September 16, 2015
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TISD Board of Trustees Review Assorted Items during September Meeting
Texarkana, TX – During their Tuesday, September 15, 2015 regular session, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees reviewed proposals for kitchen equipment, class size waivers for elementary schools, police officer training, nominated representatives to the Bowie Central Appraisal District and was updated on business and volunteer involvement for the previous school year.
Under the Consent Agenda, Board members approved the proposal for Kitchen Equipment for the new elementary school which was supported by TISD Taxpayers during the November 4, 2014 bond election. Three bids were received for kitchen equipment, delivered and installed, including all labor and material, training, testing, final hookups, payment and performance bonds per the school specifications. Phillips & Sons Refrigeration was the recommended proposal at $664,962.
Also approved were class size exception waivers for Highland Park Elementary, Morriss Elementary, Nash Elementary, Spring Lake Park Elementary and Wake Village Elementary.
At the beginning of the school year, each school district in Texas is required to review its class size enrollment to determine whether its class size for grades kindergarten through four meets the requirements of Texas Education Code 25.112. If the survey indicates any class exceeding a 22:1 student to teacher ratio, the district must submit a class size waiver and compliance plan.
“The class size waivers for our five schools are a direct result of additional enrollment throughout the district,” commented Nanette Power, Executive Director of Quality Assurance. “As a district, we try to keep with a general rule of no more than 24:1 student to teacher ratio and in some cases will add in a classroom aide to assist those teachers with larger classes.”
Additionally, Trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding between TISD and Northeast Texas Community College/Northeast Police Academy to provide required training for members of the TISD Police Department. All officers at the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master level proficiency are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours per year.
Trustees appointed Wanda Boyette and Paul Miller as District Directors to the Bowie Central Appraisal District Board for a two-year term. Based upon the number of votes allotted by the Appraisal Board, TISD typically will fill two seats of the five-member board. The Bowie Central Appraisal District is responsible for setting the assessed value of all property in Bowie County and collecting the taxes levied by the taxing entities.
Final report of the evening was from Jo Ann Rice, Assistant Superintendent for Student & Community Development. Mrs. Rice reported that during the 2014-15 school year a total of 208 area business partnered with TISD through the Partners In Education (PIE) Program. Collectively, PIE members donated volunteer services, monetary and in-kind contributions totaling $923,269. Within the TISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Program, 841 persons volunteered during the year contributing an estimated 40,020 hours of volunteer efforts on TISD campuses.