Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas
|Grand Prairie Independent School District|
|Grand Prairie, Texas|
|Superintendent:||Susan Simpson Hull|
|Number of schools:||39|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||John David Stewart|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Grand Prairie Independent School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtGrand Prairie, a city located in portions of Dallas County, Ellis County and Tarrant County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Grand Prairie is home to 181,824 residents.
Grand Prairie underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.1 percent of Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie was $53,211 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Grand Prairie was 15.2 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.
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.
The superintendent of Grand Prairie Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Susan Simpson Hull. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2008. Hull has worked as a teacher, administrator and superintendent in Texas schools since 1981.
The Grand Prairie 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.
|Grand Prairie Board of Trustees|
|John David Stewart||4||2014|
School board elections
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 2004:
Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of a meeting designated for that purpose and to the time allotted for delegations who have requested that an item be placed on the agenda. At all other times during Board meetings, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless recognized by the presiding officer.
No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
DELEGATIONS — ON THE AGENDA
During delegation presentations, Board members may question the presenter, interact, and discuss the item, but no official vote on the item shall be taken.
NOT ON THE AGENDA
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
—Grand Prairie Independent School District's website, (2014), 
Grand Prairie Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its website.
|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|
Teacher salaries at Grand Prairie 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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Median salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Grand Prairie Independent School District
The district's K-12 student enrollment increased from 26,532 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 26,803 students during the 2012-2013 school year.
Grand Prairie Independent School District operates 39 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Grand Prairie Independent School District|
|Adams Middle School|
|Austin Elementary School|
|Barbara Bush Elementary School|
|Bowie Elementary School|
|Crockett 5th Grade Center|
|Crosswinds High School|
|David Daniels Elementary Academy of Science and Math|
|Dickinson Elementary School|
|Dubiski Career High School|
|Eisenhower Elementary School|
|Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary|
|Fannin Middle School|
|Florence Hill Elementary School|
|Garcia Elementary School|
|Garner Fine Arts Academy|
|Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute|
|Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy|
|Grand Prairie High School|
|Jackson Middle School|
|Johnson Disciplinary Alternative Education Program|
|Lee Elementary School|
|Lorenzo de Zavala Environmental Science Academy|
|Moore Elementary School|
|Moseley Elementary School|
|Powell Elementary School|
|Rayburn Elementary School|
|Reagan Middle School|
|Seguin Elementary School|
|South Grand Prairie 9th Grade Center|
|South Grand Prairie High School|
|Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy|
|Travis Elementary School|
|Truman Middle School|
|Whitt Fine Arts Academy|
|Williams Elementary School|
|Young Men's Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School|
|Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold Middle School|
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.
Grand Prairie Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 94% 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:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||1,085||1,500||72||55|
Firing of middle school teacher
Truman Middle School teacher Dedi Townsend was fired in February 2014 after allegations of bullying were brought to district officials. Townsend was accused of berating an eighth-grade student during preparations for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. She was removed from the classroom on February 3 and fired by February 6. Parent and 2014 board candidate Angela Luckey filed the complaint with district officials and levied assault charges with the Grand Prairie Police Department. Luckey argued that Townsend's actions exemplified the pressures placed on students to pass annual tests.
- List of school districts in Texas
- Grand Prairie Independent School District elections (2014)
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- Texas Education Agency
- Texas Association of School Boards
- Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Report: Grand Prairie ISD," accessed February 26, 2014
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Board Information," accessed February 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Grand Prairie, Texas," accessed February 26, 2014
- Dallas County Elections, "Historical Election Results," accessed February 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Superintendent of Schools," accessed February 26, 2014
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," October 6, 2011
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Public Participation," July 22, 2004
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Budget Summary Report for Grand Prairie ISD," accessed December 3, 2013
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "2013-2014 Professional Scale," accessed August 22, 2013
- Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Campus Listings," accessed February 26, 2014
- Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: Grand Prairie ISD," accessed February 26, 2014
- CBS News, "Texas middle school teacher fired amid bullying accusations," February 6, 2014