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.
Make sure you attend at least one of the two Open Office Hours listed above.
3. What is the number of principal supervisors MISD has for your 38 principals.
We currently have 4 principal supervisors for our schools.
The Executive Director of Secondary Schools supervises the eleven 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.
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 folks 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. Specifically, if they are a teacher applying, they have no experience with what a campus budget or a district budget looks like; therefore, what we have do is conduct Open Office Hours for those individuals that are interested. We just spent two afternoons with in-district individuals interested in submitting a proposal and outlined each section of the application. Additionally, we held 2 sessions during our Academic Summit, Elevate 2018, to provide detailed information on what the Call for Quality Schools Request for Information opportunity looks like and the steps they should take. This provided them an opportunity to talk through their ideas and offer assistance from the finance department if this needs to be coordinated through our office.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we had submissions from three principals, an executive director, assistant principals, instructional specialists and teachers. We hold all of them to the same standards as external applicants. We also offer help during this process to both internal and external applicants. One of the challenges we are facing this school year is our timeline this year has shifted from late fall to now and we expect that to be a challenge for our in-district educators due to the conflict with the start of school.
10. Of the successful applications last year, can you tell us how the percentage and/or number breakdown landed with external versus internal proposals?
Of the fourteen entities that were interviewed during the 2017-2018 Call for Quality Schools Request for Information process, 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. Some of the potential partners are still in the due diligence and negotiation phase and will not be starting in 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 2019-2020 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 41 district, which means we send multiple millions of dollars back to the state each year ($40 million most recently). 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.