Board Meeting Highlights
The Board heard an in-depth report on the State Accountability Performance ratings that were formally released last month. The report from TEA showed the district earned a "B" rating.
The Board named Kellie Spencer as Acting Superintendent. Mrs. Spencer currently serves as the Chief of Administrative Services. The Board also started the search process for a permanent Superintendent but will not make a hiring decision until after the November election.
The Board did not take action to provide notice of termination to the REACH Network or Ben Milam International Academy. This means that the current operating contracts are still in place. The Board voted to approve the expansion of IDEA Travis to include grades 9-12. IDEA Travis will serve grades pre-K through 9 starting in 2023-24, then expand by one year each year until 2026-27, when the campus will serve grades pre-K through 12. IDEA will take on the costs of additional facilities.
The Board adopted the 2022-23 tax rate of $0.0702 for I&S and $0.8446 for M&O for a combined rate of $0.9148. The M&O rate is $0.1088 less than last year's rate.
LONE STAR GOVERNANCE
The Board heard a report on academic goals regarding math and reading performance data for 3rd grade and 4th-8th grade students. Midland ISD is thrilled to share that we have met all four of the Lone Star Governance goals for the first time since implementation. Notably, 3rd grade students exceeded performance target goals by 10% in math and 9% in reading. Additionally, 4th-8th grade reading scores exceeded targeted reading goals by 16%. The goals are based on the percentage of students that meet or exceed their individual growth goals.
The Board received a report on 2021-2022 STAAR results. MISD received an overall rating of a B, with 13 campuses receiving individual ratings of As or Bs. You can read more about the rating here.
The Board officially called for the next School Board election. Elections will be held in the fall for Districts 3, 5, and 6.
SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES
The Federal Government program that provided free meals to all students, regardless of income, came to an end on June 30. As a result, the Board was required to set school lunch prices for the upcoming school year. Lunch will be $3.25 at elementary schools and $3.50 at secondary schools. Breakfast will continue to be free for all students.
Free and reduced-price lunches are still available to qualifying families. We encourage all families interested in meal benefits to apply. Many parents may think they don’t qualify when they actually do. To apply, please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." We encourage applications to be completed online by creating a SchoolCafe account.
The Superintendent presented, and the Board approved, the district's Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is a comprehensive outline of the goals and objectives of the district, a plan to achieve them, and the means to evaluate progress. Goals of the Strategic Plan include advancing academics, developing authentic relationships with the community, meeting the needs of diverse learners, maintaining a fiscally sound budget that equitably aligns resources, and becoming a high-performing organization.
The Board heard a report on academic goals regarding math and reading scores for kindergarten through 2nd-grade students. Highlights include exceeding the goal for math scores, and missing the reading goals by a single point. The goals are based on the percentage of students that meet or exceed their individual growth goals.
Following the completion of an annual evaluation, the Board determined that Superintendent Ramsey had met all five of the goals set forth by Lone Star Governance. The Board then approved a new contract which included a salary increase.
BARBARA YARBROUGH RECOGNIZED
The Board recognized longtime MISD Employee Barbara Yarbrough, who was named the National Life Group Life Changer of the Year. Ms. Yarbrough was named the grand prize winner out of more than 800 nominations nationwide. Ms. Yarbrough started teaching in MISD in 1959, and currently serves as a parent liaison at South Elementary.