September 29, 2021

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

District Goals, Strategic Planning and Leader in Me Programming Highlighted during Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – During the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Wednesday, September 29, members reviewed and approved the following:

*Public Hearing on Accelerated Instruction Programs for High School Students. A Public Hearing for public discussion of the 2021 Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Accelerated Instruction Programs for High School Students was held. House Bill 5, 83rd Legislative Session, added a new Texas Education Code 28.0217 to require each school district to provide accelerated instruction in the applicable subject area each time a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an end-of-course (EOC) assessment instrument;

*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: Gooseneck and Batwing Trailers, Copier, Assorted Band Instruments and accessories. Items will be sold through an online auction at Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc. Interested persons can place bid on items at or visit the TISD website at which will take you directly to the district’s page on the online auction site;

*Approved Purchase of Digital Anatomy Presentation Tool. This virtual dissection table is a comprehensive 3D visualization tool with intuitive hands-on interface used for quick analysis and examination in medical education and dynamic presentations. Item to be used within Texas High School programming;

*Approved Recommendation to Reject Educational Professional Development, Consulting, Coaching and Facilitation Services Vendor – Teaching Strategies;

*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 August 9, 2021 through September 17, 2021;

*Approved Amendment to BE (Local) Policy. Regular Board meetings that are scheduled to be held on the third Tuesday of the month will be changed to be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, effective beginning October 2021. The November and December meeting dates will be determined by the Board, with due consideration of the school calendar;

*Approved TEA Wavier for 7th Grade Reading Diagnostic. TEC 28.006 (c-1) requires a school district to administer, at the beginning of the seventh grade, a reading instrument, adopted by the commissioner, to each student whose performance on the grade 6 STAAR reading assessment did not demonstrate reading proficiency. For the 2021-22 school year, TISD will administer the approved Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA); however, the teacher training required to administer is being held after the required date. Therefore an alternate assessment is required. The district will administer the STAR Reading Assessment for the beginning of the year to satisfy the requirements that the test be administered within the first six weeks of school. The district will also administer the approved TMSFA following the teacher training on October 8th which will provide results for the beginning, middle, and end of the year for the 2021-22 school year;

*Approval of Interim 2021-22 Goals. Strategic Planning is scheduled to begin in TISD this fall. While new five-year goals are developed for the district, interim goals are needed for the 2021-22 school year.

1. Complete strategic planning process using extensive stakeholder input in order to prioritize future goals to meet the needs of stakeholders such as students, family members, staff, and members of the community.
2. Complete facility assessment and develop a plan to prioritize facility needs.
3. Develop implementation plan for 1:1 device deployment that includes
recommendations for appropriate bandwidth, infrastructure, devices, home internet access, and service/support arrangements.
4. Perform a complete review of the TISD Compensation Plan and assess its ability of this plan to recruit and retain the best faculty and staff in the region.
5. Positively impact student academic growth in reading and math through full
implementation of targeted accelerated learning strategies to address PK-12
learning loss.
6. Develop strategies to enhance the experience of our families as their student(s) transition from one campus to the next campus. The strategies will focus on the transition from Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten and eighth grade to ninth while continuing to refine the strategies to strengthen the transition from fifth grade to sixth grade.
7. Research and develop a plan for aligning the Career Technical Education program with business, industry, and community needs in order to produce a skilled workforce with industry-valued credentials upon graduation;

*Approval of Establishing Criteria for Redistricting of Political Boundaries. Any plan for the redistricting of the single-member districts from which representative members of the executive body of the District are elected should establish criteria for redistricting of political boundaries. The criteria for redistricting of political boundaries are deemed to be illustrative, but not exclusive, examples of fundamentally important issues, which should be considered in any redistricting plan. It is the intention of the TISD Board of Trustees to measure any plan submitted for consideration by this set of criteria, and to base any eventual exercise of discretion upon the attached criteria;

*Approval of Resolution for Nominees for Bowie Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Two (2) members from the TISD Board of Trustees will be selected to each serve a two-year term. Nominees must be submitted by written resolution prior to October 15, 2021.

*Received Reports/Presentations on:
--District of Innovation/Elementary Class Size. Under the District of Innovation Plan, TISD is required to report the number of classes that exceed 22:1 student to teacher ratio for grades Kindergarten through fourth grade. A total of one (1) class at Highland Park Elementary, three (3) classes for Morriss Elementary and two (2) classes for Nash Elementary are currently exceeding the respective ratio due in part to increased enrollment for those campuses.

--Leader in Me®. Beginning in 2015, TISD set out on a mission to introduce students and staff to The Leader in Me® programming – which empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness, the program differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, school-wide experience for staff, students and parents and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems and culture.

Nash Elementary took the lead and in 2017 were one of 25 schools in Texas, and one of only 290 in the world, to receive the Leader in Me® Lighthouse School designation from Franklin Covey Co. In fact, the school was highlighted in the book The Leader in Me on how schools around the world are inspiring greatness, one child at a time.

To date, six (6) of TISD’s elementary campuses have been designated as Lighthouse schools and the district, as a whole, is now considered to be a Leader in Me® district as of August 2021 - one of only six (6) in Texas and 97 in the US and Canada.

Finally, TISD implemented the first ever Covey Leader in Me® Tiger Synergy Summit in 2019. This inaugural event brought together students from TISD elementary schools who were taught and led to concentrate on leadership principles and skills so that they could return back to their respective campuses and help inspire other students to become leaders. Once returned to their schools, students developed action plans for community involvement which raised needed funds and/or items for area animal shelters, homeless shelters and fellow students.

--Strategic Planning. Over the course of the next several months, TISD will be implementing a strategic planning process in an effort to evaluate TISD’s current strengths and challenges in meeting the 21st-century needs of students. Board members were shown logo, web page and next step details of the process.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

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