Spring Branch Independent School District, Texas

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Spring Branch Independent School District
Harris County, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Duncan F. Klussmann
Enrollment:33,687 students
Number of schools:42
Budget: $363.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Chris Vierra
Board members:7
Term length:3
Spring Branch Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of Harris County. It is the 35th-largest school district in Texas, serving 33,687 students in 42 schools with an operating budget of $363.9 million.[1]

About the district

Spring Branch Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Spring Branch Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas. The county seat of Harris County is Houston. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Harris County is home to 4,092,459 residents.[2]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Harris County outperformed the rest of Texas in these areas. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 28.1 percent of Harris County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. The average household income was $53,160 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Harris County had a poverty rate of 17.9 percent, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.4 percent.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Harris County (%) Texas (%)
White 71.0 80.6
Black or African American 19.5 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 6.6 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 41.5 38.2

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District is Duncan F. Klussmann, who was appointed to the position in December 2004. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Huntsville High School in Huntsville ISD. He has since held the positions of assistant principal and principal, as well as the roles of area, assistant and interim superintendent.[4]

School board

The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district.[5]

Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Position # Term Ends
Chris Vierra President Position 4 2015
Wayne F. Schaper, Sr. Vice President Position 1 2017
Katherine Dawson Secretary Position 3 2015
Chris Gonzalez Trustee Position 2 2017
Pam Goodson Trustee Position 6 2016
Karen Peck Trustee Position 7 2016
Bob Stevenson Trustee Position 5 2016

School board elections

See also: Spring Branch Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Two seats were up for election in May 2014; Board Vice President Wayne F. Schaper, Sr. and member Chris Gonzalez were re-elected to the board. Two seats will be on the ballot 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. [6]

—Spring Branch Independent School District's website, (2011), [7]

Budget

Spring Branch Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[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 $205,890,221 56.6% $46,764,201 12.9% $44,099,534 12.1% $60,749,299 16.7% $4,028,086 1.1% $363,881,341
Averages: $205,890,221 57% $46,764,201 13% $44,099,534 12% $60,749,299 17% $4,028,086 1% $363,881,341

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Spring Branch Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. Based on the 2013-2014 pay scale, teachers with no experience and a bachelor's degree start out earning a salary of $47,000 and earn up to $68,831 with 36 years of experience. Teachers with no experience and a master's degree start out earning a salary of $48,000 and earn up to $68,825 with 36 years of experience. Teachers with no experience and a doctorate degree start out earning a salary of $49,000 and earn up to $72,540 with 36 years of experience.[8]

Schools in Spring Branch ISD

Enrollment

Spring Branch Independent School District serves 33,687 students, as of 2012-2013 enrollment data. Spring Branch Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[9]

District schools

Spring Branch Independent School District operates 42 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Spring Branch Independent School District Schools
School Name
Bendwood Elementary School
Buffalo Creek Elementary School
Bunker Hill Elementary School
Cedar Brook Elementary School
Cornerstone Academy
Edgewood Elementary School
Frostwood Elementary School
Guthrie Center
Hollibrook Elementary School
Housman Elementary School
Hunters Creek Elementary School
Landrum Middle School
Meadow Wood Elementary School
Memorial Drive Elementary School
Memorial High School
Memorial Middle School
Northbrook High School
Northbrook Middle School
Nottingham Elementary School
Pine Shadows Elementary School
Ridgecrest Elementary School
Rummel Creek Elementary School
Shadow Oaks Elementary School
Sherwood Elementary School
Spring Branch Academy of Choice
Spring Branch Elementary School
Spring Branch Middle School
Spring Forest Middle School
Spring Oaks Middle School
Spring Shadows Elementary School
Spring Woods High School
Spring Woods Middle School
Stratford High School
Terrace Elementary School
Thornwood Elementary School
Treasure Forest Elementary School
Valley Oaks Elementary School
Virtual High School
Westchester Academy for International Studies
Westwood Elementary School
Wilchester Elementary School
Woodview 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.

Spring Branch Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 88 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:[11]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 53,876 69,955 77 50
Student Progress 1,644 4,600 36 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,066 1,500 71 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,110.3 1,300 85 75

Contact information

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Spring Branch School Board
955 Campbell Road
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (713) 464-1511

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