PRESS RELEASE


August 21, 2018

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

Accountability Ratings, Materials Surplus, Tax Rate & More Reviewed during August Regular Session for TISD

Texarkana, TX – The Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees met for their regular session on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

During Special Reports & Superintendent’s Information to the Board, Superintendent Paul Norton presented “Algorithm Predicted Accountability Score vs. Actual Accountability Score” charts related to the recently released A-F Accountability Ratings.

The charts, developed by Dr. Chris Jackson, Executive Director of Research, Development & Accountability for Cleburne ISD, clearly showed that school districts and campuses with a high mobility rate, high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, high diversity rate and less ADA funding score at the lowest levels. “We are pleased that TISD scored an overall B in the three categories of Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps,” said Norton. “Our district was predicted to score a 77 (C). However, our students achieved an 86 score for the B rating. The Texas Education Agency has still not developed an accountability system that is easy for parents and taxpayers to understand. They are choosing to rate school districts with one overall score per year which is accompanied by a 75-page guide to understanding the scoring. This is much like giving a student one grade for the year versus by class, which in the end avoids addressing the students’ strengths and weaknesses.”

Several items were declared as surplus. TISD will begin hosting within the next few weeks online auctions for their surplus items through Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc. Interested persons can bid on items at www.renebates.com or visit the TISD website at www.txkisd.net which will take you directly to the district’s page on the online auction site.

Approved was the purchase of two new Ford Expedition L-T’s and a new Ford Transit Passenger Van from Todd Shores’ McLarty Ford for $102,133. These vehicles will be put into use for the District’s fleet vehicles.

Per the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equity in School Lunch Pricing Provision which assesses local pricing and mandates adjustments to the prices of paid lunches, TISD is exempt from raising the prices on student meals for the 2018-19 school year. However, prices for adult meals will need to be increased to maintain compliance. Adult breakfast meals for all campuses will go from $2.75 to $2.85 and adult lunch prices will go from $3.65 to $3.75.

Approval was given for the transfer of $591,750 from construction fund monies received via the Tax Maintenance Note to the General Fund for essentially one-half of the expenses related to an overall $1 million technology infusion for the district. Monies will be used to complete the fiber lines along with the loop from Nash Elementary to Waggoner Creek Elementary and will allow for a 10 gigabyte fiber line to run on the east side of TISD for Theron Jones Early Literacy Center, Dunbar Early Education Center, Highland Park Elementary and Spring Lake Park Elementary. Additionally, funds will go toward the purchase of piloting teacher laptops across the district and replacing computer labs with chrome book desktops.

Trustees approved the 2018-19 tax rate at $1.425. The rate, which has been the same for the past three years, 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. Certified appraised values are $2.052 billion.

In final business, the Bilingual/ESL report was reviewed. During the 2017-18 school year, TISD supported 757 English Language Learner (ELL) 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.

Efforts for Multilingual Education in 2018-19 include:

  • Encouraging general education teachers to become ESL certified;
  • Providing in-house ELL training opportunities for all staff;
  • Expanding the Latino Family Literacy Program.

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