Eanes ISD

Board Highlights: GPA/Class Rank, Bond, Spanish Immersion Pilot & more!

Board of Trustees Highlights
An Update from the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees
Superintendent's Report

The February meetings and March special meeting were quite busy with discussions on District priorities and goals, an update on the 2015 Bond Program by the Bond Oversight Committee, an update on GPA/class rank and the exciting launch of a Spanish Immersion Pilot at Cedar Creek Elementary. For a synopsis of the February meetings, please read below.

At the February 7 study session, the Board was presented a proposal on a Spanish Immersion Pilot to be conducted at Cedar Creek Elementary next school year.
See below for details.

The February 21 meeting included a Bond Oversight Committee Update on the 2015 Bond Program and discussion on next steps for facilities and enrollment planning. The Board also voted on previously-discussed items including the staff device refresh, district goals and resolutions on the A-F Accountability Rating System and Region 13 Legislative Priorities. See below for details.

At the March 7 special meeting, the Board saw a presentation on a student design and re-branding initiative and was presented a report from the GPA/Class Rank focus group. See below for more details.

See the full Board agenda packets online.
Spanish Immersion Pilot Approved
After discussion at the February 7 and February 21 meetings, the Board approved a one-way Spanish language immersion pilot program at Cedar Creek Elementary in grades K-2. The duration of the pilot will be no less than three years for each of three student cohorts that begin in kindergarten with the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The pilot is a research-based academic program to develop bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy in preparing students for college and career, life and leadership in a culturally diverse world.

See white paper and presentation
GPA Focus Group Presents Recommendation
A GPA Focus Group that has been meeting since January presented findings and a recommendation at the March 7 meeting. The focus group's task was to reflect on previous recommendations and identify changes to the current GPA system that would lead to improved academic choices and reduce stress for students. This focus group included members from the original GPA committee, as well as classroom teachers, department heads, a counselor, the WHS principal and parent stakeholders.

The Board will discuss further at the April 11 study session.
See GPA Focus Group's report
District Priorities & Goals

Following the January Strategic Summit and the January 24 Board meeting, the District presented a new cohesive planning matrix at the February 21 meeting. The matrix shows the.progression from community values to Board priorities to administrative goals, which become actionable in the District Improvement Plan (DIP) and ultimately the Campus Improvement Plans.

See report and presentation
Bond Oversight Committee Presents Annual Report
At the February 21 meeting, the Bond Oversight Committee presented an update on the 2015 Bond Program. To date, 42 projects have been funded by the $52.5 million bond, with approximately $24 million remaining for future planned projects.

Following discussion, the Board assigned Trustees Jennifer Salazar and Julia Webber to serve as liaisons to a committee that will continue discussions on next steps for facilities and enrollment planning

See BOC presentation
Students Propose District Re-Branding Initiative
At the March 7 meeting, a group of Westlake High School graphic arts students presented potential concepts for a new Eanes ISD logo. The students have been working with MOD Studio and WHS graphic arts teacher Dale Baker to study logo design and present their recommended near-final concepts to the Board.
The District plans to conduct focus groups with staff and community members in April.
See proposed designs
Board Passes Resolutions
At the February 21 meeting, the Board passed two separate resolutions after discussion at previous meetings. The Texas Association of School Administrators asked boards statewide to consider adopting a formal resolution concerning the A-F accountability rating system for Texas public schools. Among other items, the proposed resolution calls for the Texas Legislature to adopt an alternative community-based accountability system.

The Region 13 Education Service Center asked its member school districts to adopt a resolution supporting the Region 13 legislative priorities. Region 13's positions on Funding and School Choice broadly align with Eanes ISD Board of Trustees' legislative priorities.

See A-F Accountability Ratings Resolution
See Region 13 Legislative Priorities Resolution

The Board recognized the 2016-17 semifinalists in the Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Westlake High School's Lillian Sun and Kyle Wang are among a group of 498 semifinalists in the nation's premier competition for math, science and technology for high school students.

The Board also congratulated Ms. Cheryl Floyd, Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School, who was named to the Yamaha Master Educator Program. Ms. Floyd is part of an all-star group of educators with the skills, expertise, and the heart for inspiring and empowering music teachers at all levels. As part of the Master Educator team, she will play a complementary, yet pivotal role, by sharing her expertise to help educators stay motivated - and challenged - to fulfill their teaching potential.
Future Meetings
The March study session is March 7 (6pm open session), and the regular meeting is March 28 (7pm open session).
Always check http://www.eanesisd.net/board/cal for the most up-to-date schedule. To see agenda items, listen to meeting audio, or access board policy, please visit http://www.eanesisd.net/board.
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