Brazosport Independent School District, Texas

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Brazosport Independent School District
Clute, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Karin Holacka
Enrollment:12,505[1]
Graduation rate:86.9%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $107.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jim Koch
Board members:7
Term length:3
Brazosport Independent School District is a school district in Texas. The district was founded in 1944 and serves students in eight communities in Brazoria County.[2] The district's graduation rate increased from 86.5% in 2011 to 86.9% in 2012.[1] Brazosport Independent School District is the 87th-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Brazosport Independent School District is located in Brazoria County, Texas
Brazosport Independent School District is located in Clute, Texas, a city located in Brazoria County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Clute is home to 11,282 residents.[3]

Demographics

Clute underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 10.4 percent of Clute residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Clute was $40,790 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Clute was 20.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Clute (%) Texas (%)
White 69.2 70.4
Black or African American 10.5 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.7
Asian 0.7 3.8
Two or More Races 3.1 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 53.6 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 32.2 66.3
2008 34.7 64.3
2004 36.9 68.2
2000 31.0 66.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Brazosport Independent School District is Karin Holacka as of April 9, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Holacka previously served as the area superintendent of Keller Independent School District.[6]

School board

The Brazosport Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographical district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[7]

Brazosport Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
George R. Sullivan 1 2014
Jerry Adkins 2 2015
Bill Frizzell 3 2015
Ron Damian 4 2016
Joe Silvas 5 2016
Jim Koch 6 2014
Mason P. Howard 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Brazosport Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on May 10, 2014. Two 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 2004:

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 a limited amount of time 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 administra-tively 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.

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—Brazosport Independent School District's website, (2014), [9]

Budget

Brazosport Independent School District published its annual budget on their district website.[10]

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
2010-2011 $77,837,163 66.8% $13,612,892 11.7% $10,172,074 8.7% $6,308,140 5.4% $8,671,464 7.4% $116,601,733
2011-2012 $67,768,220 63.1% $13,208,244 12.3% $9,283,900 8.6% $8,162,200 7.6% $9,007,437 8.4% $107,430,001
Averages: $72,802,691.5 65% $13,410,568 12% $9,727,987 9% $7,235,170 6% $8,839,450.5 8% $112,015,867

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Brazosport 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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 46,500 49,500 52,868
MA 47,500 50,500 53,868

Schools in Brazosport Independent School District

Enrollment

The district's K-12 enrollment has increased from 12,737 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 12,505 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1][12]

District schools

Brazosport Independent School District operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Brazosport Independent School District
A.P. Beutel Elementary School
Bess Brannen Elementary School
Brazosport High School
Brazoswood High School
Clute Intermediate School
Elisabet Ney Elementary School
Freeport Intermediate School
Gladys Polk Elementary School
Grady Rasco Middle School
Jane Long Elementary School
Lake Jackson Intermediate School
Lighthouse Learning Center
Madge Griffith Elementary School
O.A. Fleming Elementary School
O.M. Roberts Elementary School
R. O'Hara Lanier Middle School
Stephen F. Austin Elementary School
T.W. Ogg Elementary School
Velasco 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.

Brazosport Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 86% 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:[14]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 19,626 27,387 72 50
Student Progress 1,209 4,000 30 21
Closing Performance Gaps 922 1,500 61 55
Postsecondary Readiness 765.2 900 85 75

Issues

Teacher's inappropriate relationship with student

Former teacher Nikki Schwertz was sentenced in February to 10 years of probation and a $5,000 fine for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a Brazosport High School student. Schwertz resigned from the school in 2013 after administrators investigated rumors of her relationship with a 16-year old student. The sentence was reduced from a prison sentence due to the age of the student and Schwertz's apologies to his parents and school officials.[15]

Contact information

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Brazosport Independent School District
301 West Brazoswood Drive
Clute, TX 77531
Phone: (979) 730-7000

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