January 19, 2021

Todd Marshall
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TISD Board of Trustees Hear Superintendent Entry Plan and Approve Other Items during January 2021 Regular Session

Texarkana, TX – During the January 19, 2021 regular session of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Doug Brubaker, new Superintendent of Schools, reviewed with Trustees his Superintendent Entry Plan. The action plan is based on the book, The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, by Michael D. Watkins.

“Research on organizational effectiveness indicates that new leaders transition more quickly and effectively when they use entry plans,” said Brubaker. “Guided by an entry plan, leaders set a positive tone, clarify expectations, build trust and establish positive working relationships. Creating these positive conditions helps to keep the focus of the district on meeting the needs of students and builds momentum for positive change.”

The Superintendent Entry Plan is a living document that features various activities in which Brubaker will be engaged in through his first ninety days of service. The activities fall within three phases – Transition Phase, Entry Phase and Planning Phase – and are designed to meet the following specific objectives:
*Establish an effective and collaborative relationship with the TISD Board of Trustees;

*Develop an understanding of the strengths, growth areas, challenges and opportunities
within TISD;

*Build relationships with students, parents, staff, members of the community, local leaders and state officials;

*Align efforts of the administrative team to identify and address most urgent and important priorities; assess readiness for process to develop new long-term strategic plan.

“I look forward to working with TISD staff, students, parents and community stakeholders this spring to fine-tune this plan, complete it and by doing so develop a better understanding of this outstanding school district and the community that it serves,” said Brubaker.

In other actions, the Board of Trustees:
*Held Public Hearing on Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). The annual report consists of a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and districts in Texas. Performance is shown disaggregated by student groups, including ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The reports also provide extensive information on school and district staff, programs and student demographics. Information for TISD can be found at;

*Approved Educational Professional Development, Consulting, Coaching and Facilitation Services Vendors. Recommended vendors are ACT, Inc. and Newton Education Solutions;

*Approved Submission of TEA Expedited Waiver for Staff Development for 2021-22. Waiver provides for a maximum of 2,100 total waiver minutes to use for professional development for districts. The waiver is for staff development in place of student instruction and can be in the form of early release, all day or a combination thereof;

*Approved Resolution regarding Delegation to Superintendent for Waivers. Allows the Board of Trustees to give the Superintendent the authority to pursue any necessary and available waivers from TEA without further action of the Board. In the event other waivers are needed, the Superintendent is also authorized to submit other waiver requests in accordance with guidance from national, state and local authorities or agencies;

*Approved TASB Policy Update 116. Policy updates have been reviewed by school administrators and legal counsel. The bulk of this update is legal changes related to cybersecurity, at-will employment, other types of contracts and medical treatment;

*Approved Resolution regarding Extended Sick Leave during Epidemic. Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on December 31, 2020. With the continuing epidemic, this resolution allows the District to provide additional paid leave for an employee diagnosed with COVID-19 or required to self-quarantine by a federal, state or local order; when advised by a healthcare provider; or when experiencing symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. Employees will also be eligible to use accrued leave. Extended epidemic sick leave will be limited to a total of 8 days between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 and will be available only to employees who have not used eight or more days of EPSL prior to January 1, 2021. After the use of the extended pandemic sick leave (8 days), the employee would be required to access accrued leave, if available;

*Approved Order Calling for Trustee Election on May 1, 2021. Incumbents Bill Kimbro, representing District 1 and Paul Miller representing District 6 At-Large will seek re-election for their respective positions;

*Approved Joint Election Agreement between TISD and the City of Wake Village for the May 1, 2021 Trustee election. For the purposes of having a common polling place, Election Code 11.0581 allows school districts to have a joint election with a municipality, located within the school district, who would be conducting an election on the same date;

*Approved Adoption of Annual Tuition Rate for Ineligible Students. The annual rate is set based upon the Adjusted Basic Allotment the District expects to receive from the State in the 2021-22 school year. For the 2021-22 school year, the rate will be $5,893 per student;

*Approved House Bill 3 (HB3) Early Childhood and CCMR Board Goals. HB 3 amended the Texas Education Code (TEC) to add Sec. 11.185 and 11.186 to include plans that target early childhood (EC) literacy and math proficiency and college, career and military readiness (CCMR). School boards are required to adopt plans in early childhood literacy and math targeting student growth on 3rd grade math and reading STAAR, as well as student growth on CCMR readiness indicators.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

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