T.

WE HAVE TEACHERS NOT GETTING PLENTY TIME, LUNCHES, TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES WHO GET TO WORK AT 05:00 AM PARKING A GRAVEL PARKING LOT WITH NO PARKING LINES, NO LIGHTS, NO FENCE, HAVING TO DEAL WITH SNAKES, SKUNKS, POSSUMS AND OTHER WILDLIFE EARLY IN THE MORNING.

YES, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE BUS DRIVERS AND MONITORS AT PET RAINY LOT.

YOU PROBABLY THINK THIS IS HYPERBOLE, BUT I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO BY AND SEE [LAUGHTER] WHERE THE DISTRICT PUT THE REST BREAK TABLE AND THAT WOULD GIVE YOU A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT'S GOING ON.

BOARD MEMBERS, THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE LOSING EMPLOYEES.

OTHER DISTRICT EMPLOYEES ARE TALKING TO DISD EMPLOYEES SHARING WORK CLIMATE AND COMPENSATION INFORMATION, POINTING OUT HOW THEY ARE TREATED LIKE PROFESSIONALS AND PAID ACCORDINGLY.

ALLIANCE AFT HAS BEEN HAVING ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS WITH ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DOING WHAT WE CAN TO ENCOURAGE RETENTION.

UNFORTUNATELY CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE TAKING OUR BEST, INCLUDING BILINGUAL TEACHERS WHO ARE BEING OFFERED 90% OF THEIR CURRENT DISD SALARY AND A 9,000 BILINGUAL STIPEND AND NO TEI.

THEY ARE USING THE MONEY THAT TEACHERS EARN THROUGH THE STATE AND GIVING IT TO THE TEACHERS AND DISD'S NOT DOING THAT.

>> IT'S TRUE.

>> WE ARE HOLDING OUR BREATH TONIGHT.

THE COMPENSATION PACKAGE IS PRESENTED TO YOU TONIGHT CAN GET CLOSE TO A RAISE THAT MEETS INFLATION WITH YOUR EFFORTS.

THE LAST TIME INCREASES TOOK PLACE, SOME EMPLOYEES RECEIVED A PENNY TO FIVE CENTS INCREASE.

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NOT ALL OF THEM, BUT SOME OF THEM DID, IT'S EMBARRASSING.

ALLIANCE AFT'S ASKING FOR AN 8% INCREASE THAT LEAVES NO EMPLOYEE LEFT BEHIND AND MEETS INFLATION.

YOUR DECISION TONIGHT CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR DALLAS ISD WORKFORCE.

DO THE RIGHT THING, VOTE ON GIVING EMPLOYEES NO LESS THAN 8%.

I ALSO WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND THIS IS JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT, THINK ABOUT FINDING A LOCATION FOR THE PET RAINY LOT, BUS DRIVERS AND MONITORS, THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING SPENT TO RENT THIS LOCATION AND THAT'S UNNECESSARY.

WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR A LOCATION PERMANENT THAT DISD COULD CALL IT'S HOME.

WE ALSO NEED TO THINK ABOUT GIVING LONG-TERM CONTRACTS TO TEACHERS, IF THEY ARE EXEMPLARY TEACHERS.

IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO WASTE TIME AND EFFORT AND THOSE TEACHERS COULD BE HELPING THE NEW TEACHERS COMING IN.

THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE IT BETTER. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU MR. WRINGEL YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

[APPLAUSE] TANYA HERNANDEZ FOLLOWED BY DIANE BIRDWELL.

[BACKGROUND] TANYA HERNANDEZ.

>> SHE'S COMING.

>> [FOREIGN] I'M ALSO A UNION MEMBER OF ALLIANCE AFT.

I'M HERE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH SUPPORT STAFF AND ASK THE BOARD TO GIVE THEM A $15 AN HOUR MINIMUM RAISE AND TO TELL YOU THAT 15 IS NOT ENOUGH.

THIS PAGE WILL BE SPANGLISH BECAUSE I CAN AND BECAUSE CODE-SWITCHING IS THE LANGUAGE MOST OF US IMMIGRANTS USE.

IT IS WE THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY ALONG WITH BLACK, BROWN AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR THAT MAKE THE FABRIC THAT THIS HISTORY IS MADE OF.

WE MAKE DIST RUN.

SUPPORT STAFF, YOU SAY, I PROPOSE WE CHANGE THE NAME TO ESSENTIAL EDUCATION WORKERS FOCUSING [FOREIGN].

SCHOOLS COULDN'T OPERATE WITHOUT THEM [FOREIGN] AT UNMENTIONABLE HOURS.

WHILE THE REST OF US SLEEP, THEY ARE UP AND ARE ALREADY WORKING.

THEY'RE DRIVING BUSES AND PICKING UP OUR STUDENTS.

[FOREIGN] THEY ARE THE ONES THAT RECEIVE OUR KIDS IN SCHOOL WITH A BIG SMILE ON THEIR FACES.

THEY KNOW ALL THE NAMES OF OUR STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL.

THEY CORRECT AND REDIRECT THEM AND ALSO CONSULT THEM WHEN THEY'RE UPSET.

REMEMBER DOLAN THE FISHER, SHE'S HERE WITH US TONIGHT ALL LOCAL NATIONAL HERO.

REMEMBER HOW THEY WENT OUT TO WORK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC TO FEED THE COMMUNITY.

TALK ABOUT A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR KIDS.

THEY'RE NOT IN HIGH HEELS IN AN OFFICE.

THEY'RE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, IN TENNIS SHOES AND T-SHIRTS.

OUR TEACHER ASSISTANCE ARE WAY MORE THAN THAT.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES IN THE 10 YEARS I'VE BEEN WORKING FOR DALLAS ISD.

I'VE SEEN A TA TAKE ON THE SAME WORK AS A TEACHER FOR A DAY, A WEEK, A MONTH, AND MORE THAN A YEAR WITH A MISERABLE PAY.

THEY SERVE AS TRANSLATORS AND THEY'RE NOT PAID THEIR RIGHT TO DO THAT.

WHO LIVES ON $15 AN HOUR? I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

HOW DO THEY GET TO WORK ON THESE GAS PRICES AND LIVING FAR AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL, SAY, WORKOUT BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN PRICED OUT OF LIVING IN THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.

[APPLAUSE] I'LL TELL YOU HOW.

THEY WORK EXTRA HOURS.

THEY HAVE MULTIPLE JOBS, AND THEY DON'T TAKE VACATIONS.

ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH.

STOP CALLING THEM HEROES AND TREAT THEM AS SUCH.

GIVE THEM 15 NOW AND THEN MORE.

THANK YOU JOYCE FOREMAN FOR MENTIONING THE ISSUE OF HOW WE'RE TRAINING TEACHERS WITH EXPERIENCE.

IN THIS FIELD, NOTHING TRUMP EXPERIENCE. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE] GUY BIRDWELL FOLLOWED BY MARY GREG.

>> LIKE I NEED THIS. HI, I'M DISAPPOINTED THE PORN BOOK CLUB ISN'T HERE BECAUSE I BROUGHT MY READING MATERIAL.

[LAUGHTER] IT IS THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOME ECONOMICS OR HOW TRAILBLAZING WOMEN HARNESS THE POWER OF HOME AND CHANGE THE WAY WE LIVE.

IT'S ACTUALLY AN INTERESTING BOOK, BUT THEY'RE NOT HERE.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT 9.47 AND 9.48 AND LET'S BE HONEST.

WE DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SO LATE IN THE SYSTEM OR ALL ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO VOTE THE KINGDOMS WILL FALL, THE ANIMALS WILL REVOLT IF THEY DON'T VOTE THE BUDGET TONIGHT, BUT YOU CAN PULL THINGS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE AND DELAY IT.

THE REASON WHY I'M CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE SR FUNDING AND YOU SAW IT UP ON THE SCREEN EARLIER AND IT WAS ABOUT THE TEACHER RETENTION DIFFERENTIATED BY THE TEI LEVEL,

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WHICH IS WHAT I'M GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT LAST MONTH UNTIL THE PORN BOOK CLUB TOOK OVER.

I SENT YOU ALL AN EMAIL ABOUT IT AND I HEARD ONLY BACK FROM LIKE TWO OF THE NINE OF YOU ALL, WHICH IS SAD BECAUSE YOU-ALL EXPECT US TO ANSWER.

BUT ANYWAY, THIS COMES FROM FEDERAL FUNDS.

TWO YEARS INTO THE PANDEMIC, WE WERE ALL OUT THERE PUTTING FOOD IN THE PEOPLE'S TRUNKS.

WE WERE ALL OUT THERE WEARING MASKS.

WE WERE ALL TEACHING ONLINE AND IN-PERSON AT THE SAME TIME.

WE ALL HAD TO LEARN NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

WE ARE ALL AT RISK OF BEING SHOT AND KILLED ON ANYTHING AND YET WE ARE STILL BEING DEFINED BY OUR RATING, WHICH IS SUBJECTIVE AND SO THE SR IS RIDICULOUS.

IT WAS CONSIDERED AN INSULT.

A $2,500 BONUS FOR HER, A $3,000 BONUS FOR ME, AND A $3,500 BONUS FOR HIM.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? IT IS CRAP.

FRANKLY THAT IS BEING DIFFERENTIATED.

WE ALL CAME BACK.

I COULD GO WORK IN MESQUITE RIGHT NOW.

[APPLAUSE] I COULDN'T RETIRE RIGHT NOW AND YET YOUR WEIGHT US WAIT.

EVERY OTHER DISTRICT GOT THEIR MONEY LAST YEAR AND THEY DID IT [APPLAUSE] FLAT ACROSS THE BOARD.

YOU ALL HAVE GOT TO BREAK AWAY FROM THAT CULT OF MIKE MILES AND GET INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND GET AWAY FROM TEI.

[APPLAUSE] NOBODY LIKES IT NOBODY ELSE IS USING IT AND THIS RIGHT HERE IS AN INSULT TO US.

THAT JUST DEMONSTRATES JUST IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO A FLAT ONE, THEN AVERAGE IT OUT AND YOU GIVE MORE TO THE SUPPORT PERSON.

I THINK THEY EARNED IT A HELL LOT MORE THAN I DID BUT THE THING IS THOUGH, YOU'VE REALLY GOT TO WORK ON IT.

THIS YEAR I'M GOING TO WORK WITH YOU IN THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT TO HELP NTEI.

DR. HANNA HOUSE, POINT OF PRIVILEGE HERE, YOU AND I HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR OVER 15 YEARS.

TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, YOU NEVER ACTUALLY TRIED TO GET ME FIRED.

[LAUGHTER] YOU CAME CLOSE.

TWO OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS NAMED MIKE ACTUALLY DID TRY TO DO, AND MR. FLORENCE KNOWS ABOUT THAT BUT ANYWAY, THE THING IS I REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT EVEN IF WE DISAGREED OR YOU DIDN'T DO EXACTLY YOU WANTED, YOU ALWAYS HAD YOUR DOOR OPEN TO ME, YOU ALWAYS RESPONDED TO ME.

WHEN YOU WERE AT BRYAN ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL, YOU WOULD ALWAYS COME BY MY ROOM WHEN YOU COULD TO VISIT AND I WELCOME YOUR RETIREMENT.

I WISH I HAD YOUR RETIREMENT PAY THOUGH. I'LL TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW.

>> THANK YOU MR. BIRDWELL [APPLAUSE].

MARY GREG, FOLLOWED BY ELIZABETH BARRETT.

>> FIRST, THANK YOU DISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR RECEIVING MY COMMENT.

MY NAME IS MARY GREG FROM DISTRICT 3.

I AM AN AP STATISTICS AP SEMINAR AND DEBATE TEACHER AT THE LAW MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL.

I HAVE TAUGHT IN DISD SINCE THE INCEPTION OF TEI ON WHICH AS SO LONG AS IT EXISTS, I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THE PAY RAISE CHART FOR NEXT YEAR.

THE REASON BEING IS THAT IF YOU LOOK DOWN THAT CHART, ALL TIERS OF TEI TEACHERS RECEIVED FLAT RAISES EXCEPT FOR THE TWO LAST ROWS, SUPPOSEDLY THE MOST EFFECTIVE.

THESE ARE EXEMPLARY TWO AND MASTER TEACHERS.

ACCORDING TO YOUR BUDGET PROPOSAL, THERE'S ONLY SIX MASTER TEACHERS AND A 139 EXEMPLARY TWO TEACHERS.

I HAD A CHANCE TO READ THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS STORY ABOUT THE RATIONALE FOR TEACHER RAISES.

I BELIEVE MY COHORT DESERVES A RAISE FOR THE VERY SAME REASONS THAT THEY ARE GIVEN OUT TO OTHER TEACHERS AND STAFF WHERE WE'VE WORKED THROUGH COVID OFTENTIMES AS LEADERS ON OUR CAMPUS AND WE'RE EXPERIENCING INFLATION AND HIGH GAS PRICES JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED AND REWARDED FOR OUR WORK TOO.

WHEN I FIRST I WAS FINISHING UP GRADUATE SCHOOL, WE WERE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A JOB FAIR.

EVERYONE IN MY PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IS DRAWN TO AUSTIN AND THEIR SURROUNDING ISDS.

THE DALLAS TABLE HAD A FEW INQUIRIES, BUT PERSONALLY, I DIDN'T EVEN CONSIDER IT.

MOVING IS REALLY EXPENSIVE, ESPECIALLY FOR A TEACHER AND ALSO JUST SO MUCH COOLER CITY THAN DALLAS.

BUT A FEW DAYS LATER I RECEIVED A RECRUITMENT EMAIL LOUDLY PROCLAIMING IN ITS SUBJECT TITLE THAT I CAN MAKE UP TO SIX FIGURES IN DISD.

NOW I WAS DEFINITELY INTERESTED.

I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT HAVE PREDICTED WHERE THIS ALL WOULD GO, WHICH IS SIX FIGURE.

LOOK AT THAT. I PACKED MY BAGS THOUGH, AND I GOT A SMALL APARTMENT NEXT TO MY SCHOOL AND I WENT TO WORK.

MY FIRST YEAR TEACHING WAS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT.

I HAD FOUR PREPS, ALL OF WHICH WERE ON MATH PREPS.

I WORKED HARD, BUT I DIDN'T KNOWING THAT MAYBE ONE DAY WHEN I'M CLOSE TO 30, I'D BE MAKING ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY A HOUSE AND ACHIEVE THE DREAMS THAT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE.

WHEN I GOT MY SCORECARD, MY THIRD YEAR, I DECIDED THAT I WOULD DEFINITELY BE STICKING AROUND.

LIKE I SAID, MY GOAL WAS TO PUT DOWN ROOTS AND PURCHASE A HOUSE.

BUT WHAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME IS THAT IT ALLOWED ME TO BELIEVE THAT TEACHING ISN'T NECESSARILY CONDEMNATION TO ABJECT POVERTY, BUT THAT I CAN WORK HARD AND EFFICACY IT WILL BE RECOGNIZED.

I'M GOING I HOPE SO AT LEAST IN THE DISD.

WHILE THIS IS A SMALL GROUP, THERE IS RESEARCH ABOUT THE EFFECT OF BEING PASSED OVER FOR RAISES BY EMPLOYEES.

PAYSCALE A CORPORATE ANALYTICS FIRM SURVEYED A 160,000 EMPLOYEES AND FOUND THAT FOR THOSE THAT WERE PASSED OVER FOR A RAISE WITH NO RATIONALE, 80 PERCENT CONSIDERED LEAVING IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

IF RETENTION IS YOUR GOAL, THE CURRENT PROPOSAL RAISES THE PROBABILITY THAT THE DISTRICT,

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SUPPOSEDLY MOST EFFECTIVE TEACHERS WILL GO ELSEWHERE.

I MYSELF CONSIDER PURSUING A DIFFERENT CAREER WITH MY MATHEMATICS TRAINING.

WHAT MAKES IT SO HURTFUL IS THAT A RAISE FOR US WILL COST SO LITTLE.

IF WE GOT A RAISE COMPARABLE TO THE OTHER TEACHERS IN TERMS OF PERCENTAGES, IT WOULD COST ABOUT $500,000, A HALF A MILLION.

THAT'S 0.03 PERCENT OF JUST THE PAYROLL BUDGET, OR 1/10 THE BUDGET FOR I JUST LOOKED FOR SOMETHING VOICE AMPLIFIERS.

WHILE INCENTIVES ARE OF COURSE, APPRECIATED.

WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY'RE NOT THE SAME AS AS A FLAT PHRASE IN PERPETUITY.

THE FACT THAT OUR CURRENT SALARIES ARE STILL [OVERLAPPING]

>> THANK YOU, MARY GREG. YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

[APPLAUSE] ELIZABETH BARRETT FOLLOWED BY ROSEMARY PARKS.

ELIZABETH BARRETT.

>> YOU THINK I'M TALLER THAN I AM? ELIZABETH FARRIS, SPECIAL EDUCATION DIST TEACHER AND AFT MEMBER.

ACCORDING TO THE US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE, AND MULTIPLE OTHER REPORTING AGENCIES, OUR NATION IS FACING A CRISIS IN TEACHER SHORTAGES CURRENTLY AND SIGNIFICANTLY PROJECTED WITHIN LESS THAN TWO YEARS.

BASED UPON RATES OF ATTRITION WITHIN PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THE DECLINING NUMBER OF TEACHERS ENTERING THE PROFESSION, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT DISTRICTS WILL EXPERIENCE AN AVERAGE OF 30 TO 50 PERCENT OF NEEDED POSITIONS LEFT VACANT AND IN SPECIALTY AREAS, MORE THAN 50 PERCENT.

SPECIAL EDUCATION REFLECTS THE MOST DIRE PROJECTIONS OF UP TO 70 PERCENT SHORTAGES OF TEACHERS BY 2024.

THE DIST MUST DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO RETAIN TEACHERS.

THERE ARE THOSE OF YOU WHO TAUGHT THE TI SYSTEM IS A SILVER BULLET FOR TEACHER RECRUITMENT RETENTION.

IF THAT WERE THE CASE, OUR DISTRICT WOULD NOT HISTORICALLY HAVE UPWARDS OF MORE THAN 200 VACANCIES A YEAR, WITH AN AVERAGE THIS PAST YEAR, 500 CAMPUS VACANCIES.

AS OF TODAY, THERE ARE 2041 CAMPUS POSITIONS POSTED, 1381 CLASSROOM TEACHERS, 155 OF WHICH ARE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.

THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS REPORT IT COSTS MORE THAN $20,000 PER TEACHER TO REPLACE A TEACHER WITHOUT RECOVERING THOSE COSTS UNTIL THE TEACHER HAS COMPLETED THREE YEARS.

THE MOST CURRENT DATA REFLECTS 50 PERCENT OF TEACHERS LEAVE WITHIN FIVE YEARS WITH THE ESTIMATE OF 2.8 YEARS TO BECOME THE AVERAGE.

BASED UPON OUR NUMBERS, DALLAS WILL SPEND AT LEAST $26 MILLION ON NEW TEACHER HIRES THIS COMING SCHOOL YEAR.

WHAT A WASTE, AND IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

IT IS TIME THAT THE STUBBORN DENIGRATING BEHAVIOR OF ADMINISTRATION IN THIS BOARD COME TO AN END AND ALL EFFORT BE MADE TO MAKE DALLAS THE DESTINATION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR A TEACHER IN TEXAS.

WHILE THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF SUCCESSFUL METHODS WE CAN EMPLOY, OUR COMPENSATION SYSTEM IS CARDINAL TO THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF TEACHERS.

WE NEED TO FIX TEI BASED UPON WHAT WORKS AND NOT ON THE AGENDA AND SELECT BOARD MEMBERS AND THEIR POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES WHOSE BIAS AGAINST PUBLIC EDUCATION IS DETRIMENTAL TO OUR DISTRICT AND CHILDREN.

THE DISTRICT SHOULD FOLLOW THE OTHER DISTRICTS SUCH AS KERATIN FARMERS BRANCH AND PAY TIA MONEY DIRECTLY TO THE TEACHERS THAT EARNED IT, NOT STEAL IT TO SUPPLANT PAYROLLS.

THE ANGER OF THOSE QUALIFYING FOR THE TIA MONEY AND NOT RECEIVING ANY OF IT IS PALATABLE AND THEY ARE SOME OF THOSE LEAVING THE DISTRICT WITH THOSE DOLLARS.

ADDITIONALLY, A ONETIME RETENTION INCENTIVE IS NOT A SALARY INCREASE.

A SALARY INCREASES PERMANENT, THEREFORE, DO NOT DECEPTIVELY INCLUDE THE INCENTIVE AND THE PERCENTAGE AMOUNT YOU ARE CLAIMING YOU'RE RAISING SALARIES.

TO TELL THE TRUTH [APPLAUSE] AT THIS TIME OF RECORD INFLATION AND THE NEED TO COMPETE FOR TEACHERS, WE SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTING A TRUE COST OF LIVING RAISE, SUCH AS THEY DID IN HOUSTON AT 11 PERCENT.

[NOISE] NOT ENGAGING IN A GAME OF SMOKE AND MIRRORS DESIGNED TO MISLEAD AND DECEIVE.

THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO SAY, BUT I AM UNFORTUNATELY ALMOST OUT OF TIME AND WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO ADDRESS OTHER ISSUES, BUT I DO HOPE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEGINNING OF A CONVERSATION WITH THOSE OF US WHO DO THE WORK AND THOSE OF US WHO OBSERVE THE WORK TO MAKE IT WORK, SO THAT WE HAVE THE PEOPLE HERE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND TO GET THIS FUTURE WORK DONE.

[APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] ROSEMARY CURTS, FOLLOWED BY CHRIS LEAL, ROSEMARY CURTS

>> GOOD EVENING, DALLAS ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND SUPERINTENDENT HINOJOSA, MY NAME IS CRYSTAL LEAL AND I'M A MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER AND AN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF ALLIANCE AFT.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH OF YOU FOR STEPPING UP TO TAKE ON THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUR OFFICE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DECISION TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND BECOME A STEWARD OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS PUBLIC RESOURCE.

PUBLIC EDUCATION IS SO PRECIOUS BECAUSE IT IS TRULY THE FOUNDATION FOR EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LIVES.

WITHOUT EXAGGERATION, IT IS THE BEDROCK OF OUR MODERN COMMUNITIES, OF OUR ECONOMY AND OTHER DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT.

UNFORTUNATELY, OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LIKE SO MANY OF OUR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS TODAY, ARE UNDER ATTACK.

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FROM BUDGET CUTS TO WAGE SUPPRESSION, FROM CURRICULUM ATTACKS, TO DEGRADING THE PROFESSION, FROM CUTS TO RETIREMENT BENEFITS, TO FAIL PRIVATIZATION REFORMS. FROM THE CONSTANT THREAT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS TO CAMPUS SAFETY, AND AN OVER-RELIANCE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS THAT SERVE AS POLITICIANS MORE THAN PUPILS.

PUBLIC EDUCATION IS TRULY UNDER ASSAULT ON ALL SIDES.

IT'S NOT HARD TO SEE WHY WE HAVE A NATIONWIDE TEACHER SHORTAGE.

GALLUP RECENTLY SHOWED THAT TEACHERS HAVE THE HIGHEST RATE OF BURNOUT OF ANY CAREER.

I USED TO WORK A 100 HOURS A WEEK ON WALL STREET.

EVERYTHING ABOUT TEACHING HAS BECOME UNNECESSARILY POLITICIZED.

ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES RECENTLY TOOK HER GYM CLASS OUTSIDE AND A RANDOM PERSON DRIVING BY STOPPED TO YELL AT HER FOR FORCING THESE STUDENTS TO WEAR MASKS.

WHICH IS RIDICULOUS, BECAUSE THERE IS NO MASK REQUIREMENT.

ANYONE ACTUALLY IN OUR SCHOOLS CAN TELL YOU THE KIDS USUALLY PREFER TO WEAR MASKS MORE THAN THE ADULTS DO.

MY COLLEAGUE HAS TO DEAL WITH THIS HARASSMENT AT HER JOB FROM PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER.

SOME OF THESE THINGS ARE STATE ISSUES.

SOME ARE FEDERAL ISSUES.

MUCH IS DONE LOCALLY, WHICH MAKES IT ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT THAT OUR ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD OFFICIALS, OUR FRONT LINES OF DEFENSE AND SELF-GOVERNANCE DO ALL THAT THEY CAN TO FIGHT FOR US TO MOVE THE NEEDLE AND TO CHANGE THESE NARRATIVES.

REGARDING NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE PROPOSED ABOVE INFLATION PAY INCREASES FOR OUR FOOD SERVICE, MAINTENANCE, AND TRANSPORTATION STAFF OUR HARD-WORKING COLLEAGUES DESERVE IT.

IT IS UNFORTUNATE TO SEE HOWEVER, THAT OUR TEACHERS, OUR TAS, OUR COMMUNITY LIAISONS, OUR NURSES AND COUNSELORS ARE STILL RECEIVING FAR BELOW INFLATION PAY INCREASES.

THIS IS IN REALITY, A PAY CUT.

OUR NURSES AND OUR COUNSELORS ARE RECEIVING THE LOWEST PAY INCREASES OF ALL.

AFTER WORKING SO HARD ON THE FRONT LINES DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE ARE GIVING THEM A SIX PERCENT PAY CUT.

RANK AND FILE PUBLIC EDUCATION WORKERS DO NOT DESERVE A PAY CUT. WE HAVE THE MONEY.

THERE ARE A HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN SURPLUS FUNDS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND BILLIONS AT THE STATE-LEVEL AVAILABLE TO PAY DIGNIFIED WAGES TO TEACHERS AND STAFF.

OUR DECISION NOT TO, IS A POLITICAL ONE, NOT A FINANCIAL ONE.

BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS.

LET US SEND A MORAL MESSAGE TO THE REST OF TEXAS AND THE NATION THAT DALLAS KNOWS THE VALUE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

>>THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] WELCOME CHRIS WILKINS, FOLLOWED BY SEAN KIRKPATRICK.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS ROSIE.

I'M A MEMBER OF ALLIANCE A OF T AND THE HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHER HERE IN DALLAS ISD.

I SPENT THE LAST FEW DAYS RIVETED BY THE PUBLIC ZOOM HEARINGS AS AS AMAZON WAS DESPERATELY TRYING TO INVALIDATE THEIR STATEN ISLAND UNION ELECTION.

TODAY, AROUND 4:40 PM, I THOUGHT I SIGNED UP, I GOT TO WRITE A SCHOOL BOOKS SPEECH.

I KNEW GENERALLY WHAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT, BUT I WAS BRAINSTORMING WHAT I HAD NOT ALREADY SAID IN PAST MONTHS.

I DID SOMETHING I RARELY DO IN THE SUMMER, I CHECKED MY DIST EMAIL.

FROM THERE, MY SPEECH WROTE ITSELF AND IN A PRETTY LAUGHABLY GRIM WAY, A MIDST ALL OF THE SPAM, THERE WAS AN EMAIL FROM MY PRINCIPAL ABOUT THE DEPARTURE OF ONE OF OUR COUNSELORS TO A NEIGHBORING ISD AND TODAY'S ISSUE OF THE BEAT, WHICH LEAD WITH A JOB AD FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN BEING A SCHOOL NURSE AND HELPING WITH A COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM.

IN THE PROPOSED AVERAGE SALARY INCREASES, THE TWO POSITIONS WITH THE LOWEST BASE SALARY INCREASES BY PERCENTAGE ARE NURSES AND COUNSELORS.

TO EMPHASIZE THE OBVIOUS POINT AFTER A PANDEMIC, THAT TOOK A HUGE TOLL ON OUR STUDENTS PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, OUR DISTRICT DECIDED THAT OUR NURSES AND COUNSELORS DESERVE LESS OF A RAISE THAN ANY OTHER EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE TABLE OF RAISES RELEASED BY THE DISTRICT IS ALREADY DISINGENUOUS AT BEST AS THEY FACTOR IN THE RETENTION BONUS AND THEIR COMPENSATION PERCENTAGE INCREASE, EVEN THOUGH IT'S A ONETIME PAYMENT.

I'LL BE EXCITED TO SEE IF NEXT YEAR, A YEAR FROM NOW THAT PAYMENT IS COUNTED WHEN THEY PROMOTE THEIR PERCENTAGE, WE PROPOSED DIRECT PAY INCREASE FOR THE 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR.

HOWEVER, FOR NURSES AND COUNSELORS, EVEN WITH THAT DISINGENUOUS RETENTION BONUS COUNTED, THEIR RACES COME OUT WELL BELOW THE CURRENT RATE OF INFLATION.

GOOD LUCK TO THE DIST RECRUITING NURSES TO TAKE PART IN THEIR COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM.

HOW CAN NURSES RESIST THE ADVERTISEMENT IN THE BEAT TODAY THAT TOLD NURSES THAT IF THEY PARTICIPATED IN THE TWO-YEAR PROGRAM, THEY WOULD GET AMAZING PERKS LIKE AND I QUOTE, "NIGHTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS OFF?".

I'LL ADMIT THAT WOULD BE A CHANGE FOR NURSES WHO HAVE WORKED ON CONTACT TRACING UNTIL LATE INTO THE NIGHT, THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AFTER SPENDING ALL DAY EXPOSED TO LIKELY COVID CASES.

MEANWHILE, COUNSELORS ARE LEFT WITH A LOT OF MESS TO CLEAN UP THAT THE PANDEMIC LEFT IN ITS WAKE.

NOT ONLY IS THE MENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH OF OUR KIDS DAMAGED, BUT MANY ACADEMIC TRAJECTORIES HAVE GOTTEN OFF COURSE.

KIDS WHO HAVE USUALLY EXCELLED MUST NOW FIT CLASSES INTO THEIR SCHEDULES THAT THEY FAILED AND THE MESS OF THE 2021 SCHOOL YEAR, FEWER CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF THE TEACHER SHORTAGE AND COUNSELORS HAVE TO WORK THROUGH THIS CHAOS.

DIST HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY DO NOT THINK NURSES AND COUNSELORS DESERVE RESPECT.

IF THEY DID, THEY'D GIVE THEM A REAL RAISE.

PERSONALLY, A MIDST THIS BLATANT SHOWING OF CONTEMPT, I DON'T SEE WHY ANY OF THEM WOULD RETURN,

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AND DALLAS IS WAY COOLER THAN AUSTIN.

>>WELCOME. CHRIS WILKINS, FOLLOWED BY SEAN KIRKPATRICK.

CHRIS WILKINS.

CHRIS WILKINS, AND THEN FOLLOWED BY SEAN KIRKPATRICK.

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THANK YOU SCHOOL BOARD FOR YOUR TIME.

MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER WILKINS.

I'M A 7TH GRADE TEACHER AT SEAGOVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL, A LOCAL DALLAS RESIDENT, AND THE PROUD MEMBER OF ALLIANCE AFT.

I AM NOW WORKING TOWARDS MY 4TH YEAR AS A TEACHER FOR THE DISTRICTS.

I CONTINUE TO STAY FOR AND ONLY FOR MY STUDENTS AND FELLOW COWORKERS AT SEAGOVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

IT'S CERTAINLY HARD TO WORK TOWARDS THE BETTERMENT OF THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE, BECAUSE IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY OBVIOUS OVER THE LAST DECADE OR TWO WITH THE VALUES OF THOSE WHO RUN OUR DISTRICT REALLY CARE ABOUT, WHICH IS EFFICIENCY AND PROFIT.

DALLAS ISD IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SHINING EXAMPLE OF HOW TO RUN A DISTRICT LIKE YOU WOULD A CORPORATION.

THIS REGIME IS SHOWING THE STATE AND THE WORLD THAT THIS WAY OF WORKING IS AN ABJECT FAILURE.

YOU CANNOT TREAT EDUCATION AND IN EXTENSION HUMAN BEINGS AS SIMPLY DATA POINTS ON A BAR GRAPH.

THAT IS, AND NEVER HAS BEEN HOW PEOPLE WORK.

IN TIME PEOPLE REBEL AGAINST THIS TYPE OF PHILOSOPHY.

THIS IS WHAT WE WERE SEEING IN OUR STAFFING CRISIS.

TEACHERS ARE REFUSING TO LET THEIR CRAFT AND THE HEART FOR THEIR PROFESSION BE REDUCED TO SIMPLE TEST SCORES AND EFFICIENCY MATRICES.

SINCE SOME OF YOU ALL ONLY CARE ABOUT DATA, MAYBE YOU LOOK AT THE SURVEYS AND TEACHING STAFFING RATES AS A WAKE-UP CALL THAT THIS IS NOT WORKING.

WE ARE BURNT OUT AND AGAIN, THE DATA SHOWS IT, SURVEY AFTER SURVEY DEMONSTRATES IT.

NEXT, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS INHERENTLY UNDERSTAND THE HYPOCRISY OF THE SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN UNDER TEI, SUCH AS TEACHERS SUCH AS MYSELF WHO WORK IN TITLE 1 SCHOOLS, WE KNOW THAT OUR WEALTHIER NEIGHBORS SPEND COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO SECURE THEIR POWER ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.

THEY DO THIS ALL THE WHILE NOT PUTTING THEIR OWN CHILDREN UNDER THE SAME UNFAIR REGIME.

THEIR KIDS HAVE ADEQUATE CLASS SIZES.

THEIR KIDS HAVE ENOUGH STAFFING, THEIR KIDS HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES, THEIR KIDS HAVE RECESS TIME AND LIBRARIES.

THIS REGIME IS INEQUITABLE.

THE ONLY REASON ALL STAFF SIMPLY DOESN'T LEAVE IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A HEART SPECIFICALLY FOR THESE STUDENTS IN OUR TITLE 1 SCHOOLS.

NOW, I'M A PERPETUAL OPTIMIST.

AS A CHRISTIAN, I BELIEVE IN REDEMPTION AND HOPE YOU-ALL CAN DEMONSTRATE THIS HOPE BY AMENDING THEIR BUDGET TO SECURE BETTER PAY AND PERMANENT COST OF LIVING INCREASES THAT MATCH INFLATION FOR ALL STAFF.

AS NINE PERCENT INFLATION HITS THE US, IT'D BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WE TEACH WITHIN.

HOUSING, GAS PRICES AND THE PRICE OF FOOD IS EATING INTO OUR BOTTOM LINE, AND ERODING OUR PURCHASING POWER AND WE HAVE TO TRAVEL FURTHER AND FURTHER.

YOU'VE HEARD IT MANY TIMES BEFORE.

WE HAVE TO TRAVEL FURTHER AND FURTHER JUST TO GET TO THE SCHOOLS WE WORK WITHIN.

YOU ALL ARE SITTING ON HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN A RESERVE FUNDS, USE IT FOR STAFFING AND MAKE IT PERMANENT.

ANOTHER WAY TO DEMONSTRATE HOPE IS FINALLY GETTING RID OF TEI AS A MEASUREMENT TOOL FOR SUCCESS.

IT DOESN'T MEASURE [APPLAUSE] ANYTHING BUT THE BANK ACCOUNTS OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER OUTSIDE EDUCATION GROUPS TO MAKE PROFIT OFF ITS USAGE.

IT'S A FARCE.

IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T HELP OUR KIDS.

LASTLY, THINK OF NURSES, COUNSELORS, AND OTHER SUPPORT STAFF WHOM ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THIS BUDGET AND THEIR SALARIES.

I THINK ROSEMARY SAID IT BEST, SO I'M NOT GOING TO TRY TO PUT ANY MORE INTO IT.

DON'T PIN STAFF AGAINST EACH OTHER.

THAT'S UNFAIR. WE ALL WORK TOGETHER IN OUR SCHOOLS TO DO THE BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS.

WE ALL NEED EACH OTHER, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] SEAN KIRKPATRICK FOLLOWED BY THOMAS ASEBO.

SEAN KIRKPATRICK.

>> GOOD EVENING. SEAN KIRKPATRICK, I'M A CITIZEN AT 6129 MINGOR AVENUE.

THAT'S 75228.

I'M COMMENTING ON ITEM 10.9 TONIGHT.

OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, TEACHERS HAVE LITERALLY BEEN ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND CONTINUALLY HAVE CARRIED THE BURDEN IT BROUGHT WITH IT.

PUBLIC EDUCATION HAS CHANGED IMMEASURABLY.

CABLE NEWS HAS TURNED PUBLIC TEACHERS INTO TARGETS FOR MANUFACTURED GRIEVANCES, CALLS FOR CENSORSHIP AND PUBLIC SHAMING VIA SOCIAL MEDIA.

NEW MODES OF LEARNING AND MANAGING THE CLASSROOM HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED OFTEN IN A VERY IMPROVISED MANNER.

IT HAS BROUGHT ON BURNOUT AND CAUSED GOOD TEACHERS TO LEAVE THE PROFESSION, ESPECIALLY HERE WITHIN DISD.

ACCORDING TO A FEBRUARY 2022 GALLUP POLL, K THROUGH 12, WORKERS HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN AMONG THE MOST BURNED OUT WORKERS NATIONALLY, AT 52 PERCENT.

SCHOOL OPENINGS AND CLOSURES, PARENT AND COMMUNITY MEMBER FRUSTRATIONS WITH SCHOOL PANDEMIC RESPONSES AND SOCIAL, ACADEMIC, AND MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES STUDENTS FACE ONLY FURTHERED THE K THROUGH 12 BURNOUT.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. THE US INFLATION RATE IS AT NINE PERCENT, SO EVEN WITH RETENTION INCENTIVES,

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REAL WAGES ARE FALLING FOR MOST DISD WORKERS.

HOUSING AND GAS PRICES EATING INTO THEIR PURCHASING AND SPENDING POWER.

A RECENT TEXAS AFT MEMBERSHIP SURVEY REVEALED THAT SALARY AND FUNDING ARE THE PRIMARY CONCERNS OF ITS MEMBERSHIP.

COUNSELORS AND NURSES ARE GETTING LOWER INCREASES THAN TEACHERS.

NURSES HAD PERHAPS THE MOST DIFFICULT JOB DURING THE PANDEMIC.

THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACT TRACING, AND DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR WORKSITES.

COUNSELORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, SUPPORT WITH TRAUMA, ETC, BUT ALSO ENSURING STUDENTS MEET GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND REMAIN ON TRACK WITH CREDITS.

SO MANY STUDENTS LOST A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND DURING THE PANDEMIC, THIS TAKE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE TOLL ON COUNSELORS, NURSES, AND TEACHERS.

THAT'S WHY I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE END OF TEI.

AT LEAST EIGHT PERCENT INCREASES ACROSS THE BOARD AND A $15 MINIMUM WAGE. THANKS.

>> [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. THOMAS ASEBO, FOLLOWED BY SIERRA MOORE.

>> [NOISE] HELLO. MY NAME IS THOMAS ASEBO.

I'M A TEACHER AT SAMUELL HIGH SCHOOL.

I'M ALSO IN THE TEACHER'S UNION ALLIANCE AFT.

WE WORKED THROUGH COVID.

WE SWITCHED TO REMOTE ASYNCHRONOUS INSTRUCTION.

WE RETURNED TO CAMPUSES BEFORE IT WAS SAFE TO DO SO.

WITH THE INCREASED THREAT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AND NO REAL SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO KEEP US SAFE.

IT IS APPARENT THAT WE ARE NOT RESPECTED AS PROFESSIONALS OR INDEED AS HUMAN BEINGS.

TEACHERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN EXPECTED TO PUT IN UNPAID EXTRA WORK.

BUT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, MORE AND MORE OF US HAVE BEEN PUSHED BEYOND OUR LIMITS, AND SOME 1,400 VACANCIES IN THE DISTRICT THIS SUMMER REFLECTS THAT.

NOT JUST TEACHERS BUT NURSES TOO HAVE BEEN THROUGH HELL.

ADMINISTERING COVID TESTS, DOING CONTACT TRACING, MUCH OF THIS WAS ALREADY SAID, BUT PUTTING THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY AT RISK AS WELL AS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR FAMILIES TO WHOM THEY RETURNED HOME AFTER SPENDING THE DAY WORKING WITH SICK PEOPLE.

COUNSELORS AS WELL HAVE HAD THEIR HANDS FULL WITH ALL THE ADDITIONAL TRAUMA THAT STUDENTS HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH.

CHILDREN LOST LOVED ONES TO COVID.

EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST A FAMILY MEMBER.

KIDS ARE AFRAID OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AS WELL.

THE KIDS GO THROUGH SECURITY EVERY MORNING AND THEY KNOW VERY WELL HOW INADEQUATE IT IS.

THEY HAVE MORE PROBLEMS AT HOME THAN THEY USED TO.

MANY FAMILIES ARE UNDER ENORMOUS FINANCIAL PRESSURE AS THE COST OF LIVING SORES, WHILE WAGES REMAINED STAGNANT.

LGBT STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY TRANS STUDENTS, ARE SEEING INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE REACTIONARY INTIMIDATION AND INCREASINGLY VIOLENT RHETORIC DIRECTED AT THEM AND THEIR ALLIES.

IN THE ABSENCE OF MATERIAL CHANGES TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS, THE INEVITABLE MENTAL HEALTH CONSEQUENCES HAVE MAGNIFIED THE WORKLOAD OF THE COUNSELORS.

COUNSELORS AND TEACHERS ARE HAVING TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING FOOD INSECURITY, HOUSING INSECURITY, ANXIETY FROM INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE WHEN THEY KNOW VERY WELL THAT THE POLICE WON'T SAVE THEM IF A SHOOTING TAKES PLACE, GRIEF [BACKGROUND] FROM LOST LOVED ONES AND SO ON.

ALL IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL STRESS OF SCHOOL AND BECOMING ADULTS.

ACCORDING TO THE PROPOSED BUDGET, COUNSELORS AND NURSES ARE RECEIVING JUST BARELY OVER THREE PERCENT SALARY INCREASE WHEN THE INFLATION HAS GONE UP BY, IT'S UP TO NINE PERCENT NOW AND I EXPECT IT TO INCREASE.

THIS IS THE SMALLEST INCREASE OF ANY CATEGORY OF SALARY DISTRICT EMPLOYEES, EVEN IF YOU INCLUDE THE RETENTION BONUSES FOR THIS YEAR, WHICH IS TOTALLY DISHONEST TO DO.

BUT EVEN WITH THE RETENTION BONUSES, NURSES AND COUNSELORS ARE STILL WELL BELOW THE NINE PERCENT COST OF LIVING INCREASE, MEANING THAT THEY WILL HAVE A MUCH HARDER TIME FINANCIALLY NEXT YEAR THAN THEY HAD THIS YEAR. IT'S NOT RIGHT.

IT'S NOT FAIR, AND MORE THAN THAT, IT REFLECTS A FUNDAMENTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR OUR PROFESSIONS.

[APPLAUSE] WE MUST HAVE BASE SALARY INCREASES OF NO LESS THAN 10 PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD.

[APPLAUSE] ALSO GET RID OF TEI AND INSTEAD LET US HAVE PEER EVALUATIONS TO BOOST EACH OTHER UP RATHER THAN TEAR EACH OTHER DOWN.

EVERYONE KNOWS TEI IS A SCAM.

THE WORD BURNOUT HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND A LOT.

BUT WHAT IS OFTEN CALLED BURNOUT, I THINK, IS MORE ACCURATELY CALLED MORAL INJURY.

THAT IS ALL. [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] SIERRA MOORE FOLLOWED BY STUART BECKER.

SIERRA MOORE.

>> GOOD EVENING. HI. MY NAME IS SIERRA MOORE AND I'M SPEAKING TO YOU AS THE PARTNER OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, AS A COMMUNICATIONS WORKER, A UNION MEMBER, AND A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA.

I SUPPORT PAY INCREASES FOR TEACHERS AND CAMPUS SUPPORT STAFF, BUT I BELIEVE YOU NEED TO DO MORE.

THESE WORKERS HAVE A THANKLESS JOB.

THIS HAS BEEN ILLUSTRATED EVEN MORE SO OVER THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC WHEN TEACHERS HAD TO PLAY MULTIPLE ROLES JUST TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE LET ALONE ACTUALLY TEACH THEM.

NURSES AND COUNSELORS ESPECIALLY HAVE HAD TO TAKE ON THE MENTAL TOLL OF CARING FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THE TRAUMA OF LOSING SOMEONE TO COVID ALL WHILE STILL MAKING SURE STUDENTS ARE ON TRACK TO GRADUATE.

[01:35:03]

THE LEAST YOU CAN DO FOR OUR EDUCATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF IS TO REWARD THEM WITH A SALARY THAT REFLECTS THE TRULY HEROIC WORK THEY'VE DONE OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS [APPLAUSE].

7.16 PERCENT AND 6.5 PERCENT INCREASE FOR NURSES AND SCHOOL COUNSELORS RESPECTIVELY IS NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEAR NINE PERCENT INFLATION RATE.

ANY INCREASE THAT'S LESS THAN THE RATE OF INFLATION IS A PAY CUT.

I IMPLORE THE BOARD TO IMPLEMENT A PAY RAISE TO ALL STAFF THAT COMPENSATES NOT ONLY FOR THEIR HARD WORK, BUT ALSO THE RISE OF INFLATION.

PERSONALLY, MY HOUSEHOLD RENT IS LIKELY TO INCREASE BY AT LEAST $500 IN THE FALL.

FILLING OUR GAS TANK IS NEARLY $40 MORE THAN IT WAS EVEN JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO.

AS THE PARTNER OF A TEACHER, A PAY INCREASE THAT DOESN'T KEEP UP WITH INFLATION WILL LIKELY FORCE US TO MOVE FARTHER AWAY FROM OUR JOBS WHERE WE'LL FACE A LONGER COMMUTE AND WE'LL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH WE WORK AS OTHERS HAVE MENTIONED.

I KNOW THIS WILL BE TRUE FOR MANY DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AS WELL IF THE NECESSARY ACTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN TO PAY THEM AN ADEQUATE SALARY.

I'M ALSO CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT THE BOARD PLANS ON DOING WITH THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF UNALLOCATED FUNDS THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY SITTING ON AND I BELIEVE PAYING OUR WORKERS A FAIR SALARY THAT REFLECTS THE RISING COST OF LIVING IS A GOOD PLACE TO START.

THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU.

>> STUART BECKER FOLLOWED BY GEORGE CUBA.

STUART BECKER.

>> MY NAME IS STUART BECKER AND I'VE BEEN TEACHING IN DALLAS ISD FOR FIVE YEARS.

I'M A MEMBER ALSO OF ALLIANCE AFT LOCAL 2262 TEACHERS UNION.

WE ARE DEMANDING THAT YOU GAVE ALL SCHOOL WORKERS AT LEAST A PAY INCREASE THAT EXCEEDS INFLATION.

THIS YEAR HAS BEEN REALLY HARD, BUT REALLY EVERY YEAR THAT I HAVE TAUGHT IN DALLAS ISD HAS BEEN EXTREMELY HARD.

WHEN YOU ARE TEACHING IN A SCHOOL WHERE 90 PERCENT OF STUDENTS LIVE IN POVERTY IT IS VERY HARD.

WHEN CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY, THEY ARE DISPROPORTIONALLY LESS PREPARED FOR SCHOOL THAN THEIR WEALTHIER COUNTERPARTS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

THE REASONS FOR THIS ARE OBVIOUS AND COUNTLESS, MAYBE I'LL LIST A FEW.

PARENTS ARE WORKING MORE HOURS IN LOWER-PAYING JOBS, STUDENTS DON'T LEARN AS MANY WORDS IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD AS THEIR MORE AFFLUENT COUNTERPARTS FOR INSTANCE.

STUDENTS LIVING IN POVERTY DEAL WITH MORE TRAUMA THAN THEIR MORE AFFLUENT COUNTERPARTS.

THEY RECEIVE WORSE NUTRITION, MAKING THEM LESS ABLE TO FOCUS IN SCHOOL.

THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM ASTHMA, THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO BE FORCED TO MOVE AND CHANGE SCHOOLS, THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN A SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLD, THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A PARENT THAT IS INCARCERATED.

POVERTY IS NOT THE FAULT OF INDIVIDUALS.

POVERTY IS CREATED BY THIS ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT PUTS PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

POVERTY IS CREATED BY THIS ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT IS BASED ON OPPRESSION AND EXPLOITATION, AND THIS SYSTEM FOR PEOPLE TO BE WEALTHY THEY MUST EXPLOIT OTHERS.

THE CEO PROFITS OFF THE EXPLOITATION OF THE WORKERS, THAT'S HOW THIS SYSTEM WORKS.

IN DALLAS ISD UNDER THE TEI EVALUATION SYSTEM AND THE CORPORATE EDUCATION REFORM MOVEMENT, THE SYSTEM BLAMES EDUCATORS FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP.

THIS LEADS TO A HARSH ENVIRONMENT THAT BEATS DOWN EDUCATORS FOR PROBLEMS THAT ARE ACTUALLY CREATED BY AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT OPPRESSES AND EXPLOITS PEOPLE.

IN THIS ECONOMIC SYSTEM JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE WORKING CLASS, EDUCATORS ARE ALSO OPPRESSED AND EXPLOITED.

THAT'S WHY THERE'S A TEACHER SHORTAGE.

THAT'S WHY 66 PERCENT OF EDUCATORS WERE CONSIDERING LEAVING THEIR JOBS THIS YEAR.

TIMES ARE ALSO AS WE KNOW GETTING EXTREMELY HARD, INFLATION IS AT NINE PERCENT, MANY OF THE PROPOSED INCREASES FOR INSTANCE FOR TEACHERS AND NURSES ARE WELL BELOW INFLATION.

HOUSING AND GAS PRICES ARE SKYROCKETING THROUGH THE ROOF AND EDUCATORS ARE TAKING A HUGE PAY CUT.

THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THE COUNTLESS SLAPS IN THE FACE TO EDUCATORS AND THE REST OF THE WORKING CLASS TAKE CONSTANTLY.

MANY EDUCATORS SAY WHY WORK IN AN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL OR TOXIC ENVIRONMENT WITH A HUGE UNREASONABLE WORKLOAD IN ORDER TO MAKE SO LITTLE MONEY.

I'LL SAY THAT OBVIOUSLY IF YOU DON'T INVEST IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND YOU TREAT EDUCATORS POORLY, YOU'RE ALSO TREATING THE STUDENTS POORLY.

STUDENTS GET A WORSE EDUCATION [APPLAUSE].

THE DISTRICT IS SITTING ON HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF RESERVE FUNDS THAT ARE NOT ALLOCATED, SO IN CONCLUSION WE ARE DEMANDING THAT YOU GIVE ALL SCHOOL WORKERS AT LEAST A PAY INCREASE THAT [OVERLAPPING] EXCEEDS INFLATION. THANK YOU.

>> THANK MR. BECKER, YOUR TIME IS UP.

[APPLAUSE] GEORGE CUBA FOLLOWED BY JACKSON THORNTON.

>> CAN YOU-ALL SEE ME? [LAUGHTER] GOOD EVENING BOARD OF TRUSTEES,

[01:40:07]

MEMBERS OF THE GALLERY.

MY NAME IS GEORGE CUBA, I'M EMPLOYED AS PARAPROFESSIONAL AT IRVING ISD AND I'M A TECH SAFETY UNION MEMBER.

I'M HERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE NEIGHBORING SISTER DISTRICT ABOUT THE NECESSITY OF A FAIR AND LIVABLE WAGE AND INFLATION-PROOF RAISES, MORE SPECIFICALLY APPEARING FOR PAIRS.

AS MATH TA I'M CURRENTLY PAID $13.85 AN HOUR BUT WHEN IRVING ISD ANNOUNCED THAT MY WAGE HAVE INCREASED BY FOUR PERCENT, MY NEW WAGE IS NOW $14 AND 49 CENTS.

IT WENT UP BY $0.64 PER HOUR, SO SUPER NEAT ESPECIALLY WHEN I GOT PULLED AROUND, IT'S A SUBSTITUTE AS WELL.

THEN I GET PAID DOUBLE FOR THAT.

WHEN I LOOK AT YOUR PROPOSED AVERAGE SALARY INCREASES, THE BASE SALARY INCREASE FOR THE TA CLASSIFICATION IS AT 4.1 PERCENT.

THAT'S MARGINALLY HIGHER BY 10TH OF A PERCENTAGE POINT IN MY HOME DISTRICT, SO REALLY ENTICING AND DISTRICT CONSIDER THIS RAISE ESPECIALLY WITH THE RETENTION INCENTIVE INCLUDING IN IT BUT FRANKLY IT REALLY ISN'T.

WHY? BECAUSE THE BASE RAISE IS OUTPACING THE CURRENT INFLATION, THAT'S 8.6 PERCENT.

THIS RAISE ONLY INCREASE MY MONTHLY PAY BY $79 AND 79 CENTS, PRACTICALLY NEGLIGIBLE.

IT'S LIKE AN INTERNET BILL.

THIS RAISE WOULD BE JUST ON PAR WITH TRADITIONAL INFLATION AT 3-4 PERCENT WHICH AT THE TIME WOULD BE CONSIDERED AT COST AND NOW IT'S A PAY CUT, SO NOT REALLY WORKING FOR ME.

ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT CENSUS BUREAU DATA, MEDIAN GROSS RENT CITY OF DALLAS IS $1,111.

DOLLARS. THIS IS BEFORE THE POST-PANDEMIC INFLATION.

IF WE GIVE CREDENCE TO THE FINANCIAL CONVENTION THAT MY RENT SHOULD BE 30 PERCENT OR LESS THAN MY INCOME, SALARIES AS FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE ON THE TRAJECTORY OF $3,103.32 PER MONTH.

HAVING SAID THIS, CLEARLY THE PAY IS A GRIZZLY LACKING AND NOT JUST FOR REPAIRERS LIKE ME, BUT ANYONE MAKING LESS THAN $255 A DAY OR $31.87 PER HOUR.

EVEN IF YOU RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE, WHICH YOU ALL HAVE PROPOSED 15, BUT WE RAISE IT TO $20 PER HOUR, THIS CHECKS OUT $260 A DAY OR $2,493.33 A MONTH BEFORE TAX AND DEDUCTIONS.

WITH THIS HYPOTHETICAL INCOME OF $20 AN HOUR, AS A REPAIRER MY RENT WOULD CONSTITUTE APPROXIMATELY 44.6 PERCENT OF MY INCOME.

THIS LEAVE REPAIRERS AND OTHER STAFF IN A PRECARIOUS AND UNTENABLE POSITION.

I CAN UNDERSTAND AT FACE VALUE THAT YES, I'M LESS QUALIFIED AND CERTIFIED AS A TEACHER BUT I WORK FULL-TIME ANYWAYS, AND I SUPPORT THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF ON CAMPUS.

AS BROTHER THOMAS SAID, IF BURNOUT IS SYSTEMIC, THAT'S DEMORALIZATION.

ALL I ASK ON BEHALF OF EMPLOYEES LIKE ME, IS THAT WE ARE PAID A FAIR AND LIVABLE WAGE.

A WAGE WITH RAISES THAT OUTPACE INFLATION, THAT CAN AFFORD EXPECTED COST OF RENT IN A DAY SHOULD BE WORKING, THAT REFLECTS OUR VALUE WORTH TIME AND EFFORT AS MECHANICS OF THE SOCIAL ENGINE, THAT IS THE PUBLIC SCHOOL.

THERE HAVE BEEN CALLS TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE, PAST $15 AN HOUR, BUT THAT'S NOT ENOUGH.

CONSIDER RAISING IT ABOVE 15, [OVERLAPPING] AT LEAST TO $20 AN HOUR WITH INFLATION FOR RAISES GREATER THAN 4.1 PERCENT.

THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> JACKSON THORNTON, FOLLOWED BY ADAM BULL.

>> HI, MY NAME IS JACKSON THORNTON.

I'M A COMMUNITY MEMBER AND A SUPPORTER OF EDUCATION WORKERS AND ALLIANCE AFT.

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, DALLAS ISD EMPLOYEES HAVE MADE BIG SACRIFICES TO ENSURE OUR STUDENTS RECEIVED A HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS CREATED MANY CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME TOGETHER BY STANDING STRONG WITH OUR STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND COMMUNITY.

WHILE CHALLENGES SUCH AS HEALTH AND SAFETY, AS WELL AS REMOTE AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING HAVE BEEN FRONT AND CENTER, IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER OTHER CHALLENGES FACING OUR EMPLOYEES.

BESIDES THE RISK TO THEIR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC BURDEN PLACED ON EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

IT'S TIME THAT WE PROVIDE A REAL PAY RAISE FOR EVERYONE.

WITH INFLATION RATES EXCEEDING EIGHT PERCENT IN DALLAS, MANY EMPLOYEES ARE EXPERIENCING ADDITIONAL STRESS WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING PAYMENTS SUCH AS HOUSING, HEATING AND COOLING, TRANSPORTATION, AND HEALTH CARE AMONG OTHERS.

ON TOP OF THIS, WE ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE EDUCATORS LEAVE THE FIELD DUE TO BURNOUT AND A GENERAL LACK OF RESPECT.

HIGH TURNOVER RATES MEAN MORE WORK AND MORE STRESS FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN IN DISD TO PICK UP THE WORK.

IN A RECENT SURVEY PUT OUT BY TWO EDUCATORS BY TEXAS AFT, 66 PERCENT RESPONDED THAT THEY HAD THOUGHT ABOUT LEAVING THE PROFESSION IN THE PAST YEAR.

LET THAT SINK IN JUST FOR A MOMENT.

THAT IS TWO-THIRDS OF OUR EDUCATORS.

WHILE WE KNOW TWO-THIRDS WON'T BE LEAVING US NEXT YEAR, IT IS STILL A STARTLING NUMBER THAT WILL HAVE REPERCUSSIONS DOWN THE ROAD.

LET'S BE CLEAR, MANY WILL BE LEAVING THE PROFESSION TO LOOK FOR

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HIGHER SALARIES OR CAREERS WHERE THEY FEEL THEY HAVE MORE AUTONOMY AND RESPECT.

[APPLAUSE] OTHERS WHO STAY BEHIND BUT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT LEAVING MAY NO LONGER RECOMMEND THE PROFESSION TO THEIR FRIENDS, FAMILIES, AND STUDENTS.

THIS WILL FURTHER IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO RECRUIT NEW EMPLOYEES TO THE DISTRICT.

ALTHOUGH RAISING INFLATION IS NOT THE FAULT OF DISD, IT NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE HEAD-ON AND ENSURE OUR EMPLOYEES ARE TAKEN CARE OF.

RETAINING OUR EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES MEANS LESS MONEY BEING SPENT ON RECRUITING AND TRAINING NEW STAFF.

WE SHOULD BE INVESTING IN OUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES AND DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO INCREASE RETENTION, INSTEAD OF SPENDING MORE AND MORE MONEY ON RECRUITMENT.

ALLIANCE AFT IS CALLING ON THE DISTRICT TO ENSURE ANY INCREASES GIVEN OUT THIS YEAR MEET AND EXCEED THE ANNUAL INFLATION RATE.

OUR EMPLOYEES DESERVE MORE THAN A PAY CUT.

THEY DESERVE RESPECT. THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE].

>> THANK YOU. ADAM BULL FOLLOWED BY NORA SOTO.

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS ADAM BULL AND I SUPPORT HIGHER SALARIES FOR TEACHERS, CAMPUS SUPPORT STAFF, AS WELL AS ALL FOOD SERVICE, MAINTENANCE, AND TRANSPORTATION WORKERS THAN WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSED UNDER AGENDA ITEM 10.9 IN THE BUDGET.

I'M SPEAKING TONIGHT AS A TEACHER MYSELF IN PLANO ISD, A MEMBER OF TEXAS AFT UNITED, AND CO-CHAIR OF THE NORTH TEXAS CHAPTER OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA.

TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF ACROSS DFW HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY THE PANDEMIC, WITH SOME DYING DUE TO COVID, OTHERS LIVING WITH LONG COVID, AND IN GENERAL, TAKING ON A LOT MORE RESPONSIBILITIES AT HOME AND AT WORK.

THIS IS THE SAME NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICT YOU'RE IN.

ON TOP OF THIS, THE COST OF LIVING IN THE AREA HAS RISEN GREATLY AND OVERALL, THE ECONOMY HAS OVER EIGHT PERCENT INFLATION.

THE PROPOSED BUDGET, AS IT STANDS, MOST NOTABLY, DOES NOT GIVE COMPENSATION RAISES OF NINE PERCENT OR MORE TO NURSES AND SCHOOL COUNSELORS.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AS NURSES HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE MOST FRONT LINE WORKERS IN KEEPING OUR SCHOOLS SAFELY FUNCTIONING AND OUR SCHOOL COUNSELORS HAVE BEEN WORKING WELL OVER TIME TO HELP STRUGGLING STUDENTS STAY IN SCHOOL.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC, SCHOOL EMPLOYEES WERE CALLED HEROES. WHAT CHANGED? FOR ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, OUR WORKLOADS HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN NINE PERCENT AND ESPECIALLY FOR NURSES AND COUNSELORS.

GIVE ALL WORKERS THE RAISE THEY DESERVE.

WHILE I DO NOT WORK IN DALLAS ISD, WHAT HAPPENS IN DALLAS ISD HAS A HUGE EFFECT ON SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES IN THE AREA.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD FOR THE COURAGE YOU ALL HAVE SHOWN IN CERTAIN INSTANCES, LIKE MANDATING MASKS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

WITHOUT THAT DECISION, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT HARDER FOR US AND PLANO TO DEMAND THE SAME THING OF OUR ADMINISTRATION AND THANKFULLY WE DID HAVE A MASK MANDATE IN PLACE DURING THE DELTA SURGE.

I'M ASKING YOU AGAIN TO LEAD TONIGHT AND VOTE TO INCREASE SALARIES ABOVE NINE PERCENT FOR ALL TEACHERS, CAMPUS SUPPORT STAFF, FOOD SERVICE, MAINTENANCE, AND TRANSPORTATION WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT.

USE SOME OF THE UNALLOCATED MILLIONS IN YOUR RESERVE FUNDS.

YOUR INITIATIVE GOES A LONG WAY IN HELPING EASE THE HEAVY BURDEN ON WORKERS AND DFW AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> ALSO GET RID OF TI.

[APPLAUSE].

>> NORA SOTO FOLLOWED BY MIKE HOOK.

>> SHE'S NOT HERE.

>> OKAY. THANK YOU.

MIKE HOOK FOLLOWED BY TASHA RIZOR.

WHY ARE OUR STUDENTS MURDERING OTHER STUDENTS? I HEARD THE WORD REGIME USED TONIGHT.

THESE FOLKS HERE, THE MARXIST RULING GOVERNMENT CLASS, [LAUGHTER] ALONG WITH THE FEDERAL MARXIST RULING GOVERNMENT CLASS, IS CLOSING IN ON OUR COUNTRY.

WHY ARE OUR STUDENTS' SKILLS READING, WRITING, AND ARITHMETIC SO DEPLORABLE YET YOU'RE UP HERE GIVING YOURSELF ACCOLADES.

YOU'RE ALL ABOUT THE FOOTBALL.

TEACHERS, WHAT IS IT? ALLIANCE AFT MEMBERS, PARENTS,

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THESE CATS UP HERE ARE NOT GOING TO DO A THING UNTIL WE MAKE THEM DO WHAT WE WANT DONE.

THERE IS A LADY SITTING HERE A LITTLE BIT AGO, RAGGING ON THE PEOPLE WHO ANTI PORN BOOK.

[LAUGHTER] WHY IS THAT FUNNY? [LAUGHTER] WHY IS THE TOPIC OF PORN BOOKS FUNNY?

>> BECAUSE ITS EMBARRASSING.

>> IS IT FUNNY?

>> IT'S ALL ON YOUR HEAD.

>> IT'S ALL IN ALL IN MY HEAD? DO YOU THINK THAT PORNOGRAPHY IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN? WHO IN HERE THINKS THAT PORNOGRAPHY IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN?

>> YOU CAN DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS TO ME AND FOLKS.

>> YOU DON'T LISTEN.

I'M TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO LISTEN.

>> CONTINUE INTERRUPTING THEN.

>> EIGHTEEN PERCENT INCREASE FOR YOUR INSULTS.

BUDGETING FOR INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THEY'RE BOTH BEING BEEFED UP TO THE TUNE OF 18 PERCENT AND 14 PERCENT RESPECTIVELY WHILE YOU DEGRADE THESE PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE DOING THE WORK.

ALL OF YOU, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MAYBE JOYCE FOREMAN AND THE NEW MEMBER, CAMILLE WHITE, ALL OF YOU, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEGRADING THESE PEOPLE HERE WHO TEACH OUR CHILDREN.

>> THANK YOU, SIR. YOUR TIME IS OVER.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> TASHA REZA, FOLLOWED BY ROBERT CHEKARELI.

NOT PRESENT TASHA REZA.

ROBERT CHEKARELI NOT PRESENT.

NAPLEBE JACKSON, FOLLOWED BY PATRICIA DOYLE.

[APPLAUSE]

>> TO THE STAKEHOLDERS, BOARD MEMBER, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL.

NAPLEBE JACKSON, I LIVE AT 2851 TO LOCAL DALLAS, TEXAS, 75224.

FOR THE RECORD, I AM HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BLACK DAYCARE CENTER AND THE PERSON OR CONCERNS SURVEY FOR MARKING IT ALSO, TO THE FOUR AFRICAN AMERICAN TRUSTEE.

WE MAY ALL HAVE CAME HERE ON DIFFERENT SHIPS, BUT WE ARE IN THE SAME BOAT NOW, THAT'S THE GAME.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DALLAS ISD, WE HAVE FOUR AFRICAN AMERICAN BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEE, AND FOR THAT, MUCH LOVE.

LET ME SAY TO THE FOUR AFRICAN AMERICAN TRUSTEE.

WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE AND WORK TOGETHER AS SISTERS AND BROTHERS OR WE WERE PAIRED AS FOOLS.

TO THE BOARD, WHY WOULD YOU CONSIDER CLOSING THE BLACK DAYCARE CENTER AND RENT HIM A HOUSE AND STAY UNTIL DECEMBER.

BOARD WE DO NOT NEED TWO SUPERINTENDENTS TO RUN THE DISTRICT.

[APPLAUSE] WE WILL BE A WASTE OF MONEY FOR THE TAXPAYER.

BOARD YOU WAS ELECTED TO FOLLOW THE MONEY.

I'M HARRY AND I ALSO WANT TO RUN FOR MAYOR.

IF THAT'S TRUE, MUCH LUCK.

FOR THE ROCKER ON MAY 13, 2022, A RIGHT TO MAKE MAYOR, I'LL ATTEND A MEETING WITH THE BLACK DAYCARE PROVIDER WITH WHO THREE OF YOUR TOP EMPLOY OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT.

WHAT DISTURBED ME THAT DEREK LILE WANTS TO CLOSE UP THE BLACK DAYCARE IN 75232 AND 75237 ZIP CODE.

DEREK LILE WANTS TO GIVE SOME $99 MILLION TO A WEALTHY WHITE MEN TO OPEN UP THE RETTBERG MALL AS A DAYCARE CENTER.

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>> COULD YOU PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE INDIVIDUAL'S NAME, PLEASE.

>> WE ARE NOT GOING TO CLOSE UP OUR DAYCARE CENTER BECAUSE THIS DAYCARE BELONGS TO THE COMMUNITY.

FOR THE RECORD, BLACK WOMEN HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF WHITE BABIES.

THEY NURSE THEM BEFORE THEY NURSE THEIR OWN BABY.

WHAT IS THE REAL PROBLEM BOARD? BLACK DAYCARE CENTER, OR GIVES US SOME NEEDED HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR IS IT REALLY LENT A WHITE SLAVE OWN A SAY, WE MUST ALSO HAVE YOUR WHITE SERVER AND OVERSEE OR DISTRUST OUR BLACK.

BUT IT IS NECESSARY THAT YOUR [OVERLAPPING] SLAVE DEPEND ON US THEY MUST LOVE AND RESPECT ONLY US THE WHITE.

>> PATRICIA DOYLE, FOLLOWED BY VALERIE HEATON.

[APPLAUSE] PATRICIA DOYLE.

>> GOOD EVENING, TRUSTEES.

MY NAME IS DR. PATRICIA DOYLE.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT 3.

I'M A PHYSICAL THERAPIST FOR THE DALLAS ISD SPECIAL SERVICES AND AN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF THE ALLIANCE AFT.

WE'VE HEARD ABOUT THE NURSES AND THE COUNSELORS.

I'M HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE THERAPISTS AS WELL WHO ARE ALSO IN THE SAME POSITION TO SPEECH, OCCUPATIONAL, AND PHYSICAL THERAPISTS WHO SERVE THIS DISTRICT.

NINETEEN CHILDREN WENT TO SCHOOL IN UVALDE IN MAY AND THEY DIDN'T COME HOME.

TWO TEACHERS LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES TRYING TO SAVE THEM.

MORE THAN 19 PEOPLE ARE INJURED AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WILL FOREVER LIVE WITH THE TRAUMA THEY EXPERIENCED THAT DAY.

FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, SCHOOL PERSONNEL HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES DURING A PANDEMIC TO EDUCATE STUDENTS.

THEY TAKE THAT SAME RISK EVERY DAY KNOWING THAT A SCHOOL SHOOTING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE AND AT ANY TIME.

I VISIT MANY DIFFERENT SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT AND EVERY TIME I ENTER A SCHOOL, I LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHO'S THERE.

I LOOK FOR THE EXITS.

I WONDER, HOW CAN I GET ALL THESE CHILDREN IN WHEELCHAIRS OUT OF THE BUILDING? OR HOW WOULD I KEEP A CHILD WITH AUTISM QUIET WHILE WE'RE HIDING? I'VE SAT THROUGH LOCKDOWNS WHEN THE THREAT IS REAL, AS HAVE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, THAT TRAGIC TUESDAY WAS ELECTION DAY AND MANY SCHOOLS WERE POLLING PLACES.

IT WAS ALSO A DAY FOR AWARD CEREMONIES AND ENDING OF YOUR ACTIVITIES AND THERE WERE LOTS OF EXTRA PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO EASY TO JUST BLEND IN.

WHAT DID TEACHERS AND STAFF GET FURTHER WILLINGNESS TO DIE PROTECTING CHILDREN.

THEY'VE BEEN VILIFIED AND DISRESPECTED.

THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN GREATER AND GREATER AMOUNTS OF WORK, LARGER CLASS SIZES, EXTREME AMOUNTS OF ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK, INTENSE PRESSURE FOR TEST SCORES AND EXPECTATIONS THAT DESPITE THE ENTIRE WORLD BEING AFFECTED BY A PANDEMIC, THAT CHILDREN MUST RECOUP ALL LEARNING LOSS, AND THEN SOME, THEY HAVE LESS RESOURCES, LESS SUPPORT, AND LESS PAY THAN OTHER PROFESSIONALS.

MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, WHY WOULD ANYONE WORK FOR A SCHOOL DISTRICT? WHY WOULD ANYONE CONTINUING TO WORK FOR SOMEONE WHO LITERALLY EXPECTS THAT YOU WOULD RISK DYING WHILE GIVING YOU LESS SUPPORT, LESS RESPECT, LESS PAY FOR MORE WORK? I BELIEVE PEOPLE SHOW THEIR VALUES BY WHAT THEY'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR.

IT HAS BECOME VERY CLEAR TO ME THAT NOT ONLY TEACHERS, BUT ALSO NURSES, THERAPISTS AND COUNSELORS ARE NOT VALUED BY THIS DISTRICT, AND BY EXTENSION, STUDENTS AND ESPECIALLY SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS ARE NOT VALUED.

I AM ASKING THE DISTRICT IS SHOW THEIR EMPLOYEES THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE BY DOING THE VERY MINIMUM AND GIVING THEM A PAY RAISE IF IT'S AT LEAST KEEPING UP WITH THE RATE OF INFLATION AND THE RISING COST OF LIVING.

AFTER ALL, HOW MUCH OUR LIVES WORTH? [APPLAUSE]

>> VALERIE ETHAN [APPLAUSE] FOLLOWED BY KATRINA RASMUSSEN.

>> MY NAME IS VALERIE ETHAN.

I'M A COMMUNITY MEMBER AND A SUPPORTER OF EDUCATION WORKERS AND ALLIANCE, AFT.

THESE PAST FEW YEARS, DALLAS HAS DEALT WITH HISTORIC STAFF SHORTAGES, INCREASED MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND EDUCATION WORKERS WHO ARE UNDERPAID LONG BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

DIST EDUCATION WORKERS NEED SUPPORT AND BETTER PAY AND WE NEED THEM.

I SEE ALL THESE ADVERTISEMENTS FOR NEW TEACHING POSITIONS, BILLBOARDS AS FAR OUT AS ARIZONA, Y'ALL DO RECRUITING FROM PUERTO RICO, MEXICO, AND SPAIN FOR BILINGUAL TEACHERS.

IF WE'RE FEELING THE SQUEEZE FOR NEW TEACHERS THAT BADLY, WE NEED TO PAY THE ONES THAT WE'VE GOT SO THEY DON'T LOOK AT WHAT'S FUNCTIONALLY A PAY CUT DUE TO INFLATION AND HAVE TO MAKE THE HARD DECISION BETWEEN PAYING FOR FOOD AND RENTS OR LEAVING THE DISTRICT OR GOD FORBID THE PROFESSION.

IF WE DON'T DO ANYTHING TO FIX THE WORKING CONDITIONS THAT DIST EDUCATION WORKERS

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ARE UNDER AND CONTINUE TO PAY THEM POORLY WE'RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF EDUCATION WORKERS.

HOUSTON ISD TEACHERS RECENTLY GOT AN 11 PERCENT RAISE.

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR WAGES ARE COMPETITIVE OR WE'LL CONTINUE TO LOSE TEACHERS.

AMAZON'S WAREHOUSE WORKERS FACE DIFFERENT ISSUES IN THEIR WORKPLACES THAN DIST EDUCATION WORKERS DO.

BUT AMAZON IS FACING THE PROSPECT OF COMPLETELY RUNNING THROUGH THEIR POTENTIAL WORKFORCE BY 2024.

GALLUP RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE SHOWING THAT 44 PERCENT OF THE US IS K12 EDUCATORS, IT'S HIGHER HERE, ARE FEELING BURNED OUT AND THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS EARNING DEGREES HAVE DROPPED BY MORE THAN HALF SINCE THE 1970S.

THERE ARE NOT NEARLY ENOUGH NEW TEACHERS JOINING THE WORKFORCE TO REPLACE THE ONES LEAVING.

WE DON'T EVEN HAVE AMAZON'S LABOR POOL TO PULL FROM EVEN NOW, DO WE THINK IT'S WORTH ROLLING THE DICE ON WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE ENOUGH EDUCATION WORKERS TO FILL THE PASSION JOB LIKE TEACHING? INFLATION AND SKYROCKETING RENTS ARE MAKING THE CITY UNLIVABLE, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN UNDERPAID AND OVERWORKED FOR TOO LONG, SACRIFICING THEIR TIME AND ENERGY FOR A COMMUNITY THEY CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO LIVE IN.

WE CAN'T KEEP MAKING THEM DECIDE BETWEEN THEIR PASSION FOR TEACHING OUR KIDS AND WHAT THEY NEED TO LIVE.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PUT THE THRESHOLD FOR MODERATE COST BURDENING, WHERE RENT IS MORE THAN 30 PERCENT OF A PERSON'S SALARY, THE MEDIAN RENT IN DALLAS, ACCORDING TO ZILLOW, IS $1,995 A MONTH, MEANING THAT TO NOT BE COST-BURDENED BY RENT.

DIST EDUCATION WORKERS WOULD NEED TO MAKE AT LEAST $79,800 PER YEAR OR $38.40 PER HOUR.

OUR EDUCATION WORKERS DON'T DESERVE TO BE COST-BURDENED.

THEY DESERVE JOBS WHERE THEY CAN THRIVE AND THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE WHERE THEY WORK AND REAP THE BENEFITS OF THE HUGE POSITIVE DIFFERENCE THAT THEY MAKE IN THE DALLAS COMMUNITY.

[APPLAUSE] WE NEED TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GIVE THEM RAISES ABOVE INFLATION AND WE NEED TO PAY THEM WHAT THEY'RE WORTH TO OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] KATRINA RASMUSSEN FOLLOWED BY ALEXANDER LEFF.

KATRINA RASMUSSEN.

>> HELLO. GOOD EVENING, TRUSTEES AND DR. HINOJOSA.

MY NAME IS KATRINA RASMUSSEN.

I'M A DALLAS ISD EDUCATOR, A DALLAS ISD MOTHER, AND A MEMBER OF ALLIANCE AFT.

THIS WILL BE MY 14TH YEAR AS AN EDUCATOR.

AT CONVOCATION IN 2017, DR. HINOJOSA QUOTED RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

NOTHING GREAT WAS EVER ACHIEVED WITHOUT ENTHUSIASM.

THOSE WORDS MADE SUCH AN IMPRESSION ON ME I WROTE THEM IN MY JOURNAL THAT NIGHT.

ONE OF MY MENTORS IN COLLEGE TAUGHT ME TO LIVE BY THE SAME PHILOSOPHY.

IT IS THE FLAME THAT HAS KEPT ME GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES IN MY LIFE.

ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGIOUS.

IT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER AND IT INSPIRES PEOPLE TO MOVE FORWARD.

ENTHUSIASM WHEN APPLIED TO EDUCATION CHANGES LIVES.

ENTHUSIASM IS NOT INEXTINGUISHABLE.

WITHOUT FUEL, THE FLAME OF OUR PASSION FOR THIS VOCATION WILL GUTTER AND DIE.

TONIGHT I'M ASKING MY DISTRICT LEADERS TO SHOW THAT SAME ENTHUSIASM FOR THEIR RETURNING FACULTY AND STAFF.

THE PAST THREE YEARS HAVE FORCED ALL OF US TO DIG DEEP AND DRAW UPON EVERY RESERVE OF ENTHUSIASM THAT WE HAVE.

IN SPITE OF ALL OF THE DIFFICULTIES THAT WE PERSEVERED THROUGH, WE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH, WE REKINDLED RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR STUDENTS, AND OUR STUDENTS MADE ENORMOUS ACADEMIC GAINS.

THE COST HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS.

1,400 PLUS VACANCIES IN OUR DISTRICT ATTEST TO THE COST THAT HAS BEEN TOO GREAT FOR MANY OF US TO BEAR.

I STAND HERE AS A DEVOTED TEACHER, AS A MOM OF TWO DALLAS ISD MIDDLE-SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ADORE THEIR TEACHERS AND WHO ARE WORRIED THAT SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE TEACHERS WILL NOT RETURN NEXT YEAR.

THE REALITY ON OUR CAMPUSES IS THAT WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF FUEL.

WHEN WE LOOK FOR SUPPORT, WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE STRANDED.

TEI HAS CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS COMPETITION OVER COLLABORATION AND INCREASES FEELINGS OF ISOLATION AMONG FACULTY.

I'VE BEEN DTR ELIGIBLE SINCE 2019.

THIS YEAR I HAD TO COMPETE WITH COLLEAGUES WITHIN MY OWN DEPARTMENT FOR POINTS.

THAT DOESN'T FEEL GOOD.

WE NEED YOU GUYS TO DO MORE THAN RECOGNIZE OUR ACCOLADES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PRESS RELEASES AND THE STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESSES.

ANOTHER MENTOR OF MINE SAID TEACHING IS THE HARDEST WORK YOU'LL EVER LOVE.

WE NEED YOU TO SUPPORT THE ENTHUSIASM THAT MAKES THIS WORK POSSIBLE BY PROVIDING US WITH AN INCOME THAT WILL ALLOW US TO PROVIDE FOR OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES.

THE PROPOSED SALARY INCREASE FOR RETURNING FACULTY AND STAFF HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE COST OF LIVING OR THE HIGH DEMANDS OF OUR PROFESSION.

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I'M CURRENTLY WORKING THREE EXTRA PART-TIME JOBS THIS SUMMER TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO NURTURE OUR ENTHUSIASM BY CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE CAN DEVOTE OUR ENERGY TO OUR STUDENTS WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT WHETHER WE CAN PUT GAS IN OUR CARS, FOOD ON OUR TABLES, OR PROVIDE FOR OUR OWN CHILDREN AT HOME.

IF YOU CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE OUR ENTHUSIASM IS CELEBRATED, THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> OUR FINAL SPEAKER, IS ALEXANDER LEFF.

>> I'M ALEXANDRA LEFF, I'M A HIGH-SCHOOL MONITOR IN THE DISTRICT SUPPORT STAFF.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR BETTER PAY AND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS FOR THE MONITOR POSITION.

RIGHT NOW THE PAY IS 25,000 OR LESS.

STARTING PAY ITS POVERTY WAGES.

WE DESERVE BETTER PAY FOR THIS JOB BECAUSE WE ARE THE EYES AND EARS OF THE SCHOOL, THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND.

WE HELP KEEP THE SCHOOLS SAFE.

WE'RE PART OF SCHOOL SECURITY.

THIS INCLUDES CHECKING BAGS, MONITORING STUDENT CONDUCT.

WE ARE DEALING WITH HUGE ISSUES, VIOLENT STUDENTS, DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS, DEFIANT STUDENTS, STUDENTS WHO HAVE DRUG ISSUES AND THERE'S JUST A LACK OF SUPPORT AND TRAINING TO DEAL WITH THEM.

FOR EXAMPLE, OUR RADIO CALLS ARE OFTEN NOT ANSWERED OR NOT RESPONDED TO.

JOB DESCRIPTION DOES STATE SPECIFICALLY THAT WE ENFORCE THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AROUND SCHOOL RULES, BUT ADMINISTRATORS BLAME US WHEN WE DO THIS, THEY SAY THAT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH THE STUDENTS, OR WE DON'T MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD ENOUGH.

BUT ALL WE'RE DOING IS OUR JOB AND KEEPING THE SCHOOLS SAFE.

THIS IS JUST A LACK OF APPRECIATION, AND IT'S JUST BLAMING A LOWER-LEVEL EMPLOYEE AND NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY AS AN ADMINISTRATOR.

THIS TYPE OF CULTURE IS RAPID AT THE SCHOOLS AND WE NEED TO CHANGE IT.

FINALLY, AS I STATED PREVIOUSLY, OUR PAY IS BELOW MARKET VALUE BECAUSE SIMILAR POSITIONS IN OTHER DISTRICTS AND OTHER STATES PAY AT LEAST 10 OR $15,000 MORE THAN WHAT YOU GUYS ARE OFFERING US.

ALL OF THIS HAS CREATED LOW MORALE.

I HAVE SEEN MANY MONITORS QUIT.

WE ARE ASKING FOR BETTER PAY, AND BETTER OR EQUAL OR HOPEFULLY BETTER THAN INFLATION RATE, THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE, AND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS WHERE THE CULTURE CAN CHANGE ON HOW WE ARE TREATED BY ADMINISTRATORS ON HOW WE DO OUR JOB.

THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE].

>> THANK YOU.

[INAUDIBLE] THIS CONCLUDES OUR SPEAKERS.

[NOISE]

>> THANK YOU TO EACH OF OUR SPEAKERS AND FOR RESPECTING EACH OTHER AS YOU ALL SPOKE TO THESE VARIOUS AGENDA ITEMS. WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO SECTION 7.01 OF OUR AGENDA,

[7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

WHICH IS TO CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL.

TRUSTEES, THE FOLLOWING MINUTES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL, CALLED BOARD MEETING MAY 4TH,2022, CALLED BOARD MEETING MAY 9TH, 2022.

EMPLOYEE HEARING 5/12/22, BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND SUPERINTENDENT'S BUDGET WORKSHOP 5/12/22 CALLED BOARD MEETING 5/16/22 AT 09:00 AM.

ANOTHER CALLED BOARD MEETING THE SAME DAY AT 04:00 PM, CALLED BOARD MEETING MAY 18TH,2022 AND AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING, MAY 19,2022 IN THE BOARD MEETING, MAY 26,2022. DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOVED BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECONDED BY TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

TRUSTEES, ARE THERE ANY CORRECTIONS TO ANY OF THE MINUTES THAT I'VE DESCRIBED? HERE AND THEN TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WHITE.

>> [INAUDIBLE].

>> WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO VOTE FOR YOU, TRUSTEE WHITE? THANK YOU. MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUS.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU'VE JUST ADOPTED THE MOTION APPROVED IN THE MINUTES I SUBMITTED WE NOW MOVING TO STATUTORY ITEMS WHICH MAY APPROPRIATELY COME TO THE ATTENTION ON THE BOARD.

[8. STATUTORY ITEMS WHICH MAY APPROPRIATELY COME TO THE ATTENTION OF THE BOARD]

STARTED WITH 8.01 WHICH WAS PULLED BY THE ADMINISTRATION, IT WAS PULLED COMPLETELY.

[02:10:01]

WE'RE GOING 8.02 CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE AMENDMENT TO SUPERINTENDENTS VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION AGREEMENT UNRELEASED TO HAVE A MOTION.

>> MOTION APPROVED

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE MARSHALL.

TRUSTEES, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?

>> JOHNSON.

>> I'M SORRY, SECOND WAS BY TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

>> WAS IT JOHNSON?

>> MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE LOUIS SECOND BY TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

TRUSTEES IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? TRUSTEES, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> TRUSTEE CARREON HE'S NOT PRESENT HERE.

THANK YOU. MOTION PASSES EIGHT VOTING YES.

ONE NOT PRESENT TO VOTE.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST ADOPT THAT AGENDA ITEM 8.02 MOVING ON TO 8.03, CONSIDERING TO TAKE POSSIBLE ACTIONS TO APPROVE THE DOWNSIDES THE NOMINEE TO FILL A DIRECTOR POSITION ON THE TASB BOARD FOR REGION 10, POSITION C FOR THREE-YEAR TERM, NO FUNDING REQUIRED, DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> I MOVE THAT WE APPOINT MASTER TRUSTEE DAN MICCICHE, TO BE OUR TASB REP.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES.

>> I'LL SECOND THE MOTION, BUT THERE ARE TWO MASTER TRUSTEES UP HERE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> SECOND BY MASTER TRUSTEE FOREMAN TO APPROVE THE DOWNSIDES TEAM NOMINEE DAN MICCICHE TO FILL DIRECTOR POSITION, IS THERE DISCUSSION?

>>I'D LIKE TO BE REFERRED TO AS MR. MASTER.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WELL, I'LL BE MISS MASTER TRUSTEE.

>> I WILL NOT BE REFERRING TO ANYBODY [OVERLAPPING].

>> IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT A MASTER TRUSTEE

>> I WOULD LIKE TO GO OUT AND RECORD THAT TRUSTEE MICCICHE ASKED ME TO CALL HIM MASTER.

[LAUGHTER]

>> TRUSTEE IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?

>> I THINK I WOULD REPHRASE IT, ESPECIALLY THAT YOU CONFORM TO IT.

>> WHAT'S THAT?

>> HE ASKED YOU TO CALL HIM MASTER [OVERLAPPING]

>> THAT WAS A JOKE, TRUSTEE FOREMAN [LAUGHTER]

>> WAS THAT THE DISCUSSION?

>> SORRY. [LAUGHTER]

>> IT'S WHAT YOU GET DAN.

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> I VOTE YES.

>> THANK YOU. MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUS.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST ADOPTED AGENDA ITEM 8.03, WHICH WILL APPROVE THE NOMINEE OF MASTER TRUSTEE DAN MICCICHE TO THE TRUSTEE BOARD.

>> I'M SORRY. I HAVE A QUESTION ON [INAUDIBLE].

>> ON THAT AGENDA ITEM?

>> NO, IT'S NOT ACTUALLY AS ON THE 8.01.

>> WE'VE ALREADY VOTED ON IT.

>> I DO UNDERSTAND.

BUT MY QUESTION IS AS FAR AS THE WORDING IS CONCERNED, I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE STOPPED YOU DURING THIS.

>> I'M SORRY, 8.01 WAS PULLED FROM THE AGENDA THERE AIN'T ANY DISCUSSION AT ALL.

>> RIGHT. WE JUST VOTED ON A 8.01, CORRECT?

>> NO, WE JUST DID 8.03 BEFORE THAT WE DID 8.02, 8.01 WAS PULLED FOR THE AGENDA.

>> THANK YOU.

>> YOU'RE PROBABLY CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT I SAID, I'M GOING TO STOP THERE.

THAT ONE THERE WAS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

THAT'S CONSENT AGENDA 9.1.

[9. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS]

CONSIDERING TO TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS 9.01-9.76. GIVE ME ONE SECOND.

TRUSTEES, WE HAVE CONSENT AGENDA ITEM 9.01- 9.76 AS AMENDED, THE FOLLOWING AGENDA ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR A SEPARATE VOTE, 9.03, 9.04 HAS BEEN PUT BACK ON THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEM.9.05 WAS PUT BACK ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEM.

THE REST OF THESE HAVE BEEN PULLED 9.12,9.29,9.30,9.41,9.44,9.47,9.48,9.74,9.75 AND 9.76.

CONSENT ITEM 9.35 HAS BEEN PULLED FROM THE AGENDA.

DO I HAVE A MOTION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AS AMENDED?

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>>SECOND.

>> MOTION IS MADE BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECONDED BY TRUSTEE CARREON, WOULD YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES?

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU.

[02:15:05]

TRUSTEE FOREMAN. THANK YOU.

MOTION PASSES EIGHT VOTED YES, ONE, ABSTAINING.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST ADOPTED THE MOTION IMPROVING THE CONSENT AGENDA AS AMENDED.

MOVING ON TO ITEM 4 FOR A SEPARATE VOTE AS WE BEGIN THIS DISCUSSION ON ITEM 4 FOR SEPARATE VOTERS REMINDER, PLEASE CONFIRM ANY REMARKS PENDING.

[10.01 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Amendment to Board Policy EIE (Local) Academic Achievement Retention and Promotion (Second Read, Sponsored by Shannon Trejo, Chief Academic Officer) (Consent Item 9.03, Pulled by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

PLEASE KEEP ANY REMARKS RELEVANT TO THE PENDING MOTION ON THE FLOOR OR WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH ITEM 10.01.

ITEM 10.01 IS CONSIDERING TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE THE AMENDMENTS TO BOARD POLICY EIE LOCAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, RETENTION, AND PROMOTION.

THIS IS THE SECONDARY READ SPONSORED BY SHANNON TREJO, OUR CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER.

IT WAS CONSENT ITEM 9.03 PULLED BY TRUSTEES FOREMAN AND WHITE, DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE CARREON. IS THERE DISCUSSION?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE FOREMAN.

>> GOOD EVENING, TRUSTEE FOREMAN

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS, BUT I DO HAVE A FEW MORE.

FOR THE GRADE 1 STUDENTS, AND I GUESS IT'S KINDER, IF THEY ARE RETAINED, BECAUSE BASICALLY WHAT THIS POLICY IS SAYING IS THAT WE COULD RETAIN THEM THROUGH SOME COMMITTEE HEARING WITH THE PARENTS.

>> IN GRADES 1-8, THE DISTRICT HAS THE ABILITY TO RETAIN A STUDENT AND THE COMMITTEE MUST HAVE A PARENT PRESENT ON THAT COMMITTEE.

GRADES PRE-K AND K ARE A PARENT REQUESTED RETENTIONS.

>> THAT WAS WHAT I WANTED TO GET CLARIFIED.

PRE-K AND KINDER, DOES IT HAVE TO BE THE PARENT REQUESTING OR IS IT THE ASSESSMENTS THAT THEY'VE DONE?

>> PRE-K AND K IS AT PARENT REQUESTS.

>> ONLY THE PARENTS REQUEST?

>>> YES, MA'AM.

>> HOW WOULD THE PARENT KNOW TO REQUEST THAT THEIR STUDENT NEEDS TO BE RETAINED? WOULD THAT BE THROUGH TESTING? OR HOW WOULD THAT WORK?

>> TYPICALLY, THE TEACHERS AND THE PARENTS WOULD BE COMMUNICATING THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

THEY ARE GOING TO RECEIVE THE UPDATES ON THEIR STUDENTS AND THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE, TRUSTEE FOREMAN, I KNOW THIS PARTICULAR EDITION WAS A REQUEST FROM PARENTS MADE IT TO THE LEGISLATION AS IT HAS THE UPDATE OR AS AN UPDATE TO THE LEGISLATION DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.

THERE WERE MANY PARENTS WHO WANTED TO HAVE THEIR STUDENTS REPEAT THOSE GRADE LEVELS DUE TO LOSS OF INSTRUCTION.

>> WE'RE MOVING FAST FORWARD PAST THE PANDEMIC.

I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THIS.

WE'RE FAST FORWARDING AFTER THE PANDEMIC AND IF IT START RETAINING KIDS AT K, PRE-K AND KINDER, TO ME, THAT WILL HAVE SOME A PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT POSSIBLY ON THOSE STUDENTS.

RETENTION ALWAYS HAS PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT BUT AT THAT GRADE LEVEL, THAT'S A SINCERE PROBLEM.

DO WE HAVE A SET PLAN THAT WE'RE GOING TO USE FOR THE PARENTS TO BE ABLE TO COME FORWARD BASED NOT JUST ON TESTING, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT CHILDREN MOVE PRETTY FAST IN TERMS OF LEARNING AT THAT AGE.

NOT JUST BASED ON TESTING, WHAT ELSE ARE WE GOING TO USE TO TALK ABOUT RETENTION?

>> I THINK THEY LOOK AT DEVELOPMENT NOT JUST WITH TESTING, BUT WHAT'S OBSERVABLE IN THE CLASSROOM, THERE ARE A LOT OF ELEMENTS IN THE PRE-K AND KINDER CLASSROOM, PHYSICAL GROWTH, EMOTIONAL GROWTH, SOCIAL GROWTH, IN ADDITION TO THE PRE-KINDER GUIDELINES.

>> DO WE HAVE THAT PLAN WRITTEN OUT OR IS IT JUST THE THOUGHT PROCESS RIGHT NOW?

>> WE DO HAVE ON THE PRE-K GUIDELINES, TRUSTEE FOREMAN, SOME AREAS THAT ARE NOT JUST RELATED TO ACADEMIC TYPE ITEMS. I CAN GET A COPY OF THAT FOR YOU.

>> I'D LIKE TO SEE A PLAN.

>> SURE.

>> I DON'T WANT IT TO BE SUBJECT TO A WHIM BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT THAT IT SHOULDN'T CAUSE ON YOUNG CHILDREN.

I'D LIKE TO SEE A FULL PLAN ON WHAT WE WILL BE USING TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION BECAUSE CLEARLY IN OUR PRE-K CENTERS ARE SOME OF OUR STRUGGLING CHILDREN THAT ARE COMING IN PRE-K AND KINDER AND RETAINING THEM

[02:20:03]

MAY OR MAY NOT BE THE BEST EFFORT AND WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T PUT OURSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE WE ARE RETAINING STUDENTS VERY EARLY AND IMPACTING THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR SCHOOL LIFE.

>> WE WOULD AGREE WITH YOU TRUSTEE FOREMAN AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD NOT ENCOURAGE TO OCCUR AS PART OF THIS POLICY, AND WE'LL GET A PLAN TO YOU.

>> I NEED A PLAN. I'M NOT GOING TO BE FOR IT UNTIL I SEE A WRITTEN PLAN BECAUSE IF THERE'S NO WRITTEN PLAN, A LOT OF IT IS SUBJECTIVE AND I'M JUST A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE. THANK YOU.

>> ANYONE ELSE? I DO HAVE A QUESTION ON THE LANGUAGE ON PAGE 1, STRIKING PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS SHALL NOT BE RETAINED DUE TO THE VOLUNTARY STATUS OF ENROLLMENT.

WAS THERE A CHANGE IN THE LAW THAT REQUIRES THAT LANGUAGE TO BE STRICKEN?

>> YES, SIR. COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE ACTUALLY STARTS IN FIRST GRADE, BUT THEY RECOMMENDED CHANGE ALLOWED PRE-K AND K TO BE RETAINED AT THE REQUEST OF THE PARENT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> TRUSTEE, MICCICHE, IF I CAN ADD SOMETHING TO THAT RESPONSE BACK TO WHAT TRUSTEE FOREMAN WAS ASKING.

TRUSTEE FOREMAN, I THINK WE EMPHATICALLY AGREE WITH YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT RETAINING CHILDREN THIS YOUNG, AND WE HAVE ACTIVELY DISCOURAGED IN THOSE INSTANCES IN THE PAST WHEN PEOPLE HAVE ASKED BUT TO TRUSTEE MICCICHE CASE QUESTION, THE LAW CHANGED.

IF A PARENT IS ASKING US TO RETAIN THEIR 3,4 OR 5 YEAR-OLD CHILD, WE HAVE TO HONOR THAT REQUEST NOW BY TEXAS LAW AND THE POLICY IS BEING UPDATED TO REFLECT THAT LEGISLATIVE CHANGE.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

>> TRUSTEE FOREMAN, THANK YOU, TRUSTEE MICCICHE.

>> THE LAW CHANGED AND SO WE EFFECTIVELY TRYING TO ABIDE BY THE LAW BUT THE QUESTION THAT I DERRICK, IS THAT THE PLAN THAT WE HAVE.

IN OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE PRE-K STUDENTS AND KINDER STUDENTS, SO HOW'S THAT GOING TO AFFECT OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS?

>> I THINK THE DISTINCTION I'M TRYING TO DRAW, TRUSTEE FOREMAN IS, THE PLAN IS NOT ON THE BURDEN OF THE DISTRICT.

WE'RE NOT RECOMMENDING FOR STUDENTS TO BE RETAINED.

A PARENT IS COMING FORWARD AND TELLING THE DISTRICT THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT AND THE LAW NOW REQUIRES US TO HONOR THAT REQUEST.

>> I HEAR THAT BUT I ALSO WANT THE DISTRICT TO BE PROACTIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY DO, WHAT THEY SHARE WITH PARENTS, HOW THEY HELP PARENTS TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND ALSO HELPING PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND THE ADVERSE EFFECT THAT THAT CAN HAVE ON CHILDREN.

THEN OFFERING THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS THAT THE STUDENTS MIGHT NEED AS OPPOSED TO IF THE PARENT ASKED THEM, WE JUST SAY OKAY, AND THROW OUR HANDS UP.

THAT'S MY DEAL. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FOREMAN. I DON'T SEE ANY OTHER COMMENT.

OH, TRUSTEE WHITE.

>> YES. I JUST HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

WHAT STATUTE IS THAT NEW LAW THAT JUST CAME ABOUT?

>> YOU'RE ASKING ABOUT THE LAW ITSELF?

>> WHAT STATUTE IF I WANTED TO LOOK IT UP AND READ IT, IS IT SECTION 34?

>> I THINK ACTUALLY THERE'S A TRUSTEE TRACKER COMING THROUGH FOR TRUSTEE FOREMAN, WHICH I'LL CITE THE TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, SO WE CAN GET THAT TO YOU AS WELL, TRUSTEE WHITE.

>> LET ME MAKE A CLARIFICATION.

IF IT'S ADMINISTRATIVE CODE THAT'S UNDER THE PURVIEW AND REGULATIONS OF THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY AND COMMISSIONING, IF IT'S A STATUTE, IT'S A LAW OR STATE LAW, SO THAT'S A BIT OF A NUANCE, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO, YOU WANT TO REALLY REVIEW HOW THAT CAME ABOUT.

>> I DON'T SEE ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS.

TRUSTEES, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> [OVERLAPPING] MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MOTION PASSES.

SEVEN VOTING, YES.

ONE VOTING NO, ONE ABSTAINING.

[02:25:02]

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST APPROVED THE AGENDA ITEM 10.01, YOU FALL ON YOUR AGENDA.

ITEM 10.02 AND 10.03 WERE PASSED BACK ONTO THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEM.

WE'RE GOING TO GO DOWN TO 10.04,

[10.04 Consider and Take Possible Action to Authorize, Negotiate, and Enter into Agreements with the Recommended Pool of Vendors for Software-Online Instructional Curriculum, Subscriptions, Digital Tools, and Other Related Products/Services for Districtwide Use (Not to Exceed $12,000,000 Over Five Years Including Renewal Options/General Operating/Special Revenue/Bond Funds) (Consent Item 9.12, Pulled Due to Revisions and by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO AUTHORIZE, NEGOTIATE, AND ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH RECOMMENDED POOL OF VENDORS OF SOFTWARE ONLINE, A STRUCTURAL CURRICULUM SUBSCRIPTIONS, DIGITAL TOOLS AND OTHER RELATED PRODUCTS, SERVICES FOR DISTRICT-WIDE USE, NOT TO EXCEED $12 MILLION OVER FIVE YEARS, INCLUDING RENEWAL OPTIONS, GENERAL OPERATORS, ESPECIALLY REVENUE BOND FUNDS CONSENT ITEM 9.12, PULL DUE TO REVISIONS AND BY TRUSTEE FOREMAN, AND WHITE DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOVED BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE CARREON.

>> TRUSTEES IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE FOREMAN?

>> I MOVE TOO SLOWLY BECAUSE IT'S MY LAST MEETING.

CLOCK'S TICKING. [LAUGHTER].

>> SORRY, DOC. WE APOLOGIZE.

>> THAT'S WHY WE'RE KEEPING YOU HERE LONGER. [LAUGHTER]

>> SORRY, DOC.

>> JUST QUICKLY. I HAVE A COUPLE OF CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR ITEM.

STARTING OUT WITH THE JUNE OF 2021, WE ACTUALLY DID A REQUEST AND THE BOARD APPROVED $30 MILLION.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> NOW, WE'RE DOING ANOTHER ONE FOR $21 MILLION.

IS THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING?

>> JUST TO CLARIFY, TRUSTEE FOREMAN, THERE WAS AN ERROR IN THE AMOUNT ON THE ORIGINAL BOARD DOC WHICH WAS AMENDED TO REFLECT THE CORRECT AMOUNT.

IT SHOULD NOW READ 12 MILLION, NOT 21 MILLION.

>> NOW, I'M REALLY CONFUSED.

>> THE NEW RFP ALSO REPRESENTS COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL GUIDELINES, WHEREAS THE $30 MILLION RFP DID NOT.

THAT'S ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO RFPS.

>> WE STILL HAVE THAT $30 MILLION ONE IN EFFECT.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> WE'RE ADDING ANOTHER ONE THAT'S NOT 21 MILLION, BUT IT'S 12 MILLION?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> WE'RE BUYING THE SAME THING, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> THE SECOND RFP IS FEDERALLY COMPLIANT, WHICH ALLOWS US TO USE ESSER FUNDS TO MAKE THOSE PURCHASES.

>> NOW MY HEAD IS SPINNING.

WE'VE GOT A $30 MILLION RFP, WE'RE ADDING A $12 MILLION RFP.

THAT'S $42 MILLION.

IN ONE YEAR'S TIME, WE'VE ONLY SPENT 5 MILLION OF THE 30 MILLION.

AM I READING THAT CORRECT?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> DID WE ADD SOME ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT WE WILL BE PROCURING OTHER THAN THE ONES THAT WE ORIGINALLY STARTED OUT WITH THE 30 MILLION? BECAUSE TO ME, IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE THAT WE'VE GOT THIS HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO SPEND, THEN WE ADD ADDITIONAL MONEY.

JUST BECAUSE IT'S ESSER, WE WANT TO USE ESSER, DON'T GET ME WRONG.

I WANT TO USE IT AND I KNOW IT'S SHORT-TERM, SO I'M GOOD WITH THAT.

BUT WE'RE ADDING ADDITIONAL DOLLARS.

MAYBE WE COULD HAVE USED THAT MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE AS OPPOSED TO USING IT IN THIS PARTICULAR PROCUREMENT.

>> WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THESE PURCHASES THAT ANNUAL RENEWALS THAT WE NEED IS TO BE ABLE TO USE THE ESSER FUNDS IN ORDER TO MAKE THOSE PURCHASES.

>> THE ASSUMPTION IS THAT WE WILL NOT USE THE FULL 30 MILLION IF WE'RE USING ESSER FUNDS FIRST AND [OVERLAPPING] THE INTENT IS TO USE THE ESSER FUNDS FIRST.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> IF THERE'S ADDITIONAL DOLLARS ON HERE, WE WILL NOT USE THOSE. IS THAT THE INTENT?

>> THAT'S THE INTENT, YES, MA'AM.

IT'S ALSO POSSIBLE THAT WE WOULD USE SOME OF OUR GEO FUNDING OR OTHER BUDGET SOURCES THAT WOULD FALL UNDER THE ORIGINAL RFP, BUT OUR INTENT IS TO UTILIZE THIS NEW RFP SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE ESSER FUNDING SOURCE TO MAKE THOSE PURCHASES.

>> TO USE IT FIRST?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FOREMAN. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE IN.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MOTION PASSES, EIGHT VOTING YES, ONE VOTING NO.

[02:30:06]

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST PASSED IN ITEM 10.04.

MOVING ON TO 10.05 CONSIDERING TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE THE AMENDMENT TO

[10.05 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Amendment to the District of Innovation Plan which Expands the Teacher Certification Exemption (No Financial Impact) (Consent Item 9.29, Pulled by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

THE DISTRICT OF INNOVATION PLAN WHICH EXPANDS THE TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXEMPTION.

NO FINANCIAL IMPACT.

CONSIDER ITEM 9.29 PULLED BY TRUSTEES JOYCE FOREMAN AND TRUSTEE CAMILE. DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES.

SECOND BY TRUSTEE CARREON.

TRUSTEES, IS THERE DISCUSSION. TRUSTEE FOREMAN?

>> YES.

>> TIFFANY, I MIGHT NEED YOU.

PAM, I'M GLAD YOU'RE BACK.

I MIGHT NEED YOU.

DWAIN, I MIGHT NEED.

>> [INAUDIBLE] [OVERLAPPING].

>> I'M NOT GOING TO MESS WITH THEM.

THEY KNOW IT. THEY LOVE ME.

>> [INAUDIBLE].

>> YOU GET OVER THERE. [LAUGHTER]

>> THERE ARE SEVERAL QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS, AND MAYBE WITH ALL OF THE UPDATE I CAN GET THE ANSWERS THAT I'M LOOKING FOR.

I'VE HAD EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH ROBERT AND THANK YOU ROBERT FOR REACHING OUT TO ME IN TRYING TO HELP ME THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

I AM STILL CONCERNED.

I WANT TO START WITH THE ASPECT OF PUTTING UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS IN OUR ELEMENTARY GRADES, WHERE WE KNOW THAT'S WHERE THE FOUNDATION STARTS.

CAN SOMEBODY EXPLAIN TO ME, HOW DID WE GET TO THAT POINT OF UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS IN OUR CORE SUBJECTS? HOW DO WE GET THERE?

>> I'LL START OFF WITH THAT ONE.

I THINK WE'RE JUST HONESTLY LIVING IN UNPRECEDENTED TIMES.

AS WE LOOK AT WHAT OUR DATA IS DOING, LIKE SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS MENTIONED EARLIER, WE HAVE FEWER PEOPLE COMING INTO THE PROFESSION FROM THE UNIVERSITIES.

WE ARE LOOKING TRULY AT A 20 OR 25 PERCENT REDUCTION JUST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS FROM THE UNIVERSITY-BASED PROGRAMS. ALSO OUR PROGRAMS ARE ALSO GENERATING LESS TEACHERS OVER THE PREVIOUS YEARS AS WELL.

WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT OUR DEMAND IS, WE HAVE A HUGE DEMAND, AND WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO DO IS FIND OURSELVES IN A POSITION TO WHERE WE HAVE VACANCIES.

WHEN WE LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF THE CANDIDATES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO BRING IT INTO THIS PROGRAM, WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THEIR ACADEMIC BACKGROUND.

THE STATE, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE ELEMENTARY, THEY REQUIRE 12 HOURS OF COLLEGE COURSES TO QUALIFY FOR AN ALL SEARCH PROGRAM.

IN OUR PROGRAM, WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO DOUBLE THAT AND REQUIRE 24 HOURS.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN THEY COME IN, THEY HAVE THAT CONTENT PIECE, BUT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WITH OUR OWN TRAINING PROGRAM, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE THOSE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO MANAGE THAT CLASSROOM.

>> ROBERT, WE'VE HAD THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT TRYING TO REQUIRE THAT THEY HAVE MORE CREDIT HOURS IN A PARTICULAR AREA.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY'RE READY TO TEACH IN SCHOOL JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE QUALITY HOURS.

BUT I WANT TO GO ON JUST A LITTLE BIT FURTHER IF YOU GUYS CAN HELP ME.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HEARD AT THE LAST MEETING WAS THAT A LOT OF THESE NEW EMPLOYEES WOULD BE GEARED TOWARD HIGH PRIORITY CAMPUSES.

NOW, DWAIN MAYBE YOU CAN HELP WITH THAT, BECAUSE I THINK WE SAID THAT WE WERE GOING TO TRY TO INCREASE THE HIGH-PERFORMING TEACHERS ON THOSE CAMPUSES BY TWO PERCENT PER YEAR.

NOW HOW ARE WE GOING TO REACH THAT GOAL IF YOU BRINGING IN UNCERTIFIED PEOPLE PUTTING THEM IN THERE? OR MAYBE ROBERT CAN.

>> I'LL TRY TO JUMP IN AND START.

>> DWAIN, I SEE YOU'RE TRYING TO POINT TO ROBERT.

YOU'RE TRYING TO POINT TO BOB, I SEE YOU.

>> MAKING ME REAL POPULAR AT THE WATER COOLER NEXT WEEK.

NO, JUST KIDDING [LAUGHTER].

FOR OUR PROFICIENT WINTER HIRES, THAT IS DEFINITELY OUR TARGET AND OUR GOAL.

WE DO THAT A LOT THROUGH OUR OPEN TRANSFER WINDOW AS FAR AS AND AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFERS LATER IN THE YEAR.

WE ALSO INCENTIVIZE THEM TO GO THROUGH OUR HPC TEACHER STIPENDS AS WELL, FOR THOSE CAMPUSES.

NEW TEACHERS COMING INTO THE DISTRICT, WHETHER THEY'RE UNIVERSITY-BASED, ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION BASED, WORK THROUGH OUR DOI, THEY WANT TO HAVE THAT RATING THE FIRST-YEAR BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE THREE YEARS IN TI.

BUT WE DID DO A LITTLE BIT OF RESEARCH AND I DIDN'T GET IT UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON.

[02:35:01]

I APOLOGIZE, I WOULD'VE PROBABLY SENT THIS OUT IN A TRACKER IF I GOT A LITTLE BIT EARLIER.

WE'VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT LAST TIME ABOUT HOW WE USED TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION IN BACK BEFORE 2017, THE PROGRAMS WERE ACTUALLY DESIGNED WHERE YOU ACTUALLY STARTED TEACHING AND THEN YOU'VE GOT ONE OR TWO YEARS OR MORE TO GO AHEAD AND GET YOUR CERTIFICATION TESTS OUT OF THE WAY.

WE DID PULL AND WE HAD 262 OF OUR CURRENT DTR TEACHERS, STARTED OFF AS EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION, SO THEY HAD NO TESTING PRIOR TO COME INTO THE CLASSROOM.

TURNED OUT TO BE AMAZING TEACHERS.

ANOTHER 446 CAME IN UNDER A PROBATIONARY CERTIFICATE WHERE THEY MAY HAVE HAD SOME TESTING AND MAY NOT HAVE.

THEY HAD TWO YEARS TO GO AHEAD AND TAKE THOSE TESTS.

ALMOST A THIRD OF OUR DTR TEACHERS, PROFICIENT WHEN IN HIRE TEACHERS, ACTUALLY, WHEN THEY ENTERED THE PROFESSION, DID NOT HAVE ANY TESTING REQUIREMENTS.

WHEN WE LOOK AT IT, IT'S BECAUSE CERTIFICATION JUST DOESN'T LEND ITSELF TO THAT.

IT REALLY IS THAT PERSON, THAT TRAINING, LIKE YOU'RE SAYING, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THAT REALLY INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM WHEN THEY DO COME IN AND REALLY THAT'S FOR ALL TEACHERS, WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO BE DOI, ALL CERT OR RIGHT OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY BASE.

>> TIFFANY.

>> I WOULD JUST ADD TO THAT, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS DATA AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ALSO THINK IS A STRONG INDICATOR FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AT SCHOOL IS THAT MENTOR THAT THEY RECEIVED, THE TRAINING THAT THEY RECEIVE ON-SITE AND THE TRAINING THAT THEY RECEIVED TO HELP THEM WITH INSTRUCTION.

WORKING WITH SHANNON, WORKING WITH OUR TEAM AND TALKING WITH ROBERT'S TEAM IS GOING TO BE REALLY HAVING A REALLY STRATEGIC AND THOUGHTFUL PLAN AROUND THE PREPARATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL AS THEY ENTER THE CLASSROOM.

>> IS THERE A PLAN?

>> WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO [OVERLAPPING] SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE.

WE'RE WORKING ON PIECE BUT ROBERT HAS ALREADY STARTED SOME OF THE WORK.

>> GO AHEAD, ROBERT.

>> WE HAVE STARTED TO WORK AND WE HAVE A SERIES OF MEETINGS STARTING MONDAY OF NEXT WEEK.

WE OBVIOUSLY DO NOT WANT TO PREDICT A BOARD VOTE IN ANY WAY.

IF WE DO GET THE APPROVAL TONIGHT, WE HAVE A VERY RAPID PROGRAM [OVERLAPPING].

>> YOU KNOW THIS BOARD AND THEY'RE GOING TO AGREE, BUT I HAVE SOME DIFFICULTIES WITH IT, PARTICULARLY UNDERSTAND ME, WITH YOU GUYS TRYING TO PUT THESE ON HIGH PRIORITY CAMPUS, PUT THEM EVERYWHERE ELSE.

I WILL TELL YOU THE VERY SAME THING THAT I SAID WHEN TEACH FOR AMERICA CAME.

DON'T BRING THEM TO MY AREA.

YOU SHOULDN'T TARGET THE HIGH PRIORITY CAMPUSES.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BRING THEM HERE, PUT THEM EVERYWHERE.

I THINK IT IS HURTFUL THAT YOU WILL START AT ELEMENTARY.

THAT IS THE FOUNDATION.

THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE FOUNDATION.

WHAT STUDY DID YOU USE TO FIGURE OUT THAT WE WERE GOING TO START THEM? WE HAVE VACANCIES IN HIGH SCHOOL.

WE HAVE VACANCIES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL.

WE HAVE VACANCIES IN THE MAGNET SCHOOLS.

WHY ARE WE PUTTING THEM IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS? DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? DOES IT ABSOLUTELY MAKE SENSE? THE ANSWER IS NO.

THE OTHER QUESTION THAT I HAVE IS, SO WE CAME UP WITH THE NUMBER OF 200, WHAT METRICS DID YOU USE TO FIGURE THAT YOU NEEDED 200? THE REASON I ASK THAT QUESTION IS BECAUSE, WE HAVE LOST STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND IN TERMS OF LOSING STUDENT ENROLLMENT, WE LOSE TEACHERS, WE LOSE CLASSROOMS BECAUSE OF THAT.

WHAT METRICS WAS USED TO DETERMINE HOW YOU CAME UP WITH 200?

>> YEAH. I'LL SAY THAT AND IT WAS A VERY UNSCIENTIFIC METHOD.

IT REALLY WAS JUST BASED ON MY GUT FEELING OF DATA AND I THINK I EVEN SAID IT WAS JUST [OVERLAPPING].

>> YOU NEED TO UN-GUT IT TO A 100.

>> OKAY.

>> BECAUSE YOU NEED RATIONALE FOR WHAT YOU DO AND THAT'S NOT USING RATIONALE.

WE NEED TO REALLY RETHINK THE WHOLE ELEMENTARY PIECE AND LOOK AT, IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT, PUT IT IN YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS OR HIGH SCHOOLS WHERE THE CHILDREN HAVE ALREADY EXTENDED SOME OF IT.

WE JUST TALKED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN PRE-K AND KINDER.

THAT JUST DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE AND DWIGHT SAID YOU'RE JUST SITTING THERE TWIDDLING YOUR THUMBS.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THIS IS GOING TO COST US? [LAUGHTER] I HAD TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO DO.

[LAUGHTER]

>> I'M SORRY. [LAUGHTER]

>> THOUGH IT WASN'T RHETORICAL.

>> DON'T SPEAK FOR ME.

>> MARSHALL, NOT HERE. HE CAN'T SPEAK, YOU CAN'T SPEAK.

>> WHICH PORTION ARE YOU REFERRING TO?

>> THE 200 TEACHERS BECAUSE WE'VE GOT THE TRAINING.

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>> WE HAVE THE TRAINING AND THEY HAVE THAT SETUP IN A BUDGET TO FUND THAT.

>> DO WE KNOW HOW MUCH IT IS.

>> AGAIN, IT WILL DEPEND UPON WHAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE.

IT COULD BE HIGHER THAN 200, IT COULD BE LOWER.

WE'RE GOING TO PRIORITIZE THOSE CERTAINLY.

WHEN WE GET TO IT, I'LL USE EXISTING HC AND BUDGET AS A RE-PURPOSE SO WE'LL NOT BE NEW MONIES.

WE DO HAVE OUR CURRENT ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FACILITATORS AND OUR GOAL IS TO USE EXISTING STAFF TO DO THOSE TRAINING MODULES WITH THEM.

>> THE TRAINING MODULES ARE ONE YEAR, NOT IN THE CLASSROOM.

>> I DON'T THINK I UNDERSTAND YOU.

>> SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE TRAINING THEM THE FIRST YEAR.

WILL THEY BE IN THE CLASSROOM?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> THEY WILL BE IN A CLASSROOM?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> OKAY. I THOUGHT I HEARD SOMETHING DIFFERENT BEFORE

>> YEAH. THE FIRST YEAR THEY'LL BE IN THE CLASSROOM TEACHING.

WE'LL HAVE THOSE CLASSROOM SUPPORTS AND THE MENTORS AND ALL THE SUPPORTS WE CAN GIVE THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE THE BEST TEACHER AND THEN AS WE GET TOWARD THE END OF THE FIRST YEAR AND THE SECOND YEAR, WE'LL MOVE THEM INTO OUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.

>> MY LAST QUESTION IS, AND I THINK SOME PEOPLE TOUCHED ON IT EARLIER TONIGHT, IS THAT THERE'S NO GUARANTEE THEY'RE GOING TO STAY WITH DISD.

SO WE'RE BRINGING PEOPLE IN, WE'RE TRAINING THEM AND THIS JUST HAPPENED WITH A PERSON WHO WAS IN OUR TRAINING PROGRAM FOR A PRINCIPAL.

WE SPEND OUR FUNDS TRAINING THEM AND THEY GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

WHAT GUARANTEES DO WE HAVE?

>> THERE WILL BE NO GUARANTEES.

OBVIOUSLY, THEY WOULD NEED TO STAY IN OUR DISTRICT FOR THEIR PERMIT.

THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TO GO TO ANOTHER DISTRICT OR THEY HAVE TO FIND A DISTRICT THAT WOULD SPONSOR THEIR PERMIT THOUGH.

>> SO NO GUARANTEES?

>> NO MA'AM

>> JUST TRAIN THEM AND LET THEM GO.

>> OKAY.

>> THANK YOU. WE'LL COME BACK ROUND TWO. THIS IS OUT OF ORDER.

I THINK HE WAS TRUSTING MITCH K, AND THEN TRUSTEE WHITE

>> I THINK TRUSTEE WHITE [INAUDIBLE]

>> I THINK TRUSTING [INAUDIBLE]

>> I'M SORRY. I MADE SOME CALLS ON SOME THINGS THAT I HAD QUESTIONS ON.

MR. ABEL, I THOUGHT YOU MENTIONED TO ME THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A WRITTEN CONTRACT WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO STAY A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME. IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YEAH. THEY'LL BE ISSUED A CONTRACT AND WE'RE ASKING THEM TO STAY FOR THE THREE YEARS.

WE'RE GOING TO GO UP TO THE THREE YEARS UNDER THE DOI BEFORE THEY NEED TO GO AND COMPLETE THEIR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.

BUT BEING UNDER CHAPTER 21 TERM CONTRACT, THEY DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO RESIGN AS LONG AS IT'S WITHIN THAT PENALTY-FREE WINDOW, JUST LIKE ALL TEACHERS.

>> OKAY. YEAH BECAUSE I WALKED AWAY FROM OUR CONVERSATION THINKING THAT THEY WERE DEFINITELY GOING TO BE LOCKED IN FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME.

I UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY WERE TO RESIGN, WE WOULDN'T RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF COMPENSATION BACK BECAUSE THEY CAN JUST LEAVE AT WILL, CORRECT?

>> YEAH. WE WOULD BE GETTING THE SERVICES OF THE INSTRUCTION TO THE STUDENTS AND WE WOULD OBVIOUSLY WITHIN THE LAW, WE WOULD TRY TO KEEP THEM HERE AS MUCH AS WE COULD.

>> NOW, AFTER MY SPEAKING WITH YOU, I WALKED AWAY WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE.

THEN I THINK I JUST HEARD YOU SAY THAT YOU GET SOME MORE INFORMATION IN THAT YOU REALLY HADN'T HAD THE TIME TO DIVE INTO.

IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> SO BASICALLY, I GUESS FROM WHAT I JUST LEARNED FROM YOU, IT'S ALMOST LIKE YOU'RE ASKING US TO GIVE YOU A BLANK CHECK.

AS FAR AS JUST GIVE YOU A CHECK AND YOU FILL IT IN HOW YOU WANT TO FILL IT IN WITHOUT US HAVING ALL THE INFORMATION.

I AM INCLINED TO BELIEVE, LIKE MISS FOREMAN THAT THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO PASS TONIGHT, BUT I REALLY THINK THAT.

>> RARELY, BUT I WOULD SPEAK WHEN MUTED.

>> I'M SORRY.

>> [INAUDIBLE] PUT YOUR MIC ON MUTE TRUSTEE MARSHALL.

>> LIKE I WAS SAYING, I'M QUITE SURE THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO PASS TONIGHT, BUT I WANT THE RECORD TO REFLECT THAT.

I JUST THINK BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THE INFORMATION THAT YOU YOURSELF HAVEN'T STUDIED AND SHARED WITH US, IT JUST DIDN'T SEEM FAIR, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD AT THIS MOMENT AND I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED.

>> YEAH AND I DEFINITELY APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

AS SOME OF THE DISCUSSIONS WE HAVE AT THE BOARD BRIEFING, IT WAS THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NON-CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN DALLAS ISD.

THERE'S NO NEW INFORMATION AS FAR AS HOW THE PROGRAM IS GOING TO RUN OR OPERATE.

I JUST WANTED TO BRING IN THE FACT THAT WHEN WE DID LOOK AT OUR CURRENT TEACHERS WHO ARE DTR, ALMOST A THIRD OF THEM,

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A LITTLE OVER, ABOUT 30 PERCENT.

ACTUALLY, WHEN WE HAD THE OLD PROGRAMS WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE BOARD BRIEFING, THEY WENT THROUGH THOSE PROGRAMS AND STARTED TEACHING WITHOUT A TESTING REQUIREMENT BEFORE THAT.

WE'VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT, SO I APOLOGIZE AGAIN FOR THAT DELAY.

IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE MATERIAL OF THE PROGRAM.

IT WAS JUST SOME MORE DATA SUPPORTING THE FACT THAT THE CERTIFICATION DOESN'T NECESSARILY DIRECTLY LINK TO THE EFFICACY OF THE TEACHING.

THAT EVEN A THIRD OF OUR CURRENT DTR TEACHERS, WHEN THEY STARTED TEACHING, THE LAWS WERE DIFFERENT AND THEY WERE ABLE TO START UNDER A PROGRAM JUST LIKE THIS WITHOUT CERTIFICATION BEFORE THEY STARTED TEACHING.

I'M SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION.

>> WELL, I'M NOT SURE IT'S DEFINITELY CONFUSION, I JUST KNOW WHAT WE DISCUSSED AND WHAT I WAS TOLD.

THAT WAS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I HAD OBTAINED FROM OUR CONVERSATION.

ALSO, THIS ONE LAST THING, SINCE I DID ASK FOR A LIST OF ACRONYMS AND I DON'T HAVE IT SO WHEN YOU START SAYING DCR OR VCR WHAT HAVE YOU, JUST TELL ME WHAT IT IS.

THEN YOU CAN START USING YOUR ACRONYMS FROM THERE AS IF YOU'RE DOING A PAPER OR WHAT HAVE YOU.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS NOW, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I KNOW THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE SPEAKING HAVE BEEN DOING RESEARCH.

THEY HADN'T JUST BEEN THROWN OUT NUMBERS.

HOW MANY VACANCIES DO WE ACTUALLY HAVE? WHAT POSITION IS THIS GOING TO PUT US IN? BECAUSE WITH THE AMOUNT OF TEACHERS THAT WE EVEN ARE GETTING, BECAUSE I REALLY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MARKET AND GET US SOME TEACHERS.

BUT BEFORE I CAN HAVE WHERE I GET MOST OF THE SENTENCE OUT OF MY MOUTH, THE WORD NO IS POPPING OUT OF THE OTHER PEOPLE'S MOUTHS, SO I ALREADY KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THIS IS FOR YOU GUYS.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT UPFRONT BUT IT'S UNNECESSARY NEED.

IT'S NOT THAT I'M A COMPONENT OF HAVING UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS.

I WANT OUR TEACHERS TO BE CERTIFIED.

I WANT OUR TEACHERS TO BE CERTIFIED IN THEIR SUBJECTS.

BUT AT THIS POINT, I FEEL WE'RE IN A CRISIS MODE.

I JUST FEEL AT THIS POINT, WE'RE DOING THE BEST THAT WE CAN WITH WHAT WE HAVE.

BUT I DO EXPECT BETTER AND I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE EXPECT BETTER.

YOU EXPECT BETTER.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE YOUNG KIDS THAT ARE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, MAINLY IN THE ISD, WHICH IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS IS AFFECTING.

I KNOW YOU WANT THE SAME THINGS THAT EVERYONE ELSE WANTS FOR THEIR KID.

I'M GOING TO WAIT AND LET YOU RESPOND TO IF YOU CAN TELL ME HOW WE'RE SITUATED BECAUSE I'VE BEEN HEARING 1400 AND IF THE NUMBERS THAT YOU JUST GAVE ME IT'S LIKE A DROP IN THE BUCKET.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE AROUND 500 TRUE VACANCIES WE'RE LOOKING FOR, BUT PART OF THOSE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE ANTICIPATED VACANCIES IN OUR EARLY CONTRACTS.

WHAT WE DID DO THIS YEAR IS WE GAVE EVERY PRINCIPAL ON EVERY CAMPUS AT LEAST ONE EARLY CONTRACT, WHICH WERE THEY CAN GO AHEAD AND DO A POSTING AND HIGHER FOR A POSITION THAT THEY KNOW IS PROBABLY GOING TO COME OPEN.

BUT WE DON'T WANT THEM TO BE TRAPPED IN JULY OR AUGUST TRYING TO FIND THAT POSITION WHEN THEY KNOW WHAT TEACHER IS GOING TO BE LEAVING, THEY'RE JUST WAITING TO SIGN HER CONTRACT OR MOVER OR WHATEVER RENT.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, EACH HPC GOT AN ADDITIONAL EARLY CONTRACTS, SO ALL OF OUR HPC CAMPUSES HAVE TO EARLY CONTRACTS, AND THEN SOME OF OUR LARGER HIGH SCHOOLS, WE EXPANDED THAT OUT UP TO THREE OR FOUR, WORKING WITH SWIFT, TIFFANY, AND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TO MAKE SURE THOSE WERE APPROPRIATE.

WHEN WE LOOK AT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ABOUT 512 OR 518 TRUE VACANCIES.

I WAS THAT NUMBER FLUCTUATES THROUGHOUT THE DAY THAT ARE POSTED.

PROBABLY AROUND 250 OF THOSE OR MORE ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE EARLY CONTRACTS.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE FOR PREDICTED VACANCIES.

IT'LL COME UP IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, TRUSTEE WHITE. TRUSTEE MITCH K, FOLLOWED BY TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO GET CLARIFICATION ON A COUPLE OF POINTS.

WE HAVE THE NATIONAL TEACHER SHORTAGE AND WE HAVE A TEACHER SHORTAGE HERE IN DALLAS AS WELL.

THIS PARTICULAR PROPOSAL IS NOT DESIGNED TO PUSH OUT ANY CERTIFIED TEACHERS, CORRECT? YEAH. CORRECT. UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS ARE STILL GOING TO BE OUR TIER ONE PRIORITY PUSH WHEN WE DO OUR RECRUITING EFFORTS AS WELL.

THIS IS REALLY TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS THAT YOU CANNOT FIND ENOUGH CERTIFIED TEACHERS TO TAKE. IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT. IT WILL DIRECTLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF VACANT CLASSROOMS WE HAVE.

I THINK YOU INDICATED IN THE BRIEFING THAT THIS WAS SOMETHING

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THAT A LOT OF DISTRICTS IN THE REGION WERE DOING. DO YOU HAVE THAT LIST? YEAH. JUST ONE SECOND.

NORTHSIDE ALLEN ISD TO SEATTLE ISD FOR ANY ISD, IRVING ISD, MESQUITE ISD, NORTHWEST ISD, PLANO ISD, ALDINE ISD, AUSTIN ISD, FORT BEND ISD, KATY ISD, CAPELLA ISD, AND HIGHLAND PARK ISD.

THAT'S NOT A FULLY INCLUSIVE LIST. THAT WAS JUST THE ONES THAT WERE.

THOSE ARE JUST SOME EXAMPLES THAT WERE NOT BLAZING A NEW TRAIL HERE THAT OTHERS HAVE LOOKED AT THE PROBLEM AND IDENTIFIED THIS AS THE LAST RESORT SOLUTION TO FILLING THESE OPEN POSITIONS THAT YOU CAN'T FILL WITH CERTIFIED TEACHERS.

THEN WHAT KIND OF REQUIREMENTS DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO FILL TO BE IN THIS CATEGORY? SURE. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE 24 COLLEGE HOURS RELATED TO THOSE FIELDS AS DEFINED BY TEA FOR THEIR ULCER PROGRAMS, WHICH AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 12 FOR THE STATE, 24 IN DALLAS, AND THEN 15 FOR SECONDARY CORE CONTENT AND 24 FOR US.

IN ADDITION TO THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MINIMUM GPA OF 2.5 AS WELL.

OBVIOUSLY A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN COLLEGE DEGREES AS WELL.

WE REALLY FEEL THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE GOOD HIGH-QUALITY CANDIDATES THAT ARE GOING TO DO WELL IN OUR CLASSROOM.

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT AND TRAINING WILL THEY BE GETTING? WE'RE GOING TO DO A VERY DIRECT AND HONEST. TIFFANY HERE.

I WANT TO JUMP INTO, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A VERY SPECIFIC TRAINING THAT'S GOING TO FOCUS ON LESSON CYCLE, CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT OF PEDAGOGY, ESL STRATEGIES, SPECIAL ED TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES.

WE'RE ALSO GOING TO PAIR THEM WITH A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MENTOR.

WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE WE KNOW THAT THE TRAINING IS NOT GOING TO BE THAT ONE TIME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, WORKING WITH TIFFANY'S GROUP AND CHIEFS RIGHT HERE AS WELL.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TRAININGS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR AS WELL THAT WILL HELP THEM HAVE THAT JUST-IN-TIME TRAINING.

ONE THING THAT I WAS STRUCK BY IS A POINT THAT THE TRUSTEE WHITE MADE IN THE BRIEFING, WHICH IS THE FACT THAT WE'RE IN A CRISIS.

LIKE WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH CERTIFIED TEACHERS? WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY AT A SCHOOL LIKE WHEN THEY'RE NOT ENOUGH TEACHERS THERE? I REMEMBER TRUSTEE WHITE TALKING ABOUT YOU GET DOWN TO SPLITTING CLASSES.

IF YOU'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE NOT CHOOSING THIS ALTERNATIVE AS I UNDERSTAND IT, BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM WE'RE CHOOSING THIS AS A TOOL BECAUSE WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN EVERY CLASSROOM.

WHAT'S BETTER? IS IT BETTER TO HAVE EVERY DAY OPEN THE SCHOOL TRYING TO FIND SOMEBODY, A TEACHER'S ASSISTANT TO RUN THE CLASS, TO HAVE THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OR THE PRINCIPAL JUMPING IN THE CLASSROOM? I MEAN, THAT'S THE CHOICE.

IT'S NOT CHOICE BETWEEN ALL CERTIFIED TEACHERS AND CERTIFIED TEACHERS PLUS 200 OF THESE PEOPLE.

IT'S A CHOICE BETWEEN AS MANY CERTIFIED TEACHERS AS YOU CAN GET AND THEN WHAT DO YOU DO FOR THE OPENINGS THAT CAN'T BE FILLED? OR ARE WE JUST GOING TO SCRAMBLE EVERY SINGLE DAY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE GET SOMEBODY IN THAT CLASSROOM WHO HAS A CHANCE OF DOING MORE THAN BABYSITTING AND TRYING TO ACTUALLY DO TEACHING AND LEARNING.

I'M LOOKING AT THIS AND MY EXPECTATION IS THAT YOU WILL DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO GET CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE CLASSROOMS. THAT YOU WILL USE THIS SPARINGLY ONLY WHEN IT'S A BETTER ALTERNATIVE THAN WHAT WE WOULD HAVE WHEN WE'RE JUST SCRAMBLING TO GET A TEACHER'S ASSISTANT TO RUN THAT CLASS OR PULL THE LIBRARIAN OR COUNSELOR INTO TO FILL THE CLASS IF YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH SUBS.

I LOOK AT THIS AS SOMETHING OF BETTER THAN TRIAGE, BUT THE KIND OF THING THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE TO JUST HAVING A VACANCY.

LIKE YOU'RE SAYING THAT THOSE VACANCIES.

YOU MAY HAVE A DEGREED SUB, YOU MAY HAVE A NON-DEGREE SUB.

THEY MAY COMMIT TO A LONG-TERM SUB, OR YOU COULD HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSON COMING IN EVERY COUPLE OF DAYS OR EVERY WEEK.

THIS GIVES CONSISTENCY IN THE CLASSROOM.

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IT LETS US TRAIN THAT PROFESSIONAL LESS THAN WORK WITH THEIR ADMINISTRATOR AND THEN DEVELOP THOSE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED.

GIVE THEM FEEDBACK AND MENTORSHIP TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN EFFECTIVELY TEACH THOSE CLASSES.

THEN JUST AS A PRECEDENT UP, LOOKING BACK AT YOU INDICATED AND I DON'T WANT TO READ MORE INTO THIS, BUT YOU'VE INDICATED THAT WE'VE ALREADY HAD THIS PROGRAM UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME OR IN A DIFFERENT FORM PREVIOUSLY.

YES SIR? TRADITIONALLY, WHAT USED TO BE ABLE TO DO IS HAVE WHAT'S CALLED EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION WHERE YOU'D COME IN NO TRAINING.

BASICALLY, YOU JUST HAD A DEGREE.

THEY WOULD LET YOU GO TEACH IN THE CLASSROOM FOR ONE YEAR AND THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL YEARS TO DO YOUR TESTING COMPONENTS.

WE MENTIONED THAT A THIRD OF OUR TEACHERS FELL IN THAT CATEGORY.

WE HAVE AROUND 62 PRINCIPLES THAT ALSO STARTED THEIR TEACHING CAREER.

THEY WERE OBVIOUSLY SUCCESSFUL AT TEACHERS AND MOVED ON UP THE LADDER.

THE CURRENT CHIEF OF HCM ALSO STARTED HIS CAREER THAT WAY.

THE DISTRICT IS NOT THE ONLY.

HE SAID THE CURRENCY, LIKE YOU SOMETIMES. FUTURE EX-WIFE.

I DID NOT SPEAK THE FUTURE AT ALL SIR.

[LAUGHTER] BEHAVE YOURSELF. [LAUGHTER] [LAUGHTER] I ALREADY HAVE YOUR LETTER HERE TOO.

I JUST WANT TO SUM THIS UP BRIEFLY.

THIS IS THE STRATEGY THAT A LOT OF OTHER DISTRICTS ARE USING AND IT'S ONE THAT WE'VE USED IN THE PAST.

IT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL.

THE ONLY THING THAT I WOULD SAY IS I STILL HAVE A STRONG PREFERENCE TO SEE CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM.

I WOULD LIKE TO AT LEAST GET A COMMITMENT THAT YOU WILL TRY TO DO THAT BEFORE RESORTING TO WHAT I THINK IS THE SECOND BEST ALTERNATIVE.

THE WORST ALTERNATIVE IS WHEN YOU GO INTO SCHOOL AND YOU FIND OUT THAT THE CLASSES HAVE TO BE SPLIT.

YOU HAVE, I DON'T KNOW, SEVEN KIDS FROM EACH CLASS THAT DOESN'T HAVE A TEACHER GOING TO OTHER CLASSES.

THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE A VERY GOOD ALTERNATIVE.

I THINK THAT'S IN PRACTICE WHAT HAS TO BE DONE SOMETIMES.

MY INTENT IS TO SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL WITH THE ASK THAT IT'S A LAST RESORT THAT YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS WITH CERTIFIED TEACHERS.

>> YEAH. THAT IS DEFINITELY OUR TARGET AND GOAL AS WELL.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE MICCICHE. TRUSTEE JOHNSON?

>> TRUSTEE MICCICHE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE, BUT I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS, KIDS SUFFER THE MOST.

BECAUSE THERE'S NO ONE IN THERE THAT'S TEACHING THEM.

WE GOT EDUCATORS LIKE STEPHEN BULL IN THE AUDIENCE, THEY CAN TELL YOU HE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS, SUBS IN CLASSROOMS OR CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN CLASSROOM.

KIDS SUFFER. WE ARE HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR KIDS ARE NOT SUFFERING AND THAT OUR KIDS CAN LEARN.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, AS I WANT TO ECHO, TRUSTEE MICCICHE, OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN OUR CLASSES.

WE AS TRUSTEE WHITE HAS MENTIONED THERE IS AS WELL AS TRUSTEE MICCICHE A NATIONAL, I CALL IT EDUCATIONAL PANDEMIC, THAT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TEACHERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE IN FRONT OF OUR CLASSES.

THIS POSITION THAT YOU'RE TAKING TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM.

NOW, WHAT HAPPENS TO A TEACHER IF THEY LEAVE? DO THE CERTIFICATIONS GO WITH THEM OR IS THAT JUST WHAT WE'RE DOING?

>> YEAH. [NOISE] THE DOI THROUGH THIS, WE GRANT THEM A LOCAL PERMIT AND THAT PERMIT IS ONLY GOOD IN DALLAS ISD ONCE THEY DO GO THROUGH THE FULL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM AND HOPEFULLY YEAR 2 BUT POSSIBLY YEAR 3, DEPENDING ON THEIR PROGRESS THEN THEIR CERTIFICATION WOULD TRAVEL WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WOULD BE AN ASPECT STATE ISSUED CERTIFICATION.

>> I KNOW ABOUT I THINK THE MAYOR PROGRAM WHERE TEACHERS COME IN AND THEY HAVE TWO YEARS TO GET THEIR CERTIFICATION.

>> YES, SIR.

>> I KNOW A LOT OF TEACHERS ACTUALLY THAT STARTED THAT WAY AND REALLY THERE WERE SOME GOOD TEACHER, SOME NOT GOOD, BUT SOME THAT WAS GOOD.

I HAVE A LOT OF VACANCIES IN MY DISTRICT.

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RIGHT NOW ONE OF MY MIDDLE SCHOOLS WE'RE ACTUALLY SEARCHING FOR MATH TEACHERS.

WILL THE PRINCIPALS BE ABLE TO INTERVIEW THE TEACHERS, THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL BE LOOKING TO COME TO OUR SCHOOLS WHERE THE PRINCIPALS HAVE HANDS-ON? HOW WOULD THAT WORK WITH THE PRINCIPAL? WOULD THERE BE CENTRAL STAFF? EXPLAIN WHO WILL HAVE THAT RIGHT TO DO SO?

>> NOW, THE HIRING OF SOMEBODY IF THEY WOULD QUALIFY UNDER THIS DOI PROPOSAL WAS SOLELY BE IN THE HANDS OF THE PRINCIPAL.

JUST LIKE THEY WOULD MAKE THE CHOICE WHETHER THEY HAVE A CERTIFIED TEACHER, THEY WOULD CHOOSE THAT CERTIFIED TEACHER.

IF THEY ARE UNABLE TO FIND A CERTIFIED TEACHER AND THEY FOUND A DOI CANDIDATE, THEY WOULD MAKE THAT RECOMMENDATION FOR HIRE 100 PERCENT.

>> I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THIS.

I WAS GOING TO SUPPORT IT BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.

I'VE WORKED IN A SCHOOL FOR 10 YEARS.

I'VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM.

I'VE SEEN THE STRUGGLE.

BUT I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THIS AS TRUSTEE MICCICHE SAID, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE FIRSTLY GOING AFTER OUR CERTIFIED TEACHERS.

THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT.

BUT IN THE EVENT THAT WE'RE NOT ABLE TO FILL THOSE SUBJECT MATTERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE QUICK SUBJECTS WITH CERTIFIED TEACHERS, THIS IS WHERE THE DOI PROGRAM COMES INTO PLAY.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> I'M GOING TO BE SUPPORTING THAT BECAUSE I'D RATHER HAVE SOMEONE THAT MY PRINCIPAL HAS VETTED, THAT MY PRINCIPAL BELIEVES IN, THAT CAN GET THE JOB DONE AND A PERSON THAT WANTS TO BE THERE, THAT CAN GROW AND THAT POSSIBLY CAN TEACH WELL WITH THE SUPPORT OF NOT JUST THE DISTRICT, BUT MY PRINCIPAL AND THE PROCEDURES AND TUTORING WHEREVER THEY'D HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT TEACHERS ARE DOING WELL.

BECAUSE I WANT KIDS TO LEARN.

THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE KIDS LEARN, WE HAVE SOMEONE QUALIFIED IN FRONT OF THOSE KIDS.

I WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS FOR THAT REASON, BUT I DO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CERTIFY TEACHERS FIRST.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

TRUSTEE FOREMAN I HOPE IN THE FIRST ROUND.

I DON'T THINK THAT'D BE 10 MINUTES, BUT FIRST THING CAN YOU TELL ME THE PROCESS FOR PRINCIPAL HIRING AT HPC CAMPUS, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO OTHER CAMPUSES.

I THOUGHT WE CHANGED THIS THROUGH THE WASTE RECORD OFFICE, THE RESOLUTION, WHAT'S THE PROCESS FOR HIRING FOR PRINCIPAL AT HPC CAMPUS?

>> I THINK IT'S THE SAME.

>> IT'S THE SAME. DOES PRINCIPLES STILL HAS THE RIGHT TO HIRE THEIR TEACHER AND TO VET THEIR CANDIDATES? I GUESS SOME NEED MORE CLARIFICATION.

>> DO THEY INTERVIEW CANDIDATES AT A DIFFERENT TIMING THAN OTHER?

>> OH, YES. THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE OVER TRANSFER PRIOR TO OTHER CAMPUSES AND ALSO HAVE JOB FAIRS ASSESS FOCUSED ON THEM? I'M SORRY.

>> WHAT DOES THAT MEAN AND WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?

>> YEAH, SURE. ESSENTIALLY THOSE CAMPUSES AND I'LL LET ROBERT SPEAK TO BECAUSE THIS REALLY HCN, BUT JUST FROM A PRINCIPAL AND SCHOOL PERSPECTIVE, WHAT WE KNOW IS THOSE CAMPUSES ARE HARDER TO STACK TYPICALLY.

WE WANT THEM TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AT CANDIDATES WHO ARE THE MOST QUALIFIED AND HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN POTENTIALLY HAVING A TRANSFER.

WE WANT THEM TO HAVE, ESSENTIALLY IN LAYMAN'S TERMS, FIRST DIBS AT THE APPLICANT POOL.

>> THEY GET FIRST DIBS AT THE APPLICANT POOL AND THEN THERE'S THE NORMAL APPLICANT POOL THAT EVERY OTHER CAMPUS DEALS WITH.

I'M HOPING BY THE TIME YOU FEEL TO DO THAT POOL, MAY NOT HAPPEN, THEY HAVE WHO THEY NEED FOR THEIR CAMPUS.

THAT'S WHY WE CALL THEM HPC CAMPUSES.

IS THAT IDEALLY HOW THIS SHOULD BE WORKING?

>> YEAH. EVEN WHEN WE GET CANDIDATES AND APPLICANTS THAT LISTS WE SEND OUT THROUGH WHETHER IT'S A VISA OR A TRADITIONAL APPLICATION, WHATEVER THAT MAY BE, WE SEND THOSE TO HPC CAMPUSES FIRST.

WITH THE OPEN TRANSFER LIKE YOU SAID, THAT WINDOW STARTS FIRST AND EARLIEST FOR THEM.

THEN WE ACTUALLY HAVE AN HPC ONLY OPEN TRANSFER.

THOSE TEACHERS WHO JUST NEED TO MOVE FOR VARIOUS FAMILY REASONS OR PERSONAL REASONS OR WHATEVER, THE FIRST CHOICE THEY HAVE IS TO GO TO THE HPC CAMPUS SO THEY CAN HAVE THAT TRANSFER.

>> I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AS YOU COMMUNICATE THIS TO RECOGNIZE THAT ASPECT THAT, I AGREE WITH TRUSTEE FOREMAN HIGHLY, I THINK OUR BEST EDUCATORS SHOULD BE AN HPC CAMPUSES.

BUT THERE'S ALSO SYSTEMS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT IN PLACE TO HOPEFULLY KEEP THAT ON THE FRONT END WITH THESE ADDITIONAL POOLS, THESE POOLS THAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE OTHER PRINCIPLES GET ACCESS.

WHAT I'M MOST CONCERNED ABOUT HERE, BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A TEACHER SHORTAGE AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH, NOT JUST THIS YEAR, BUT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

I DON'T KNOW WHEN WE'RE GOING TO PRODUCE ENOUGH EDUCATORS TO FILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

WHAT DOES THE ADMINISTRATION PLAN TO DO TO MONITOR THIS? YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW, IF IT APPROVES, COULD SOMEONE CONFIRM HOW MANY VOTES IT WOULD TAKE FOR THIS TO APPROVE?

>> I BELIEVE IT'S SIX.

>> YEAH, IT'S SIX. THANK YOU.

FOR SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT VOTES, I WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE CLEAR IN THAT REGARD.

WHAT DOES THE MINISTRY DO TO PLAN ON MONITORING THIS OVERTIME.

LET'S SAY THIS GETS APPROVED.

YOU'RE BRINGING THESE INDIVIDUALS I'M CURIOUS WHERE THEY'RE GETTING PLACED? ARE THEY GETTING THEIR CERTIFICATION ON OUR OWN METRICS OR WE HAVE TEI AND NOW HOW THEY PERFORMED ON THE TEI.

[03:05:02]

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ON THE FRONT END?

>> YEAH, WE WOULD START BY OBVIOUSLY LISTENING AND WATCHING OUR TEI SPOTS AS THEY COME IN.

BEING THEIR FIRST-YEAR TEACHER, OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE SPOTS EARLY ON.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'RE GOING TO SEND SURVEYS TO OUR PRINCIPALS AND SEE WHAT ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS THEY THINK THEIR TEACHER MAY OR MAY NOT NEED AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DATA ON ANY OF THE DISTRICT OR STATE ASSESSMENTS THAT THEY TAKE THAT AS WELL TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROGRAM IS GENERATING GOOD, HIGH-QUALITY CANDIDATES.

>> HOW WILL YOU MEASURE SUCCESS IN A YEAR? MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW AM I ABLE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE?

>> I THINK OUR TARGET WOULD BE IS THAT TEACHERS WHO COME THROUGH THIS PROGRAM WE COMPARE TO THEIR PEERS, HAVE EQUAL OR GREATER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WITH OTHER STUDENTS. I THINK WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO [OVERLAPPING].

>> SORRY ARE YOU COMPARING THEM TO OTHER TEACHERS THAT ARE UNCERTIFIED WHEN THEY ARE DOING DISTRICT OR?

>> OTHER FIRST-YEAR CERTIFIED TEACHERS.

>> CERTIFIED TEACHERS. OKAY. I INTERRUPTED YOU. SORRY.

>> OTHER FIRST-YEAR CERTIFIED TEACHERS.

>> OKAY. THEN THE YEAR AFTER THAT IS THE SAME METHODS, THE SAME WAY WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MEASURE.

YOU'RE GOING TO COMPARE SECOND-YEAR TEACHERS THAT GO THROUGH THIS PROGRAM OR SECOND-YEAR CERTIFIED TEACHERS THAT ARE IN DIST?

>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. HONESTLY, I WOULD RELY ON DR. OAKLEY AND HER GROUP TO HELP ME WITH THAT ANALYSIS.

>> IF THIS DOES PASS AND I'M THE CHIEF SOMEBODY, I WOULD EXPECT REGULAR REPORTING BACK TO THIS BOARD.

AS FAR AS HOW THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE DOING, NOT ONLY COMPARED TO UNCERTIFIED, BUT ALSO CERTIFIED TEACHERS, BUT ALSO TEACHERS AS A WHOLE.

I MEAN, ULTIMATELY WHAT THE BEST TEACHERS IN FRONT OF OUR KIDS.

FIRST-YEAR TEACHERS DON'T DO VERY WELL.

I DON'T CARE WHERE YOU COME FROM.

AT SOME POINT, THEY'VE GOT TO START BEING BETTER THAN THEIR PEERS AND THAT'S WHAT I HEAR AND THEN YOU MENTIONED NOT TO GET DEEP INTO THIS, BUT YOU MENTIONED POSITIVE RECRUITMENT ASPECTS THAT THIS WILL PROVIDE FOR US IN REGARDS TO THE DIVERSITY OF EDUCATORS.

CAN YOU JUST TOUCH ON THAT A LITTLE BIT?

>> YEAH. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE TESTING FOR THIS REQUIRED BY ASPECT, WHICH IS THE PPR, WHICH IS THE PEDAGOGY TEST AS WELL AS THE CONTENT TESTS.

THERE ARE EXTREME DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, IT IS I THINK 16 PERCENT FOR THE PPR ON BLACK VERSUS WHITE.

CAN WE LOOK AT THE CORE CONTENT AREAS? IT IS ANYWHERE FROM SIX OR EIGHT PERCENT UP TO 25 OR 30 PERCENT WHEN YOU COMPARE HISPANIC AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN VERSUS WHITE.

AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, THAT CREATES A HUGE ROADBLOCK.

YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME IN AND THEY WANT TO WORK WITH OUR KIDS.

ESPECIALLY IF THEY'VE COME FROM AN IMPOVERISHED BACKGROUND, THEY'RE GOING TO RELATE TO OUR KIDS AND HAVE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE KIDS AND GO THAT EXTRA MILE TO HELP THEM BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO HELP A CHILD OF POVERTY BE SUCCESSFUL.

THERE'S THIS UNNATURAL ROADBLOCK THAT'S PUT IN PLACE DUE TO THAT DISPARATE IMPACT WITH THAT EXAM.

>> SORRY ABOUT THAT. YOU CALL IT UNNATURAL.

I'LL CALL IT PROBABLY PRETTY INTENTIONAL FROM MY PERSPECTIVE.

I THINK WE SEE IT IN OUR OWN SCHOOL DISTRICT UNDER DISPARITIES IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.

WHAT WE'VE AGREED UPON ON THIS BOARD IS THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT ACADEMIC GAPS OR BEHAVIOR GAPS, WE'RE EITHER SAYING THE BLACK KIDS AND MORE VIOLENT AND DUMBER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE OR WE'RE SAYING THERE'S SOMETHING MORE INTENTIONAL SYSTEMIC GOING ON.

I THINK WHAT YOU'VE SEEN IN THE PPR IS THE SAME THING WE SEE IN STARS, THE SAME THING WE SEE IN THE L SAD, IT'S THE SAME THING WE'VE SEEN SAT SCORES.

WHEN WE SEE THESE DISPARITIES IS NOT THAT KIDS OF A CERTAIN ETHNIC BACKGROUND CAN'T PERFORM.

THERE'S A LITTLE SYSTEMIC ISSUE GOING ON.

WHAT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND PUBLICLY IN THE MEETING IS YOU TAKING THAT INTENTIONALITY AROUND THAT AND RECOGNIZE THERE'S DISPARITY AND WHATEVER THAT TEST IS, I FILLED MINE IN CALIFORNIA A FEW TIMES TO BE HONEST.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THAT PERSON CAN'T GET IN FRONT OF OUR KIDS AND BE A PHENOMENAL EDUCATED.

BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY A PHENOMENAL EDUCATOR, WHICH IS WHY I WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU'RE GOING TO MEASURE SUCCESS IN YOUR OWN EYES AND HOW WE CAN HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR IF YOU GET A BLACK MAN THAT DIDN'T SCORE AS WELL AS SOMEBODY ELSE AND WE TRAIN THEM.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE'S EFFECTIVELY BELIEVED THEY CAN BE, I THINK THEY CAN'T BE.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT GETTING THOSE FOLKS, BUT THAT'S GOING TO BE UP TO YOU ALL TO TRAIN THEM AND ARE EDUCATED THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN OUR SYSTEM TO TRAIN THEM.

GIVE THEM THE TOOLS BECAUSE I THINK THE HEART AND AMBITION IN THE POTENTIAL THERE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THE INVESTMENTS ARE ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL WHO WASN'T FOR ME.

I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THIS.

I'M ALSO GOING TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE AND EXPECT REGULAR MONITORING AND OVERSIGHT TO SEE IF IT'S ACTUALLY WORKING OR NOT.

IF IT'S NOT, WE NEED TO PIVOT TO, BUT I THINK IT WILL BE THE SAME THAT WE SAW THOSE ACADEMIC NUMBERS FOR BLACK KIDS IN THE LAST YEAR JUMP BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY INVESTED IN A VERY SYSTEMIC WAY, AND THOSE KIDS IN THEIR CAMPUSES, SO SUPPORTING IT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> TRUSTEE FOR ME. SORRY.

>> THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WEREN'T GOING TO TALK WHILE.

BUT I'LL GO FORWARD.

COUPLE OF THINGS, MORE THAN A COUPLE OF THINGS.

I'VE HEARD SEVERAL DIFFERENT ANSWERS TO THE SAME QUESTION.

[03:10:04]

TRUSTEE WHITE SAID SHE HAD HEARD THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE LIKE A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT.

I HAD HEARD THERE WAS NOT GOING TO BE ANY MEANS OF A CONTRACT, SO WHICH IS IT? IS IT A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT OR NOT?

>> YEAH, AND I'LL CLARIFY. THE DOI AMENDMENT WOULD RUN FOR THE TOTAL OF FIVE YEARS.

BUT WHEN THEY COME INTO RDI OR DOI PROGRAM, THEY'RE GOING TO SIGN A CONTRACT OR LEAVE AN INTENT LETTER OF AGREEMENT THAT THEY WOULD HAVE THREE YEARS FROM THAT POINT OF HIRE TO GO THROUGH THE FULL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.

>> THAT STILL DOES NOT MEAN TRUSTEE WHITE, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE OBLIGATED TO THE DISTRICT FOR THREE YEARS.

I WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT.

ANOTHER THING I WANT TO CLARIFY IS THAT I HEARD TRUSTEE JOHNSON TALK ABOUT HIS MIDDLE SCHOOL AND NEEDING TEACHERS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THIS INITIATIVE IS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

IS THAT CORRECT?

>> NO. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE ONE OF THE COMPONENTS.

IT IS THE EC THROUGH SIX CERTIFICATION, BUT IT'S ALSO THE SIX THROUGH 12 CORE CONTENT AREAS AS WELL AND THE FOUR CORE CONTENT.

>> THAT'S NOT WHAT WE SAID BEFORE.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SAYING NOW.

BECAUSE THE REASON I SAY THAT IS NOT WHAT WE SAID BEFORE IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LISTEN VERY CLOSELY TO WHAT PEOPLE SAY AND THE UNIONS TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS ELEMENTARY GRADES AND WE ACKNOWLEDGED IT WAS ELEMENTARY GRADES.

ARE WE NOW CHANGING THAT TO INCLUDE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL?

>> YEAH. AGAIN, I WOULD APOLOGIZE FOR ANY MISUNDERSTANDING OR CONFUSION.

I KNOW THAT THE ONE TEACHER ORGANIZATION THAT HAD A SERIOUS CONCERN WITH THE ELEMENTARY PIECE.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE ACTUAL AMENDMENT IN THE WORD DOC, IT SHOULD SAY EASY THROUGH SIX AS ONE OF THE ITEMS AND THEN ALSO THOSE CORE CONTENT AREAS.

THE BOTH OF THOSE ARE LISTED ON THAT AREA OR ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE BOARD [OVERLAPPING].

>> THE CORE CONTENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL, [OVERLAPPING].

>> YEAH, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH SCHOOL [OVERLAPPING].

>> SECONDARY SCHOOL CORE CONTENT?

>> YEAH. YES MA'AM.

>> OKAY. THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT.

ANOTHER QUESTION IS YOU LISTED A NUMBER OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT WERE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR NON-CERTIFIED TEACHERS.

ARE THEY IN FACT, LOOKING FOR NON-CERTIFIED TEACHERS FOR ELEMENTARY, OR IS IT FOR K THROUGH 12?

>> LET ME SEE. IF RAPHAEL OR PRISCILLA, IF YOU ARE ON IF YOU ALL COULD JUMP IN ON THAT ONE.

>> MAYBE, MAYBE NOT.

>> MAYBE NOT.

>> YES.

>> I WAS TRYING TO GET MYSELF UNMUTED, I APOLOGIZE.

YES, THOSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THEY HAVE THEM IN THOSE CONTENT AREAS.

SORRY, I'M JUST TRYING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH MY DIFFERENT SCREENS.

THEY HAVE GENERALISTS, MATH SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND THE ELR.

I COULD GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE LIST SPECIFICALLY.

NORTHSIDE ISD HAS ALL FIVE, ALLEN HAS ALL EXCEPT ELR, DESOTO HAS ALL FIVE, 40 HAS ALL FIVE.

IRVING HAS MATH AND SCIENCE.

MESQUITE, NORTHWEST ISD HAVE ALL FIVE, PLATO HAS ALL FIVE, ALDINE HAS ALL BUT GENERALISTS.

AUSTIN HAS KNOWN IN SCIENCE [OVERLAPPING] HAS ALL THE ELR, KATIE HAS ALL BUT GENERALIST, CABELL AND HIGHLAND PARK HAVE ALL.

>> THAT TABLE THAT I SENT THROUGH THE BOARD SERVICES, THE GENERALIST IS THE ELEMENTARY GENERALISTS.

>> ELEMENTARY GENERALISTS, SHE JUST REFERRED TO GENERALIST.

>> I APOLOGIZE.

>> ELEMENTARY GENERALISTS, I APOLOGIZE.

>> I THINK I HEARD SOMEBODY SAY, WE'VE GONE DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE, AND WE HAVE IN TERMS OF UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS, THAT WOULD BE SPECIFICALLY TFA AND URBAN TEACHERS.

ONE HAD A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT, ONE HAD A FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT.

THE FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT, IN MY MIND, WAS A BETTER OPTION FOR THE DISTRICT.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE US GETTING THE SAME SITUATION WHERE MOST OF THOSE TEACHERS WERE TARGETED TOWARD THE BLACK SCHOOLS.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT AND I AM PUSHING SO THAT WE DO NOT DO THAT,.

I WILL TELL YOU A 2.5 GPA DOESN'T MAKE ME JUMP UP AND DANCE,

[03:15:07]

IT DOES NOT MAKE ME JUMP UP AND DANCE, HIGHEST STANDARDS.

THEN THE LAST THING I'D LIKE TO RAISE IS AND WE REALLY DIDN'T GET INTO THIS WAS BECAUSE AS STUDENT ENROLLMENT IS DECREASING, WE'RE GOING TO NEED YOUR TEACHERS, AND JUST LISTENING AT YOU A LITTLE WHILE AGO, ROBERT, YOU SAID WE HAD ABOUT 500 VACANCIES.

ABOUT 250 OF THOSE WOULD BE FILLED THROUGH THIS PROCESS THAT YOU HAVE WHETHER IT'S EARLY SIGNING OF CONTRACTS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MAYBE 200 OTHER VACANCIES.

BUT HAVE WE LOOKED AT THAT TO SEE HOW MANY TEACHERS WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO NEED NEXT YEAR BASED ON ENROLLMENT OR DO WE ONLY JUST USE THIS YEAR'S ENROLLMENT.

>> YEAH. WE'RE DEFINITELY LOOKING AT NEXT YEAR'S ENROLLMENT AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ADDITIONAL TEACHER NEED NEXT YEAR BECAUSE THROUGH THOSE SR FUNDS, WE ARE ALLOCATING THOSE ADDITIONAL 650 CAMPUS-BASED FTES, SO EVEN WITH OUR ENROLLMENT DECREASING SLIGHTLY OUR NEED FOR TEACHERS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO INCREASE BECAUSE I THINK WE ADDED AROUND 200 MORE TEACHERS NEXT YEAR FROM SR VERSUS.

YEAH, WE HAD 450 AND WE MOVE THAT TO 650 TO TRY TO GET MORE TEACHERS IN FRONT OF KIDS TO HELP THEM ACCELERATE THROUGH THAT LEARNING LOSS.

>> THE SR FUNDS ARE FOR TWO YEARS?

>> YES.

>> TWO YEARS.

>> TWO MORE.

>> YES, TWO MORE YEARS.

>> TWO YEARS AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 650 ADDITIONAL TEACHERS FOR TWO YEARS.

AT SOME POINT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TOO MANY TEACHERS.

ONCE THE [INAUDIBLE] FUNDS GO AWAY.

I'M FOR LAUREN CLASS SIZE, SO I'M NOT JUMPING ON YOU ABOUT THAT.

I AM DEFINITELY FOR LAUREN CLASS SIZES.

BUT WHAT I'M TRYING TO GET YOU TO DO IS THINK THROUGH A PROCESS, A LONG-TERM PROCESS AND NOT BE REACTIVE, THAT'S ALL I'M TRYING TO DO.

THIS RIGHT HERE IS A CONCERN AND I CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THE EFFECT OF TEACHERS NOT BEING IN FRONT OF CHILDREN ANYBODY WITH ANY SENSE UNDERSTANDS THAT.

BUT JUST TO PUT THE BODY IN FRONT OF THE KIDS, DON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM EITHER, 2.5 GPA DOES NOT MAKE ME JUMP UP AND DANCE.

>> TRUSTEE [INAUDIBLE] AND TRUSTEE WHITE, FOLLOWED BY TRUSTEE FLORES.

>> I'M GOING TO BE BRIEF.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW THE TEACHER JOB FAIRS ARE CONDUCTED? ARE THEY SET UP BY WHERE THE SCHOOLS ARE ALL THERE AND PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO GO WALK UP TO THE TABLE TO WHATEVER SCHOOL THEY WANT TO GO TO OR HOW IS IT SET UP?

>> WE DO DEFINITELY A BLENDED MODEL, SO WE HAVE SOME JOB FAIRS THAT ARE JUST FOR OUR HPC AND ACE CAMPUSES.

WE HAVE SOME JOB FAIRS THAT ARE JUST FOR ACE ALONE, WE HAVE SOME JOB FAIRS THAT ARE SET UP FOR FULL DISTRICT.

WE ALSO HAVE SOME JOB FAIRS THAT ARE ELEMENTARY AND SOME JOB FAIRS THAT ARE ONLY FOR SECONDARY.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND SOME OF THEIR FEEDBACK WHAT THEY WANTED.

THIS YEAR WAS MORE OF ED SPECIFIC FEEDER PATTERN IS IF THAT'S THE RIGHT WORD, PROBABLY NOT.

JOB FAIRS TO HELP THOSE SPECIFIC CAMPUSES IN THAT GEOGRAPHICAL AREA, SO WE WILL USE ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT JOB FAIRS.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, IF A PRINCIPAL REACHES OUT TO AGE SEEMS RECRUITMENT TEAM AND THEY'RE LIKE, HEY, I WANT TO INTERVIEW SOME MATH TEACHERS ON FRIDAY OR WHATEVER DURING THE TIME-FRAME WILL END AND HE HAS IT LISTED OR SHE HAS IT LISTED AS THEY WANT US TO LOOK THROUGH THEM.

WE'LL ACTUALLY SCHEDULE THOSE INTERVIEWS FOR THEM AND DO AN INDIVIDUALIZED JOB FAIR JUST FOR THAT PRINCIPLE.

WE TRY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR PRINCIPLES AND OUR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND TRY TO WORK WITH THEM.

STEPHANIE MAY WANT TO JUMP INTO SOME MORE.

>> IF I CAN JUST REALLY ADD, JUST JUST TO GIVE YOU A VISUAL, TYPICAL JOB, FAIR.

YOU HAVE CAMPUSES, YOU HAVE PRINCIPLES, YOU ACTUALLY HAVE A CAMPUS TEAM TYPICALLY, IT WOULD BE AN ADMINISTRATOR WHO HAS AUTHORIZATION TO HIRE OTHER TEACHERS ON THE TEAM THAT MAY BE A PART OF THE TEAM THAT THE INDIVIDUALS APPLYING TO THE TEAM THAT THEY'RE APPLYING TO, SO LET'S SAY IT'S A MATH TEACHER.

THEN WHAT HAPPENS IS AT THE DROPS FARES, SOMETIMES THERE'S RECOMMENDATION MADE AND SOMETIMES THEY WANT, IF WE'RE IN SESSION, THAT CANDIDATE TO COME TO THEIR CAMPUS, SEE THE COMMUNITY AND ALSO SOMETIMES TEACH IN FRONT OF KIDS.

EVERY CAMPUS HAS A DIFFERENT SETUP IN A DIFFERENT WAY THAT THEY CONDUCT CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS.

>> ALL THE AFFAIR THAT WE'RE PLANNING ON

[03:20:01]

HAVING IN THE FUTURE ARE POSTED ON THE SITE; IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YEAH, THEY ARE POSTED, BUT ALSO IF YOU WANT TO PUT THEM IN THE TRACKER FOR THOSE REMAINING JOB FAIRS AS WELL.

>> IF THEY'RE POSTED I WANT TO DIRECT PEOPLE TO THE SITE, THEY CAN'T GO TO THE TRACKER.

>> YES. TRUE

>> IT'LL JUST BE EASIER FOR ME THAT WAY.

>> I'LL SEND YOU THAT LINK TONIGHT.

>> THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS JUST BECAUSE THE FACT THAT I KNOW WE NEED PEOPLE IN OUR SEATS.

BUT I UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS BEEN ECHOED AROUND A TABLE AND WAS CONTINUED TO BE ECHOED IS THAT OUR KIDS DO DESERVE CERTIFIED HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS ON ALL OF OUR CAMPUSES, THIS WAS MY CONCERN ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU AGAIN.

>> TO CLOSE THE COMMENTS, QUESTIONS FROM THE TRUSTEES? [INAUDIBLE] TRUSTEES, CAN YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES, AGENDA ITEM 10.05.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES.

>> MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> MOTION PASSES, EIGHT VOTING YES, ONE NOT PRESENT TO VOTE.

>> THANK YOU TRUSTEES. YOU JUST ADOPTED AGENDA ITEM 10.05 MOVING ON TO 10.06,

[10.06 Consider and Take Possible Action to Authorize, Negotiate, and Enter into Agreements with the Recommended Pool of Vendors for the College and Career Advisory Program (Not to Exceed $66,000,000 Over Six Years Including Renewal Options/General Operating/Special Revenue/Bond Funds) (Consent Item 9.30, Pulled Due to Revisions)]

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION AUTHORIZED, NEGOTIATED INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE RECOMMENDED POOL OF VINTAGE FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER ADVISORY PROGRAM NOT TO EXCEED 66 MILLION OVER SIX YEARS, INCLUDING RENEWAL OPTIONS, GENERAL OPERATING, SPECIAL REVENUE BOND FUNDS, CONSIDER ITEM 9.30 PULLED DUE TO REVISION. TYPE OF MOTION?

>> [INAUDIBLE]

>> SECOND. [LAUGHTER]

>> MOTION TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE CARREON.

TRUSTEES, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? HEARING ANYBODY, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES. [LAUGHTER]

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WHITE.

MOTION PASSES, SEVEN VOTING YES, ONE ABSTAINING, ONE NOT PRESENT TO VOTE.

>> THANK YOU TRUSTEES. YOU JUST PASSED AGENDA ITEM 10.06.

MOVING ON AGENDA ITEM 10.07,

[10.07 Consider and Take Possible Action to Ratify the Monthly Financial Report for the Period Ending April 30, 2022 (Consent Item 9.41, Pulled by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

CONSIDERING TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO RATIFY THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD ENDING APRIL 30TH, 2022, BECAUSE IN ITEM 9.41.

MY TRUSTEES, FOREMAN AND WHITE, DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> MOVE TO UPROOT.

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE JOHNSON.

TRUSTEES, IS THERE A DISCUSSION? 10.07, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? I'M HOLDING AND HOLDING.

[BACKGROUND] TRUSTEE FOREMAN AND MIKE?

>> DWAIN, IS THAT YOU, FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY ALLOCATIONS? IS THAT ALL 10.07? [OVERLAPPING].

>> 10.07 IS THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT.

>> I WAS ASKING ABOUT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY PROJECTS AND ALLOCATIONS, AND JUST WONDERING IF THERE WERE GOING TO BE ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES BASED ON, WE HAD $114 MILLION, AND WE'VE ONLY SPENT TWO MILLION.

>> THAT ALLOCATION IS IDENTIFIED AS OUT OF THE BOND FUND WHICH WAS APPROVED IN THE 2020 BOND.

BUT IT'S COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM IF WE'RE DOING A REMODEL OR A CONSTRUCTION AT THAT FACILITY.

THIS IS JUST TO UPGRADE THE, IT WAS CAMERAS OR WHATEVER THE CASE.

THAT'S SEPARATE FROM THE CONSTRUCTION PART.

THE OTHER AGENDA ITEM TONIGHT THAT WAS IN THE CONSENT WAS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VENDORS THAT ARE AVAILABLE THERE FOR US.

WE SHOULD BE EXPEDITING THE PROCESS AS

[03:25:03]

IT RELATES TO UPGRADES TO CAMERAS DUE TO THAT ACTION.

>> THE REASON I ASKED THAT QUESTION IS WE HAVE STRUGGLE WITH GETTING SOME OF THE CAMERAS IN PLACE ON SOME OF THE CAMPUSES.

>> YES, MA'AM. CURRENTLY WE ONLY HAVE ONE VENDOR TO DO THAT, SO NOW WE'VE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF VENDORS AVAILABLE.

>> THANK YOU.

>>THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FOREMAN. ANY OTHER COMMENTS, QUESTIONS? NOW TRUSTEES, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> QUICKLY.

>> TRUSTEE WHITE.

>> SINCE CAMERAS WERE MENTIONED, IF THERE'S ADDITIONAL CAMERAS ADDED, WILL THE SYSTEM THAT'S ALREADY IN PLACE BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW SYSTEM? OR WILL A NEW SYSTEM HAVE TO BE TOTALLY REVAMPED?

>> IT DEPENDS ON THE CAMPUS.

WE HAVE A STANDARD, AND IF IT'S COMPATIBLE, THEN WE'LL BE ADDING CAMERAS OR EXPANDING THE SERVER OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE ADDITIONAL CAMERAS.

IF IT'S NOT COMPATIBLE, THEN WILL BE A COMPLETE REPLACEMENT TO THE NEW STANDARD.

AS WE GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS, TECHNOLOGY GOES THROUGH AND MEETS WITH THE CAMPUS PRINCIPALS TO IDENTIFY AREAS THAT NEED ADDITIONAL COVERAGE, AND THEN ADD THOSE CAMERAS FOR THOSE PARTICULAR LOCATIONS.

TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DIRECTLY, IT COULD BE THAT WE'RE JUST ADDING TO AN EXISTING SYSTEM AND OR UPGRADING THE SYSTEM.

OR IT COULD BE A COMPLETE REPLACEMENT DEPENDING ON WHAT THE CAMPUS HAS.

>> BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHEN SOME OF THE CAMERAS WERE ADDED, AND THAT IS A CONCERN, IS THAT THEY WILL NOT BE COMPATIBLE.

BUT IN THAT CASE I JUST HEARD YOU SAY THAT THE WHOLE THING WILL BE REVAMPED IF THAT IS THE CASE IF THEY ARE NOT.

>> THEY'LL MEET STANDARD THAT WE'RE INSTALLING NOW. THAT IS CORRECT.

>> I KNOW DEFINITELY THAT THERE'S SOME CAMERAS OUTSIDE THE BUILDING IN SOME OF THEM, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE CAMERAS ARE ONLY INSIDES.

SINCE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SECURITY, WHICH I WAS DISCUSSING IT WITH A COUPLE OF PRINCIPLES, WOULD THIS ALSO INCLUDE LIGHTING IN CERTAIN AREAS ON THE CAMPUSES THAT MAY NOT BE ADEQUATE? ALSO KEYLESS ENTRY WHERE THEY CAN GO IN WITH A CARD.

>> THE KEYLESS ENTRY WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SECURITY AMOUNT OF THE BOND ISSUE, THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LIGHTS OR ANY OTHER THING LIKE THAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN, THE SECURITY LINE ITEM IS VERY SPECIFIC.

BUT IF THERE IS AREAS THAT WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT, THEN WE CAN DEFINITELY DO THAT AS WE VISIT THE CAMPUSES.

BUT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS SPECIFIC LINE ITEM.

THIS IS FOR CAMERAS, CARD READERS, DOOR LOCKS, VARIOUS THINGS LIKE THAT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU [NOISE] TRUSTEE WHITE.

TRUSTEE FOREMAN, DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER [INAUDIBLE]?

>> OH, NO, I'M SORRY.

>> THANK YOU. TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES? [NOISE]

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU.

MOTION PASSES, UNANIMOUS.

>> THANK YOU TRUSTEES, YOU JUST PASSED AGENDA ITEM 10.07,

[10.08 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Master Interlocal Agreement with Recommended Vendor for Participation in Cooperative Purchasing (No Funding Required) (Consent Item 9.44, Pulled by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 10.08.

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE THE MASTER INTO LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH RECOMMENDED VENDOR FOR PARTICIPATION IN COOPERATIVE PURCHASING.

NO FUNDING REQUIRED BECAUSE IN ITEM 9.44 PULLED BY TRUSTEES FOREMAN AND WHITE, DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> [INAUDIBLE]

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE CARREON.

IS THERE A DISCUSSION? TRUSTEE FOREMAN.

>> YES. DWAIN, THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING CONVERSATION FOR US REGARDING THE CO-OPS THAT WE PURCHASED FOR.

ARE WE GOING TO PUT ANYTHING IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE GETTING BEST VALUE? I KNOW THAT IT FULFILLS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PURCHASING FROM THE STATE, BUT I'M MORE CONCERNED ABOUT BEST VALUE.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT.

WE SPENT $38 MILLION FROM JULY THE 1ST, 2021, TO MAY THE 30TH, 2022, $38,776, 974.12.

I DON'T SEE ANYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING TO ENSURE THAT IT'S BEST VALUE.

THE WAY YOU CAN ENSURE THAT IT'S BEST VALUE IS BY JUST PICKING UP THE PHONE AND GETTING A QUOTE FROM SOMEONE.

IF WE'RE SPENDING $38 MILLION OF TAXPAYERS MONEY, WE'VE GOT TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE GETTING BEST VALUE.

[03:30:01]

NOW THAT $38 MILLION DOES NOT INCLUDE, I BELIEVE POSSIBLE SHIPPING COST OR FEES THAT WILL BE ADDED ONTO THE PROCUREMENT.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO IMPLORE YOU TO LOOK AT SOME WAY OF JUSTIFYING ITS BEST VALUE.

>> TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, BOARD POLICY DOES AT A CERTAIN THRESHOLD, WE DO GET QUOTES FROM VARIOUS CO-OPS, IF WE'RE GOING TO UTILIZE A CO-OP.

IN THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BEST VALUE, THAT AGAIN, THE CO-OPS DO TAKE BIDS OR DO RFPS ON THOSE INDIVIDUAL SPECIFIC ITEMS.

>> I KNOW.

>> NOW THEIR SCORING SYSTEM OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T MATCH OURS.

>> I KNOW.

>> BUT THEY DO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF SOLICITATION AND HAVING INDIVIDUALS GET THE OPPORTUNITY [OVERLAPPING] TO DO THAT.

WHEN WE LOOK AT THE BEST VALUE WE KNOW THAT THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH A PROCESS TO GENERATE THE LIST OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE.

>> WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT BE THE BEST VALUE BECAUSE IT MAY NOT EVEN BE FROM THIS AREA.

AGAIN, I ASK YOU [NOISE] TO LOOK AT A WAY OF ENSURING THAT WE ARE GETTING BEST VALUE WHEN WE GO WITH CO-OPS.

FOR INSTANCE, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES DO NOT GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE BIDS, BECAUSE YOU GO DIRECTLY TO THE CO-OP, SO THEY'RE ACTUALLY NOT PUT OUT ON THE STREET.

IF YOU WOULD JUST LOOK AT A WAY TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE GETTING BEST VALUE WHEN WE'RE SPENDING THIS KIND OF MONEY WITH CO-OPS, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FOREMAN.

TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MARSHALL VOTES YES.

>> MACKEY VOTES YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MOTION PASSES, EIGHT VOTING, YES.

ONE ABSTAINING.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST PASSED IN ITEM 10.08.

WE'RE MOVING ON A 10.09 CONSIDERING TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO ADOPT THE 2020,

[10.09 Consider and Take Possible Action to Adopt the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget (Consent Item 9.47, Pulled by the Administration and by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

2023 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET CONSIDERING A 9.47 PULLED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND BY TRUSTEES FOREMAN [INAUDIBLE] MOTION.

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE JOE.

TRUSTEES IS THERE DISCUSSION? TRUSTEE FOREMAN?

>> YES. JUST A COUPLE OF ITEMS OF CONCERN.

THE FIRST ONE IS LOOKING AT OVERALL PAY STRUCTURE, PARTICULARLY FOR STAFF AND TEACHERS.

I'M TALKING ABOUT SCHOOL STAFF.

I KNOW THAT WE'VE GIVEN THEM SOME INCENTIVES AND SOME RACES, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TRY TO KEEP PACE.

I DON'T THINK WE'RE FAR OFF, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TRY TO KEEP PACE AND SO I'D LIKE TO SEE US CONTINUE ON THAT ROAD.

THE OTHER THING IS THAT WE'RE MOVING DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SPENT AND WE'RE USING ACER DOLLARS AND PUTTING THOSE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS INTO OUR RESERVE FUND FOR FUTURE USE.

I AM NOT AGAINST THAT.

BUT WHAT I AM ASKING YOU IS THAT WE'D BE PRUDENT AS WE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF FIGURING OUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH THOSE DOLLARS.

WE'VE GOT ENOUGH DOLLARS GOING INTO TRAINING.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STAFFS ARE GETTING THE MONEY THAT THEY NEED NOT THE MONITORS IN THE SCHOOLS.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SAFETY CONCERNS BECOME ADDRESSED MORE READILY, LIKE SECURE FESTIVALS FOR ALL OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO START WITH.

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE US DO THAT WITH SOME OF THOSE DOLLARS THAT WE HAVE SET ASIDE.

OVERALL, KNOW I'M WITH YOU ON THE BUDGET BUT JUST THOSE ARE THINGS THAT I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FOREMAN AND I DON'T SEE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.

TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES. [BACKGROUND] [LAUGHTER]

>> MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> TRUSTEE FOREMAN THAT'S OKAY.

[03:35:12]

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST PRODUCE AN ITEM 10.09.

MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 10.10,

[10.10 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Budget Amendments for June 30, 2022 (Consent Item 9.48, Pulled by Trustees Joyce Foreman and Camile White)]

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION.

APPROVE THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR JUNE 30TH, 2022.

CONSENT ITEM 9.48, PULLEDED BY TRUSTEES FOREMAN AND WHITE CAMILE MOTION.

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES.

>> SECOND.

>> SECOND BY TRUSTEE JOE AND TRUSTEES IS THERE DISCUSSION? TRUSTEE FOREMAN? [BACKGROUND]

>> THIS IS ON OPERATION CONNECTIVITY, CORRECT?

>> THIS IS ON THE BUDGET AMENDMENT. YES MA'AM.

THE TRACKER YOU ASKED ABOUT RELATED TO OPERATION CONNECTIVITY. YES, MA'AM.

>> RIGHT. DID REGION 4 GO AHEAD AND EXPAND THE MONEY AND WE'RE PAYING THEM BACK THE MONEY OR HOW DID THAT WORK?

>> THE WAY THE PLAN WAS DESIGNED TO WORK WAS REGION 4 WAS HANDLING THE PROCESS FOR TEA.

WE CALCULATED AS A DISTRICT, HOW MUCH PARTICIPATION WE THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE AND WE FORWARD THE MONEY TO REGION 4 FOR THEM TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS AS NECESSARY TO THE VENDORS.

WHEN THEY MADE THE PAYMENTS TO THE VENDORS, THEN THEY WOULD NOTIFY TEA OF THOSE PAYMENTS.

TEA OUT OF THEIR FUNDS WOULD REIMBURSE US FOR THOSE EXPENSES, SO IT WAS A TRIANGLE.

>> WE'VE BEEN REIMBURSED FOR, IS IT THE 14 MILLION?

>> NO, MA'AM. THE 14 MILLION AS YOU RECALL, WHEN TECHNOLOGY WAS DOING THE PRESENTATION OF PARTICIPATION HASN'T BEEN THAT GREAT IN THIS PROGRAM TO SIGN UP FOR REGION 4 AND SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE IT FROM TEA.

WE'RE JUST GOING TO RECEIVE A REFUND BACK FROM REGION 4.

>> WHAT'S THE TOTAL REFUND? IS THAT THE 14 MILLION?

>> THAT'S WHAT IT'S ESTIMATED RIGHT NOW TO BE. YES.

>> THE TRIANGULAR WAS 4 MILLION.

>> IT WAS 18 MILLION TOTAL.

WE PAID REGION 14, 18 AND WE RECORDED THAT AS A PREPAID ASSET.

NOT TRYING TO BORE YOU WITH DETAILS.

>> I LOVE DETAIL.

>> ROUGHLY 3.6 MILLION WE'RE ESTIMATING WILL HAVE BEEN SPENT WHICH TEA WOULD PAY US AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK TO US FROM REGION 4 DIRECTLY.

BUT IT WON'T BE REVENUE, WHICH IS WHY WE MADE THE BUDGET AMENDMENT.

IT WILL JUST BE COMING BACK TO US AND OFFSET THE PREPAID ASSET THAT WE'VE ALREADY MADE.

>> IT WON'T BE REVENUE?

>> IT WILL NOT BE REVENUE. IT'S JUST A REFUND.

>> I'M LOST A LITTLE BIT.

THE DOLLAR AMOUNT COMES BACK.

HOW DO WE SHOW THAT ON OUR BOOKS IF WE GET 14 MILLION BACK?

>> IT'LL BE A REDUCTION TO OUR PREPAID ASSET.

>> OKAY. GOT IT. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEE FOREMAN. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? TRUSTEES CAST YOUR VOTES, PLEASE.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> TRUSTEE WHITE. THANK YOU.

MOTION PASSES.

EIGHT, VOTING, YES.

ONE VOTING, NO.

>> TRUSTED YOU JUST PASSED ITEM 10.10.

MOVING ON TO 10.11,

[10.11 Consider and Take Possible Action to Authorize the District to Negotiate the Acquisition of Various Tracts of Land in the Pleasant Grove Area for the Development of a Montessori School (Not to Exceed $2,550,000.00, Plus Title and Closing Costs; Bond Funds) (Consent Item 9.74, Pulled Due to New Agenda Item)]

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION AND AUTHORIZE THE DISTRICT TO NEGOTIATE THE ACQUISITION OF VARIOUS TRACKS OF LAND IN THE PLEASANT GROVE AREA FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MONTESSORI SCHOOL NOT TO EXCEED $2,000,555,000 PLUS TOTAL OF THE CLOSING COSTS.

BOND FUNDS CAN SET OUT OF 9.74 PULLED DUE TO NEW AGENDA ITEM.

TRUSTEES, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? IS THERE A MOTION?

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE JOE.

TRUSTEES IS THERE A DISCUSSION? TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES

>> MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUS.

[03:40:01]

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST PASSED IN ITEM 10.11.

MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 10.12.

[10.12 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Purchase of Real Property for the International District Choice School (Not to Exceed $45,000,000.00, Plus the Cost of Survey, Environmental Assessment, Engineering Assessment, Appraisal and Additional Amounts for Payment of Customary Fees, Title and Closing Costs; Bond Funds) (Consent Item 9.75, Pulled Due to New Agenda Item)]

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF REAL PROPERTY OF THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE NOT TO EXCEED $45 MILLION, PLUS THE COST OF SURVEY, ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, ENGINEERING ASSESSMENT, APPRAISAL, ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS OF PAYMENT.

COST BOND FUNDS CONSISTED OF 9.75 PULLED DUE TO NEW AGENDA ITEM. MOTION.

>> MOVE TO APPROVE.

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE CAMILE.

TRUSTEES IS THERE A DISCUSSION? [LAUGHTER] TRUSTEES, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES.

>> MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

[BACKGROUND].

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES. YOU JUST PASSED IN ITEM 10.12.

MOVING ON TO 10.13.

[10.13 Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Amendment of Policy AE (Local) Educational Philosophy (No Financial Impact) (Consent Item 9.76, Pulled Due to New Agenda Item)]

CONSIDER AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE AMENDMENTS OF POLICY AE LOCAL EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY, NO FINANCIAL IMPACTS.

CONSENT ITEM 9.76 PULLED DUE TO NEW AGENDA ITEM. DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> I MOVE TO APPROVE THE LAST AGENDA ITEM ON SUPERINTENDENT NINO JOSE'S WATCH [NOISE] [LAUGHTER]

>> I SECOND.

>> MOTION BY TRUSTEE FLORES, SECOND BY TRUSTEE CARREON.

TRUSTEES IS THERE DISCUSSION? TRUSTEES, WILL YOU PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE.

[BACKGROUND].

>> MARSHAL VOTES, YES.

>> MACKEY VOTES, YES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, TRUSTEES.

IT IS.

>> WAIT.

TRUSTEE FOREMAN?

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> CLOSE WITH A FEW THINGS, I KNOW JOSE IS ON HIS LAST.

>> MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUS.

>> THANK YOU. MOTION THE AGENDA 10.13 PASSES TRUSTEE FOR LEGAL WANT TO RUN THROUGH SOME ANALYSIS AND WE NEVER GET TO HEAR ANYMORE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S GOOD OR BAD.

BUT ONE, WE CAN TALK OUR WAY OUT OF THINGS WE CAN'T BEHAVE OUR WAY INTO.

IT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU IT'S HOW YOU RESPOND.

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND ENEMIES CLOSER THAT MIGHT BE WHY WE SIT NEXT TOO EACH OTHER.

[LAUGHTER].

>> FOR REAL.

>> YOU HAVE TO DO YOU, BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU.

I LIKE THAT ONE. HAVEN'T HEARD OF THAT ONE.

YOU CAN'T FIRE THEM ALL, YOU HAVE TO FIRE THEM UP.

YOUR FRIENDS COME AND GO, BUT ENEMIES ACCUMULATE.

MAN. POLICIES MAKES FOR STRANGE BEDFELLOWS.

FIGURES DON'T LIE, BUT LIARS FIGURE.

ALL THE BUTT YOU KICK ON THE WAY UP YOU HAVE TO KISS ON THE WAY DOWN.

EFFORT IS GOOD, RESULTS ARE BETTER.

DON'T FOCUS ON THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL.

IN GOD, WE TRUST ALL OTHERS BRING DATA.

NOTHING WILL GET YOU MORE FOCUSED THAN KNOWING YOU'LL BE SHOT AT SUNDOWN.

SAY WHAT YOU MEAN AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.

HIGH TIDES RAISE ALL BOATS.

ALL THINGS HAPPENED BY DESIGN, NOT BY ACCIDENT.

THAT'S IT. THAT'S THE LAST BOARD MEETING. THANK YOU

>> I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK, DR. HENRY, WHERE ARE YOU FROM? [NOISE] [APPLAUSE]

>> 10:24 THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.

[APPLAUSE]

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.