October 20, 2021

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October 2021 Called Meeting for TISD Board of Trustees Features Approval of $600,000 Toward Teacher Retention Bonuses

Texarkana, TX – The Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the use of $600,000 worth of federal stimulus funding to provide teacher retention bonuses during their October 20, 2021 called meeting.

The ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds allows school districts to use funds to support teacher retention. The 2021-22 TISD Compensation Plan, approved in July 2021, included a $1,000 ESSER Teacher Retention bonus to be paid out during the current school year.

“We are so pleased that these available funds allow us to recognize our outstanding teachers who are making a difference in the lives of our students every day,” said Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent of Schools.

“Throughout the pandemic, TISD teachers have demonstrated the willingness and ability to adapt to challenging and often rapidly changing conditions in order to meet the needs of students. At times, this has involved using both virtual and in-person instructional strategies simultaneously,” Brubaker continued. “Their drive and determination under such circumstances have contributed to keeping our schools functioning and focused on students during this challenging time. Their loyalty and dedication continues to be inspiring.” Bonus funds will be included in teachers’ November payroll.

Other items reviewed and approved included the following:

*Approved High Volume Low Speed Fan Improvements. Fans will be used in the Texas High Multi-Purpose Facility and the TISD Aquatic Center in order to help circulate cool air and improve air quality and lower humidity through increased air turnover that eliminates stale pockets;

*Approved Resolution for Investment Officers & Training Locations. State law requires that the district review and approve the investment officers (Anita Clay and Louisa Strutton) for the district and the list of training locations (TASB, TASA, TASBO, Texas Tech University, Southwest Securities, Hibbs-Hallmark, William Hough & Company, First Southwest, University of North Texas and LOGIC. Investment officers must receive ten hours of training every two years in the area of investment to be in compliance;

*Approved Resolution for Certificates of Deposit to be Purchased by District from Various Financial Institutions. No change;

*Approved Bowie Central Appraisal District 2021 Tax Roll. Total taxable value of $2.276 billion is on par with the taxable value for 2020 at $2.272 billion;

*Approved Change Date of November 2021 Board Meeting to Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Lieu of November 24, 2021;

*Approved Change Date of December 2021 Board Meeting to Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Lieu of December 22, 2021;

*Approval Policy CB (Local), State and Federal Revenue Sources. In June 2021, Texas Education Agency published guidance regarding how ESSER funds can be used and local compliance requirements school districts must follow, including a recommendation that districts develop local board policy to address how the district will provide the required public notice regarding federal grants and awards for consistency. Per TASB policy recommendation, a need existed to adjust local policy provisions to address public notice for federal grants and awards and approval of required grant plans. Upon further review, TASB has now recommended making notations that this only needs to be for ESSER funding and not for all federal funds. The policy has been adjusted accordingly;

*Approved Possible Action Regarding 2020 Census and Redistricting of TISD Board Districts in Conformity with the Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Requirements Regarding Numerical Balance of the Single Member Districts of TISD Board of Directors. The initial assessment for redistricting was given by the firm of Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP. Their review of the recently released 2020 Census population and demographic data for TISD show four (4) trustee districts to be out of population balance (over/under) with a total maximum deviation of 37.30%. Districts 1 and 3 show an under population while Districts 4 and 5 are overpopulated. Given that, redistricting is recommended in order to bring them into balance for future election cycles. Redistricting efforts would line the overall district up with no more than a 5% deviation between trustee districts, which is desireable.

*Received Reports/Presentations on:
--English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Annual Report. During the 2020-21 school year, TISD supported 605 English Learner students through the Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. TISD’s bilingual students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth are served on the Highland Park Elementary and Nash Elementary campuses through a dual-language one-way program using the Gomez & Gomez Dual Language Enrichment Model. Six ESL teachers serve the bilingual student population by providing push-in, pull-out and newcomer services.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

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