August 21, 2013

Todd Marshall
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District Improvement Plan Student Code of Conduct Employee Handbook and Letter of Agreement Approved during TISD Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – During their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the 2013-14 Campus and District improvement plans, student code of conduct, employee handbook and letter of agreement with SAU Tech Texarkana Airframe & Powerplant School.

The 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.

The DIP serves two important purposes:

1. To document a Comprehensive System for Continuous Improvement for the district. The system is accomplished at the district, campus, and individual employee levels, through establishment of policy, and delivery of a number of long-range, ongoing, and annual actions. An integral feature of the system is the alignment of all district planning efforts with the Strategic Plan.
2. To provide a Strategic Action Plan for implementing the five-year Strategic Plan on an annual basis. The Strategic Action Plan provides detailed annual work plans for the Key Action Steps in the Strategic Plan, and is guided by a Needs Assessment conducted each year by the District Quality Improvement Committee.

The 2013-14 Student Code of Conduct has minimal changes from the previous year given that this was a legislative year and change is only affected when the legislature meets. Two noted changes include discipline management techniques and Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement misconduct and appeals. 

Within the discipline management techniques, a newly developed statement allows for bus drivers to refer a student to the principal’s office to maintain effective discipline on the bus. It further states that the principal must employ additional discipline management techniques, as appropriate, which can include restricting or revoking a student’s bus riding privileges.

Within the DAEP Discretionary Placement policy, it now includes that a student may be placed in DAEP for the conduct violation of assault (no bodily injury) with threat of imminent bodily injury. Also, as part of the DAEP Placement appeals process, revisions have been made to clarify that the appeals process is limited strictly to the process used for the placement decision.

For the 2013-14 Employee Handbook an important update to the document includes provisions from Jaworski v. South San Antonio ISD which states that districts may no longer require employees to accrue state leave through days of actual work. Therefore, all state and district leave is made available to the employee at the beginning of the year rather than through accrual. Additionally, a district may deduct unearned leave from an employee’s pay if the employee separates from employment with the district before the last duty day of the year.

Approval of the Letter of Agreement with Southern Arkansas University Tech Texarkana Airframe and Powerplant School was given in order to continue TISD’s partnership operation. Other school district partners include Texarkana Arkansas School District, Redwater ISD, Liberty Eylau ISD and Pleasant Grove ISD.

As part of the agreement, SAU Tech operates the Texarkana Airframe and Powerplant School. The program is coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with oversight of the program through SAU Tech as specified in the FAA approved Policies and Procedures. Participating high schools agree to share the costs of the high school program on a per student basis at an estimated cost of $1,383 per student.

TISD was one of the founding institutions of the program and served as the fiscal agent for $1,000,000 in grants received to begin the curriculum in 2002. Since that time, an estimated 25 students per year have enrolled in the program. Upon completion of 1,900 hours in general studies airframe instruction and powerplant instruction, a student receives a FAA certification as an aviation maintenance technician. Typically, 100% of all graduates are placed into jobs upon completion of the program.

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