Board Goals

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Implement, monitor, and evaluate Year 2 of the Strategic Plan for 2013-2018.
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of positions allocated to target specific campus needs.
  • Narrow the achievement gap on STAAR between phase-in performance standards and recommended and advanced performance standards.
  • Improve the performance of special education students at all levels by ensuring appropriate instructional arrangements.
  • Improve the performance of English Language Learners by focusing on effective instructional strategies.
  • Improve the quality of instruction and assessment and ensure student access to courses in advanced academics to improve the percent of students meeting criteria on AP, SAT and ACT exams.
  • Continue to explore the establishment of an Early College High School.
  • Continue to expand dual credit opportunities for students at all NISD high schools – including the expansion of offerings for Construction Careers Academy students.
  • Continue to explore options for online course offerings.
  • Evaluate the impact of character education programs.

Administration

  • Improve security through a district-wide Safety Committee that will review safety equipment, personnel, and procedures, as well as facility audits.
  • Continue focus on improving four-year graduation rates.

Business and Finance

  • Align fiscal resources to support the District’s core mission and maintain a strong financial position.
  • Provide strategic planning models to ensure sustainable budgets and long term financial stability.
  • Maximize tax savings opportunities to ensure future debt capacity to support the long term growth of the District.

Human Resources

  • Implement and evaluate a sound employment process to recruit, screen and hire effective personnel for all campuses and departments.
  • Continue the implementation of a plan for minority recruiting, hiring, and career progression.
  • Maintain a compensation package and a benefits plan that are competitive.

Communications

  • Communicate regularly about the status of school bond projects (2010 and 2014).
  • Advocate for public education generally as well as promote the Go Public initiative.
  • Educate the staff and community about the challenges facing NISD, as well as about the successes.
  • Communicate regularly with elected officials who represent NISD’s interests.
  • Gauge the level of support and/or needs of Foundation donors, business and community partners via an online survey.

Technology Services

  • Successfully transition into new Instructional Technology Staffing model.
  • Continue collaboration with Curriculum and Instruction to develop a vision for the effective use of technology devices for both students and staff.
  • Implement a system that tracks the timely deployment, training and effective use of instructional technology.

Facilities and Operations

  • Provide regular updates on bond progress to the community.
  • Begin planning and/or construction for schools from the 2014 bond program utilizing CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) green-building program.
  • Begin planning and construction on 2014 Bond identified projects including, but not limited to, Kallison Ranch High School, FM 471 #3 Area Elementary School, and several infrastructure projects.