From how population growth in the region is impacting staffing in local school districts to New Braunfels ISD's stance on the accountability system, read more about the latest news coming out of your local school district's board meetings.

Comal ISD to add additional staff for 2024-25 school year

In response to growth throughout the district, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved a request for $7.5 million to go toward adding additional staffing in the 2024-25 school year.

The district is projected to grow by 898 students in the upcoming 2024-25 school year. That would result in approximately 30,235 students in the district, according to board documents.

The overview

Bobbi Supak, chief human resources officer at CISD, said that personnel and staffing utilizes about 80% of the district’s budget.

“We know budgets are tight, we know money is tight, but we also want to make sure that the campuses are staffed appropriately to serve the needs of our students,” Supak said.

Learn more about staffing needs in CISD here.

New Braunfels ISD advocates for reformed accountability system

New Braunfels ISD has joined dozens of other Texas school districts after the board of trustees voiced its support of a fair, effective and transparent accountability system.

The specifics

The board of trustees approved the resolution during a regular board meeting on March 4 to speak in opposition to the “retroactive and drastic” mid-year change to the 2022-23 school year performance ratings. NBISD officials support the efforts to reform the Texas Education Agency’s accountability system and are advocating for a rating method that uses more than standardized testing, according to the resolution.

“There were a number of districts who filed a lawsuit against the TEA in the fall; New Braunfels ISD was not part of that lawsuit,” NBISD Superintendent Laurelyn Arterbury said. “But that does not mean that you can't have a voice in this.”

Read the full story here.