PRESS RELEASE


March 16, 2016

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

TISD Board of Trustees Meeting for March Addresses Playground Equipment, Middle School Course Guide and Police Department Needs

Texarkana, TX – During the March 15, 2016 regular session of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees, members approved playground equipment for TISD’s newest elementary school, Waggoner Creek Elementary. Additionally, approval was given for the Texas Middle School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2016-17 and for the TISD Police Department to move forward with a grant submission for emergency patrol ATV’s and radio equipment.

Five competitive sealed proposals for playground equipment for Waggoner Creek Elementary School were reviewed. Approval was given to purchase BCI Burke Company equipment provided by Child’s Play, Inc. from Dallas, Texas at $86,193.00. The custom playground configuration will provide a safe playground environment that is aesthetically pleasing and full of fun for all users.

The playground structure size will be 71’5” x 47’3” covering a 2,349 square foot area. There are 21 play events within the playground environment, 15 of those elevated. Some of the featured equipment will be an Atom Climber, Convex Climber, Rock Climber, Spiral Slide, Rock’N Roll Slide and Swift Twist Spinner.

Additionally, Trustees approved the 2016-17 Texas Middle School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide. Texas Middle School will offer a total of 67 classes for students along with 36 Pre-Advanced Placement courses. They will continue to offer accelerated math with Algebra I available to 7th grade students and Geometry available to 8th grade students.

Other opportunities for the upcoming year will include enhancements to the University Interscholastic League team programs thereby allowing students the option to attend more UIL practice meets and competitions. Pre-AP English Language Arts students will have the chance to do summer reading novels and projects and a National History Day competition has been added for students enrolled in Pre-AP Social Studies classes.

In other business, Trustees approved a resolution for the submission of a grant application to Ark-Tex Council of Governments for $40,810. If received, this grant will be used for the purchase of eight digital radios and two ATV’s.

Presently, the Texarkana ISD Police Department radio equipment needs to be upgraded to digital which would bring them current with all Federal and State communication requirements and would provide more enhancement to the patrol of the campuses. The department does have a golf cart that is used. However, the addition of ATV’s will assist in patrolling outdoor events.

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