PRESS RELEASE


March 31, 2020

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

Texarkana ISD Board of Trustees Cancel Trustee Election, Review Campus Kitchen Renovations, Resolutions on Wage Payments and Emergency Modifications During COVID-19 and More During March 2020 Meeting

Texarkana, TX – Key items for the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees during their March 31, 2020 regular session included campus kitchen renovations, materials allotment, missed school day waiver, resolutions on wage payments and emergency modification during COVID-19 and cancellation of Trustee election.

*Approval of proposal from Phillips & Sons Refrigeration for $545,500 for kitchen equipment renovation projects at Nash Elementary and Texas High School. Renovations will be during summer 2020.

For Nash Elementary, the serving lines for students will be updated and extended further out with a store-front window feature. The last kitchen upgrade for this campus was in 2000.

The Texas High School renovations include extending and widening the serving line area with new counter tops along with new warming ovens and dishwashing equipment. The last upgrade for this facility was in 2008.

Funding will be through the Child Nutrition program budget. Electrical, plumbing and framing will be done in-house through the TISD Maintenance & Construction Department.

*Approval of Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification for 2020-21. Texas Education Code (TEC) requires each school district’s Board of Trustees to certify annually that the instructional materials selections transmitted through the state EMAT system have been approved for use within the district. These selections may include textbooks, technology and other instructional resources. The certification also states that the district’s instructional materials allotment from the state will be used only for expenses allowed by the TEC and that the instructional materials will cover all elements of the essential knowledge and skills required curriculum. 

*Approval of 2019-20 COVID-19 Missed School Day Waiver Attestation Statement. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) allows schools to apply for a waiver for missed school days due to health, weather or safety. The district commits to supporting students instructionally while absent from school grounds. The missed days will not be counted in the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and will not be required to be made up.

*Approval of a Resolution Regarding Wage Payments for Emergency School Closings during COVID-19 Pandemic. TISD closed operations due to COVID-19 pandemic on March 23, 2020, for the safety of students and staff and the community as a whole. With the approval of this resolution, TISD will be able to forgive staff absences given that wages have already been incorporated into the 2019-20 budget and are within budgeted salary amounts. Premium rates are anticipated to be reimbursed from FEMA.

*Approval of Order Declaring Unopposed Candidates Elected/Cancellation of Trustee Election. With all candidates being unopposed by the February 18, 2020 deadline, the May 2, 2020 Trustee election has been cancelled with a provided savings of $8,000. Candidates are Gerald Brooks (District 2), Amy Bowers (District 4) and Fred Norton, Jr. (District 7 At-Large).

*Approval of a Resolution Relating to Emergency Modifications to Policies, Closure of District Schools, Hiring and Contract Renewal Authority and Expenditure of Public Funds during the Governor-Declared State of Disaster to Mitigate Affects of COVID-19. Through this resolution, the TISD Board of Trustees delegates any and all authority to the Superintendent of Schools during the period of declared global pandemic and statewide disaster to make decisions that will be in the best interests of the District and its students, parents and employees, and place the District in the best position to resume its normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

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