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FIESTA: BACK TO SCHOOL / MEET THE TEACHER DAY

A special thanks to all of the parents who came to Meet The Teacher Day on Wednesday. You are a very important part of your child's education and we are proud that you have chosen to share them with us.

CONSTITUTION DAY AT GWA SIERRA VISTA

Thank you Mr. Reavis for speaking to our students about the Constitution and its origins. It was a pleasure having you on campus.

GATEWAY ACADEMY HAS TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

Our classrooms have the latest Ipads, laptops and the new TI Nspire calculators.

A SLICE OF STUDENT LIFE

"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life." — Source unknown

Emergency Board Meeting

 


STUDENT ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM, INC.
NOTICE OF EMERGENCY SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE CHARTER HOLDER BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR:
 
  • GATEWAY ACADEMY CHARTER DISTRICT, LAREDO, TX
  • MIDVALLEY ACADEMY CHARTER DISTRICT, MCALLEN, MERCEDES AND SAN BENITO, TX
  • PASO DEL NORTE ACADEMY CHARTER DISTRICT, EL PASO, TX
  • SOUTH PLAINS ACADEMY CHARTER DISTRICT, LUBBOCK, TX
 
Notice is hereby given that an emergency special called meeting of the “Charter Holder Board of Directors of Gateway Academy Charter District, Mid-Valley Academy Charter District, Paso Del Norte Academy Charter District, and South Plains Academy Charter District” will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST at the San Antonio Central Administrative Office • 1218 S. Presa • San Antonio, Texas 78210. The subjects to be discussed and/or acted on are found in the agenda attached to this notice and incorporated herein for all purposes.
 
If, during the course of the workshop covered by this notice, the Charter Holder Board of Directors should, determine that a closed or executive meeting of the Board is required, then such closed or executive meeting as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas government Code Section 551.001 et seq., will be held by the Board at the date, hour and place indicated in this Notice as the Board may conveniently meet in such closed or executive meeting or session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections: 551.071, 551.072, 551.073, 551.074, 551.075, 551.076, 551.082, 551.083, 551.084.
 
Should any final action decision or vote be required in the opinion of the Charter Holder Board of Directors with regard to any matter considered in such closed executive meeting or session, and then the final decision or vote shall be whether in open meeting or at a subsequent public meeting upon notice thereof, as the Board of Directors shall determine.
 

POSTING INFORMATION

This notice and its SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE FOR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE MEETING is being posted at each of the charter campuses, the Central Office of the Student Alternatives Program, Inc., located at 1218 S. Presa Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210 and on the Student Alternatives Program, Inc. official website [www.sapiacademies.org].
 

 
SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE FOR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE MEETING
An emergency special called meeting of the “Charter Holder Board of Directors of Gateway Academy Charter District, Mid-Valley Academy Charter District, Paso Del Norte Academy Charter District, and South Plains Academy Charter District” will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST at the San Antonio Central Administrative Office • 1218 S. Presa • San Antonio, Texas 78210.
 
This meeting will be conducted via telephone conference because it was deemed an emergency due to an unforeseeable situation: [See SAPI Bylaws and Open Meetings Act sections below.]

The two items on the agenda to be presented for board approval are:
1. Resolution Declaring Emergency at GWA-Townlake Campus for Bidding Purposes.
Due to severe weather, the facility sustained serious damage. Students and staff cannot return to the facility because it is a threat to their health and safety. The facility will have to remain closed until further notice. This was an unforeseeable situation. and
2. The unanticipated situation may require that we relocate the campus on a temporary basis to the Charter District Auditorium located at 1600 Clark Blvd. Laredo, TX 78041. This accommodation can be made to facilitate making up a minimum of two days for attendance purposes.
 
AS PER STUDENT ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM, INC. CORPORATE BYLAWS
5.04 Charter School Meetings. When conducting business relating to the operations or affairs of any of the Corporation’s open- enrollment charter schools, meetings shall be conducted in accordance with provisions of the Texas Education Code and Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, and the Board of Directors shall be subject to the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act, including the following provisions: At no time shall a quorum of the full board meet to deliberate any issue or business of the Corporation without posting notice of a meeting as set forth in the bylaws. Directors shall normally attend all meetings in person, but may attend by alternate means if circumstances warrant and in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.
(b) Emergency Meetings:
In the event of an emergency as defined in the Texas Open Meetings Act, a meeting may be conducted by telephone conference call. If a meeting involves telephonic participation, the telephonic participation must be by conference call in which all persons participating can be heard by all other participants and the public.
 
AS PER THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT
Telephone Conference Meeting:
A governmental body may not conduct meetings subject to the Act by telephone or videoconference unless a statute expressly authorizes it to do so.147 The Open Meetings Act authorizes governmental bodies to conduct meetings by telephone conference call under limited circumstances and subject to procedures that may include special requirements for notice, record-keeping and two- way communication between meeting locations.148
 
A governmental body may hold an open or closed meeting by telephone conference call if:
1. an emergency or public necessity exists within the meaning of Section 551.045 of [this chapter]; and
2. the convening at one location of a quorum of the governmental body is difficult or impossible; or
3. the meeting is held by an advisory board.149
 
The emergency telephone meeting is subject to the notice requirements applicable to other meetings held under the Act. The open portions of the meeting are required to be audible to the public at the location specified in the notice and must be recorded. The provision also requires the location of the meeting to be set up to provide two-way communication during the entire conference call and the identity of each party to the conference call to be clearly stated prior to speaking.150
 
Posting of Emergency Meetings:
These rules affect the timing and content of the notice but not its physical location. Section 551.045 provides:
b) An emergency or an urgent public necessity exists only if immediate action is required of a governmental body because of:
1) an imminent threat to public health and safety; or
2) a reasonably unforeseeable situation.
c) The governmental body shall clearly identify the emergency or urgent public necessity in the notice or supplemental notice under this section.
d) A person who is designated or authorized to post notice of a meeting by a governmental body under this subchapter shall post the notice taking at face value the governmental body’s stated reason for the emergency or urgent public necessity.
 
147 See generally Hitt, 687 S.W.2d at 796; Elizondo v. Williams, 643 S.W.2d 765, 766–67 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1982, no writ) (telephone meetings); Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. DM-207 (1993) at 3 (videoconference meeting). But see Harris Cnty. Emergency Serv. Dist. No. 1 v. Harris Cnty. Emergency Corps, 999 S.W.2d 163, 169 (Tex. App.— Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, no pet.) (concluding that telephone discussion by fewer than a quorum of board members about placing items on the agenda, without evidence of intent, did not violate Act).
148 TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. §§ 551.121–.126 (authorizing meetings by telephone conference call under specified circumstances).
149 Id. § 551.125(b). See Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. GA-0379 (2005) at 2–3 (addressing Government Code section 551.125(b)(3)).
150 TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. § 551.125(b)–(f).