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The commissioner of education shall develop a board improvement and evaluation tool. The evaluation tool must be research-based and designed to assist the School in improving Board oversight and academic achievement.

The Board may determine whether to use the self-evaluation tool, except as ordered by the commissioner.

Education Code 11.182

Adopted:         6/1/18

Amended:

Reviewed:

The Board may not use state or other resources of TSBVI to electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party.  Education Code 11.169; Gov’t Code 556.004; Penal Code 36.02, 36.03, 36.09, 39.03

Political Advertising

An officer or employee of TSBVI may not knowingly spend or authorize the spending of public funds for the purpose of political advertising.  This does not apply to a communication that factually describes the purposes of a measure if the communication does not advocate passage or defeat of the measure.  Gov’t Code 556.004; Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 172 (1993)

An officer or employee of TSBVI may not spend or authorize the spending of public funds for a communication describing a measure if the communication contains information that:

  1. The officer or employee knows is false; and
  2. Is sufficiently substantial and important as to be reasonably likely to influence a voter to vote for or against the measure. 

It is an affirmative defense to prosecution for an offense under these provisions or the imposition of a civil penalty for conduct under these provisions that the officer or employee reasonably relied on a court order, or an interpretation of these provisions in a written opinion issued by a court of record, the attorney general, or the Ethics Commission. 

On written request of the Board, the Ethics Commission shall prepare an advance written advisory opinion as to whether a particular communication relating to a measure does or does not comply with these provisions. 

Election Code 255.003  [See CPAB regarding use of the internal mail system for political advertising]

Definition

“Political advertising” means a communication supporting or opposing a candidate for nomination or election to a public office or office of a political party, a political party, a public officer, or a measure that:

  1. In return for consideration, is published in a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical or is broadcast by radio or television;
  2. Appears in a pamphlet, circular, flier, billboard or other sign, bumper sticker, or similar form of written communication; or
  3. Appears on an Internet website.

Election Code 251.001(16); 1 TAC 20.1(13)(A)

“Political advertising” does not include an individual communication made by e-mail, but does include mass e-mails involving an expenditure of funds beyond the basic cost of hardware, messaging software, and bandwidth. 1 TAC 20.1(13)(B)

Newsletters

A newsletter of a public officer of TSBVI is not political advertising if:

  1. It includes no more than two pictures of a public officer per page and if the total amount of area covered by the pictures is no more than 20 percent of the page on which the pictures appear;
  2. It includes no more than eight personally phrased references on a page that is 8 1/2” x 11” or larger, with a reasonable reduction in the number of such personally phrased references in pages smaller than 8 1/2” x 11”; and
  3. When viewed as a whole and in the proper context:
    1. Is informational rather than self-promotional;
    2. Does not advocate passage or defeat of a measure; and
    3. Does not support or oppose a candidate for nomination or election to a public office or office of political party, a political party, or a public officer.

1 TAC 26.2

Adopted: 6/1/18

Amended:

Reviewed:

GOVERNANCE

The Board of Trustees of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired shall organize and conduct itself in the same manner as an independent school district board of trustees to the extent that the organization and conduct do not conflict with the board’s responsibilities relating to the status of the School as a state agency.  TEC 30.022 (c)

The Board of Trustees charges itself to conduct itself in accord with ethical standards widely accepted by the school boards of Texas independent school districts.  These standards are set forth below.

EQUITY IN ATTITUDE

Board members will be fair, just, and impartial in their decisions and actions, will accord others respect, and encourage expressions of different opinions, listening with an open mind to others’ ideas.

TRUSTWORTHY IN STEWARDSHIP

Board members will be accountable to the public, and responsive to the priorities and concerns of the students, their families, and the staff.

Board members will work to ensure prudent and accountable use of the School’s resources.

Board members will make no personal promise or take private action that may compromise their performance of their responsibilities.

Board members will perform their governance function without engaging in micromanaging the routine operations and the instructional programs of the School.

HONOR IN CONDUCT

Board members will speak the truth, share views while working for consensus, and respect a majority decision as the decision of the Board.

Board members will base their decisions on fact whenever possible rather than supposition, opinion, or public favor.

Board members will refuse to surrender judgment to any individual or group at the expense of the School as a whole.

Board members will keep confidential any information that is privileged by law or that would harm the School if disclosed, including information obtained from student educational records, personnel records, or from executive sessions of the Board.

RESPECT LAWFUL REQUIREMENTS

Board members will consistently uphold all applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.

Board members will not lobby the Legislature in an attempt to influence the passage or defeat of legislative measures, but Board members may provide public information that might assist legislators in understanding the roles and needs of the School, and may respond to questions posed to the School by the Legislature.  Tx. Gov’t. Code 556.006

COMMITMENT TO SERVICE

Board members will focus their attention on fulfilling the board’s responsibilities of goal setting, policymaking, budgeting, and evaluation.

Board members will avoid personal involvement in roles and activities that the Board has delegated to the Superintendent.

Board members will diligently prepare for and attend Board meetings.

Board members will seek continuing education to enhance their abilities to fulfill their duties effectively.

STUDENT-CENTERED FOCUS

Board members will be continuously guided by what is best for all students served in the School’s programs.

Adopted:         11/20/2015
Amended:
Reviewed:

PROCUREMENT OF LEGAL SERVICES

Internal Counsel

The Board may procure the services of legal counsel who is employed as such as an employee of a state agency.

External Counsel

Contracting for external legal counsel is subject to the provisions stated below. The purchasing requirements of Education Code 44.031 do not apply to a contract for professional services rendered by an attorney. Education Code 44.031(f).

Approval by the Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.

The Attorney General is the constitutional attorney for the State of Texas and its agencies, including institutions of higher education. Texas Government Code §402.0212 authorizes the Attorney General to develop procedures for the use of outside counsel and determines the extent to which legal services can and should be provided by outside counsel. The Attorney General’s office must approve all requests to retain outside counsel and outside counsel contracts prior to legal services being performed, and has adopted administrative rules related to the retention and contracting of outside legal counsel. The rules can be found in Title 1, Chapter 57 of the Texas Administrative Code. Additionally, the Attorney General's office requires that law firms have malpractice insurance.

The Attorney General may decide to be the provider of legal counsel on behalf of the School for specific litigation.

Adopted:         10/3/14

Amended:      

Reviewed:

AFFIDAVIT DISCLOSING INTEREST IN PROPERTY

STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF _____________________

I, ___________________________________ (name of affiant), (check one of the following) as an officer of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, make this affidavit and hereby on oath state the following:

1.   I have a legal or equitable interest in property to be acquired with public funds, either by purchase or condemnation.  The property is fully described as

_________________________________________________________________________________.

2.   The nature, type, and amount of interest, including percentage of ownership, I have in the property is:

_________________________________________________________________________________.

3.   I acquired my interest in the property on ___________________________ (date).     

4.   The information in this affidavit is personally known by me to be correct and contains the information required by Section 553.002, Government Code.

 

Signed _____________________________ (date)

Signature of affiant ___________________________________________________

Office or public title __________________________________________________

STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF ________________________________

 

 Sworn to and subscribed before me on this _______ day of __________________ (month), ___________ (year)

 

 

___________________________________, Notary Public, State of Texas  

 

NOTE:  This affidavit must be filed with the county clerk(s) of the county or counties in which the property is located and of the county in which the public servant resides within ten days before the date on which the property is to be acquired by purchase or condemnation.

Adopted: 1/28/05
Amended: 9/20/13
Reviewed:

PolicyTitleUpdate
Index   01/20/95, *July 1995, 9/29/95, 1/26/96, 5/24/96, 9/27/96, 11/15/96, 1/24/97, 3/21/97, 5/23/97, 9/26/97, 11/14/97, 1/23/98, 11/6/98, 1/26/99, 5/20/99, 11/19/99, 1/28/00, 3/24/00, 2/9/01, 5/31/01, 1/24/02, 11/22/02, 1/31/03, 11/21/03, 1/30/04, 3/26/04, 11/19/04, 1/26/05 (SH) , 2/1/05, 4/1/05, 5/25/05, 11/18/05, 1/27/06, 3/24/06, 7/28/0/6, 9/26/06, 11/17/06, 1/26/07, 3/23/07, 5/23/07, 7/23/07, 9/28/07, 11/16/07, 1/25/08, 3/28/08, 6/4/08, 9/26/08, 11/21/08, 1/23/09, 4/3/09, 9/25/09, 11/20/09, 1/22/10, 4/9/10, 6/2/10, 11/19/10, 1/28/11, 5/31/11, 9/20/13, 1/31/14, 10/3/14, 11/21/14, 1/23/15, 11/20/15, 9/30/16, 9/29/17, 1/26/18, 4/6/18, 6/1/18, 8/9/18, 1/25/19
BA SCHOOL BOARD LEGAL STATUS Reviewed 1/31/14
BAA BOARD LEGAL STATUS: POWERS AND DUTIES Amended: 4/6/18
BBA BOARD MEMBERS: APPOINTMENTS/QUALI-FICATIONS Amended: 6/1/18
BBA(E) BOARD MEMBERS: APPOINTMENTS Amended: 9/29/17
BBBD (TSBVI) ELECTIONEERING Adopted: 6/1/18
BBC BOARD MEMBERS: VACANCIES Amended:  6/1/18
BBD BOARD MEMBERS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION Amended: 4/6/18
BBD-E BOARD MEMBERS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION Reviewed: 9/20/13
BBE BOARD MEMBERS: BOARD MEMBER AUTHORITY Amended: 9/29/17
BBF BBF (TSBVI) – BOARD CODE OF ETHICS Adopted 11/20/2015
BBFA (TSBVI) ETHICS: CONFLICT OF INTEREST Amended 8/9/18
BBFA-E ETHICS: CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES Amended: 9/20/13
BBFB ETHICS:  PROHIBITED PRACTICES Adopted  9/20/13
BBG BOARD MEMBERS: COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES Amended:  4/6/18
BDAA School Board Internal Organization: Board Officers And Officials Amended: 1/31/14
BDAC BOARD OFFICERS AND OFFICIALS: DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF VICE-PRESIDENT Reviewed 1/31/14
BDAD Board Officers and Officials: Duties and Requirements of Board Secretary and Recording Secretary Amended 1/31/14
BDB BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION: COMMITTEES Amended 11/21/14
BDD BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION: ATTORNEY Adopted 10/3/14
BDE CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY NON-TSBVI EMPLOYEES Amended 11/22/02
BDF BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION:  CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEES Amended:  9/22/06
BE BOARD MEETINGS Amended: 4/6/18
BE-E TSBVI GUIDELINES FOR VIDEOTAPING, TAPE RECORDING, OR OTHERWISE RECORDING BOARD MEETINGS Amended: 9/29/17
BEC BOARD MEETINGS: CLOSED MEETINGS Amended:  4/6/18
BED BOARD MEETINGS: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Amended: 6/1/18
BF BOARD POLICIES Amended:  1/25/08
BG BOARD SELF-EVALUATION Adopted 6/1/18
BI (TSBVI) ADMINISTRATIVE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Reviewed: 1/30/04
BJ(TSBVI) SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT Amended 1/23/15
BJA (TSBVI) SUPERINTENDENT: QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES

Amended 6/1/18

BJB SUPERINTENDENT: RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT Amended 1/23/15
BJBA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: SUPERINTENDENT'S RESIDENCE Amended 1/23/15
BJC SUPERINTENDENT: EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP Amended 1/23/15
BJCA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: TRAVEL Amended 1/23/15
BJCB SUPERINTENDENT: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Reviewed: 11/21/03
BJCD SUPERINTENDENT: EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL Amended 1/25/19
BJCD-E SUPERINTENDENT: EVALUATION Adopted: 1/28/00
BJCE SUPERINTENDENT: DISMISSAL/NONRENEWAL Amended: 1/26/18
BJCG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: RETIREMENT OR RESIGNATION Amended: 1/26/18
BKB ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION PLAN: LINE AND STAFF RELATIONS Amended 1/31/03
BP ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS Amended 3/24/00
BQ PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS Amended 11/19/04
BQA PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: SCHOOLWIDE Amended 1/25/19
BR REPORTS Amended 1/25/19

 Note:  The following is an index of periodic reports but the list is not exhaustive. This list does not address responsive reports (those that are required in response to a specific incident), reports required under special circumstances, or all reports required under administrative procedures of TSBVI. 

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF REPORTS

Notwithstanding any other law, TSBVI shall submit only in electronic format all reports required to be submitted to TEA under the Education Code.  Education Code 7.060(c)

REPORTS by tsbvi

TSBVI publication and distribution requirements follow:

[From Superintendent’s Office]

  1. Annually, by December 1st a report to the Board, local school districts, the Education Service Center, and the public describing the educational performance of TSBVI. [See AIB]
  2. An end-of-year financial report, for distribution to state agencies and offices under Gov’t Code 2101.011. [See BAA and CFA]
  3. By September 1 of each year, a report to TEA regarding the number of requests submitted by a member of the Board, during the preceding school year, for information, documents, and records and the total cost to the School responding to such requests, under Education Code 11.1512(c)-(f). [See BBE]
  4. The Board President shall announce at the last board meeting of the calendar year the name of each board member who has completed, exceeded, or is deficient in the required training as of the date of the meeting and those board minutes shall be posted to the TSBVI website. [See BBD]

[From Assessment & English as Second Language Coordinator]

  1. A written report to each parent of student performance on statewide assessments at the end of the school year, under Education Code 39.303. [See AIB]
  2. At the beginning of the school year, a report to each teacher of students who took a state assessment, indicating whether each student performed satisfactorily or, if the student did not perform satisfactorily, whether the student met the standard for annual improvement in certain subject areas when available, under Education Code 39.304. [See AIB]
  3. Before November 1 of each year, the Board shall report to TEA the number of English Learners (EL) students on campus, under Education Code 29.053(b) [See EHBE]
  4. When applicable, the Superintendent shall report the results of reading instruments to the commissioner of education and the Board; a student’s results, in writing, to the student’s parent or guardian; and each student’s raw score electronically to TEA, under Education Code 28.006(d). [See EKC]

[From Business/Support Services]

  1. The annual financial report not later than November 20 of each year to the Governor, the Texas Comptroller, the Legislative Reference Library, the State Auditor and the Legislative Budget Board, under Government Code 2101.011(b). [See CFA]
  2. Biennially and not later than December 1, the TSBVI budget shall be submitted to the Governor’s Office, the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Reference Library pursuant to the General Appropriations Act, Art. IX, Sec. 7.01(a)(1). [See CE]
  3. At least semiannually report to the Board the revenues and expenditures for the preceding fiscal year. [See CFA]
  4. At least once every three years, TSBVI shall conduct a safety and security audit of the School’s facilities and report the results of the safety and security audit to the Texas School Safety Center, under Education Code 37.108. [See CK]
  5. Provide the Texas Comptroller with monthly electronic fleet data updates to the Office of Vehicle Fleet Services under Government Code 2171. [See CNC]
  6. Annually in July, TSBVI shall report to TEA the number of accidents in which its buses were involved in the past year, under Education Code 34.015(b). [See CNC]
  7. Every three months, and in strict compliance with the time frames established by Railroad Commission rule, on behalf of TSBVI, TFC shall report to TSBVI’s natural gas supplier the results of a pressure test of natural gas piping systems in the school facility, under Utilities Code 121.502-.504. [See CS]
  8. Quarterly reports from the Investment Officer of transactions for all funds covered by the Public Funds Investment Act. [See CDA]

[From Human Resources Director]

  1. Quarterly (9/1, 12/1, 3/1, 6/1) SORM reports to Chubb (Bordereau Reports).
  2. Annually report to the Board on complaints of discrimination or harassment. [See DAA]

[From Principal of Comprehensive Programs]

  1. Annually report to the State Board of Education the instructional materials selected under Education Code 31.101,.035. [See EFA]
  2. Annually report to the Board recommendations from SHAC. [See BDF]
  3. TSBVI shall compile the results of the annual physical fitness assessment of students and provide summary results to TEA, under Education Code 38.103. [See FFAA]

[From Health Center Director]

  1. On or before June 30 of each year, TSBVI shall submit to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) a report on the vision and hearing screening status of students who were screened during the reporting year, under Health and Safety Code 36.006 and 25 Administrative Code 37.26(b)(6). [See FFAA]
  2. On or before June 30 of each year, TSBVI shall submit to TDSHS a report of spinal screenings performed during the school year, under 25 Administrative Code 37.145(b)(5). [See FFAA]
  3. TSBVI annually reports to the University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley Border Health Office on its students’ risk assessment status for Type 2 diabetes, under Health and Safety Code 95.004(e). [See FFAA]
  4. Annually, TSBVI shall submit a report of the immunization status of students to TDSHS, under Education Code 38.002(c) and 25 Administrative Code 97.71. [See FFAB]

[From PEIMS Coordinator/Center for School Resources Director]

  1. Annually, TSBVI shall report to TEA the number of students, if any, who have participated in a program to earn college credit in high school and the courses in which participating students have earned credit, under Education Code 28.009. [See EHDD]
  2. TSBVI shall use the student attendance accounting standards established by the commissioner to make reports on student attendance and student participation in special programs, under 19 Administrative Code 129.1025.  [See FEB]
  3. Annually, TSBVI shall report to the commissioner information regarding each expulsion, under Education Code 37.020. [See FO]
  4. Report to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services by September 1 of each year on the incidence of student abuse, neglect, and exploitation occurring at TSBVI. Required report includes the number of investigations completed, findings of these investigations, average number of days to complete investigations, number of investigations referred to law enforcement, number of disciplinary actions resulting from confirmed findings, number of deaths that occurred as a result of abuse or neglect, and number of appeals. [See FFG]

[From Internal Auditor]

  1. Before November 1st of each year, the internal audit annual report shall be submitted to the TSBVI Board and, a copy of the annual audit report shall be filed with the State Auditor, the Sunset Advisory Commission, the Governor’s Office and the Legislative Budget Board, under Government Code 2102.009. [See CFC]
  2. Each periodic audit report submitted to TSBVI’s Board by the internal auditor shall be filed not later than the 30th day afterward with the Sunset Advisory Commission, the Governor’s Office, the State Auditor and the Legislative Budget Board. Any action plan or response by the Board or Superintendent must be filed with the Governor’s Office, the State Auditor and the Legislative Budget Board under Government Code 2102.0091. [See CFCA]

Adopted:         5/20/99

Amended:       1/25/19

Reviewed:       3/21/03, 11/19/04, 1/25/08

PROCESS

The Board shall establish a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by the School-wide planning and decision-making committee that includes representative professional staff, parents of students enrolled in the School, business representatives, and community members. The Board or Superintendent shall periodically meet with the School-wide committee to review the School-wide committee's deliberations. Education Code 11.251(b)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

The Board shall ensure that the School-wide planning and decision-making committee will be actively involved in establishing the administrative procedure that defines the respective roles and responsibilities pertaining to planning and decision-making. Education Code 11.251(d)

COMMITTEE

The Board shall adopt a procedure, consistent with Education Code 21.407(a) (see DGA), for the professional staff in the School to nominate and elect the professional staff representatives who shall serve on the School-wide committee. At least two-thirds of the elected professional staff representatives must be classroom teachers. The remaining staff representatives shall include school-wide level professional staff members.

The Principal shall solicit, as members of the School-wide Committee:

  1. parents
  2. 2. community members and business representatives in a manner that provides for appropriate representation of the States diversity.

Education Code 11.251(e)

(See BF for information on the committee's role in requesting waivers)

DEFINITIONS

For purposes of establishing the composition of committees:

  1. A person who stands in parental relation to a student is considered a parent.
  2. A parent who is an employee of the School is not considered a parent representative on the Committee.
  3. A parent is not considered a representative of community members on the Committee.
  4. Community members must reside in Texas and must be at least 18 years of age.

Education Code 11.251(c)

SCHOOL-WIDE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The School shall have a School-wide improvement plan that is developed, evaluated, and revised annually, in accordance with School policy, by the Superintendent, with the assistance of the School-wide committee. The purpose of the School-wide improvement plan is to guide the School in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the indicators of quality of learning. Education Code 11.252(a) (See BQ for content of the School-wide Improvement Plan)

CONSULTATION

The superintendent shall regularly consult the School-wide Committee in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the School's educational program. Education Code 11.252(f)

PUBLIC MEETINGS

The School-wide committee established under Education Code 11.251 shall hold at least one public meeting per year. The required meeting shall be held after receipt of the annual School performance report from the Texas Education Agency for the purpose of discussing the performance of the School and the School performance objectives. The Schools Site-Based Decision Making Plan shall ensure that systematic communications measures are in place to periodically obtain broad-based community, parent, and staff input and to provide information to those persons regarding the recommendations of the School-wide Committee. This does not create a new cause of action or require collective bargaining. Education 11.252(e)

CHAIRPERSON

The Superintendent shall appoint the chairperson(s) of the Committee from among its members. The Superintendent shall meet with the Committee periodically.

Adopted: 5/30/91
Amended: 9/27/91, 9/25/92, /26/96, 11/14/97, 1/26/99, 1/24/02, 11/19/04
Reviewed:

PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

The Superintendent shall establish a schoolwide planning and decision-making process that will involve the professional staff of the School, parents of students enrolled in the School, business representatives, and community members in establishing and reviewing the School’s educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs.  Education Code 11.251(b)

The planning and decision-making requirements do not:

  1. Prohibit the Board from conducting meetings with teachers or groups of teachers other than the schoolwide committee meetings.
  2. Prohibit the Board from establishing policies providing avenues for input from others, including students or paraprofessional staff, in schoolwide planning and decision-making.
  3. Limit or affect the power of the Board to govern the school.
  4. Create a new cause of action or require collective bargaining.

Education Code 11.251(g), .252(e), 253(f)

Evaluation

At least every two years, the Superintendent shall evaluate the effectiveness of the School’s decision-making and planning policies, procedures, and staff development activities related to School-level decision-making and planning to ensure that they are effectively structured to positively impact student performance.

Education Code 11.252(d)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

The Superintendent shall develop a TSBVI site-based decision-making procedure to clearly define the respective roles and responsibilities of the Superintendent, central office staff, principals, teachers, schoolwide committee members in the areas of planning, budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development, and school organization. 

The Board shall ensure that the schoolwide planning and decision-making committee will be actively involved in establishing the administrative procedure that defines the respective roles and responsibilities pertaining to planning and decision-making.

Education Code 11.251(d)(e)

FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS

The Superintendent shall ensure that all pertinent federal planning requirements are addressed through the school-wide planning process.  Education Code 11.251(f).

SINGLE-CAMPUS DISTRICT

TSBVI has only one campus, so the district- and campus-level committees may be one committee and the district and campus plans may be one plan.  Education Code 11.252(c)

Pursuant to this authority, the Board directs the Superintendent to establish a single schoolwide committee.

REQUIRED PLANS

The Superintendent shall ensure that a Schoolwide Improvement Plan is developed, reviewed, and revised annually for the purpose of improving the performance of all students.  The Board shall annually approve schoolwide performance objectives and shall ensure that the schoolwide plan:

  1. Supports the accomplishment of the identified objectives; and
  2. At a minimum, supports the state goals and objectives under Education Code Chapter 4.

Education Code 11.251(a); 252(c)

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

TSBVI shall have a School improvement plan that is developed, evaluated, and revised annually, in accordance with this policy, by the Superintendent, with the assistance of the schoolwide committee. The purpose of the School improvement plan is to guide the School staff in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the student achievement indicators.  Education Code 11.252(a)  [See AIA]

The School improvement plan must include provisions for:

  1. A comprehensive needs assessment addressing School student performance on the student achievement indicators, and other appropriate measures of performance, that are disaggregated by all student groups served by the School, including categories of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sex, and disabilities for which students receive special education.
  2. Measurable School performance objectives for all appropriate student achievement indicators for all students enrolled and other appropriate objectives for special needs populations, and other measures of student performance that may be identified through the comprehensive needs assessment, including the quality indicators developed in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) jointly developed by TSBVI and TEA. (19 TAC 97.1012)
  3. Strategies for improvement of student performance that include the following and any others developed in accordance with the MOU:
    1. Instructional methods for addressing the needs of student groups not achieving their full potential.
    2. Methods for addressing the needs of students for special programs, including:

 

  • Suicide prevention programs adopted by the School, if any, in accordance with Health and Safety Code Chapter 161, Subchapter O-1, which includes a parental or guardian notification procedure [See FFB];
  • Conflict resolution programs;
  • Violence prevention programs; and
  • Dyslexia treatment programs.
  1. Dropout reduction.
  2. Integration of technology in instructional and administrative programs.
  3. Discipline management.
  4. Staff development for professional staff of the School.
  5. Career education to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for a broad range of career opportunities.
  6. Accelerated education.
  1. Strategies for providing to middle school, junior high school, and high school students, those students’ teachers and counselors, and those students’ parents’ information about:
    1. Higher education admissions and financial aid opportunities.
    2. The TEXAS grant program and the Teach for Texas grant program.
    3. The need for students to make informed curriculum choices to be prepared for success beyond high school.
    4. Sources of information on higher education admissions and financial aid.
  2. Resources needed to implement identified strategies.
  3. Staff responsible for ensuring the accomplishment of each strategy.
  4. Timelines for ongoing monitoring of the implementation of each improvement strategy.
  5. Formative evaluation criteria for determining periodically whether strategies are resulting in intended improvement of student performance.
    1. Education Code 11.252(a)
  6. A discipline management program providing for prevention of and education concerning unwanted physical or verbal aggression, sexual harassment, and other forms of bullying in schools, on school ground, and in school vehicles. Education Code 37.083(a)
  7. A dating violence policy that must:
    1. Include a definition of dating violence that includes the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship, as defined by Family Code 71.0021; and
    2. Address safety planning, enforcement of protective orders, school-based alternatives to protective orders, training for teachers and administrators, counseling for affected students, and awareness education for students and parents.

Education Code 37.0831 [See FFH]

  1. A policy addressing sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children that must include:
    1. Methods for increasing staff, student, and parent awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children, including prevention techniques and knowledge of likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment, using resources developed by TEA. These methods must include the staff training described at Education Code 38.0041(c) [See DMA];
    2. Actions that a child who is a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment should take to obtain assistance and intervention; and
    3. Available counseling options for students affected by sexual abuse or other maltreatment.

The policy must be included in any information handbook provided to students and parents.

Education Code 38.0041 [See FFG]

The School's plan for the improvement of student performance is not filed with TEA, but the School must make the plan available to TEA on request.

Education Code 11.252 (b)

Adopted:         1/25/91

Amended:       1/26/96, 11/14/97, 1/26/99, 1/24/02, 11/19/04, 1/25/19

Reviewed:

Adopted: 3/7/80
Amended: 1/29/93, 3/21/97, 3/24/00

SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

The Superintendent shall be the educational leader and chief executive officer of the School. Education Code 11.201(a)

The duties of the Superintendent include (in part) (see also BJA):

  1. Managing the day-to-day operations of the School as its administrative manager.
  2. Preparing recommendations for policies to be adopted by the Board, and overseeing the implementation of adopted policies.
  3. Developing, or causing to be developed, appropriate administrative regulations to implement policies established by the Board.

Education Code 11.201(d)

Adopted: 3/7/80
Amended: 1/29/93, 3/21/97, 3/24/00

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