November 27, 2018

Todd Marshall
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TISD Board of Trustees November 2018 Regular Session Covers Topics on First Accountability Rating System of Texas, Committed Fund Balances, Audit Report and THS Program of Studies

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees met for their regular session on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Items reviewed and/or approved included:

*Public Hearing on annual Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas). TISD received a rating of Above Standard for their efforts in 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 2016-17 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;

*Public Hearing/Approval to Appoint Committee on District of Innovation (DOI) Plan. As a current TEA approved DOI, TISD is given the opportunity to amend their exemptions on an annual basis. In doing so, the district must go through the same application steps as was done initially. The new timeline for amendments to the DOI plan will be:

  • Board of Trustees Resolution Approval (October 2018)
  • Public Hearing on Resolution, Committee Appointment to Develop District of Innovation Plan, Initial Committee Meeting (November 2018)
  • Public Plan Posting for 30 days, Final Committee Public Meeting (December 2018)
  • Plan sent to Education Commissioner, Board Approval of Plan (January 2019).

There are currently 799 districts in Texas approved as Districts of Innovation. The DOI concept was passed by the 84th Legislative Session in HB 1842 in 2015 and gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open enrollment charter schools. School districts in Texas can now seek exemptions from certain requirements of the state plan. Innovation plans are more about local school district control;

*Approval of Digital Upgrade of Intrusion Monitoring System to Sonitrol Security in the amount of $57,314. This upgrade will allow TISD to move all security keypads within the district from analog to digital;

*Approval to rescind prior proposal award to Cici’s Pizza (approved in September 2018) for full service fresh pizza delivery at all schools due to their inability to meet the specifications of the proposal;

*Approval to commit portions of the June 30, 2018 General Fund and Child Nutrition Fund unassigned fund balance as follows: $8,000,000 to Construction consisting of future repairs, renovations and betterments of school facilities and $1,000,000 for Food Service Construction consisting of future repairs, renovations and betterments of food service facilities;

*Approval of Audit Report for FY 2018. Auditors from the firm of Thomas & Thomas, LLP gave their findings on TISD’s accounting procedures and determined that the District continues to maintain sound financial practices. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, TISD ended with a fund balance of $16.6 million, an increase of $365,853 over the previous year. The fund balance at the end of 2017-18 was 29% of expenditures.

*Approval of Texas High School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2019-20. With the addition of nine (9) new courses, Texas High School students will have a comprehensive academic curriculum that includes 519 courses of which 30 are Advanced Placements courses and 90 Dual Credit Courses. Also available are 21 certifications in career and technology courses.

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