HISD Trustee Diana Davila Resigns From Board
HISD Board of Education, District VIII Trustee Diana Davila announced her resignation from the board citing family reasons during last night’s regular monthly meeting.
Davila was first elected to the board in November of 2003. The board will decide, at a future date, whether to appoint a replacement to fill out the term through November 2011 or hold a special election to fill the vacancy.
In other action, the board approved the following measures:
Expanded access to popular Grad Lab courses
HISD will amend its contract with Apex Learning Inc., to accommodate an increase in demand for online credit recovery through HISD’s Grad Lab program.
Nearly 5000 students have utilized the Grad Labs since they were launched in mid-January. A total of 2053 students have completed at least one course. All together, 3161 credits have been recovered. The average time to complete a course is 61 days with a “B” average. Graduation Coaches report that 441 students graduated in May thanks to Grad Labs and another 209 are on track to graduate in August.
Access to Advance Placement (AP) online courses will also be expanded, as well programs for alternative education, dropout prevention, pre-AP, middle-school transition, and TAKS preparedness.
Acceptance of funds for Algebra I readiness program
This $1.8 million dollar grant will be used to implement programs at nine schools to increase the preparedness of middle-school students to succeed in Algebra I.
Acceptance of funds for ninth-Grade transition and intervention program
This $258,381 grant will be distributed to fifteen high schools to aid in the successful transition of middle school students to high school.
Approval to use capital funds on emergency basis for Lee High School
The board decided to use capital funds on an emergency basis to pay for engineering and consultation services as well as construction and contractual work to repair structural damage at Lee High School
Approval of contract to create new college readiness measurement tool
The board approved a $30,000 contract with the College Board to develop a measurement tool with HISD that will diagnose a middle school’s capacity to build a foundation that prepares its students for college readiness.