Tyler ISD Announces Plan to Create Committees To Address Academics, Discipline and Morale

Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 22:04 - Written by BY EMILY GUEVARA eguevara@tylerpaper.com

In an effort to address academics, discipline and morale, Tyler ISD is seeking the input of the community at large.

School board President the Rev. Orenthia Mason announced today the district will form three committees to address these issues.

The committees will be made up of community members, parents, district administrators and at least one board member, the Rev. Mason said.

The board expects to name the members by August. These committees would be responsible for producing recommendations for the district to implement.

The Rev. Mason said several community leaders, including those who supported the bond proposal, wanted to see the district improve these areas.

She and board vice president Andy Bergfeld met with these community members and came up with a plan to move forward.

“This is a crucial time in our school district,” the Rev. Mason said. “We’re in the midst of construction, of building brick and mortar, but we’re also in the midst of constructing a new Tyler ISD.”

Mark Randall, president of Tyler Proud, a community organization that supported the recent passage of the TISD bond, was one of the community members who met with the board leaders.

Randall said the organization will continue to support academic success in the school district.

He said organization members are encouraged by the district’s move to create committees and pleased with the announcement of new hires.

We are “ready to be involved in bond oversight and with these committees to help the district move forward,” he said.

The Rev. Mason said she expects the district to appoint about 15 people to serve on each committee.  

The district will share results from recent surveys about campus climate and other issues with the appropriate committees, whose members will use them in their work.

Bergfeld addressed the issue at the end of the board meeting. He thanked the community for its support in the recent bond election, but said the board’s work is not done.

The district has tried in multiple ways to address the academic deficiencies over the years, but none of those have moved the needle forward, he said.

“The reality is there is no quick fix and that the achievement gap is not unique to TISD,” Bergfeld said. “It’s unique if you find a way to erase it.”

The community has come together before to address needs in the district and it can do so again, he said.

The district will work with many organizations in this process, but he implored the community to join in the effort.

“What we need is a partner in the community that is willing to come together to take the difficult steps, to put in the hard work for a major transformation in this community,” he said.