September 19, 2017
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Ratings, Superintendent Update and Personnel Changes Top Topics for TISD's September Board of Trustees Meeting
Texarkana, TX – Preliminary performance ratings, superintendent update and personnel changes were lead topics for Texarkana Independent School District’s Board of Trustees during their September 19, 2017 regular meeting.
Up first was a review of the 2017 Accountability Ratings which are based on a revised system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district and each individual campus. Texas annually rates its public schools and districts on the academic performance of their students along with graduation rate, student progress and postsecondary readiness.
Districts and campuses receive one of three ratings under the new accountability system: Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. Additionally, campuses are eligible for up to seven (7) distinction designations based on achievement in performance indicators.
“We are pleased to announce that TISD and all campuses met standard for the 2016-17 school year and received a total of 20 distinctions,” said Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools. “This is a direct result of having quality staff teaching outstanding students.”
However, even with the success of this year’s accountability ratings, TISD Superintendent Paul Norton continues to question the financial support that the Texas Legislature is giving to charter schools that are not required to meet the same standards as Texas public schools.
“Public school districts and campuses continue to outperform charter programs,” according to Norton. “If the Texas legislature continues to consider funding of charter programs, then I believe that all schools receiving state money should be required to follow the same academic and financial accountability standards as public schools.”
When looking at the 2017 overall ratings of public school districts versus charter school programs, 97.1% of school districts met standard in comparison to 85% of charter programs. Six percent of charter schools were not rated.
In terms of individual campuses, 90.2% of public schools met standard against 80% of charter schools with 12.61% of charter schools not receiving a rating.
In other business, Trustees approved the hiring of Anita Clay as Executive Director of Business Operations. She will replace Deidra Reeves, Chief Financial Officer, who after twenty-one years has resigned to assume the Chief Financial Officer position with Greenville ISD.
Anita Clay brings to TISD 29 years of extensive public school district experience at both the K-12 and higher education settings. She began her career in 1988 as a Staff Accountant for Wilf & Henderson, PC where she remained until 2002. Clay then joined New Boston ISD as Business Manager serving until 2015 when she took the position of Controller for Texarkana College.
Final approved item for the TISD Board of Trustees was the nomination of Wanda Boyette and Paul Miller as District Directors to the Bowie Central Appraisal District Board for a two-year term. Based upon the number of votes allotted by the Appraisal Board, TISD typically will fill two seats of the five-member board. The Bowie Central Appraisal District is responsible for setting the assessed value of all property in Bowie County and collecting the taxes levied by the taxing entities.