$348K in hurricane relief grants accepted, course changes: 4 things you missed at the Spring ISD board of trustees meeting, Jan. 18

The Spring ISD board of trustees reviewed the annual report of the district's educational performance and the Texas Academic Performance Report on Thursday night as well as accepted several grants that will help students, staff and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Here are some of the key points hit at the meeting, which was postponed from Tuesday night due to the winter weather that closed schools for two days this week.

1. The School Quality Survey is available through Feb. 2. Parents and employees can visit www.springisd.org/schoolquality to participate. Students in grades 6 through 12 can visit this link and use their student IDs to take the survey.

2. Lauren Topek, SISD chief of curriculum, instruction and assessment, reviewed the district's 2017 educational performance and TAPR, which is provided annually by the Texas Education Agency to track student performance. Highlights of the report included data on student performance on standardized tests and graduation rates. The report also included a list of violent or criminal incidents reported during the two most recent academic years. While the total number of reported incidents grew from 1,128 to 3,061 from 2015-16 to 2016-17, school officials pointed out that the increases were due to improved reporting and classification of incidents, which had previously been unreported.

3. Topek also introduced several changes to the middle and high school Education Planning Guides, including new dual-credit classes in chemistry, engineering and physics. Deleted courses include French V—because no students are currently registered for French IV—and a language and culture class for which no state textbooks are available. The board unanimously approved the planning guides.

4. The board also accepted several grants relating to Hurricane Harvey recovery among district students and families. The first is a $12,000 grant from the American Association of School Administrators and Joint Powers Alliance and The Simmons Foundation. A second grant, for $336,900, is from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The grant will benefit students in grades 6-12, staff and their families for basic needs. The board will hire a case manager to help administer the grant.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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