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Deer Park Independent School District, Texas

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Deer Park Independent School District
Deer Park, Texas
Deer Park ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Arnold Adair
Graduation rate:90.4 percent[1]
Number of schools:14
Budget: $143.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lynn Kirkpatrick
Board members:7
Term length:3
Deer Park Independent School District is a school district in Texas. The first school in Deer Park opened in 1930 and the district has expanded to serve students in Deer Park, Highlands, Lynchburg and Pasadena.[2] The district's graduation rate increased from 89.2 percent in 2011 to 90.4 percent in 2012.[1]

About the district

Deer Park Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas
Deer Park Independent School District is located in Deer Park, a city in Harris County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Deer Park is home to 32,995 residents.[3]


Deer Park underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.1 percent of Deer Park 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 Deer Park was $75,183 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Deer Park was 7.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Deer Park(%) Texas (%)
White 86.2 70.4
Black or African American 1.5 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Asian 1.5 3.8
Two or More Races 2.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 26.3 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 49.3 49.3
2008 50.4 48.8
2004 44.5 54.7
2000 42.9 54.2

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Deer Park Independent School District is Arnold Adair as of April 9, 2014. He has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator with the district since 1975.[6]

School board

The Deer Park 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.[7]

Deer Park Board of Trustees
Member Position Term Ends
Rhonda Leigh Lowe 1 2015
Albert Lee Giddens 2 2015
Ryan Taylor 3 2015
Lynn Kirkpatrick 4 2016
Ken Donnell 5 2016
Mike Mills 6 2017
Donna Thomas 7 2017

School board elections

See also: Deer Park Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were 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 2012:

The Board encourages public participation through 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.

At all meetings, except special workshop meetings that are not scheduled on a regular basis, the Board shall allot 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 three minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

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.

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

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.


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


The table below displays the budget for Deer Park Independent School District:[10][11][12]

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 $89,805,410 42.9% $13,194,537 6.3% $11,800,407 5.6% $9,157,876 4.4% $85,296,533 40.8% $209,254,763
2011-2012 $83,007,866 46.4% $12,189,554 6.8% $11,202,591 6.3% $7,606,670 4.2% $65,023,441 36.3% $179,030,122
2012-2013 $70,776,461 53.4% $18,292,851 13.8% $14,988,082 11.3% $20,581,807 15.5% $7,836,892 5.9% $132,476,093
2013-2014 $74,216,846 51.8% $18,617,549 13% $14,831,929 10.3% $25,347,332 17.7% $10,377,536 7.2% $143,391,192
Averages: $79,451,645.75 48% $15,573,622.75 9% $13,205,752.25 8% $15,673,421.25 9% $42,133,600.5 25% $166,038,042.5

Teacher salaries

The 2013-2014 salary schedule for certified teachers in Deer Park Independent School District lists a starting salary of $49,000. The median income for a teacher is $57,435 and the maximum income is $65,870.[13]

Schools in Deer Park Independent School District


The district's K-12 enrollment increased from 12,593 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 12,790 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1][14]

District schools

Deer Park Independent School District operates 14 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Deer Park Independent School District
Bonnette Junior High School
Carpenter Elementary School
Deepwater Elementary School
Deepwater Junior High School
Deer Park Elementary School
Deer Park Junior High School
Deer Park High School-North
Deer Park High School-South
Deer Park High School-Wolters
Fairmont Elementary School
Fairmont Junior High School
J.P. Dabbs Elementary School
Parkwood Elementary School
San Jacinto 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.

Deer Park Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 95% 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:[16]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 24,097 29,421 82 50
Student Progress 1,247 3,600 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,101 1,500 73 55
Postsecondary Readiness 665 800 83 75

Contact information

Deer Park ISD logo.jpg
Deer Park Independent School District
2800 Texas Avenue
Deer Park, TX 77536
Phone: (832) 668-7000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 District Performance," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. Deer Park Independent School District, "About Deer Park ISD," accessed April 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Deer Park, Texas," accessed April 8, 2014
  4. Texas Secretary of State, "Historical Election Results," accessed April 8, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Bobby Vasquez, Houston Community Newspapers, "Adair installed as DPISD supt. administration is reorganized," November 21, 2010
  7. Deer Park Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," October 21, 2011
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Deer Park Independent School District, "Public Participation," December 17, 2012
  10. Deer Park Independent School District, "Deer Park Independent School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 3, 2013
  11. Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2013) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  12. Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2014) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  13. Deer Park Independent School, "Hiring Schedules," accessed April 9, 2014
  14. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  15. Deer Park Independent School District, "District Maps," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: Deer Park ISD," accessed April 8, 2014