May 18, 2016

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Students & Staff Recognized during TISD Board of Trustees Regular Session

Texarkana, TX – Students and staff were highlighted during the May 17, 2016 regular session of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting. Other matters addressed included: waiver for missed instruction day, increase in Tiger Learning Center tuition, election of officers and the second reading of the 2016-17 budget.

During the recognition portion of the agenda, Trustees were introduced to twelve 7th Grade students from Texas Middle School who have been chosen by the Duke University Talent Identification Program as academically talented students based on grade-level assessment scores achieved while attending middle school. Students were invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam with high school juniors and seniors during the fall of 2015.

Earning Grand Recognition were: Katherine Morgan, Nicholas Pappas, Jenna Woodard and Kate Woodard. To receive grand recognition, students must score at or above 680 in math and 650 in critical reading and writing on their SAT – with a cumulative score at or above 1850. On the ACT, they must score at or above 29 in English, 30 in reading, 27 in science and 28 in math and composite.

State Recognition recipients were: Margaret Cook, Charli Hueter, Justin LeGrand, Charles Ogden, Gabrielle Reed, William Robertson, Christian Rogers and Aidan Ross. These students scored at or above 530 in math, 510 in critical reading and 500 in writing on the SAT. On the ACT, they must have scored at or above 21 in English, math, reading and science.

Staff recognized during the opening ceremonies are members of the first staff cohort to complete the TISD Leadership Academy. They are: Kristi Brown, Erin Buchanan, April Davis, Erin Davis, Christin Dickens, Romegan Ford, Marsha Geraci, Jason Glover, Janis Holmes, Andrew Jones, Mandi Keilbach, Nichole Smith, Amanda Sumpter, Jenny Walker and Kiaundra Walker.

The TISD Leadership Academy is designed to train currently employed staff as future administrators. Those employees who have completed or started their Master Degree in Educational Administration were eligible to apply at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Following interviews, fifteen staff were selected and began meeting monthly in August 2015 to explore leadership concepts, campus/district operations and educational trends and highlights.

“We wanted to give our members the opportunity to be part of real-world experiences that they may not see from the classroom,” said Autumn Thomas, Deputy Superintendent. “From touring the Textbook Warehouse to sitting down with Maintenance and Transportation departments, members learned about key operations that make a school district function, and function well.”

“We also brought in the Human Resources and Operations departments, as well as outstanding key campus leaders who have been with TISD for many years. Our goal was to make sure they understood the ‘TISD Way’ and were exposed to as many leadership styles as possible. We want them to be ready to move into a leadership role when it becomes available and have a clear understanding of our philosophies and beliefs,” continued Thomas.

In other business, Trustees approved the submission of a waiver to the Texas Education Agency on behalf of the missed instructional day for Morriss Elementary School on May 10, 2016 due to the strong storm that came through the area the night prior. Morriss Elementary was the only TISD school who remained without power the following day. With the approved waiver, the missed day will not be counted in the Average Daily Attendance for that day nor will the school be required to make up the missed day.

Also approved was the tuition increase for Tiger Learning Center which serves as a pre-school and after-school program at Morriss Elementary, Nash Elementary, Spring Lake Park Elementary, Wake Village Elementary and Waggoner Creek Elementary. Effective the 2016-17 school year, TISD employee rates will be $45 for the school calendar year and non-TISD employee rates will be $60. Summer and Holidays will be $65/$45 (full day/half day) for TISD employees and $85/$60 for non-employees. Waggoner Creek Elementary pre-school program will be $90 for TISD employees and $100, as available, for non-employees, while the after-school program at Waggoner Creek Elementary will be $25, as available for non-employees.

Trustees elected new officers for the 2016-17 school year. Fred Norton, Jr. (At Large - District 7) was chosen to lead as President with Gerald Brooks (District 2) serving as Vice-President and Amy Bowers (District 4) serving as Secretary.

Deidra Reeves, Chief Financial Officer, presented the Second Reading of the 2016-17 budget. “We have received our estimated appraised values, held all budget meetings with campuses/departments and are in the process of making additions and deletions as needed,” she shared.

Federal monies to be received is still unknown along with various other line item revenue and expenses. Board of Trustees will hear the third reading in June with final budget approval given in late-June.

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