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Trustees hear details on new accountability ratings

by Dolores Hamilton
The 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2805 that requires changes to the state public school academic accountability system, and will go into effect beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
Iowa Park CISD Superintendent Steve Moody explained the rating system to school trustees at their meeting Thursday night. Instead of having four indexes as in the current system, the new system will have five domains of indicators that will be used to evaluate districts and campuses. They will receive a rating of A,B,C,D, or F in each of the five domains.
Moody said the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) is considering talking to the legislature about repealing the letter grades. “Letter grades are not a true indication of what’s going on in the district,” he said.
“There are a lot of school districts and school boards looking at passing a resolution to give to the legislature saying that they want to do away with A-F accountability system,” Moody said. “I may bring that resolution to the January board meeting to see if we as a board are interested in joining in signing that resolution.”
He said the district will be getting a grade around the first week in January.
A report on energy management lighting upgrade was given by Jonathon Clubb. He said he had been working with a representative from Oncor who is offering incentives for lighting upgrades.
Trustees studied a chart showing the locations for upgrades and the incentives offered by Oncor. Clubb said he could figure what type of fixtures and locations and bring the information back to the board to consider.
The board approved staying with the West Texas Co-op in Lubbock, who they have been with for the past seven years.
A report was given on board training hours, and the hours earned by each trustee.
During his report, Moody said enrollment stands at 1851. He said there would be a two-hour early release on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15 and 16, and students will return to class on January 3, 2017. The January board meeting has been moved to Thursday, January 19.
At the first of the meeting Jered Stevens and Andrea Pedon, Rotary Club’s Students of the Month for December, were recognized, and the FFA Public Relations Team put on a skit.
No action was taken following an executive session.