November 19, 2019

Todd Marshall
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TISD Board of Trustees November 2019 Regular Session Covers Topics On First Accountability Rating System of Texas, Tax Roll, Committed Fund Balances, Audit Report, THS Program of Studies and Property Purchase

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees met for their regular session on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Items reviewed and/or approved included:

*Public Hearing on annual Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas). TISD received a rating of Superior 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 2017-18 school year. Senate Bill (SB) 218, which was passed during the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, authorized the implementation of a financial accountability rating system for Texas school districts;

*Public Hearing on Targeted Improvement Plans for Westlawn Elementary School. Given that Westlawn Elementary was the recipient of a Texas Title One Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant through the Texas Education Association, TISD is required to detail the goals and strategies being used to implement the grant. With the 2019-20 school year being the last year of the grant, plans are focused on creating a sustainability plan of the goals and strategies that have been implemented during the past three years. Westlawn Elementary was eligible for the grant because of their improvement required status. With the grant, the campus has focused on literacy, leadership and family engagement and has met standard during the past three years;

*Declare Items as Surplus. Items no longer useful to the District but still have value and can be sold were declared as surplus. Listing includes three (3) school buses with seating availability from 47 to 72. Items will be sold in December 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;

*Approval of Pool Equipment & Supplies Vendors. Awarded to Aqua-Rec, Inc. as Primary Vendor and Leslie’s Pool Supplies as Secondary Vendor for the period November 19, 2019 to April 17, 2021;

*Approval of TASB Policy Update 114. TASB Policy Update 114 has been reviewed by school administrators and legal counsel. The bulk of the update is legal changes and will be updated accordingly;

*Approval of Bowie Central Appraisal District 2019 Tax Roll. This year’s total taxable value of $2.207 billion is $143 million higher than the previous year;

*Approval of Official Ballot Resolution for Nominees for Election to the Bowie Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. TISD has a total of 1,208 votes and is requesting that 604 votes be equally cast for Trustees Amy Bowers and Paul fill a two-year term;

*Approval of Committed Fund Balance Resolution. From portions of the June 30, 2019 General Fund and Child Nutrition Fund, TISD will assign a fund balance of $8,000,000 to Construction consisting of future repairs, renovations and betterments of school facilities and $2,000,000 for Food Service Construction consisting of future repairs, renovations and betterments of food service facilities;

*Approval of Audit Report for FY 2019. Auditors from the firm of Thomas & Thomas, LLP found no findings on TISD’s accounting procedures and determined that the District continues to maintain sound financial practices. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, TISD ended with a fund balance of $16.7 million, an increase of $141,932 over the previous year. The fund balance at the end of 2018-19 was 28% of expenditures;

*Approval of Texas High School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2019-20. With the addition of 18 new courses, Texas High School students will have a comprehensive academic curriculum that includes 523 courses of which 32 are Advanced Placements courses and 133 Dual Credit Courses. Also available are 12 certifications and 190 courses in career and technology programming;

*Approval of Resolution for Purchase of Property at 1703 West 14th Street. Property owner has contacted TISD wanting to sell. It is in the best interest of TISD to acquire property around Tiger Stadium for additional parking. Approval allows the District to take all steps necessary and sign all documents necessary to purchase and acquire the property;

*Professional Development Update. A review of professional development (PD) programs offered by TISD for the 2019-20 school year was given. All PD programs are designed to support district goals for increasing the use of targeted strategies to positively impact the meets and masters grade level performance categories and for the effective implementation of research-based emotional wellness programs proven to positively impact staff and students;

*English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Annual Report. During the 2018-19 school year, TISD supported 603 English Language Learner 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. Six ESL teachers serve the bilingual student population by providing push-in, pull-out and newcomer services.

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