December 15, 2021

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Superior Achievement on State Financial Accountability Rating and Redistricting Health Plan Decision are Top Topics for TISD Board of Trustees December 2021 Regular Meeting

Texarkana, TX – Many topics were covered during the December 15, 2021 regular session of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees. They included:

Texarkana Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A: for Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the stats highest, demonstrating the quality of Texarkana ISD’s financial management and reporting system.

This is the 19th year of School FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school district’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.

“We are very pleased with Texarkana ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Texarkana ISD Chief Financial Officer Anita Clay. “This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that TISD’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”

*Approval of Proposals for Advertising Vendors, Custodial Equipment and Supply Vendors, Large Kitchen Equipment and Installation, Prepared Food and Catering Vendors, Screen Print Vendors and Professional Development to Support Implementation of an Effective 1:1 Environment and Enhance Student Learning;

*Approval of Designation of Backup Submitter for TEA TEASE/TEAL System. Approved Amanda Eisley, Director of Student Services, to act as superintendent designee/alternate for approving staff requests for access to one or more TEA web applications accessed through the Texas Education Agency Secure Environment (TEASE) or TEA Login (TEAL);

*Approval of Texas Middle School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2022-23. One new course will be added for the 2022-23 school year – a Student Lighthouse class that will help establish initiatives and projects to benefit the school, district, and community;

*Approval of Redistricting Plan. Plan A redistricts the Texarkana ISD single-member trustee district lines using the 2020 Census data;

*Approval of 2022-2023 Health Plan Decision. Senate Bill 1444 mandates that effective September 1, 2022, districts cannot offer an alternate health plan alongside TRS-ActiveCare. Districts must decide by December 31, 2021, whether to leave or stay with TRS-ActiveCare for the 2022-2023 school year. Based on the findings from a District survey, TISD is choosing to remain with TRS-ActiveCare for the 2022-2023 school year.

Reports reviewed:

*Student Academic Performance Report for 2020-21

In the area of college readiness for 2020-21, the TISD students scored above the state average on both the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) though the number testing had a slight decline. The district average score (20.9) for the ACT is slightly above the state average (20.1) while the district average score (1152) for the SAT exceeds the state average (1022) by 130 points.

TISD’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program is offered in 6 content areas with a total of 23 course offerings. The 2020-2021 combined AP enrollment is 444 students. Thirty-five percent of these students scored “3” or higher on the AP exams. Thirty-three students were named Advanced Placement scholars with 40% of these students being named AP Scholars with Distinction.

For Dual Credit (DC), TISD offered over 95 high school courses in collaboration with Texarkana College, Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Southern Arkansas University Tech. These academic partnerships provide the opportunity for students to earn an Associate Degree at Texas High School. For the May 2021 commencement ceremonies, 76% of the class were recognized as distinguished graduates with 12 senior students receiving their High School Diploma along with their Associate Degree. TISD Career Technology Education program continued to expand in 2020-21 with 94% of the graduating class completing a sequence of courses within an area of study. Additionally, 79 seniors earned a post secondary certification through the TISD CTE program.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

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