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August 17, 2021

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

TISD Board of Trustees Talk Dual Credit Programming with Texarkana College and Reduction of Tax Rate for 21-22

Texarkana, TX – During the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Tuesday, August 17, members reviewed and approved the following:

*Approved Cooperative Purchasing Fees. Section 44.0331 of the Texas Education Code requires the annual reporting of any contract related fee or management fee related to purchases made through any cooperative purchasing agreement. Trustees reviewed and approved the report for the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021;

*Approved Items as Surplus. Items no longer useful to the District but still have value and can be sold were declared as surplus. Listing includes: Assorted Toners, Televisions, VCR and DVD players and a projector. Items will be sold through an online auction at Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc. Interested persons can place bid on items at www.renebates.com or visit the TISD website at www.txkisd.net which will take you directly to the district’s page on the online auction site;

*Approved Educational Professional Development, Consulting, Coaching and Facilitation Services Vendors. Recommended Vendors are: Kagan Professional Development, Kagan Publishing and Solution Tree;

*Approved Purchases of $50,000 and Above. Policy CH Local requires reporting purchases of $50,000 and above which were through inter-local agreements, cooperative purchasing programs, sole sources, produce, fuel and continuing Board approved contracts for the period July 1, 2021 to August 8, 2021;

*Approved Resolution to Join Region 7 Purchasing Cooperative. Purchasing Cooperatives assist eligible local governmental and education entities to secure quality services and products at the best value and in the best interest of the taxpayers through a competitive procurement process;

*Approved T-TESS Appraiser List for 2021-22. TISD chooses to use the Texas Education Agency’s Commissioner’s recommended teacher appraisal system, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), which was developed in accordance with Texas Education Code 21.351. In doing so, TISD annually adopts a list of approved appraisers within the district who are certified through a uniform appraiser training prior to conducting teacher appraisals. A listing of 57 trained appraisers were reviewed and approved;

*Approved Memorandum of Understanding between TISD and Texarkana College (TC) for Dual Credit/Early College Program Agreement. The MOU provides eligible high school students the opportunity to enroll in and complete authorized dual credit college courses at approved sites, which enable successful students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit.

Through the TISD and TC partnership, 141 college courses, for a total of 423 academic college semester hours of credit, are offered either on the Texas High School or Texarkana College campus. All courses required to earn an Associate Degree are taught on the Texas High School campus. The Associate Degree program has grown since its beginnings in 2015. An estimated 20 THS students are expected to receive their High School Diploma along with their Associate Degree in May 2022;

*Approval of Amendment to DEC (Local) Policy. DEC (Local) Compensation and Benefits addresses Leaves and Absences for Peace Officers. Two bills (SB 1359 and HB 2073) from the 87th Regular Legislative Session changes the policy text to include the number of paid mental health leave days the district will grant to peace officers. With the approval of this revised policy, TISD will grant five (5) paid mental health days to peace officers;

*Approval of CCGB (Local) regarding Ad Valorem Taxes and Economic Development. As part of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), provisions within CCBG (Local) outline the District’s procedures for accepting, reviewing, and considering applications and amendments to applications, and when necessary, enforcing agreements under the Texas Economic Development Act, as set forth in Texas Code Chapter 313;

*Approval of 2021-22 Campus and District Improvement Plans. Texas Education Code requires that each school district have a district improvement plan (DIP) that is developed, evaluated and revised annually, in accordance with district policy, by the superintendent and with the assistance of an established district-level committee. The purpose of the DIP is to guide district and campus staff in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the academic excellence indicators adopted;

*Approval of the Dual Credit/Articulation Agreement between Texarkana College and TISD’s eSchool Prep Online School. This MOU will provide eligible high school students the opportunity to enroll in and complete authorized dual credit college courses at approved sites, which enable successful students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit;

*Approval of Adoption of Tax Rate for 2021-2022 and Certified Values. TISD’s tax rate for 2021-22 will be reduced from $1.3097 to $1.3067. The new rate will be represented by $1.0517 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and $0.255 for Interest & Sinking Funds (I&S) which is used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts. For the third year in a row, TISD has been able to reduce their tax rate as part of the legislative move to lower the burden on taxpayers. Certified appraised values via Bowie Central Appraisal District are at $2,234,922,366.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

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