Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas

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Grand Prairie Independent School District
Grand Prairie, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Susan Simpson Hull
Enrollment:26,803[1]
Graduation rate:89.0%[1]
Number of schools:39
Budget: $247.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John David Stewart
Board members:7
Term length:3
Grand Prairie Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 26,803 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The district was founded in 1902.[2] Grand Prairie Independent School District is the 45th-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Grand Prairie Independent School District is located in Dallas County, Texas
Grand Prairie Independent School District is located in Grand 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.[3]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Grand Prairie (%) Texas (%)
White 52.6 70.4
Black or African American 20.2 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.7
Asian 6.5 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 42.7 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 57.1 41.6
2008 57.1 41.8
2004 48.9 50.3
2000 44.8 52.5

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 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.[6]

School board

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.[7]

Grand Prairie Board of Trustees
Member Place Term Ends
Terry Brooks 1 2016
Chester McCrary 2 2016
Timothy Johnson 3 2014
John David Stewart 4 2014
Burke Hall 5 2015
Mike Skinner 6 2015
Steve Pryor 7 2015

School board elections

See also: Grand Prairie 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 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
At regular meetings, the Board shall hear from delegations that want to be scheduled on the agenda in order to have an audience before the Board. The delegation must appoint a spokesperson who shall represent the entire group or organization. A delegation request to speak before the Board shall be made in writing through the office of the Superintendent. The request shall state the name of the delegation and the nature of the business to be addressed. Requests must be made by the Wednesday of the week preceding the Board meeting.

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
At regular meetings the Board shall allot 45 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.

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.

[8]

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

Budget

Grand Prairie Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its 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
2012-2013 $122,503,260 51.5% $30,964,474 13% $42,211,697 17.7% $38,090,548 16% $4,300,000 1.8% $238,069,979
2013-2014 $131,585,834 53.2% $34,267,443 13.9% $39,069,096 15.8% $38,805,987 15.7% $3,384,610 1.4% $247,112,970
Averages: $127,044,547 52% $32,615,958.5 13% $40,640,396.5 17% $38,448,267.5 16% $3,842,305 2% $242,591,474.5

Teacher salaries

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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 47,500 54,022 66,715
MA 48,480 55,164 69,113

Schools in Grand Prairie Independent School District

Enrollment

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.[1]

District schools

Grand Prairie Independent School District operates 39 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Grand Prairie Independent School District
Adams Middle School
Austin Elementary School
Barbara Bush Elementary School
Bonham EEC
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
HOPE Academy
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

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.

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:[13]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 41,547 56,755 73 50
Student Progress 1,576 4,600 34 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,085 1,500 72 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,025.5 1,200 85 75

Issues

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.[14]

Contact information

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Grand Prairie Independent School District
2602 S. Belt Line Road
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Phone: (972) 264-6141

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