Garland ISD Trustees approved the district’s new Strategic Plan at their June 27 meeting. This set of goals and measures will lead GISD decision-making and progress for the next five years. A strategic planning committee representing teachers, administrators, parents, community members and local businesses developed the proposal. Its five goals include student success, student/parent/community engagement, operational excellence, employees and organizational improvement, and financial stewardship. Visit the Strategic Plan web page to view the entire document.
The committee also crafted a set of value statements for the district. These core beliefs will become part of GISD’s identity in addition to its mission and vision statements. They read:
- We believe every student can learn.
- We know every student deserves our best.
- We value and celebrate all cultures.
- We respect all students, families, staff and communities.
- We demonstrate ethical behavior.
Education Transforms Lives.
During informational presentations June 27, the board received financial projections for 2017-18. While staff recommended potential new positions and initiatives such as Balanced Literacy, possible budget reductions were also identified. Discussions included the impact from the recent legislative session, such as raised contributions for GISD to the Teacher Retirement System. Trustees will now consider staff raises in preparation for adopting next year’s budget.
The board received information about 17 academic and enrichment opportunities available over the summer as well. More than 7,000 students are being served through content mastery classes, retests and fun activities, such as coding, robotics, cooking, emergency preparedness and more.
Community forums for GISD’s superintendent search have been announced. The public is invited to Rowlett and South Garland high schools, as well as the Curtis Culwell Center, from 7-8 p.m. on July 18. An additional forum will also be held from 7-8 p.m. July 19 at RHS. For more information, visit www.garlandisd.net/suptsearch.
Recognizing student accomplishments, Trustees presented seventh and eighth-grade academic pentathlon teams from Austin Academy for Excellence with Evidence of Excellence awards. Both teams placed second in the nation at the 2017 United States Academic Pentathlon National Competition. Since its inaugural contest in 2014, Austin Academy has finished among the top two competitors every year.
The board also approved new administrative and principal appointments. See the table below for details.
Principal, Beaver Technology Center
Principal, Hudson MS
Assistant Principal, Sachse HS
Principal, Cooper ES
Assistant Principal, Herfurth ES
Principal, Austin Academy
Assistant Principal, Garland HS
Principal, Montclair ES
Principal, Frisco ISD
Principal, Park Crest ES
Assistant Principal, Park Crest ES
Principal, Hickman ES
Assistant Principal, Chapel Hill ISD
Principal, Armstrong ES
Assistant Principal, Sachse HS
Principal, Roach ES
Assistant Principal, Southgate ES
Principal, Bullock ES
Assistant Principal, Walnut Glen Academy
Principal, Heather Glen ES
Principal, Wylie ISD
Principal, Lyles MS
Principal, Dallas ISD
Principal, Stephens ES
Assistant Principal, Steadham ES