GWISD school board passes certification and approves contracts
by Ben Tinsley
Apr 03, 2014 | 134 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Ben Tinsley

The Progress

GEORGE WEST – Members of the George West ISD board on March 26 formally approved the annual certification that proclaims GWISD students measure up to state standard—in terms of academic knowledge and ability.

The “Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification” (in GWISD’s case, approved for the 2014-2015 school year) stipulates that Texas school districts must annually certify students can access instructional materials that cover all of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for each subject in that required curriculum.

Districts cannot submit any requisitions or disbursements until this certification has been signed and submitted to the Texas Education Agency each year, reports show. This has to be presented before a school board and signed by the superintendent, board president and board secretary before it can be accepted by the TEA.

This form is, essentially, an assurance to TEA that the materials the district purchases for instructional purposes support the essential knowledge and skills required by the state, according to Ty Sparks, GWISD superintendent.

“In addition, the District agrees to submit the title and publication information for any instructional materials,” Sparks said in an email.

Also at the March 26 meeting, the school board approved contracts for 2014-2015 school year for teachers, counselors, diagnostician, school nurse, speech therapist, instructional facilitator, maintenance director and athletic director.

As the board wrapped up final discussions on the bond construction project, it was noted that the recent high school open house was extremely successful.

Meanwhile, the general election for school trustees single-member districts #2 and #4 was canceled due to unopposed positions, Sparks said. New board members Magdalena Alvarez and Riley Rhodes begin their terms at the first regular school board meeting in May, according to Sparks.

Also, the school board approved the school calendar for 2014-2015 was approved.
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