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Belton Independent School District, Texas

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Belton Independent School District
Belton, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Susan Kincannon
Enrollment:9,896[1]
Graduation rate:98.3%[1]
Number of schools:14
Budget: $67.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Randy Pittenger
Board members:7
Term length:3
The Belton Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 9,896 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

About the district

Belton Independent School District is located in Bell County, Texas
Belton Independent School District is based in Belton, Texas, a city located in Bell County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Belton is home to 19,409 residents.[2] Belton Independent School District is the 106th-largest school district in Texas, serving 9,278 students during the 2010-11 school year.[3]

Demographics

Belton outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.1% of Belton 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 Belton was $50,066 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Belton was 17.7% compared to 17.4% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Belton (%) Texas (%)
White 74.5 70.4
Black or African American 8.1 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.7
Asian 1.6 3.8
Two or More Races 3.0 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 29.1 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 41.1 57.5
2008 44.7 54.5
2004 34.0 65.3
2000 33.1 65.1

Superintendent

The superintendent of Belton Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Susan Kincannon. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Kincannon previously served as an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and a deputy superintendent for the district.[5]

School board

The Belton Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Five trustees are elected to specific districts and two trustees serve as at-large members. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[6]

Belton Board of Trustees
Member Area Assumed Office Term Ends
Jason Carothers At-large 2011 2014
Amanda Winkler At-large 2011 2014
Penny Digby 1 2001 2016
Rosie Montgomery 2 2011 2015
Sue M. Jordan 3 2013 2016
Randy Pittenger 4 1994 2015
Mike Cowan 5 2007 2016

School board elections

See also: Belton 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. Two seats will be up for election in May 2015 and three seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation at board meetings last updated in 2004:[7]

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 public comment portion 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.

PUBLIC COMMENT
At regular meetings the Board shall allot 30 minutes to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting 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. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person 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.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Belton Independent School District School District.[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 $441,106,030 653.2% $9,461,732 14% $11,974,379 17.7% $541,210 0.8% $2,037,133 3% $67,535,084
Averages: $441,106,030 653% $9,461,732 14% $11,974,379 18% $541,210 1% $2,037,133 3% $67,535,084

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Belton 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 42,050 46,225 55,226
MA 43,050 47,225 56,226

Schools in Belton Independent School District

Enrollment

The district's K-12 student enrollment increased from 9,278 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 9,896 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

District schools

Belton Independent School District operates 14 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Belton Independent School District
Belton High School
Belton Middle School
Belton New Tech High School
High Point Elementary School
Lake Belton Middle School
Lakewood Elementary School
Leon Heights Elementary School
Miller Heights Elementary School
Pirtle Elementary School
South Belton Middle School
Southwest Elementary School
Sparta Elementary School
Tarver Elementary School
Tyler Elementary 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.

Belton Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 93% 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:[11]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 17,357 21,459 81 50
Student Progress 1,457 4,200 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,097 1,500 73 55
Postsecondary Readiness 774 900 86 75

Contact information

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Belton Independent School District
400 N. Wall St.
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: (254) 215-2000

See also

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