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DPISD board passes all items on its Monday agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

The Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees held its monthly regular meeting Monday evening. The Board recognized junior high and high school musicians who performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention earlier this year. In regular business, the Board unanimously passed everything on its agenda.

At its Monday regular meeting, the Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved all items on its agenda.

Among the action taken on the agenda was approval of a District of Innovation advisory committee. In the last state legislature, a house bill amended part of the Texas Education Code to create Districts of Innovation. Districts are eligible for designation if certain performance requirements are met and the district follows certain procedures for adoption as outlined in statute. The designation provides the district will be exempt from certain sections of the TEC that inhibit the goals of the district as outlined in the locally adopted Innovation Plan.

The committee has 24 members and is made up of representatives from Deer Park ISD campuses, administration and three citizens.

The Board also approved a letter of no objection to the release of restrictions to a tract of land near Genoa Red Bluff and Space Center Boulevard for its sale. The adjacent property restrictions prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages and the operation of a sexually oriented business so long as Deer Park ISD or a successor school district owned the land.

Exxon Land Development Inc., informed the owner of the adjacent property that it is willing to terminate the restrictions if DPISD consents. According to DPISD memos on the matter, the district was conveyed the land in 1999 from the Red Buff Development Company. The company later dissolved in 2007 with no assignment of rights.

Later in the meeting, the board approved the agreement for a 30-foot pipeline easement over approximately 3.0485 acres of land out of a called +-167 acre tract of land owned by DPISD to the Seabrook Pipeline, LLC and acceptance of payment for the easement in the amount of $228,029.50.

In other business, the Board approved an early notification incentive for to certified employees who would be recommended for a contract by their supervisors and who are not planning to return to work the following year if they submit a letter of resignation or retirement before March 1, 2017.

In past years, the district has offered a $1,000 payment incentive to these employees, which has cost the district between $35,000 and $40,000.