TISD board approves new strategy plan

Published on Thursday, 27 March 2014 23:26 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

The plan to make Tyler ISD the school district community members want it to be has been approved. But now, the real work begins, a district administrator said.

The TISD board of trustees on Thursday approved 5-0 the strategic plan as proposed. Board Vice President Andy Bergfeld and trustee Shirley Jordan were absent.

The proposed plan includes the district’s new mission statement, a list of beliefs, objectives, strategies and result statements. It is designed to help move the district out of the status quo and to the next level.

More than 100 community and staff members participated in the planning process, which took about six months.

In addition, more than 1,700 people participated in a survey that helped frame the issues the planning committee focused on.

“We all have a vision, but it takes all of us to bring this vision to reality,” board President the Rev. Orenthia Mason said after the meeting.

She said board members knew something different needed to happen to take the district to the next level and this plan provides the map to get there.

“I’m proud of the product,” she said. “What we approved tonight is just the beginning stage.”

The district’s new mission statement reads, “The mission of Tyler ISD, a diverse community of learners, is to empower and inspire independent thinkers through innovative learning opportunities, in partnership with our community, to positively impact the world.”

As proposed, the plan includes six objectives, which are:

* All students will graduate prepared for college or career, and life-ready to compete in a global economy;

* All students will learn in schools that meet the needs of our diverse community;

* All students will learn in a safe, secure, and positive learning environment;

*All students will learn through comprehensive and innovative education;

*All students will learn using a cutting edge technology device in the educational environment.

Six strategies outline how to achieve the objectives, and result statements and action steps provide more detail for implementing these strategies.

The Rev. Mason thanked district administrator Kim Tunnell for her leadership in the process. After the meeting, she also praised the commitment of the community members and TISD staff members who participated.

The Rev. Mason said each strategy will require time, personnel and funding to implement. So, it will take commitment on the part of the board and vigilance on the part of the community to make sure it is followed. But the board is committed to doing that because the trustees were the ones who asked the administration to come up with a plan to move the TISD forward, she said.

“Great things are happening in Tyler ISD,” she said. “And we can’t keep doing things the same old way.”

In other business, the board:

*Canceled the trustee election for Single Member District 4 because candidate Patricia Nation was unopposed and certified the election of Ms. Nation as the trustee. The district still will have a May 10 election for Single Member Districts 2 and 5.

*Approved the creation of an Early College High School director position for the purpose of planning and coordinating between the school district, Tyler Junior College and the Texas Education Agency. TISD is considering the idea of opening an Early College High School with TJC in fall 2015.

*Discussed possible renovations for Dogan and Hubbard middle schools. TISD Superintendent Gary Mooring said committees at both campuses came with a list of needs and prioritized them. A proposal with the suggested renovations will be brought to the board for vote at the April meeting. Rev. Mason said the work would be paid for with leftover 2008 bond funds.