Board Briefs
News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Highlights of this meeting included presentation of an Employee of the Month award to two longtime staff members, Volunteer of the Month honors for a college advisor who has helped students earn hundreds of thousands of scholarship dollars, and two separate state and national awards for a district administrator and SBISD’s Child Nutrition Services Department.

In addition, SBISD Trustees received framed student art in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. In other meeting highlights, Trustees approved two new program choices for SBISD families in 2013-2014 – a School for Highly Gifted Students for those in kindergarten through fourth grade, and expanded Secondary Dual Language programming to be offered at two middle schools.

A public hearing was held on the 2012 Academic Excellence Indicator System, and Trustees adopted the order setting the special and general election in May. SBISD middle schools will serve as voter polling places for the upcoming May 11, 2013 election.

In separate Special Meeting action, Trustees extended the contract of Superintendent of Schools Duncan F. Klussmann, Ed.D., through June 2018.

Special Presentations

Instructional Media Support Specialists Donna Burnett and Lynette Horrocks were recognized as the district’s January Employees of the Month. Working as a team in the Accountability and Research Department, they produce regular and special publications, programs and presentations for several departments, including Curriculum & Instruction.

Combined, Donna and Lynette have six decades of experience and service to SBISD. In the second floor office of the Wayne Schaper, Sr. Leadership Center where they work, their office area is famous among building staff for its variety of available candies and sweets, too.

Named as January’s Volunteer of the Month is Sandra Newton, who is president of the College Resource Center. Sandra has donated hundreds of hours to Spring Woods High students involved in the Collegiate Challenge program, helping them qualify for more than $600,000 in scholarship opportunities.

During the past decade, beginning with the GEAR UP program, Sandra has been a mentor to many other groups, including the district’s Community Relations team, Curriculum & Instruction leaders, and the Board of Trustees.

As an expert and volunteer, she has helped SBISD focus its goal of military, technical or college options for all students, as well as class rank issues.

Educator of the Year

Dr. Keith Haffey, district executive director for accountability and research, was recognized for being recently named Texas Statewide Network of Assessment Professionals (TSNAP) 2012 Educator of the Year, a prestigious professional honor.

The TSNAP Educator of the Year Award was first given in 2006 to Dr. John Folks, Northside ISD Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Haffey has served in his current SBISD position for about a decade. He was a principal at Cedar Brook Elementary School. He began his district service as a math teacher at Spring Woods High.

Child Nutrition Services Award Honorees
Meanwhile, SBISD’s Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Department and 25 elementary schools served by the district’s food services staff have won a total of $12,500 through the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge (HUSSC). Bronze level awards were issued for school promotion of nutrition and campus physical activities. As a winner, each local campus will be awarded $500 to spend as it sees fit.

SBISD schools winning Bronze level awards are Buffalo Creek, Bunker Hill, Cedar Brook, Edgewood, Frostwood, Hollibrook, Housman, Hunters Creek, Meadow Wood, Memorial Drive, Nottingham, Pine Shadows, Ridgecrest, Rummel Creek, Shadow Oaks, Sherwood, Spring Branch, Spring Shadows, Terrace, Thornwood, Treasure Forest, Valley Oaks, Westwood, Wilchester and Woodview.   

The SBISD schools join only 4,550 schools nationwide to win such awards through the program. The Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge has been endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama through the national, activities-focused Let’s Move! campaign.

School Board Appreciation Month

Following proclamation by Gov. Rick Perry that January is School Board Recognition Month, the SBISD Trustees received framed art created by elementary students.

The young artists who created personal works for Trustees were Shilah Grant and Kyle Marr, both of Buffalo Creek Elementary; Melissa Rupley of Rummel Creek Elementary; Courtney Frederking of Frostwood Elementary; Tina Thai of Edgewood Elementary; and Bailey Girtman and Gabriela Arroyo, both of Woodview Elementary.

AEIS Public Hearing

The Board held a joint public hearing on the 2012 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS). The results were presented by Dr. Keith Haffey, the district executive director of accountability and research, as a part of the hearing presentation. In summary, highlights are:

  • SBISD graduation rates continue to increase while dropout rates steadily decline
  • District students exceeded state averages on Advanced Course/Dual Enrollment Completion; percentage of Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) students tested; and percentage of students taking the SAT/ACT
  • SBISD Advanced Course/Dual Enrollment reached its highest level ever
  • Percentage of students taking SAT/ACT increased substantially
  • Average district SAT/ACT scores continue to outperform state rates
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and College Ready Graduates are at highest levels ever reported
  • Math Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is at its highest level ever

New Choices for Secondary Dual Language and Highly Gifted Students

The Board of Trustees approved two new program choices for SBISD families beginning in August 2013 – a School for Highly Gifted Students with up to 30 elementary students in its first year, and an expanded Secondary Dual Language programming offered at two middle schools to serve students matriculating from the district’s Two-Way and One-Way elementary dual language programs.

The highly gifted program will be based at Valley Oaks Elementary. Students in the Secondary Dual Language program may attend Spring Forest or Spring Woods middle schools, in addition to a current program at Westchester Academy for International Studies. Additional information on both programs is posted to the district’s website.

Order Setting Board Elections

Included in the Consent Agenda, the Board of Trustees adopted the order setting the next School Board Election for May 11, 2013. Also approved was a joint election that will be held with the City of Piney Point Village.

SBISD middle schools will serve as the polling locations for voters to elect members to Board Positions 5, 6 and 7. Election Positions 5 and 6 are held by incumbent Trustees Bob Stevenson and Pam Goodson, respectively. Election Position 7 is held by longtime Trustee Mike Falick, who has announced that he will not run again for his School Board position. Click here to view election information on the Board of Trustees website.

Superintendent’s Contract Extended

In Special Meeting action, Trustees voted 7-0 for the extension of Superintendent Duncan Klussmann’s contract through June 30, 2018. The Board of Trustees had issued a separate positive statement on the Superintendent’s evaluation last month.

Since 2009, Dr. Klussmann has requested that his base salary not be increased. This year, the Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to give Dr. Klussmann a 3.5 percent salary increase, which mirrors the salary increase for SBISD teachers during the past three years.

“Duncan Klussmann continues to lead this district with exceptional focus and integrity. We are thankful for his steadfast leadership and his loyalty to the students, families and taxpayers of SBISD,” Board of Trustees President Pam Goodson said after the Board’s action.

In other action...
  • Adopted local and legal policies related to Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
    Policy Update 95
  • Heard a Legislative Update on timely topics
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