Board Highlights: Special Education initiative, potential 2019 Bond, Digital Learning Task Force and more!

 
An Update from the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees
Superintendent's Report
 
In October, the Board heard reports on several topics including an update on the Digital Learning Task Force, the selection of the Envision Eanes committee, the review of potential bond category #2 (energy efficiency & conservation) and an update on the Special Education initiative. You will notice there are numerous opportunities for discussion and involvement; please participate as you are able.
 
See a synopsis of the October meetings below. The full Board agenda packets are online.
District Goal Update: Special Education Initiative
 
Trustees were provided an update about the selection of the Community Building Group on Inclusive Culture then heard an update on the board-directed implementation of a program evaluation/audit of the Special Education Department utilizing an outside consulting group.
 
Potential 2019 Bond Discussions Continue
 
The Board heard discussions on the second table of items (Energy Efficiency and Conservation) in connection with a potential 2019 Bond. The categories in discussion are: Safety & Security,  Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Facilities, and Student Programs & Support. Each category will begin discussion at the Bond Advisory Committee then follows with a presentation to the Board.

See Energy Efficiency & Conservation memo, supplemental memo and presentation.  Future discussions and information listed on  www.eanesbond.com.  
Board Selects Envision Eanes Committee
 
Trustees unanimously approved community members to the future-focused Envision Eanes advisory committee.The 25 voting members and seven alternate members are charged to explore how Eanes ISD can become a greater institution of education and innovation for the next generation, being mindful of student wellness and achievement.
 
See Envision Eanes committee.
Digital Learning Task Force Reconvenes
 
The recently reconvened Digital Learning Task Force presented its charge and focus for the Fall. The group will: 
  • Evaluate the current reality as it pertains to technology and make recommendations on how Eanes ISD can improve our digital learning environment and integration of technology in our schools.
  • Recommend appropriate future use of both district-issued and student personal devices and associated handbook language.
  • Investigate the overall learning environment beyond student mobile devices, including A/V, blended/online learning, and integration of instructional materials.
See the DLTF memo and presentation.  Future discussions and information listed on www.eanesisd.net/DLTF.  
District Receives Clean Audit and Superior Rating
 
Representatives from Maxwell Locke & Ritter presented an Unmodified Opinion, the cleanest audit awarded. The District was also given a perfect score with a Superior rating in the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), which rates districts on the quality of financial management practices and how resources are directed towards instructional purposes.
 
See audit and FIRST report.
Future Meetings
The next study session is November 6 (6pm open session) and the regular meeting is November 27 (7pm open session).
 
Always check www.eanesisd.net/board/cal for the most up-to-date schedule. To see agenda items, listen to meeting audio, or access board policy, please visit www.eanesisd.net/board
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