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July 18, 2017

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

Employee Handbook and Compensation Plan Key Topics during July 2017 TISD Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – The Employee Handbook and Compensation Plan for the 2017-18 school year were two key topics approved during the Tuesday, July 18, 2017 regular session of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees. Additionally, reports were given from the School Health Advisory Council and the English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education program.

Board members approved the TISD Employee Handbook for 2017-18. This annual document is updated and provided for employees to use as a reference guide to policies and procedures. All topics are edited to align with district procedures and the 2017 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Model Employee Handbook.

Also approved was the 2017-18 Compensation Plan. It, too, is a document that is updated and changed annually through a process that begins with the development of each year’s budget. Included in this year’s Compensation Plan are annual teacher step increases and a 3% of mid-point raise to employees with positions listed on the district paygrade salary system. Pay raises are dependent upon the employee receiving a satisfactory performance rating of 3.0 or above on their appraisal for the 2016-17 school year. In limited cases, equity adjustments were applied to various job categories through the budgetary process to remain competitive with the job market.

In other business, Board members received a report from the School Health Advisory Council and English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education program.

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) met on four separate occasions during the 2016-17 school year. During the year of meetings, SHAC members were updated on child nutrition guidelines, abstinence programming, EpiPen policies and shot records, recess times, summer feeding programs and revisions to Health Education standards which now will include prescription drug awareness.

Committee goals for 2017-18 will be to increase parent/community membership and involvement on the committee by seeking further input from campus administrators and to 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 2016-17 school year, TISD supported 817 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.

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