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Board Briefs: Work Session (Dec. 2)

Recommended Revisions to Strategic Plan

In December 2009 the Board of Trustees approved a five-year Strategic Plan for the district. In December 2010 and 2011, the plan was reviewed and board-approved revisions were made. In April 2013, the Board of Trustees approved new targets for Goals 1 and 2 of the AISD Strategic Plan because of the implementation of new state assessments. The administration recommended that the board modify these targets to reflect updated information about state assessments.

The board is scheduled to take action on the proposed revisions to the strategic plan at the regular board meeting Monday, Dec. 16.

HB5 Graduation Plans

House Bill 5 will replace the Minimum, Recommended, and Distinguished Achievement Graduation Programs with three graduation options: the Foundation High School Program (FHSP), the FHSP plus endorsements, and the FHSP plus endorsements plus Distinguished Level of Achievement.  In addition, as they are currently written, HB5 graduation plans do not require health education, speech, or a third semester of physical education. 

Based on results from Campus Advisory Council surveys, input from high school and middle school principals, and parent and community surveys, the board discussed selecting the Distinguished Level of Achievement as the default graduation plan for AISD. Trustees also discussed maintaining two semesters of PE as required by law, adding a .5 credit for speech, and adding or integrating a .5 credit for health.

The board is scheduled to take action on the district’s graduation plan at the regular board meeting Monday, Dec. 16.

Milestone Update on the Facility Master Plan

In April, the board adopted a resolution that committed to the development of a Facility Master Plan on or before June 30, 2014. The resolution calls for the FMP to include specific plans and/or remedies to address under-enrollment within the district in order to optimize the use of district facilities as defined by a facility’s permanent capacity.

The FMP will outline the current status and future use of district facilities, guide the development of future capital improvements, and support planning for future bond elections. It is a living document and will be reviewed every two years, the recommended review cycle.

As the district works to meet current and future academic and operations needs, the FMP will align resources to support accomplishing expectations for academic achievement in the Strategic Plan.

Presentation of Superintendent's Recommendation for New North Central Elementary School #2 Attendance Area, Including Proposed Revisions to the Attendance Areas of Cook and Wooldridge Elementary Schools

The board reviewed and commented on the attendance area recommendations of the Boundary Advisory Committee for the new North Central Elementary School No. 2 to relieve overcrowding at Cook and Wooldridge elementary schools and Lucy Read Pre-K Center.

Continuation of Discussion of the Board's Strategic Priorities for the 2014-15 School Year

The board continued its discussion of its strategic priorities for the 2014-15 school year. This was the topic of the board’s Oct. 5 retreat, but some items were left for further discussion after the Nov. 11 work session. The board is scheduled to take action on the 2014 strategic priorities at the regular board meeting Monday, Dec. 16.


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