Board Notes: February, 28 2017

A new completion date has been set for Garland ISD’s 2014 bond program. At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to combine Phases 3 and 4. This new timeline is expected to save money in addition to a year on the schedule. All projects will now be complete in 2019.

Trustees also approved the inclusion of a 10-percent contingency in the budget for each bond project. This padding covers unexpected costs or increases.

Two candidates will run unopposed for seats on the board when they become available in May. Jed Reed and Jamie Miller were announced during the meeting. Reed joined the board in 2016, finishing out the unexpired term of former member Cindy Castañeda. He will continue serving in Place 4 for a three-year term. Miller will join the board in Place 5, taking over for longtime member Scott Luna. He is the Executive Vice President of Veritex Community Bank and a Garland High School alumnus.

The Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for Garland ISD was also delivered during a public hearing. The results of STAAR testing not only show the district meeting most standards but often exceeding state or regional averages as well. Additionally, dropout rates show a decline while graduation rates increase. Visit the Annual Academic Performance Report page on the district website or watch the public hearing for more details.

The district will soon partner with the City of Sachse to increase student, staff and community member safety. Trustees approved an agreement with the City for improvements along Miles Road in front of Sachse High School, including the installation of traffic signals.

The board also recognized two students with Evidence of Excellence awards. Jackson Technology Center for Math and Science seventh-grader Tiobsta Ayele bested elementary and middle school competition to win the 2017 districtwide Spelling Bee. Armstrong Elementary School fifth-grader Julia Yost claimed first place and a $5,000 scholarship in the Girls’ Fast Track Races. In an effort to help girls embrace the exciting world of STEAM, Ford Motor Company launched this competition in partnership with Girl Scouts of America. Yost represented Garland ISD and North Texas live on national television as she raced her handcrafted derby car.

New administrative appointments include naming Allison Davenport as the Director of Finance. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Finance.

Additional board meeting information can be found in the online agenda and archived video, chaptered by items.