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Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs - Nov. 25, 2013

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

On Nov. 25, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees honored several employees and a campus volunteer. In addition, a public hearing was held on the Spring Branch Elementary Improvement Plan as required under state law.  

Special Presentations

Employee & Volunteer of the Month

Honored as district November Employee of the Month was Cheryl Wegscheid, a Westchester Academy of International Studies (WAIS) teacher and IB Middle Years Programme coordinator. Her colleagues and supervisors report that Cheryl played a major role as Westchester prepared to qualify as an IB Middle Years Programme World School.

Earlier this fall, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorized Westchester as an IB Middle Years Programme education site for grades 6-10. The program complements the upper school’s IB Diploma offering, which is recognized by colleges and universities around the world. 

November’s Volunteer of the Month is Larry Maple, who mentors not one, but three students in SBISD schools. Interestingly, Larry was recruited by a fifth-grader named Lythe, who has met with his adult mentor known as Mr. Larry during middle school. Larry is described by one of his students as “like an uncle to me – someone I want to have in my life forever.”

Larry’s volunteer connections include Family Point Resources, St. Thomas Presbyterian Church and the district’s SpringBoard Mentoring Program at Meadow Wood Elementary, Spring Forest Middle and Stratford High schools.

Educator Honored for Speech & Debate

In a separate Board recognition, Spring Woods High speech/debate teacher Victoria Beard was recognized by Trustees after being named the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) Educator of the Year during the group’s annual meeting this fall.

Victoria has directed the student forensics, or debate and speech, programs at Spring Woods High for many years. Her students have a proud and growing history of winning area, state and national awards. Current and former students supported her at the Trustees meeting, including one George Washington University student who flew to Houston early to be there. In addition, Victoria was named 2013 Spring Woods High Teacher of the Year, and then honored as one of four finalists in the annual SBISD Teacher of the Year program and competition. 

In other action, a public hearing was held after SBISD Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Patti Pace described the actions taken so far after Spring Branch Elementary School was rated Improvement Required (IR) under the Texas Accountability Intervention System due to low STAAR ratings. The school did not meet the standard needed on two accountability indexes – student achievement and closing performance gaps. It met the standard for student progress.

The  intervention system plan includes the following actions: data collection and analysis; a needs assessment to determine factors involved in low performance and/or low effectiveness of the state and federal programs; development of an improvement plan that addresses all areas not meeting a required standard; and monitoring of implementation of the targeted improvement plan.

In other action, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved other routine Consent Agenda action items
  • Discussed the district’s One-Way Dual Language Program
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