July 25, 2019

Todd Marshall
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Compensation Plan, Employee Handbook, Student Code of Conduct Along with Reports on School Health Advisory Committee and Athletic & Extracurricular Participation Reviewed During July 2019 TISD Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – A full agenda was reviewed during the July 25, 2019 regular session of the TISD Board of Trustees.

*Approved Items as Surplus. Items no longer useful to the District but still having value and can be sold were declared as surplus. Listing includes: 22 two-way radios, 1 tear drop camper/trailer and 8 copier staples. Items will be sold in August through an online auction at Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc. Interested persons can bid, at that time, on items at or visit the TISD website at which will take you directly to the district’s page on the online auction site;

*Approved Educational Professional Development, Consulting, Coaching and Facilitation Service Vendor. Approved vendors include Lynn Kuhn and Nearpod;

*Approved Employee Handbook for 2019-2020. The annual document is updated and provided for employees to use as a reference guide to policies and procedures. All topics are edited to align with district procedures and the 2019 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Model Employee Handbook;

*Approved TASB Policy Update 113. Following review by school administrators and legal counsel, legal changes were made to local policies on: Board Members Authority, Board Internal Organization Attorney; Superintendent Evaluation; School Properties Disposal; Food & Nutrition Management for Procurement and Free & Reduced Price Meals; Insurance and Annuities Management for Liability Insurance; Special Education Video/Audio Monitoring; Student Rights and Responsibilities for Interrogations and Searches;

*Approved Student Code of Conduct for 2019-2010. The Student Code of Conduct, mandated by Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code, addresses legal requirements and organizes the provisions of the law into a framework that communicates to students, parents, school staff and community exactly what is expected of students and how misconduct will be handled. Yearly updates are made based upon recommendations from Texas Association of School Boards (TASB);

*Approved Compensation Plan for 2019-2020. With Texas House Bill 3 signed into law on June 11, 2019, an estimated $6.5 billion in new public education spending was made available across the state.

The additional funding for TISD has allowed the District to increase the annual teacher compensation salary range from a beginning teacher salary of $43,000 to a maximum of $63,000 for the top of the scale. TISD teachers will receive salary increases from 10% to 17%, depending upon years of experience. TISD will also be able to provide other district staff a 5% to 7% mid-point raise. Additionally, personnel and resources have been added within the budget to support classroom teachers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, special services for dyslexia and 504 requirements as well as additional teacher positions to reduce class sizes in targeted areas. The new compensation package also includes an increase in various other staff compensation such as Dual Credit stipends for our teachers preparing students for college readiness.

Texas House Bill 3 contains major reforms to public education including: support for teachers and rewards for teacher excellence; a focus on learning and student outcomes; prioritizing early literacy; improving college, career and military readiness; increasing support for special education; expanding learning opportunities; increases in funding and equity; reductions and reforms to property taxes. In supporting teachers and rewards for teacher excellence the Basic Allotment (BA) districts receive per student has increased from $5,140 to $6,160. Districts must allocate 30% of new monies toward full-time employee compensation increases – 75% for teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians;

*Approved Delegate to TASB Delegate Assembly in Dallas, Texas on September 21, 2019. The TISD Delegate will be Bryan DePriest;

*Received Reports on:
-School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for 2018-19. The purpose of this committee is to ensure that local community values are reflected in the District’s health education instruction. Per state law, TISD must consider the recommendations of the SHAC before making changes in the District’s health education curriculum or instruction. The committee met on four separate occasions during the 2018-19 school year to review programs related to Mental Health First Aid Training, Immunizations, School Nutrition, Wellness Policy, Intramural Sports Program and the Go Noodle program. Goals for 2019-20 include the increase in parent/community involvement with the committee, increase in the number of students eating a healthy breakfast and lunch in campus cafeterias, increase in the number of students participating in TISD Intramural Programs and providing Mental Health First Aid Training to staff members;

-Student Handbooks for 2019-2020. The handbook has been revised for the 2019-2020 school year following the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) model handbook recommendations;

-2018-19 Athletic and Extracurricular Report. Ninety-four 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, 95% participation in 7th Grade and 93% 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, 80% of all students participated in at least one activity with the participation percentage for grades 9 thru 12 ranging from 75% to 84%. THS offers 23 athletic programs to students along with five performance courses, six activity courses and 49 clubs and organizations for students to be involved in, including UIL Academics which feature opportunities in 14 academic areas.

Athletic achievements for the 2018-19 year showed 1,931 Texas Middle School and Texas High School students participating in one or more athletic programs;

-Parent & Family & Engagement Policy 2019-20 Report. Updates to this annual policy have been made based on requirements established by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the TISD Quality Improvement Committee (DQIC) evaluation of the policy using the ESSA Checklist for compliance;

-2019-20 Official Budget Book. The official budget for the 2019-20 school year was approved and adopted by the TISD Board of Trustees on June 25, 2019. The budget book has been prepared to support the approved budget reflecting general fund revenue of $68.97 million with projected expenses of $68.92 million and a fund balance change of $51,113. TISD’s current tax rate will be reduced from $1.425 to $1.3233 due to Texas House Bill 3. The new rate will be represented by $1.0683 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and $.255 for Interest & Sinking Funds (I&S) which is used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

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