Principals, school involvement on docket for board meeting

Published on Saturday, 11 January 2014 23:48 - Written by Emily Guevara

Campus principals and school improvement are among issues set for discussion and possible vote at Monday’s Tyler ISD board meeting.

The board is scheduled to vote on several personnel recommendations. These include the resignation of Marty Barbieri, director of guidance and counseling, and the approval of Kim Cole as Orr Elementary School principal and Theodore Timms as Stewart Middle School principal.

Ms. Cole and Timms have been the interim principals at their respective campuses since the start of this school year.

TISD spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said Ms. Barbieri, who had been with TISD for two years, accepted a position as Rockwall ISD’s director of guidance and counseling.

In addition to the personnel decisions, the board is scheduled to vote on improvement plans related to its special education and bilingual/English as a second language programs.

The Texas Education Agency flagged those two district programs because of certain data that fell outside state-prescribed boundaries.

This included the overrepresentation of African-American students in special education and the poor performance of English-as-a-second-language students as a whole on standardized tests.

In addition to these programs, the board also is scheduled to vote on improvement plans for Douglas, Griffin, Orr and Peete elementary schools and the Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs.

These campuses must have more comprehensive improvement plans because they received the Improvement Required rating from the state.

The board heard reports about the improvement plans during last month’s meeting.

Finally, a public hearing about the Texas Academic Performance Report also is scheduled. The report includes information about student performance; school and district staff; and student demographics.

The board is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. in the Dr. Jack L. Davidson Conference Center in the Jim Plyler Instructional Complex, 807 W. Glenwood Blvd.