PRESS RELEASE


September 18, 2019

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

Routine Items, Cooperative Purchasing Fees Report and Amendments to the District of Innovation Plan...

Texarkana, TX – A short agenda for Texarkana ISD Board of Trustees during Tuesday, September 16, 2019 regular session included:

*Public Hearing on Accelerated Instruction Programs for High School Students. A Public Hearing for public discussion of the 2019 Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Accelerated Instruction Programs for High School Students was held. House Bill 5, 83rd Legislative Session, added a new Texas Education Code 28.0217 to require each school district to provide accelerated instruction in the applicable subject area each time a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an end-of-course (EOC) assessment instrument;

*Consideration/Approval of Cooperative Purchasing Fees. Section 44.0331 of the Texas Education Code requires the annual reporting of any contract related. Trustees reviewed and approved the report for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019;

*Consideration/Approval of Campus and District Improvement Plans. The updated 2019-20 Campus (with Targeted/Additional Support embedded) and District Improvement Plans, which were recently updated following the release of the state assessment results, were reviewed and approved by Trustees;

*Consideration/Approval to Change Date of October 2019 Board Meeting to Tuesday, October 8 in lieu of October 15, 2019. Approved by Trustees;

*Consideration/Approval of Resolution to Amend Current Local District of Innovation Plan. Per State of Texas, all teachers on a teacher contract and paid on the teacher pay scale are currently evaluated every year utilizing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (TTESS) unless they are exempted under criteria in DNA (Local). TISD will continue to utilize TTESS to evaluate identified teachers in the classroom setting. Teachers who are in varied positions not providing whole group instruction but more individualized and varied instruction as well as other duties, need a more defined appraisal tool relevant to their position. Teachers with specialized positions will be exempted from TTESS and a local specialized appraisal tool will be developed to better align with their duties and positions. This exemption will allow local flexibility to evaluate performance measures for the particular job duties and expectations;

*Report on District of Innovation/Elementary Class Size. Under the District of Innovation Plan, TISD is required to report the number of classes that exceed 22:1 student to teacher ratio for grades Kindergarten through fourth grade. A total of two (2) classes within Highland Park Elementary and Morriss Elementary are currently exceeding the respective ratio due in part to increased enrollment for those campuses.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

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