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Arlington Independent School District, Texas

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Arlington Independent School District
Arlington, Texas
Arlington ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Marcelo Cavazos
Enrollment:64,913[1]
Graduation rate:83.3%[1]
Number of schools:75
Budget: $565.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bowie Hogg
Board members:7
Term length:3
Arlington Independent School District is a school district in Texas. The district was named by the NAMM Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in 2012 due to high enrollment in fine arts courses and success in state band competitions.[2] The district's graduation rate improved from 81.2% in 2011 to 83.3% in 2012.[1]

About the district

Arlington Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas
Arlington Independent School District is located in Arlington, Texas, a city located in Tarrant County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Arlington is home to 375,600 residents.[3]

Demographics

Arlington outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.7% of Arlington residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.3% for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Arlington was $53,341 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Arlington was 15.9% compared to 17.4% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Arlington (%) Texas (%)
White 59.0 70.4
Black or African American 18.8 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Asian 6.8 3.8
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 27.4 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 41.4 57.1
2008 43.7 55.4
2004 37.0 62.3
2000 36.7 60.7

Superintendent

The superintendent of Arlington Independent School District is Marcelo Cavazos as of April 9, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Cavazos has served as associate, deputy and interim superintendent in the district from 1999 to 2012.[5]

School board

The Arlington Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[6]

Arlington Board of Trustees
Member Place Term Ends
Gloria Peña 1 2015
Peter Baron 2 2015
Aaron Reich 3 2015
John Hibbs 4 2016
Jamie Sullins 5 2016
Bowie Hogg 6 2014
Tony Pompa 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Arlington Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats will be up for election in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2013:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the open forum portions of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

OPEN FORUM
At regular meetings the Board shall allot one hour for open forum to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. The open forum portion of the meeting shall occur in two 30-minute segments, the first to hear public comment involving items on the posted agenda, and the second to hear public comment on non-agenda items.

Persons who wish to participate in either open forum shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

No presentation shall exceed five minutes. In order to accommodate the maximum number of speakers, the presiding officer may request that delegations of more than one person appoint one per-son to present their views before the Board.

BOARD’S RESPONSE
Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

DISRUPTION
The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.


—Arlington Independent School District's website, (2014), [7]

Budget

Arlington Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $334,345,757 59.1% $69,011,142 12.2% $98,135,394 17.4% $58,260,716 10.3% $5,521,577 1% $565,274,586
Averages: $334,345,757 59% $69,011,142 12% $98,135,394 17% $58,260,716 10% $5,521,577 1% $565,274,586

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Arlington Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 46,276 52,536 63,426
MA 47,776 54,036 64,926

Schools in Arlington Independent School District

Enrollment

The district's K-12 enrollment has increased from 64,484 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 64,913 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1][10]

District schools

Arlington Independent School District operates 75 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Arlington Independent School District
Adams Elementary School
Amos Elementary School
Anderson Elementary School
Arlington High School
Arlington Collegiate High School at TCC-SE
Ashworth Elementary School
Atherton Elementary School
Bailey Junior High School
Barnett Junior High School
Bebensee Elementary School
Berry Elementary School
Beckham Elementary School
Blanton Elementary School
Boles Junior High School
Bowie High School
Bryant Elementary School
Burgin Elementary School
Butler Elementary School
Carter Junior High School
Corey Elementary School
Crouch Elementary School
Crow Elementary School
Ditto Elementary School
Duff Elementary School
Dunn Elementary School
Ellis Elementary School
Farrell Elementary School
Ferguson Junior High School
Fitzgerald Elementary School
Foster Elementary School
Goodman Elementary School
Gunn Junior High School
Hale Elementary School
Hill Elementary School
Hutcheson Junior High School
Johns Elementary School
Key Elementary School
Knox Elementary School
Kooken Education Center
Lamar High School
Larson Elementary School
Little Elementary School
Martin High School
Miller Elementary School
Moore Elementary School
Morton Elementary School
Newcomer Center
Nichols Junior High School
Ousley Junior High School
Pearcy Elementary School
Pope Elementary School
Rankin Elementary School
Remynse Elementary School
Roark Elementary School
Roquemore Elementary School
Sam Houston High School
Seguin High School
Shackelford Junior High School
Sherrod Elementary School
Short Elementary School
South Davis Elementary School
Speer Elementary School
Starrett Elementary School
Thornton Elementary School
Turning Point High School
Turning Junior High School
Venture High School
Webb Elementary School
West Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Wimbish Elementary School
Wood Elementary School
Workman Junior High School
Young Junior High School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Arlington Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 91% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[12]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 97,689 130,333 75 50
Student Progress 1,793 5,200 34 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,075 1,500 72 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,141.3 1,400 82 75

Issues

Concerns over bond debt

An April 13 report by the Arlington Voice found that the district could accrue $500 million in interest and principal payments if a $663 million bond passes on May 10. The district already holds $465 million in debt according to the state comptroller's office. Pro-bond advocacy group Arlington First and district officials had not discussed the debt in public meetings. District financial supervisor Cindy Powell has noted that the debt is difficult to ascertain given daily fluctuations in bond interest rates. The proposed bond package would finance expanded district facilities and new athletic and fine arts buildings.[13]

Bullying incident at Lynn Hale Elementary

Parents filed complaints with district officials and the Arlington Police Department regarding a bullying incident at Lynn Hale Elementary School on February 21, 2014. The complaint accused a police officer of gathering 25 students in the cafeteria for a lecture about bullying. The students were accused of bullying fellow students, photographed and told they would be observed for further bullying activity. Parents involved in the complaint note that they heard about the incident from their children rather than school administrators. The district does not have a full-time resource officer and officials are investigating the incident along with the police department.[14]

Contact information

Arlington ISD logo.jpg
Arlington Independent School District
1203 W. Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76013
Phone: (682) 867-4611

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