July 22, 2015

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TISD Board of Trustees Approve Compensation Plan; Hear Extracurricular and Athletic Report

Texarkana, TX – Following last month’s approval of the 2015-16 annual budget, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the 2015-16 Compensation Plan during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Included in the Compensation Plan are annual teacher step increases and a 3% of mid-point raise for employees with positions listed on the district paygrade salary system. The mid-point raise is contingent upon receiving a satisfactory performance rating of a 3.0 or above on their appraisal for the 2014-15 school year. In limited cases, equity adjustments were applied to various job categories through the budgetary process to remain competitive with the job market.

“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,” shared Amy Nix, Director of Human Resources. “Each year, as we move into the development of the compensation plan, we stay true to our goals of remaining competitive with labor markets, reward outstanding performance of exemplary workers, and reflect the varying and changing levels of knowledge, skill, effort, scope and responsibility required of the different jobs within the school district.”

Board members also heard reports on extracurricular and athletic involvement for the 2014-15 school year.

Ninety-one percent of the Texas Middle School student body participated in extracurricular activities ranging from athletics to performance programs to clubs and organizations. The breakdown by grade was 94% participation in 6th Grade, 94% participation in 7th Grade and 84% participation in 8th Grade.

Texas Middle School athletic offerings include swim, tennis, soccer and golf with performance programs of band, guitar, choir and piano being offered. They round out their extracurricular programming with 18 clubs and organizations available for students to participate in along with UIL Academic programming.

For Texas High School, 69% of all students participated in at least one activity with the participation percentage for grades 9 thru 12 at the same level. THS offers 23 athletic programs to students along with five performance courses, six activity courses and 46 clubs and organizations for students to be involved in, including UIL Academics which feature opportunities in 19 academic areas.

Athletic achievements for the 2014-15 year showed 693 students participating in one or more athletic programs with 13 student athletes receiving scholarships to play at the collegiate level in tennis, basketball, golf, football, baseball and volleyball. Program achievements included:
Boys Golf – State Runner-Up, Regional Champions & District Champions
Girls Doubles Tennis – State Runner-Up
Girls Track Discus – State Qualifier
Girls Golf, Boys Swim, Girls Swim – State Qualifier, Regional Champions & District Champions
Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Team Tennis, Girls Basketball – District Champions
Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer – Bi-District Champions

“Extracurricular activities play an important role in educational experiences,” commented Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools. “They allow students the opportunity to excel in something other than academics which can make a huge difference in self-esteem and teaches real-world skills that may possibly lead to lifelong interests and/or careers.” “Studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities have a strong sense of purpose and self-esteem and understand the importance of making a difference in their community and contributing to society.”

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