Belton Independent School District, Texas
|Belton Independent School District|
|Number of schools:||14|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Randy Pittenger|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Belton Independent School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtBelton, Texas, a city located in Bell County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Belton is home to 19,409 residents.
Belton outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.1 percent of Belton 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 Belton was $50,066 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Belton was 17.7 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 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.
The superintendent of Belton Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Susan Kincannon. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Kincannon previously served as an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and a deputy superintendent for the district.
The Belton Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Five trustees are elected to specific districts and two trustees serve as at-large members. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.
|Belton Board of Trustees|
|Member||Area||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Sue M. Jordan||3||2013||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be up for election in May 2015 and 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 at board meetings last updated in 2004:
|“||Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.
No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
The table below displays the budget for Belton Independent School District School District.
|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|
Teacher salaries at Belton Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Median salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Belton Independent School District
The district's K-12 student enrollment increased from 9,278 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 9,896 students during the 2012-2013 school year.
Belton Independent School District operates 14 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Belton Independent School District|
|Belton High School|
|Belton Middle School|
|Belton New Tech High School|
|High Point Elementary School|
|Lake Belton Middle School|
|Lakewood Elementary School|
|Leon Heights Elementary School|
|Miller Heights Elementary School|
|Pirtle Elementary School|
|South Belton Middle School|
|Southwest Elementary School|
|Sparta Elementary School|
|Tarver Elementary School|
|Tyler Elementary School|
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.
Belton Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 93% 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:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||1,097||1,500||73||55|
- List of school districts in Texas
- Belton Independent School District elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 District Performance Report: Belton Independent School District," accessed February 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Belton, Texas," accessed February 19, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "Historical Election Results," accessed February 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.
- Belton Independent School District, "Superintendent," accessed February 18, 2014
- Belton Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," October 14, 2011
- Belton Independent School District, "Public Participation," July 22, 2004
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Belton Independent School District, "Adopted Budget 2011-2012" accessed November 29, 2013
- Belton Independent School District, "2013-2014 Hiring Schedule," June 17, 2013
- Belton Independent School District, "About BISD," accessed February 19, 2014
- Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: Belton ISD," accessed February 18, 2014