By Curtis Rippee, MISD Board of Trustees President
Welcome to the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees Monthly Board Report. The purpose of this report is to provide the community with insight into the monthly meetings and topics the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees are addressing.
The Board conducted its Work Study on April 16 and regular Board Meeting on April 23. During the Work Study, the Board heard presentations from Special Populations and Finance departments, and received a briefing on proposed revisions to an agreement between the developer of the Trinity Falls Subdivision and MISD concerning school sites within the development.
Dr. Paul Foster, Director of Special Populations, updated the Board on the services provided by the Special Populations department. MISD serves approximately 2,400 students with disabilities (10% of the total student population). More than 200 of those students receive dyslexia services with MISD being one of the few districts that provides dyslexia services in both English and Spanish. MISD’s special education program has consistently received a “meets standard” designation from the Texas Education Agency and United States Department of Education. The “meets standard” designation is based on 21 different monitoring elements and is the highest rating possible. Recently, MISD hosted the regional Special Olympics Track Meet at Ron Poe stadium where over 600 student athletes from 13 area school districts competed. This meet is one of the largest in the state of Texas.
Dr. Ed Bigbee, Chief Financial Officer, gave a financial update which included preliminary budget estimates for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Bigbee provided a chart which compared actual revenue per student over the last 10 years to the revenue per student using 2003-2004 revenue adjusted for inflation. For the 2012-2013 school year, the actual revenue per student is $6,861 compared to what the revenue would have been if adjusted for inflation of $7,842. That difference represents $23.5 million in less revenue for MISD. Revenue for the District for the 2013-2014 school year is projected to increase by $1.6 million due to an increase in student population (MISD receives revenue on a per student basis, $6,861 in 2012-2013) and $800,000 from proposed increases from the state (significantly less than the $15 million cut for MISD in the 2011 legislative session). The additional funds will go primarily to fund additional teachers.
Bob Roeder of Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin, LLC, counsel for the developer of Trinity Falls, provided an update on the development and outlined proposed changes to the agreement between the former developer of the Trinity Falls Subdivision and MISD. The agreement contemplates the allocation of at least three sites for future elementary schools within the development, which is expected to have over 4,000 homes.
On April 23, the Board conducted its Regular Board Meeting. At the meeting, the Board participated in a learning session lead by students from Faubion Middle School. Board members and Dr. Kennedy were divided into two-person teams and asked to perform an experiment, with the assistance of the students, using “Bungee Barbie.” The exhibition showed how our teachers are using fun and engaging methods to teach topics such as linear regression.
Agenda items also included approval of a maximum class size exception waiver, approval of the new Property/Casualty insurance policies, approval of Administrative Contract Extensions, and the approval of sale of certain Tax Foreclosed properties for which offers had been received.
The Board will conduct its Work Study meeting on Tuesday, May 21 and its Regular meeting on May 28. The Work Study meetings are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and the Regular Board meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
MISD Board of Trustees
Curtis Rippee – President
Kathi Livezey – Vice President
Maria McKinzie – Secretary