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TISD Board of Trustees November 2021 Regular Meeting Covers Annual Audit, Texas High Program of Studies, Maintenance/Construction Funds, Reports on Professional Development Programs

Texarkana, TX – A full agenda was set for the November 17, 2021 regular meeting of the TISD Board of Trustees.

*Public Hearing on intention of Texarkana Independent School District to consider designating the TCI Texarkana Reinvestment Zone. Creating a reinvestment zone is a necessary step under chapter 313 for TCI to be eligible for a limitation agreement;

*Approval of Official Ballot Resolution for Nominees for Election to the Bowie Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. TISD has a total of 1,191 votes and is requesting that 595 votes be cast for Trustee Amy Bowers and 596 votes be cast for Trustee Paul Miller, to fill a two-year term;

*Approval of Committed Fund Balance Resolution. From portions of the June 30, 2021 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 $1,000,000 for Food Service Construction consisting of future repairs, renovations and betterments of food service facilities;

*Approval of Audit Report for FY 2020-2021. Auditors from the firm of Thomas & Thomas, LLP found no findings on TISD’s accounting controls and procedures and determined that the District continues to maintain sound financial position. For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the District’s General Fund Balance remained relatively consistent at $17.3 million. The fund balance at the end of 2020-21 was 24% of General Fund expenditures;

*Approval of Texas High School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2022-23. These recommendations include the addition of eSports Gaming Concepts, Imaging Technology for additional opportunities in the Health Science cluster, Child Development Associate Foundation DC course that leads to credentials, Digital Forensics (Cybersecurity) is a high demand field, Electrical Technology, Principles of Applied Engineering, Range Ecology, and Practicum in Health Science/EKG/Phlebotomy. Additions to the 2022-2023 course guide provide students with additional opportunities to earn completions in Career and Technical Programs of Study.

*Approval of a Resolution designating the TCI Texarkana Reinvestment Zone, establishing the boundaries thereof and providing for an effective date, pursuant to Chapters 312 and 313 of the Texas Tax Code.
Reports reviewed:

*Professional Development Update. A review of professional development (PD) programs offered by TISD for the 2021-22 school year was given. All PD programs are designed to support district goals. Over 150 teachers, instructional coaches, principals, and district directors/coordinators across the district have received training in how to write and develop high quality curriculum documents. District work continues on the development and enhancement of advanced courses for Honors and Pre-AP in grades 6-12. Teachers will be attending professional development during the summer months.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

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