Tyler ISD: School board to hear strategic plan on Monday

Published on Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:41 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Tyler Independent School District’s strategic plan will be presented to the board during a Monday meeting.

This plan is to help guide the future of the district and the goals it sets for its superintendent.

Work began on the in September. At that time, Kim Tunnell, TISD’s chief leadership and performance officer, said the strategic planning process would involve looking at the district’s overall direction and areas of focus.

It was designed to ask questions such as: “What does the community value when it comes to education?” And, “what does the community want to see in its TISD graduates?”

The process involved an overall committee that developed objectives and strategies. The district created action teams to address each one of the strategies. These teams were responsible for creating the plan, identifying the resources and establishing the community and support procedures for each strategy.

The overall strategic planning committee was scheduled to review the plans last month.

In addition to the strategic plan, the board also is scheduled to vote on a request to change the name of Dixie Elementary School.

The school board asked the district to request input from the community about a possible name change for the campus after the district received a request to consider renaming the school for a person in the community.

The school is named after Texas Highway 64 that runs past it because that highway was once called Dixie Road, according to a history book about Tyler public schools.

Most other district buildings are named after a person who has served the district or community and made a significant contribution to society and/or education, according to TISD information.

The district received overwhelming support from the community to keep Dixie’s name the same, according to information from TISD. So the administration’s recommendation to the board is to deny any request to change the name of the school.

The board also is scheduled to vote on several contracts related to technology and communications services and bond construction projects, the latter of which includes asbestos removal at Rice and Dixie elementary schools.

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