Spring Independent School District, Texas
|Spring Independent |
|Superintendent:||Ralph H. Draper|
|Number of schools:||39|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Justine Durant|
About the districtHarris County, Texas. The county seat of Harris County is Houston. Harris County is home to 4,092,459 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Harris County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.1 percent of Harris County 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 Harris County was $53,160 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Harris County was 17.9 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current superintendent of Spring Independent School District is Dr. Ralph H. Draper, who was selected by the board in August 2005. He started his career in Christian ministry and switched to being a full-time educator in 1988. Draper earned his associate degree from Southwestern Christian College, in Terrell, Texas and his bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. He earned Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.
The Spring Independent School District is overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to three-year rotating terms.
|Spring ISD Board of Trustees|
|Member||Role||Position #||Term Ends|
|Rhonda Faust||President||Position 4||2017|
|Justine Durant||Vice President||Position 3||2016|
|Ron Crier||Secretary||Position 6||2015|
|Jana Gonzalez||Assistant Secretary||Position 7||2015|
|Chris A. Bell||Trustee||Position 2||2016|
|Deborah Jensen||Trustee||Position 1||2016|
|Rhonda Newhouse||Trustee||Position 5||2017|
School board elections
Three seats were up for election on the Spring Independent School District board on November 5, 2013 covering at-large Positions 1, 2 and 3. Two seats were up for election in November 2014, and two seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.
Spring Independent School District publishes its annual budget 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|
For the 2013-2014 academic year, Spring ISD lists their minimum salary as $45,537, their midpoint as $52,000 and their maximum as $57,386. Those with a master's degree add $1,000, and those with a doctorate add $2,000. It also says lists this statement: "Salaries are determined individually based on each person’s creditable years of experience and credentials. Salary advancement is based on an annual pay raise budget approved by the Board of Trustees."
Schools in Spring ISD
Alief Independent School District operates 39 schools listed below in alphabetical order.
|Spring ISD schools|
|Bailey Middle School|
|Bammel Middle School|
|Clark Primary (Pre-K - 2)|
|Clark Intermediate (3-5)|
|Claughton Middle School|
|Dekaney High School|
|Dueitt Middle School|
|Early College Academy|
|Northgate Crossing Elementary|
|Spring High School|
|Twin Creeks Middle School|
|Virtual School (Online Learning)|
|Wells Middle School|
|Westfield High School|
|Wunsche Career Academy|
On September 3, 2013, Spring ISD student Joshua Broussard was fatally stabbed and three others were injured at Spring High School. The incident called into question the district's safety precautions and the possible implementation of metal detectors to all elementary, middle and high schools in the district. A bond was passed in 2011, in which voters in the district voted to fund the purchase of metal detectors in Spring ISD, however the machines were never purchased or installed in schools. Protests have taken place by community members and parents who wish to see the metal detectors implemented.
Transparency of Spring School District Website
The Spring School District Website gives the names of its administrative staff members, including the superintendent, and of its board members, but does not give contact information for any of them. There are no archived board meeting agendas or minutes. There is information on how to attend regular board meetings.
- United States Census Bureau, "Harris County, Texas," accessed August 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "Harris County," accessed December 31, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Dr. Ralph H. Draper - Biography Accessed September 11, 2013
- Team of Eight Accessed September 11, 2013
- Spring Independent School District, "Financial Services Division," accessed November 29, 2013
- Spring Independent School District Salary Schedule (dead link)
- Schools Accessed September 10, 2013
- Spring ISD parents to protest for metal detectors in school Accessed September 16, 2013
- Protesting parents not warmly received at Spring ISD building Accessed September 16, 2013