July 17, 2018

Todd Marshall
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TISD Board of Trustees Approve Vendors, Child Nutrition Vehicle Purchase and Compensation Plan during July 2018 Regular Session

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees met for their regular session on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Trustees approved multiple proposals for vendors as follows:
Audio Equipment, Installation and Repair Vendors – awarded to AVI, B&H Photo Video, Sound Towne and Texarkana Pro Sound;

Awards, Trophies and Promotional Specialty Items Vendors – awarded to, Alexander’s Jewelers, Angel Awards, B&L Trophy, Proforma, Rogers Trophy, Scoreboard and World of Promotions;

Contracted Services for Special Needs Services Vendors – awarded to Texas Association of School Boards;

Two Way Radio Equipment and Repair Vendors – awarded to Bolin Communications dba PROCOM, Brower Two Way Radio and Communication Specialists Contracting.

Also approved was the trade in of a 2001 Dodge Caravan used within the Child Nutrition Department for a 2019 Ford Expedition XL from Caldwell Country in the amount of $39,298 which will be paid through Child Nutrition funds.

A listing of kitchen and cafeteria items, which are no longer useful to the District, were declared as surplus. These items will be sold via an online auction to be announced at a later date.

The 2018-19 Compensation Plan was approved by the TISD Board of Trustees. It includes teacher step increases in salary and a 3% of mid-point range for all other professional, paraprofessional and auxiliary employees who receive a satisfactory performance rating of 3.0 or above on their 2017-18 appraisal. Increases were added to the shortage stipend categories for math, science and bilingual teachers for an additional $4,000 and Spanish teachers at the secondary level for $3,000.

“TISD continues to strive to provide the best compensation for educators in our area which has always been one of our short term and long term goals,” said Autumn Thomas, Deputy Superintendent. “In terms of shortage stipends, we want to reward our current staff in these shortage areas while also recruiting new staff of the highest quality.”

In other business, Board members received a report from the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) whose purpose is to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.

Members of the council met on four separate occasions during the 2017-18 school year. During the year of meetings, SHAC members were updated on the Sight for Student Program, Tiger Health Clinic, child nutrition guidelines and updates, summer feeding program, wellness policy report card, intramural sports program, child sex trafficking, abstinence programming and GoNoodle Movement and Mindfulness for the classroom.

Committee goals for 2018-19 will be to increase parent/community membership and involvement on the committee by seeking further input from campus administrators and to increase parental and student awareness of initiatives intended to increase student wellness through the use of social media, interactive menus and nutrition based apps that allow parents/students to access nutritional information pertaining to food selections in cafeteria when planning food choices at school.

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