National Merit Scholars
Trustees recognized the district’s National Merit Semifinalists and National Hispanic. Students become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program when they take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors. National Merit Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors, while fewer than 5,000 students nationwide earn National Hispanic Scholar.
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List of SBISD’s National Merit Scholars >>
Districts of Innovation
Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a committee to be charged with development of a Local Innovation Plan (LIP) for SBISD’s designation as a District of Innovation. Authorized by House Bill 1842, Districts of Innovation are allowed certain leeway from State of Texas requirements to pursue innovation and ultimately improve performance for every child. HB 1842 lays out a specific process for becoming a District of Innovation, and the creation of a districtwide committee, to include community, staff and students, is one of those steps. The committee is currently being populated, with board approval to be sought at the Nov. 9 workshop meeting.
Two community members spoke during a public hearing on the District of Innovation, both favorable. Parent Minda Caesar told trustees that she was “excited” and “jazzed” after hearing Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri talk about the prospect of a District of Innovation at a recent Spring Branch Education Foundation meeting, and that the District of Innovation can “really change the trajectory” of education in SBISD. Retired teacher, community member and current Spring Branch AFT President Craig Adams said that he’s researched the District of Innovation and he thinks it’s “phenomenal”. With its emphasis on all the district’s students, he said, a District of Innovation “can only be good,” he said.
Trustees also conducted a first reading on Board Policy BQA (LOCAL) Planning and Decision-making Process, District-Level, which needs updating to align with the District of Innovation process. Two more readings are required before the updated policy is adopted.
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Trustees unanimously approved the 2017 budget calendar, with proposed adoption at the June 27, 2016, board meeting. Associate Superintendent of Finance Karen Wilson said that aligning the budget with the developing strategic plan will be very important during this budget cycle. District staff will use a modified zero-based budget process this year, with each department presenting its proposed budget to Senior Staff in early 2017.
2017 budget calendar >>
A public hearing was conducted where Trustees heard about the district’s perfect score on School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas), required by the state of Texas with the goal of “quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources.” For the 13th consecutive year, said Controller David Bender, SBISD earned the highest possible score possible. This year’s report was based on Fiscal Year 2014 data.
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Trustees unanimously approved a lengthy consent agenda. Items on the consent agenda are considered and voted upon as a whole, unless a board member requests that a specific item be removed for individual consideration.
Consent agenda >>
The next board workshop is Monday, Nov. 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. The next regular meeting of the board is Monday, Nov. 23, 2016, at 7 p.m.