June 26, 2018

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June TISD Board of Trustees Meeting Covers Hiring of New Principal for Texas High School, Budget & Tax Rate for 2018-19 and More

Texarkana, TX – During their Tuesday, June 26, 2018 regular session, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved business policy procedures, hiring of new principal for Texas High School and budget and proposed tax rate for 2018-19. Reports were heard on Athletic & Extracurricular activities along with Student & Community Development.

To cover annual business procedures, Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the Investment Policy along with a list of Brokers the district may purchase securities from as allowed by the investment policy.

During the consideration/approval of personnel items, Board of Trustees approved Carla Dupree for the position of Texas High School Principal.

Dupree joined the Tiger Family in 2017 as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction for Texas High. She brings to the position five years of teaching experience with Queen City High School and 18 years of administrative experience with 10 of those years as Principal at the elementary and secondary levels with Queen City ISD. Dupree received her Bachelor of Arts in English/Speech Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a Master of Science in Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce along with Principal Certification. She replaces Brad Bailey who has moved into the position of Chief Operations Officer for TISD.

“Carla is dedicated, enthusiastic and driven to motivate students and teachers to achieve personal, professional and school-wide goals,” said Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools. “I have no doubt that she will work well with all to accomplish great things for Texas High.”

Anita Clay, Executive Director of Business Operations, presented the 2018-19 budget and proposed tax rate for approval by the Board of Trustees.

Total projected revenue is estimated at $66.3 million, slightly up from last year’s revenue. Expenditures are expected to fall at $66.8 million showing a deficit of $462,447. The budget includes teacher step increases in salary and a 3% of mid-point range for all other professional, paraprofessional and auxiliary employees. No change will be made to TISD’s total tax rate which has remained the same since 2015. The 2018-19 proposed tax rate is represented by $1.17 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and $.255 for Interest & Sinking Funds (I&S) which is used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts.

Gerry Stanford, Athletic Director, gave the annual report on Athletic Involvement and Extracurricular activities.

Eighty-eight 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 94% participation in 6th Grade, 92% participation in 7th Grade and 78% 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 18 clubs and organizations available for students to participate in along with UIL Academic programming.

For Texas High School, 81% of all students participated in at least one activity with participation percentage for grades 9 thru 12 at the same level. THS offers 22 athletic programs to students along with five performance courses, six activity courses and 45 clubs and organizations for students to be involved in, including UIL Academics which feature opportunities in 17 academic areas.

In the final presentation of the meeting, Jo Ann Rice, Assistant Superintendent for Student & Community Development, reported that during the 2017-18 school year additional school counselors were trained to be certified instructors on the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Families” workshop curriculum. A total of seven workshops were offered throughout the school year with an estimated 320 parent/guardians attending. TISD was supported by 221 area business who partnered with the district through the Partners In Education (PIE) Program. Collectively, PIE members donated volunteer services, monetary and in-kind contributions totalling $1,088,039. Within the TISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Program, 935 persons volunteered during the year contributing an estimated 44,068 hours of volunteer efforts on TISD campuses. Other programs supported through the Student & Community Development department include: Tunnel of Leaders; Superintendent’s Leader in Me Luncheons; Boys to Men Leadership Academy & Precious Gems Social Club after-school mentoring; DREAM (Dedication & Responsibility Encourages Ambition & Motivation), a Texas High School leadership and mentor program; and the Diversity Awareness Committee responsible for the recruitment and retention of minority staff and assisting in closing the achievement gap for minority students.

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