July 27, 2021

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

TISD Board of Trustees Approves Compensation Plan, Including Mid-Point Raise for All Staff; Student Code of Conduct, Employee Handbook and Assorted Reports Also on Agenda

Texarkana, TX – Below are items discussed, approved and reviewed during the July 2021 regular meeting of the TISD Board of Trustees.

*Approved Purchase of Vehicles. Proposal awarded to Todd Shores’ McLarty Ford for F-250 ¾ Ton Gas Engine Truck, Ford Fusion, ¾ Ton Mid-Roof Work Van and large SUV at pricing of $130,965;

*Approved TISD Employee Handbook for 2021-22. The TISD Employee Handbook is updated annually and is provided for employees to use as a reference guide to policies and procedures. Topics have been edited to align with district procedures and the 2021-2022 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Model Employee Handbook;

*Approved Student Code of Conduct for 2021-22. 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 the community exactly what is expected of students and how misconduct will be handled. The TISD 2021-22 Student Code of Conduct reflects all required revisions;

*Approved Authority to Increase “Paid” Adult Meal Pricing. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) provides guidance and tools to calculate adult meal pricing. TDA is requiring that we increase adult meal prices but has not given the specifics on what the increase must be for adult meals. The District is currently waiting for TDA and USDA rates to be released. The district will approve adult meal pricing, once this information has been provided;

*Approved Resolution for School Crossing Guards. Resolution requires all school crossing guards employed by the district to complete a training program in traffic direction as defined by the basic peace officer course curriculum;

*Approved TASB Policy Update 117. The policy update has been reviewed by school administrators and legal counsel. The bulk of the update is legal changes to policies for purchasing & acquisition, facilities construction and compensation & benefits;

*Approved TISD Compensation Plan for 2021-22. This year’s compensation plan includes teacher step increases in salary and a 3% of mid-point range for all other professional, paraprofessional and auxiliary employees who receive a satisfactory performance rating of 3.0 or above on their 2020-21 appraisal.

“After such a challenging school year, we are happy to be able to provide these raises to our staff, said Autumn Thomas, Deputy Superintendent. “I have been amazed at the Tiger Family’s ability to work under such difficult circumstances and still be able to meet expectations. Their work ethic and strive for excellence has been inspirational.”

*Received Reports on:
--Student Handbooks for 2021-22. The handbooks have been revised for the 2021-22 school year following the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) model handbook recommendations;

--Athletic & Extracurricular Report. Given the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-21 school year, numbers reflected within the report are considerably lower than annual average.

Eighty-seven 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 68% participation in 6th Grade, 98% participation in 7th Grade and 97% 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 an estimated 16 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 through 12 at 79%. THS offers 22 athletic programs to students along with five performance courses, six activity courses and 31 clubs and organizations for students to be involved in, including UIL Academics which feature opportunities in 12 academic areas.

Athletic achievements for the 2020-21 year showed 1,562 Texas Middle School and Texas High School students participating in one or more athletic programs. Nineteen student athletes received scholarships to play at the collegiate level in soccer, basketball, golf, football, baseball, swim, track, cheer and volleyball for a total of $3.5 million. Program achievements included: playoff appearances by Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball, Boys & Girls Golf, Girls Powerlifting, Individual Track and Football. Bi-District Championships in Football, Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Swim, Boys & Girls Golf, Tennis and Golf; Regional Championships in Boys Swim and a Second Place Finish for Golf in the High School Golf National Invitational in Pinehurst, NC;

--Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) 2020-21 Annual Report. 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 2020-21 school year to review programs related to the Wellness Policy as well as COVID pandemic concerns surrounding its effects on students and staff within the district.

Goals for 2021-22 include continuing to recruit parent and community member involvement with the committee, host a district Wellness Fair in the fall and to develop a quarterly newsletter on pertinent issues to the committee and district staff;

--Projects update. The summer projects list is nearing completion for the start of school. A total of 37 projects over 16 facilities was completed along with district-wide exterior painting and floor striping and waxing.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

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