October 17, 2017

Todd Marshall
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October TISD Board of Trustees Meeting Covers Financial Accountability, Tax Roll and District Improvement Plan

Texarkana, TX – The October 17, 2017 regular meeting of the Texarkana Independent School District's Board of Trustees highlighted details on state-wide financial accountability ratings, tax roll for 2017-18 school year and district/campus improvement plans.

For the 15th year, since the inception of Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), TISD has received a rating of Superior Achievement for demonstrating quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources. This rating is based upon an analysis of staff and student data reported for the 2015-16 school year. Senate Bill (SB) 875, which was passed during the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999, authorized the implementation of a financial accountability rating system for Texas school districts.

“TISD’s effort in being effective, efficient and accountable with taxpayers’ dollars is an important task that we strive continually to deliver,” said Nanette Power, Executive Director of Quality Assurance. “Receiving the Superior Achievement Rating since the inception of this accountability system is evident of our excellence in managing and reporting taxpayer dollars and something that we take great pride in.”

In additional business, Trustees approved the final 2017 Tax Roll from the Bowie Central Appraisal District which TISD taxes will be based off of for the 2017-18 school year. This year’s total taxable value of $2 billion is $1 million higher than the previous year.

In other business, approval was given for the updated District/Campus Improvement Plans.

“This annual working document for the district and the campuses is now more aligned with the mission statement and strategic objectives we have for TISD,” shared Holly Tucker, Chief Academic Officer. “We wanted our document to reflect the targets we are focused on versus the things we were already doing. It allows us to streamline the district focus so that we can make an impact on student learning.” The overall document addresses four overall goals with 18 overall objectives.

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