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Tyler Independent School District
Smith County, Texas
Tyler ISD logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Kim Tunnell (Interim)
Enrollment:18,393 students
Number of schools:25
Budget: $164.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Orenthia Mason
Board members:7
Term length:3
Tyler Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of Smith County. It is the 64th-largest school district in Texas, serving 18,393 students in 25 schools with an operating budget of $164.1 million.[1]

About the district

Tyler Independent School District is located in Smith County, Texas
Tyler Independent School District is located in Smith County, Texas. The county seat of Smith County is Tyler. The county's population was 209,714 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Smith County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment and median income and outperforms in terms of poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 24.8 percent of Smith County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. Smith County had a median income of $47,312 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Smith County was 15.9 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Smith County (%) Texas (%)
White 78.1 80.6
Black or African American 18.2 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 1.3 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 17.9 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 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.[3]


The interim superintendent of Tyler Independent School District is Kim Tunnell, who was appointed at a June 2014 board meeting. She replaced former superintendent Gary Mooring, who retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Tunnell had previously been serving as the Chief Leadership and Performance Officer of Tyler Independent School District and has served the district in numerous capacities since 2001. Prior to her time at Tyler ISD, Tunnell had served in administrative and teaching roles in the Sierra Sands Unified School District in California.[4]

School board

The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected by district to staggered three-year terms.[5]

Tyler ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role District # Term Ends
Orenthia Mason President District 2 2017
Andy Bergfeld Vice President District 7 2015
R. Wade Washmon Trustee District 1 2016
Jean Washington Trustee District 3 2016
Patricia Nation Trustee District 4 2017
Barbara Smith Trustee District 5 2015
Marty M. Dunbar Trustee District 6 2016

School board elections

See also: Tyler Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election on May 10, 2014, including one unfinished term in District 5. Board President Orenthia Mason was re-elected in District 2, while newcomers Patricia Nation and Barbara Smith joined the board in Districts 4 and 5, respectively. Smith's term ends in May 2015, along with one other seat. Three seats will be on the ballot 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]

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


Tyler 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 $92,496,590 56.3% $4,273,881 2.6% $40,332,447 24.6% $25,197,548 15.3% $1,875,268 1.1% $164,175,734
Averages: $92,496,590 56% $4,273,881 3% $40,332,447 25% $25,197,548 15% $1,875,268 1% $164,175,734

Teacher salaries

According to the salary schedule released prior to the 2010-2011 academic year, teachers in Tyler ISD earned salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement.[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,000 60,408
MA 41,000 61,408
Doctorate 41,500 61,908

Schools in Tyler ISD


Tyler Independent School District serves 18,393 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. Tyler Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[9]

District schools

Tyler Independent School District operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Tyler Independent School District Schools
School Name
Austin Elementary School
Bell Elementary School
Birdwell Elementary School
Bonner Elementary School
Boulter Middle School
Caldwell Elementary School
Clarkston Elementary School
Dixie Elementary School
Dogan Middle School
Douglas Elementary School
Griffin Elementary School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Jack Elementary School
John Tyler High School
Jones Elementary School
Moore Middle School
Orr Elementary School
Owens Elementary School
Peete Elementary School
Ramey Elementary School
Rice Elementary School
Robert E. Lee High School
Stewart Middle School
Woods 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.

Tyler Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 91 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 26,799 37,516 71 50
Student Progress 1,480 4,200 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,018 1,500 68 50
Postsecondary Readiness 807.1 1,000 81 75

Contact information

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Tyler School Board
1319 Earl Campbell Parkway
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: (903) 262-1000

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