Board Briefs
News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs August 24, 2015

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda:

Opening Day Excitement Extends to Board Meeting

It’s something of a first-day-of-school tradition. By custom the Board of Trustees’ regular monthly meeting falls on the fourth Monday of the month, and in August that meeting historically falls on public schools’ opening day.

Recognizing the long but exciting day that district staff – and Trustees, who visit schools on opening day – put in, many of them awake at 2:45 a.m. or earlier, the August meeting is usually relatively short and uneventful. The Monday, Aug. 24, meeting was no exception.

Except, it sort of was an exception. Monday, Aug. 24, was also Dr. Scott Muri’s first opening day as Superintendent of Spring Branch ISD and rather than just a short briefing on Day One of the 2015-16 school year, Muri had Senior Staff generate a first day of school “by the numbers”.

“We sometimes think (opening schools) is a very simple process,” Muri said. “But for an organization of 35,000 students and more than 4,000 employees, it’s really complex.”

Perhaps the most important number: 33,483 students on Day One, a number that’s expected to increase over the next few weeks. Building on the meme that every minute of every day counts for every child, SBISD executed 14,062,860 collective minutes of learning on Aug. 24.
View more numbers of note >>

Several Trustees commented on how smooth schools seemed to be running during their campus visits.

“The first day of school is so exciting (for everyone),” said Board President Chris Vierra, who used the word “calm” to sum up her visits, adding that “everything was working.”

Muri said that he was given an item at Edgewood Elementary that was produced by a 3D printer – “#EveryChildSBISD”. He said the printer reminded him of the powerful tools for learning available in SBISD, especially great teachers and great principals.

“But it takes Collective Greatness (to educate children),” he said. “It takes a lot of us wearing a lot of hats, every day.”

Special Presentations

  • Action Based Learning (ABL) President Jean Blaydes Moize presented ABL’s National Showcase District Award for 2015 to district leaders. The award recognizes the district’s support for ABL programs, which use neuroscience insights to link intentional movement with student learning. As a National Showcase District, SBISD will allow visitors to view model Action Based Learning programs in action and consider the programs for their own use. Read More >>
  • Spring Branch ISD’s District School Health Advisory Council (DSHAC) is one of five district councils from across the state to earn the 2015 It’s Time Texas SHAC Award. The award was presented in June to SBISD’s School Health Advisory Council, and the SHAC was recognized during the Board of Trustees meeting by It’s Time Texas CEO Baker Harrell. Read More >>

In other action, the Board of Trustees...

  • Was introduced to Dr. Tyler Ream, who has joined Senior Staff as Associate Superintendent for School Performance. Campus principals will report to Ream.
  • Approved the 2016 Graduation Schedule, which sets graduation for the district’s four comprehensive high schools on Saturday, May 28, 2016, and Westchester Academy of International Studies Graduation on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Don Coleman Coliseum. Summer graduation will be Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Northbrook High School.
  • Approved a consent agenda (a single board vote approves a number of items unless a board member requests that an item be considered separately).
This publication is distributed by the SBISD Communications Office. If you have questions or input, please contact Steve Brunsman, Spring Branch ISD Communications Director.