NOVEMBER 8, 2022 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Fort Worth ISD Trustees recognized Native American Heritage Month at tonight’s board meeting – and honor Native American students in attendance. Also present were parents as well as administrators who support the group.
The FWISD proudly supports its 326 Native American student population representing more than 81 different tribes in the United States. The District offers an American Indian Education Program that provides the District’s Native population with academic, social, and emotional support through cultural education and referrals.
LONE STAR GOVERNANCE GOAL 2: EARLY MATH PROGRESS UPDATE
Board Members heard a progress report on early math education in the Fort Worth ISD. The data show that the District is not on target following the pandemic, but pre-pandemic we were trending above our goals. Now, we have some work to do: we are starting to catch up in our elementary grades.
In response to the data we were able to hear from two principals and two teachers around the implementation of the District’s new math program, Eureka.
The principals and teachers – from Harlean Beal and M.H. Moore elementary schools –say they are seeing student growth and success in using Eureka. One said, the Eureka program “is rigorous but adaptable for all students.”
ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2022
FWISD CFO Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, staff, and a third-party audit firm presented the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the Year Ending June 20, 2022, which included an overview of the audit process, results, and financial highlights. The Board approved the ACFR at the Nov. 8 meeting as part of the consent agenda. The public will soon be able to access the report at fwisd.org, under Financial Services.
INTRUDER DETECTION AUDIT FINDINGS
Deputy Superintendent Karen Molinar presented a report on a TEA-required audit that measures whether a campus is vulnerable to unauthorized visitors.
The District has completed an audit of 23 campuses – 19 came back with no findings. The security team is addressing the findings regarding four campuses and will make a report to the board in executive session.
The District regularly implements safety routines at the campuses to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment. For instance, the Fort Worth ISD does a weekly sweep of exterior doors, ensuring they are locked during instructional hours.
Most importantly, we ask everyone to remain vigilant – safety is a shared responsibility for all of us.
TRUSTEES APPROVE MOU WITH WALGREENS TO SUPPORT STUDENT PHARMACY INTERNSHIPS
The Board of Education voted to approve a three-year partnership with Walgreens Co., providing high school senior pharmacy technician students internship opportunities at pharmacies across Fort Worth.
Twenty-nine FWISD seniors from the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) and North Side High School may now apply for their Pharmacy Technician Trainee license to be eligible to intern with Walgreens for 10-15 hours per week beginning this December.
BOARD SUPPORTS RESOLUTION
- During Tuesday night’s board meeting, trustees unanimously approved a resolution that supports a $2,000 incentive payment for every full-time and 180-day substitute employee.
- There will also be a $1,000 incentive payment for qualifying part-time and other substitute employees who are not categorized as 180-day substitutes.
- The payments were presented to the Board on June 28, along with the 2022-23 budget. However, Tuesday’s resolution underscored the need to both hire and retain employees in today’s competitive public education environment.