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School Board Approves District of Innovation Plan

The District of Innovation (DOI) plan was officially approved on second reading by the Carroll ISD School Board on Monday, December 4. Following Board approval, the Commissioner was notified that CISD met all the requirements to become a DOI. School officials said the commissioner’s approval is not needed to make DOI official.

The DOI process began when the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees passed a resolution May 1, initiating the process of exploring and considering DOI designation for CISD. Over the summer months, District administrators began to assemble a committee composed of teachers, parents, local business and community members, and CISD Trustees. This committee gathered to help process the focus areas of the committee and help form the Local Innovation Plan.

One of the main components of becoming a DOI is the district’s ability to have more flexibility with the school calendar for the upcoming year. . In consultation with staff and community stakeholders, A CISD Calendar Committee will develop its annual calendar recommendation for approval by the Board of Trustees. Through the exemption, the first day of instruction can begin prior to the fourth Monday in August. Preference will be given to starting instruction around the third week in August with assurances to the community the school year will not begin prior to the second week in August.

Current law restricts CISD from having the flexibility to design its calendar to best meet the needs of its students, staff and community. Because the community expects the fall semester to end with final exams before the winter break, the restricted start date creates a significant imbalance in the number of instructional days in each semester. By starting earlier, not only will there be greater balance, which is particularly important in semester long courses, but it will also allow more instructional days prior to state testing dates.

The DOI exemption could result in an earlier end date, closer to the Memorial Day holiday, which is also an expressed preference of the community. Finishing school closer to the Memorial Day holiday will better allow students to enroll in summer school classes within CISD as well as institutions of higher learning.

A calendar sub-committee of the District Advisory Committee met on December 6, and will meet again on December 12, to develop draft calendar options to be presented to the Board at the December 18 meeting. Following Trustee discussion, CISD will seek input from the Carroll community, parents, students, and staff, through the two-way communication tool, Let’s Talk.

Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, said other DOI areas of interest for Carroll ISD are flexibility when it comes to teacher certification and teacher appraisal processes.

“I am very excited that we have completed the Local Plan for District of Innovation in Carroll ISD,” said McDade. “Having this Local Plan in place will allow for more local control and flexibility which will benefit our students, staff, and parents. The goal while writing our Local Plan was to ensure it was aligned with the District’s Strategic Plan, and I am happy to say we accomplished our goal.”

Carroll ISD remains committed to hiring highly qualified professionals with appropriate certifications, and will continue to seek certified teachers to best serve its students. The district will establish its own exemption criteria regarding hiring, training, and support of locally certified teachers to best serve CISD students.

According to McDade, the exemption process will allow CISD to issue a local teaching certificate for qualified individuals to teach CTE courses, unique electives, and other innovative classes related to technology, engineering, and the arts, as many people who have qualifications in these fields do not hold a traditional teaching certification. With this exemption process, CISD would be able to hire community college instructors, college professors, lawyers, judges, and individuals from trades, industries, and vocations with professional experience and industry knowledge.

McDade said CISD is also seeking flexibility within the recommended Texas appraisal process for teachers and staff evaluated using the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). CISD seeks to continue utilizing portions of the T-TESS model as the teacher evaluation appraisal instrument, while desiring exemption from the Student Growth Measure. Data provided from district and campus local assessments will continue to be utilized to determine overall student growth and performance.

For more information on DOI, visit the District of Innovation page on the Carroll ISD website.

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet December 14

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

Call to Order
Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
Board Action Items and Board Business

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TCC Board of Trustees Governance Committee Meeting December 7

Take notice that the Governance Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held at the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

Call to Order
Review proposed agenda for the December 14, 2017, meeting of the Board of Trustees
Discuss Recommendations
Board Work Session
Closed Session

Deliberation Real Property, Section 551.072, Texas Government Code. The Real Property discussion will address the

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet December 7

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

Call to Order
Closed Session:

Consultation with Attorney, Section 551.071, Texas Government Code. For purposes of

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School Board Approves 2017 Carroll Bond Baseball and Softball Improvement Project

During a Special Meeting called on November 27, the Board of Trustees approved the contract recommendation for artificial turf installation and other related improvements at CSHS Softball/Baseball complex.

This facility improvement is a part of 2017 Bond Phase I of this complex. The cost of this project will not exceed $1,944,015 and will be paid through Bond funds approved in the 2017 Carroll Bond.

The project includes the installation of artificial turf at the softball and baseball fields. These improvements will lower the maintenance and operational costs for both of the athletic facilities. Also, this project will be able to alleviate some of the scheduling issues that have occurred in the past due to rainouts and other factors. Phase II of this improvement project will begin in the summer of 2018.

This 2017 Carroll Bond project continues to help the district achieve their goal of lowering the overall Carroll ISD operational cost.

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Carroll ISD Board Approves Purchase of 16 New Buses

The Carroll ISD School Board met November 13 to purchase new school buses and approve the architectural firm for the new music center at Carroll Senior High School.

Scott Wrehe,Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services, asked the Board to consider the purchase of new buses to continue the first year of the district’s bus replacement program. The 2017 Bond Program includes a plan to replace all 77 buses with new vehicles over the next five years. The first year of the bus replacement program includes the purchase of eleven regular 77-passenger buses, three buses for special needs students, two 47-passenger buses, and two large activity buses. The activity buses were approved at the October 16 Board meeting.

School officials say all the buses will meet the new legislation regarding three-point seatbelts, safety vision camera systems and they will also have a five-year warranty. The buses are slated to arrive sometime next spring.

Also on the agenda was the naming of an architectural firm to design the new Music Center at Carroll Senior High School approved by voters in the May 2017 Bond election. Recently, the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) and members of CISD Administration toured various DFW school district facilities dedicated to music and fine arts. BAC identified Huckabee Inc. as the lead firm to deliver on the needs identified for the Music Center. Trustees approved Huckabee Inc. as the architect for the music center project at CSHS. The project is projected to be completed by spring 2019.

The pledges at Monday’s meeting were led by Michael Mazey and Matt Forman, eighth graders at Dawson Middle School. The Board then recognized Sarah Embry, who was introduced by Southlake Mayor Laura Hill.  Sarah is a senior at Carroll Senior High School who won a scholarship for writing the winning essay for the Celebrate Southlake event to rededicate Frank Cornish IV Park at Southlake Town Square. Embry read her moving essay about what makes Southlake a special place. She won a $1,000 scholarship check from Downey Publishing.

The Board also recognized the Carroll Cross Country program for their outstanding performance at the UIL State Meet. The meet was held in Round Rock recently, and both teams finished in the top three. The Carroll boy’s team won second place in the state meet, and the girl’s team won third.

Other items on the agenda for the Board to hear or take action on during the meeting included:

  • Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Janet McDade gave trustees an overview presentation on the recent meeting of Carroll’s new Resiliency Committee. The committee is focused on how to build resiliency within Carroll students.
  • Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations Julie Thannum presented the bond communications plan to the Board. The project will be very student-focused and feature visuals including current Carroll students.
  • Trustees approved the Local Innovation Plan for District of Innovation. The District Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to consider the final version of the proposed plan on November 14,  and DAC will vote at that time on the final plan. Trustees will have second reading of the plan at their December 4 meeting.
  • The Board approved the purchase of 10 new Broadcast Carts from Delcom at a cost not to exceed $100,000. This purchase was a part of the technology upgrades approved in the 2017 Bond Program.
  • Trustees approved the purchase of new Cisco servers from Netsync Network Solutions at a cost not to exceed $720,000. This purchase was also a part of the technology upgrades approved in the 2017 Bond Program.
  • The Board approved the purchase of classroom AV systems for Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, and Carroll High School from Delcom at a cost not to exceed $2,480,000. This purchase was part of a multi-phase plan to upgrade AV systems throughout the district approved by voters in the 2017 Bond Program.
  • The Board moved to approve the construction delivery method of Construction Manager At-Risk for the school additions and renovations at Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary, and Old Union Elementary School, and the Carroll Sr. High School Baseball / Softball Complex Phase II project.

The Carroll School Board has called a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 27 to consider action on several 2017 Bond projects. School officials say special meetings may be posted throughout the life of the bond to ensure projects stay on track for completion in time for student use as soon as possible.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Carroll ISD Board is slated for December 4, 2017.

 

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet November 14

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

Call to Order
Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
Board Action Items and Board Business

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Park board approves new name for Jefferson Davis Park

The Fort Worth Park & Recreation Advisory Board voted unanimously to change the name of Jefferson Davis Park to Parque Unidad/Unity Park.

The name change must go before a vote of the City Council. The item is currently scheduled to be presented on Dec. 12.

Community members suggested in an online petition that the park be renamed Parque Unidad/Unity Park. At its September meeting, the board asked city staff to expedite the renaming process.

The 8.6-acre neighborhood park, 4001 Townsend Drive, was named Jefferson Davis Park in 1923 after the president of the Confederacy.

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet October 19

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

Call to Order
Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
Board Action Items and Board Business

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Tarrant County College Foundation Names 2017 Board Leadership Team

Tarrant County College Foundation, the College’s fundraising arm, recently announced the appointment of four new officers to its Board of Directors.

Established in 1988 and governed by a volunteer board comprised of community leaders from across the county, the TCC Foundation raises money from businesses, civic groups, foundations and individuals for academic programs, capital needs and scholarships for deserving students.

New board officers are:

David Parker, managing director North Texas operations for Longbow Partners, was elected board chairman.
Janet Hahn, attorney and

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