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Board Meeting Highlights

January 23, 2012




A Central Warehouse team leader shared the spotlight with the SBISD Board of Trustees when the two were named, respectively, Employee of the Month and Volunteers of the Month during the regular monthly Trustees meeting. January is School Board Appreciation Month.


In other meeting highlights, an elementary health fitness teacher earned a significant award as an emerging professional in this field. A public hearing was held on the 2011 Academic Excellence Indicator System, and Trustees adopted the order setting the special and general election in May. SBISD middle schools will serve as voting polling places for the May 12 election.



Regular Meeting Agenda:


Special Presentations:


AEIS Public Hearing Presentation:


The Spring Branch Plan 2012-2017:


Order Calling for May 12, 2012, Trustee Elections:

Employee and Volunteer of the Month 


SBISD Central Warehouse Team Leader Ken Shorts was recognized as the district's January Employee of the Month. Ken Shorts has worked in the district since 1998, beginning as a bus driver in Transportation and then moving to warehouse operations. In addition to leading areas that include truck loading and distribution, school orders, and district-wide mail and deliveries, Ken has held two jobs for many years now to help his children and wife pay for college.


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The SBISD Board of Trustees members are January's Volunteers of the Month. Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed January as annual School Board Recognition Month. In recognition of the month, SBISD's Board members were honored for their many volunteer hours working as Trustees, as well as their dedication to mentoring students and working on education-related causes ranging from education issues with the Texas Legislature to student social and emotional learning and college preparation. The seven members of the Board serve without pay. A special donation in their honor is being made to the district's ongoing Dictionary Project.  

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TAPHERD Emerging Professional Award


Trustees honored Westwood Elementary's Samuel Karns, who earned the TAHPERD Emerging Professional Award recently from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. This honor is given to young professionals who exhibit excellence in teaching, coaching or administration in health, recreation and dance and promote their professions. Samuel has taught in SBISD for five years, and serves as president of the Spring Branch Health Fitness Association. He has earned the Health Fitness Teacher of the Year and the Westwood Elementary Teacher of the Year awards.

AEIS Public Hearing


The Board then held a joint public hearing on the 2011 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS). The results were presented by Dr. Keith Haffey, the district executive director of accountability and research, as a part of the hearing presentation. In summary, the following key points were highlighted:


  • SBISD graduation rates increased, while dropout rates decreased
  • District students exceeded state averages on Advanced Course/Dual Enrollment Completion; percentage of Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) students tested; and percentage of students taking the SAT/ACT
  • Average SAT/ACT scores increased in most student groups
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and College Ready Graduates are at highest levels ever reported

Order for Board Election 


Included in the Consent Agenda, the Board of Trustees adopted the order setting the next School Board Election for May 12, 2012. SBISD middle schools will serve as the polling locations for voters. Election Positions 3 and 4 held by incumbent Trustees Susan Kellner and Theresa Kosmoski, respectively, as well as Position 2, held by new appointed Trustee Chris Gonzalez, will be included on the May ballot.

In Other Action, the Board of Trustees discussed...


  • Class Rank issues with Texas university representatives
  • Two-Way Dual Language at the Secondary Level
  • The Spring Branch Plan 2012-2017 Goals and Critical Measures related to it
  • The SKY Partnership and updates related to SBISD, KIPP Houston and YES Prep


The Board also adopted TASB Policy Update 91.

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