July 1, 2021

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
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Approval of 21-22 Budget, Volunteer Report and COVID Recovery & Acceleration Plan Just a Few Topics for the June TISD Board of Trustees Meeting

Texarkana, TX – Below are items discussed, approved and reviewed during the June 29, 2021 regular meeting of the TISD Board of Trustees.

*Approved Items as Surplus. Items no longer useful to the District but still have value and can be sold were declared as surplus. Listing includes: 1992 and 1994 International school bus, 4 Fulmer motorcycle helmets, 13 assorted two-way radios. Items will be sold through an online auction at Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc. Interested persons can bid on items at or visit the TISD website at which will take you directly to the district’s page on the online auction site;

*Approved Net Replacement for Golf Driving Range. Proposal awarded to West Coast Netting for $44.000;

*Approved School Supply Vendor. Proposal awarded to Lakeshore Learning. Other vendors previously awarded are: Discount School Supply, hand2mind, Kaplan, NASCO, Office Depot, Oriental Trading, Quill, Really Good Stuff, School Specialty, Staples & Tardy Bell;

*Approved Texas Middle School Painting. Proposal awarded to Charlie Williams Painting for $313,600;

*Approved Vehicles for Child Nutrition. Proposal awarded to Todd Shores’ McLarty Ford for large SUV at pricing of $70,050, including trade-in vehicles;

*Approved Policy CDA (Legal): Other Revenues: Investments. State law requires that school districts review and approve the state and local investment policies on an annual basis. TISD will continue working under the same policy they have had for the past couple of years;

*Approval of 4-H Adjunct Faculty Resolution & Agreement for the 2021-22 School Year. A routine item recognizing and approving the Bowie County Texas 4-H Organization as adjunct faculty for the 21-22 school year;

*Approval of Lease between TISD and Community Services of Northeast Texas, Inc. Head Start Program. Annual agreement for classroom and office space usage at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early Education Center for the purposes of operating the Head Start program;

*Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between TISD and Texarkana College regarding College Prep Mathematics & English Courses. Agreement between two entities as part of HB5 to offer college preparation courses in Mathematics & English for students while in high school who are unsuccessful on the TSI, ACT or SAT exam;

*Approval of Addendum to Texas High School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2021-2022. Following a review of the THS Course Guide for the upcoming year, it has been determined that AP European History will be offered to grades 10-12 instead of only 11-12. Additional change in guide is related to PEIMS Code changes;

*Approval of 2021-2022 School Calendar Revision. With the recent designation of June 19 as a federal holiday in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day, the 2021-22 school calendar has been revised for observing this holiday on Monday, June 20, 2022. This change will impact year-round calendars by providing an additional paid holiday for 261-day employees. It will also change the number of non-duty days for 222-day employees from 7 days to 6 days for the upcoming school year;

*Approval of Amendment to DC (Local) Policy. For employment of contractual personnel, the Superintendent has sole authority to make recommendations to the Board regarding the selection of contractual personnel. The Board retains final authority for employment of contractual personnel; however, the Board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to employ contractual personnel at the level of assistant principal and below. The Superintendent shall inform the Board of any persons hired under this authority;

*Approval of List of Brokers. To invest in pools or other types of investments as authorized by the investment policy, an approved list of brokers must be maintained and approved annually. Brokers include: APS Financial Corporation, Bancorp South, Bank of the Ozarks, Commercial National Bank, Duncan Williams, Edward Jones, Farmers Bank and Trust, First Public, First Southwest, First Tennessee, Guaranty Bond Bank, Hilltop Securities, Capital One Bank, MBIA Texas Class, Morgan Keegan, Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities, Red River Federal Credit Union, Regions Bank, State Bank, Texana Bank, National Association, Texar Credit Union, Vining Sparks, Wells Fargo;

*Approval of final Budget Amendments for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year. During the month of June, final budget amendments are prepared in order to complete the fiscal year and prepare the books for audit;
*Approval of 2021-2022 Budget & Proposed Tax Rate. Budget presented showed a General & Debt Service Fund revenue of $77.7 million with projected expenses of $78 million and a fund balance deficit of $329,658.

TISD’s tax rate for the 2021-22 fiscal year will be adopted at the August 2021 regular board meeting. For the third year in a row, TISD has been able to reduce their tax rate as part of the legislative move to lower the burden on taxpayers. It is anticipated that the current tax rate will be reduced from $1.3097 to $1.3067 as per SB1 provision which compresses the state rate by 0.3%. The new rate will be represented by $1.0517 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and $.255 for Interest & Sinking Funds (I&S) which is used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts.

*Approval of Thomas & Thomas Engagement Letter for FY 2021-2022. Thomas & Thomas will begin auditing as soon as the accounting records are provided. The report will be issued in time for the financial statements to be approved by the Board at its annual November meeting;

Reports reviewed:
*Student & Community Development Report. TISD was supported by 232 area business who partnered with the district through the Partners In Education (PIE) Program. Collectively, PIE members donated monetary and in-kind contributions totaling $210,557.28.

Within the TISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Program, an estimated 48,791 hours of volunteer efforts were dedicated to TISD campuses.

Other programs supported through the Student & Community Development department include: Tunnel of Leaders; Superintendent’s Leader in Me Luncheons; Boys to Men Leadership Academy & Precious Gems Social Club after-school mentoring; DREAM (Dedication & Responsibility Encourages Ambition & Motivation), a Texas High School leadership and mentor program; REACH (Rigor Encourages Academic & Career Heights); Tiger Mentors; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee responsible for the recruitment and retention of minority staff and assisting in closing the achievement gap for minority students; and the Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators.

*Resilient Schools Support Program: TISD COVID Recovery and Acceleration Plan. Through a grant award, TISD is partnering with Ed Direction to assist in strengthening instruction due to COVID-19 learning loss. Planning began in late May with weekly meetings to analyze data, determine strength and areas for growth and develop a plan to implement throughout the next school year in order to help decrease further student learning loss. The focus of these efforts will be on high quality instructional planning and delivery of engaging instruction. Utilizing information garnered from the implementation at Theron Jones ELC, TISD will share out district-wide to replicate at other campuses.

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

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