Spring ISD Board of Trustees

Spring ISD Board of Trustees The SISD board of trustees is from left: Chris Bell, Justine Durant, Jana Gonzales, Rodney Watson, Deborah Jensen, Rhonda Faust, Rhonda Newhouse and Donald Davis.[/caption]

Big decisions made in 2015


Addressing data management
The Spring ISD board of trustees approved district reorganization and changed its data-management processes following transcript irregularities that occurred in July that affected hundreds of students.


Improving literacy
Responding to literacy concerns, SISD approved a comprehensive literacy plan. The development plan has a three-year implementation and emphasizes an improvement in literacy concepts such as phonetic awareness.


Teacher retention
The Spring ISD board of Trustees approved a 6 percent raise for teachers and raised the minimum starting teacher salary to $51,500 per year to help better recruit and retain talented teachers.



Top issues for 2016


Community communication
In 2015 the board approved ELEVATE, a Web-based platform to answer questions, solve problems and hear concerns from the community.  The district looks to improve its communication processes and continue to connect with SISD stakeholders.


Safety
To enhance the safety of all students, staff and administrators in schools, the district expects to improve its alarm, surveillance and digital radio communication systems for all schools as part of Every Child 2020, the district’s five-year improvement program.


Early childhood programs
After creating the first preschool within the district at Lewis Elementary School  through a partnership with AVANCE Houston, SISD wants to create more preschool options.



MOST RECENT

Following a May 6 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott, swimming pools are now able to operate at 25% capacity. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Spring-Klein-area swimming pools respond to state's gradual reopening

Homeowners associations are deciding whether to open swimming pools under state-mandated restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center sees another week-over-week decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29.

The syrup drums being repurposed into rain barrels were donated from Coca-Cola. (Courtesy Galveston Bay Foundation)
Galveston Bay Foundation to host virtual, drive-thru rain barrel workshop

The Kemah-based nature conservation nonprofit is hosting a rain barrel workshop this weekend for Houstonians thirsting for a way to help conserve the community’s water supply.

The Loaded Baked Potato ($8.95 ): Everything but the kitchen sink is added into this baked potato. (Courtesy 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering)
2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering adds permanent drive-thru to weather pandemic

Co-owner Chris Clarabut catered his brother-in-law’s wedding four years ago, not knowing it would be the start of 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering, he said.

The Spring ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a revised 2020-21 instructional calendar during a special meeting May 28, which features intersessional breaks and runs Aug. 17, 2020-June 25, 2021. (Screenshot via Zoom)
Spring ISD's revised 2020-21 instructional calendar includes intersessional breaks, runs Aug. 17-June 25

The Spring ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a revised 2020-21 instructional calendar during a special meeting May 28, which features intersessional breaks and runs Aug. 17, 2020-June 25, 2021.

The death total in Harris County now stands at 221. With 11,770 cases confirmed in the county, the death rate stands at 1.9%. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1 new death confirmed May 28, 8 deaths over past 7 days

By comparison, 23 deaths were confirmed between May 16-22, and 39 deaths were confirmed between May 9-15.

Klein Oak High School graduating senior Christopher Jones II received a variety of gift items from community member Rachael. (Courtesy Allanda Nichols)
Greater Houston-area graduating seniors celebrated through online community

Seniors of the graduating Class of 2020 are being celebrated with gifts and well-wishes through organized Facebook groups and "adopt-a-senior" programs created by Greater Houston-area community members.

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 buildings beginning June 1. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System discusses reopening plan for June 1

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 of its buildings June 1, prioritizing health science buildings.

Texas Supreme Court rejects push to expand voting by mail during coronavirus

However, Supreme Court justices also said voters can determine for themselves whether or not they are disabled, and local election officials are not obligated to verify those applicants' claims.

Outdoor venues in all Texas counties will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity starting May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.

Students enrolled in the University of Houston College of Nursing can take classes at the Sugar Land campus. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: UH College of Nursing dean reflects on how coronavirus has affected education, profession

Kathryn Tart, dean of the University of Houston’s College of Nursing, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about how the novel coronavirus is changing the way the university is educating nursing students.

After their parents were killed in a car crash in January 2019, the four Ferguson children were split up to live with different friends and family members. Last Thursday, they were reunited under one roof in their hometown of Groesbeck, thanks to the Kailee Mills Foundation. (Courtesy Kailee Mills Foundation)
Spring-based Kailee Mills Foundation gifts house to four siblings orphaned following car crash

After their parents were killed in a car crash in January 2019, the four Ferguson children were split up to live with different friends and family members. Last Thursday, they were reunited under one roof in their hometown of Groesbeck, thanks to the Kailee Mills Foundation.