Frequently Asked Questions
1. I have a great idea, but am not sure that it reaches the level of filling out an application. What do I do to move my idea forward?
Submit your idea to your principal or department supervisor. They can then begin having discussions with their Executive Directors about whether or not the idea is something that can be implemented at the campus/department level.
2. As a district staff member, I have an idea that I think will meet the Call for Quality Schools requirements, but I need help with the application. What should I do?
When Midland ISD begins accepting applications again, we will post Office Hours to provide application assistance. Plan on attending at least one of those Office Hours sessions. The schedule will be posted here or elsewhere on the Midland on the Move website when the Office Hours sessions are available.
3. What is the number of principal supervisors MISD has for your 40 principals?
We currently have 4 principal supervisors for our schools. The Executive Director of Secondary Schools supervises the 11 secondary campuses. The 3 Executive Directors of Elementary Schools each supervise 9 campuses.
4. Relevant Appendices (no more than 5 pages): Please attach any relevant resumes...what type of resumes are you requesting?
These would be resumes of anyone that you believe might be integral in working with our school district. This is not required - only if you believe it would help your application. We want to know the qualifications of those who would be impacting our work.
5. When we submit the application online - do we also include the first four pages of information - or just send required information starting on page 5?
You only need to send in the pages beginning at page 5 of the application.
6. What is the typical size of an elementary school?
Exact average enrollment of our 27 elementaries is 567.
7. Can you explain the amount of information required to meet the Exceeds Category in the rubric for the Operation Model and Cost Summary?
We are requesting as much information as you can reasonably provide in the given space to explain what the operational model will look like for our district in terms of personnel, time and considerations and what budgetary costs should be considered over a 3-5 year time period for the district. Additionally, we are looking to measure the sustainability of the proposed model either from a continued partnership and/or through a building of capacity within the district for continuation of the model.
8. Yes, you mentioned the due diligence. What should we anticipate during this process?
The due diligence process entails phone calls and emails for clarifications on your proposal toward how the proposal could support Midland ISD. If you move forward after the interview process, then more specifics about costs toward the district would be needed. If you do not have supporting funding, then where might these dollars be acquired for funding must be ascertained. When the district is able, site visits are a component of the due diligence process.
Another topic for deeper inquiry would be how specifically students and/or staff would be served by whatever your organization is offering. Typically, we have standing phone calls every week with organizations to finalize details; however, that is dependent upon the proposal and the organization in relation to district needs.
9. You mentioned that you take applications from individuals inside the district and out of the district. For those from within the district, what does this look like, who are these people and what does their application look like?
In-district applicants follow the same process and application as out-of-district applicants. The only area that is a little different is the 3-5 year budget cost summary and model. This is simply because most of our educators have not had exposure to multi-year financial models/budgets. We provide technical application asistance for internal and external applicants during Call for Quality Office Hours. We generally notify applicants when Office Hours are available.
10. Of the successful applications from the 2017-2018 application cycle, can you tell us how the percentage and/or number breakdown landed with external versus internal proposals?
Of the 14 entities interviewed during the 2017-2018 Call for Quality Schools proposal cycle, 9 (65%) were selected to move forward into negotiations. Of the 9, 33% represented in-district applicants, 11% were joint in-district and external applicants and 56% were external applicants. Potential partners continued with the due diligence and negotiation phase and did not start until the 2018-2019 school year.
11. Could you elaborate on the timeline for starting any accepted proposals?
The target timeline for Midland ISD is for the 2022-2023 school year. However, a critical component in establishing any of these partnerships is the funding. If you are not familiar with Texas school funding, Midland ISD is a Chapter 49 district, which means we send multiple millions of dollars back to the state each year. Funding for proposals is a major factor toward partnerships. For the partnerships we are starting this year, approximately 90% of our work is grant funded.