July 20, 2016

Todd Marshall
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July TISD Board of Trustees Meeting Includes 2016-17 Compensation Plan and Reports From School Health Advisory Committee, Bilingual Education, Extracurricular and Athletic Programs

Texarkana, TX – The Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees held their regular session on July 19, 2016 approving standard agenda items on personnel, monthly investment report and vendor approvals, as well as the 2016 Employee Handbook which featured only copy updates from the previous year. Additionally, the Compensation Plan was approved for the 2016-17 school year.

“It is important that TISD monitor the job market and salaries within the state in order to stay competitive and to be able to recruit and retain the most highly qualified personnel,” said Autumn Thomas, Deputy Superintendent. “In doing so, we have added in a step 27 level in the amount of $500 for the district’s most experienced teachers and are including a 3% of mid-point raise for all personnel on the district’s paygrade salary system who received a satisfactory performance rating of a 3.0 or above on their 2015-16 school year appraisal.”

Board members also received reports from the School Health Advisory Council and English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education.

The School Health Advisory Council met on four separate occasions during the 2015-16 school year. During those times a subcommittee was formed to research increasing recess times for students, approving child nutrition menus for the district, implementing hands-on CPR training to all 12th grade students and bringing in a Mobile Asthma Unit to each campus during the school year.

Some of the committee’s goals for 2016-17 will be to establish more partnerships in the community to promote physical activity and fitness in our students, monitor the recess time of each elementary school and increase the usage of HealthTeacher district-wide. HealthTeacher provides a comprehensive online health literacy curriculum with 300 health lessons that incorporate knowledge points and skills aligned with the National Health Education Standards. Lessons are organized under ten topic areas that address subjects like bullying, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, mental health and nutrition.

During the 2015-16 school year, TISD supported 735 English Language Learner students through the Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. TISD’s bilingual students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth are served on the Highland Park Elementary and Nash Elementary campuses through a dual-language one-way program using the Gomez & Gomez Dual Language Enrichment Model. Five ESL teachers serve the bilingual student population by providing push-in, pull-out and newcomer services.

The final presentation of the evening was on extracurricular and athletic involvement for the 2015-16 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 96% participation in 6th Grade, 93% 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 16 clubs and organizations available for students to participate in along with UIL Academic programming.

For Texas High School, 72% 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 41 clubs and organizations for students to be involved in, including UIL Academics which feature opportunities in 15 academic areas.

Athletic achievements for the 2015-16 year showed 1,667 Texas Middle School and Texas High School students participating in one or more athletic programs. Twenty-three student athletes received scholarships to play at the collegiate level in soccer, tennis, basketball, golf, football, softball, baseball, swim and track for a total of $1.313 million. Program achievements included: District Championships in Football, Baseball, Swim, Tennis and Golf; Regional Championships in Swim, Team Tennis and Mixed Doubles Tennis; State Semi Finalist in Team Tennis; State Finalist in Mixed Doubles Tennis.

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