April 20, 2016

Todd Marshall
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TISD Schools Recognized for Honor Roll Achievement, Budgeting for 2016-17 Begins and New Construction Update Given during April Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – The Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School along with Nash Elementary School were recognized during the April 19, 2016 regular session of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees for being selected as two of 713 public schools in Texas to receive the title of 2015 Star Honor Roll School.

The Honor Roll, a collaboration between Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

“We are so proud to be recognized by leaders in the Texas business community as an Honor Roll school,” said Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improving our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”

“The connection between economic and educational productivity is very real and critically important,” says Charles Miller, chairman of the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). “Shining a light on schools that work is a great first step, but we must also learn more about their financial data if we want the biggest bang for our education buck. With accurate academic and financial data, Texas can build a system that rewards productivity by giving schools the flexibility to reallocate resources for maximum student benefit. The Honor Roll is a powerful start.”

“The American education system has a secret. Many schools are doing well … the Honor Roll proves it. Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity,” said Jim Lanich, ERP president and CEO. “All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success and leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students.”

In other business, Deidra Reeves, Chief Financial Officer, presented the First Reading of the 2016-2017 budget. “We start our budgeting process for the coming year in February by working directly with our campus principals and departments on what their anticipated needs will be,” she said.

“For the first reading, we are looking at three possible projections based upon same enrollment and appraised values as last year, appraised values increasing by one percent and student enrollment increase along with appraised value increase.” Appraised values will be released by Bowie County Appraisal District at the end of April and certified in July. No change will be made to TISD’s total tax rate represented by $1.17 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and $.255 for Interest & Sinking Funds (I&S) which is used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts.

Board of Trustees will hear the second and third readings in May and June, respectively, with final budget approval given in late-June.

Final report of the evening was a construction update on TISD’s newest elementary school, Waggoner Creek Elementary, and the Sixth Grade Center at Texas Middle School.
According to Paul Norton, “Completion of both projects are scheduled prior to July 1. At present, all major infrastructures are finished and brick and trim work is nearing completion on both facilities with exterior awnings scheduled to be installed in the coming week.”

Workers are currently putting in permanent HVAC controls, ceiling tiles, flooring and wall panels along with electrical plugs, switches and plates. At the same time, toning and labeling of all data connections internally are being done while installation of paging, security and fire systems are being finished. Work on the parking, sidewalks and roadways are nearing completion and the start of finishing the exterior for both locations is scheduled for the month of May. Landscaping and sod work is slated for late May with installation of playground equipment at the elementary during the same time.

Enrollment for both locations is going on now. Applications for enrollment may be obtained: online at; in person at 4241 Summerhill Road; or by phone at 903.794.3651 ext. 1030.

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