Spring Independent School District, Texas

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Spring Independent
School District
Houston, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Ralph H. Draper
Enrollment:36,323 students
Graduation rate:74.4%
Number of schools:39
Budget: $261 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Justine Durant
Board members:7
Term length:3
Spring Public Schools is the 31st-largest school district in Texas, serving 36,323 students in 39 schools. It is based in Houston, Texas and serves a portion of Houston and other areas within Harris County including Spring, Texas.

About the district

Spring Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Spring ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[1]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

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.[2]

Superintendent

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.[3]

School board

The Spring Independent School District is overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to three-year rotating terms.[4]

Spring ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Position # Term Ends
Rhonda L. Faust President Position 4 2014
Mel Smith Vice President Position 5 2014
Jana Anders Secretary Position 7 2015
Deborah Jensen Assistant Secretary Position 1 2016
Justine Durant Trustee Position 3 2016
Chris A. Bell Trustee Position 2 2016
Ron Crier Trustee Position 6 2015

School board elections

See also: Spring Independent School District elections (2013)

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 will be up for election in November 2014.

Budget

Spring Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[5]

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 $190,685,401 72.9% $26,152,463 10% $42,069,206 16.1% $0 0% $2,723,786 1% $261,620,856
Averages: $190,685,401 73% $26,152,463 10% $42,069,206 16% $0 0% $2,723,786 1% $261,620,856

Teacher salaries

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."[6]

Schools in Spring ISD

Alief Independent School District operates 39 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[7]

Spring ISD schools
Name
Anderson Elementary
Bailey Middle School
Bammel Elementary
Bammel Middle School
Beneke Elementary
Booker Elementary
Burchett Elementary
Clark Primary (Pre-K - 2)
Clark Intermediate (3-5)
Claughton Middle School
Cooper Elementary
Dekaney High School
Dueitt Middle School
Early College Academy
Eickenroht Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Hirsch Elementary
Hoyland Elementary
Jenkins Elementary
Lewis Elementary
Link Elementary
Major Elementary
Marshall Elementary
McNabb Elementary
Meyer Elementary
Northgate Crossing Elementary
Ponderosa Elementary
Reynolds Elementary
Roberson Academy
Salyers Elementary
Smith Elementary
Spring High School
Thompson Elementary
Twin Creeks Middle School
Virtual School (Online Learning)
Wells Middle School
Westfield High School
Winship Elementary
Wunsche Career Academy

Issues

Safety concerns

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.[8][9]

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.

Contact information

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Spring Independent School District
16717 Ella Boulevard
Houston, TX 77090
Phone: (281) 891-6000

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