July 17, 2013

Todd Marshall
Director of Communications,
Marketing and Development
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Compensation Plan and Newly Launched Mobile App Reviewed during TISD Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – Following last month’s approval of the 2013-14 annual budget, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the 2013-14 Compensation Plan during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Included in the Compensation Plan are annual teacher step increases as well as the addition of a step 26 level in the amount of $500 for the district’s most experienced teachers. According to Autumn Thomas, Deputy Superintendent, “The Texas Education Code establishes a state minimum salary schedule that Texas public school districts must implement for classroom teachers. School districts have the autonomy to adjust the pay scale.” “We continually monitor the job market and salaries available within the state in order to stay competitive and recruit and retain the most highly qualified personnel,” she continued.

For employees with positions listed on the district paygrade salary system, the compensation plan includes a 3% of mid-point raise contingent upon receiving a satisfactory performance rating of 3.0 or above on their appraisal for the 2012-13 school year. In limited cases, equity adjustments were applied to various job categories through the budgetary process to remain competitive with the job market.

In other business, Tina Veal-Gooch, Executive Director of Public Relations, gave a report on the newly developed TISD Mobile iPhone App. Parents, students, staff and the community can now stay connected to TISD through an all-in-one source of information available in the most convenient format – your mobile device.

“In today’s social technology, it is critical that TISD continues to build upon the avenues of connecting to our customers by providing information that is easily accessible for users,” shared Veal-Gooch. “This mobile app complements our outreach that includes district website, knoMi, parent/guardian mailings and emails, media releases, social media sites and the TEACH Channel.”

The TISD mobile iPhone app, completely developed by TISD, is FREE and available for download through the Apple App Store. It includes individual icons for the most pertinent information needed by parents, students and staff.

Highlighted features are:

*Parent Access Center log in for student grades & homework assignments;
*Lunch menus & the ability to manage your child’s account;
*School Calendar;
*Campus information, maps and events;
*The latest news from TISD;
*Tiger athletic schedules and scores;
*Contact information for teachers, administrators and other staff;
*Direct link to Tiger Watch, the TISD tip line where information can be provided directly to the TISD Police on criminal activity and security issues;
*Push notifications through Tiger 411 which feature TISD’s own unique notification sound – a Tiger roar;
*Information on career opportunities;
*Access to knoMi – TISD’s social networking site;
*Connection to TISD social media sites (facebook and twitter).

In addition to the TISD app, the district website has been updated to include a “share” feature on outgoing press releases. The share features allows readers to quickly choose a medium (facebook, twitter or email) to share TISD news with others.

To download the iPhone app, visit the Apple App Store and search “Texarkana ISD.” Select “Free” and then “Install App.” TISD anticipates launching an Android app within the coming months.

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