Pearland Independent School District, Texas

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Pearland Independent School District
Brazoria County, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. John P. Kelly
Enrollment:19,205 students
Number of schools:23
Budget: $185.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rusty DeBorde
Board members:7
Term length:3
Pearland Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of Brazoria County. It is the 62nd-largest school district in Texas, serving 19,205 students in 23 schools with an operating budget of $185.9 million.[1]

About the district

Pearland Independent School District is located in Brazoria County, Texas.
Pearland Independent School District is located in Brazoria County, Texas. The county seat of Brazoria County is Angleton. The county's population was 313,166 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Brazoria County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 26.8 percent of Brazoria County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. Brazoria County had a median income of $68,008 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Brazoria County was 10.9 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Brazoria County (%) Texas (%)
White 78.6 80.6
Black or African American 13.0 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 5.9 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 28.5 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Brazoria County[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 32.3 66.4 1.3
2008 34.7 64.3 1.0
2004 31.0 68.3 0.7
2000 31.1 66.8 2.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The superintendent of Pearland Independent School District is Dr. John P. Kelly, who was appointed to the position in 2011. Kelly had previously been serving as the superintendent of Boerne Independent School District. He has over 30 years of experience as an administrator and educator. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration from Texas A&M University.[6]

School board

The Pearland School Board consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.[7]

Pearland Board of Trustees
Member Role Position # Term Ends
Rusty DeBorde President Position 2 2017
Pam Boegler Vice President Position 7 2016
Rebecca L. Decker Secretary Position 5 2016
Charles Gooden Jr. Member Position 1 2017
Virgil Gant Member Position 3 2015
Andrew Solomon Member Position 4 2015
Lance Botkin Member Position 6 2016

School board elections

See also: Pearland Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Pearland school board are elected at-large to three-year terms. There was an election on May 10, 2014 for two seats; Rusty DeBorde was re-elected to his Position 2 seat, and Charles Gooden Jr. was elected to Position 1. Two seats will be up for election in May 2015 and three seats 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 2011:

As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. [8]

—Pearland Independent School District's website, (2011) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Pearland Independent School District:[1]

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
2013-2014 $92,044,332 52.4% $4,272,839 2.4% $49,656,209 28.3% $23,562,824 13.4% $6,141,563 3.5% $175,677,767
2014-2015 $94,818,665 51% $3,823,452 2.1% $56,497,002 30.4% $23,770,400 12.8% $6,941,365 3.7% $185,850,884
Averages: $93,431,498.5 52% $4,048,145.5 2% $53,076,605.5 29% $23,666,612 13% $6,541,464 4% $180,764,325.5

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Pearland Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule for new hires accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 50,000 54,965
MA 51,200 56,165
Doctorate 51,800 56,665

Schools in Pearland ISD


Pearland Independent School District serves 19,205 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. Pearland Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[11]

District schools

Pearland Independent School District operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Pearland Independent School District Schools
School Name
Alexander Middle School
Barbara Cockrell Elementary School
Berry Miller Jr. High School
C.J. Harris Elementary School
Challenger Elementary School
E.A. Lawhon Elementary School
Glenda Dawson High School
H.C. Carleston Elementary School
Leon Sablatura Middle School
Magnolia Elementary School
Massey Ranch Elementary School
PACE Center
Pearland High School
Pearland Jr. High East School
Pearland Jr. High South School
Pearland Jr. High West School
Robert Turner High School
Rogers Middle School
Rustic Oak Elementary School
Sam Jamison Middle School
Shadycrest Elementary School
Silvercrest Elementary School
Silverlake 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.

Pearland Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 97 percent 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 38,787 44,562 87 50
Student Progress 1,655 4,600 36 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,198 1,500 80 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,253.3 1,400 90 75

Contact information

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Pearland School Board
1928 N. Main
Pearland, TX 77581
Phone: (281) 485-3203

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