Region 15 Education Service Center
Weekly Newsletter - March 1, 2021
Happy Monday to all of you. We know the work you do is changing the lives of students, and we thank you for your dedication to each member of your staff, your students, and their families.
Casey Callahan, Ed.D.
District of Innovation Plan
In 2015, the Texas Legislature amended the Texas Education Code to allow public school districts the opportunity to be designated as a District of Innovation.
That means now is a good time for Districts of Innovation to review their plans and determine if it needs to be renewed and/or amended. As was true for the initial innovation plan, there is a specific regulatory process for renewal of a district of innovation plan. For example, renewal of a plan must be, “…approved by a majority vote of the district-level committee established under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.251, or a comparable committee if the district is exempt from that section, and a two-thirds majority vote of the board of trustees.” 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 102.1313(a). Additionally, “During renewal, all sections of the plan and exemptions shall be reviewed and the district must follow all components outlined in §102.1307 of this title (relating to Adoption of Local Innovation Plan).” 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 102.1313(a)(3).
Please submit Missed School Day Waiver requests via TEAL, with supporting documentation.
Please email Waivers@tea.texas.org with questions or call the Superintendent Hotline for urgent support.
Board Training - Team of Eight
Each session will begin at 6:00 P.M. with a meal and a one hour training on Safe and Supportive School Programs for Board Responsibilities. Team of Eight training will then follow. Each participant will leave with 4 hours of board training. ($500 per board)
March 3 – Region 15 – Conference Center (max 6 boards) - 6:00 P.M.
Please register your board for training with Sheri Durham firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Incentive Allotment Training Zoom sessions
March 3, 2021 – 1:00 to 4:400 Student Growth Update and Spending Plans (TRS and TASB Policy) Session 037854
April 7, 2021 – 1:00 to 4:00 Application Review and Data Collection Session 037856
March Monthly Reminders are located at the end of the newsletter.
Curriculum and Instruction
Gear up your students to be successful on their STAAR Reading 2021 assessment!
Grades 3-5 STAAR Reading Field Test Questions
TEKSCon is Coming!
July 27-29, 2021
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
Live Author Visits Every Friday at 10:30 am
You, teachers, and students are invited to...
join us each Friday morning for the opportunity to experience authors from around the globe as they graciously lead a session for the students, teachers, and sometimes parents, in Region 15. While sharing their stories, they have been able to weave inspiring and instructional words leading all to pursue the art of reading and writing to deeper levels.
The ZOOM opens at 10:15 for classes and virtual students to begin joining for the 10:30 session, and we would LOVE to 'see' you there!
The following workshops are now scheduled for the spring.
3rd—TIA Cohort D: Spending Plans (Register here)
24th-25th—Staffing and Master Schedule (Register here)
7th—TIA Cohort D: Application Review and Data Collection (Register here)
19th-21st—T-TESS (Register here)
For Administrative Services assistance, please contact
MARCH MONTHLY REMINDERS
Accountability and Assessment
Administration and Leadership
Develop recommendations for teacher contracts
*SBDM Committees develop campus performance objectives
Review Graduation Program FMH (TASB - LEGAL & LOCAL) on Student Expression/Prayer (TASB - FNA LEGAL & LOCAL)
Principal surveys to evaluate educator preparation program opens to HR staff
Update Ask TED
Charter Amendments close April 1st
Request for an Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools for 2020-2021 survey due to TEA in March
Update Ask TED with TEA Charter Division
Federal and State Programs
Review/implement district/campus improvement plans in accordance with district planning process (TEC§11.251)
Review student attendance figures as compared to prior year and budget projections
Continue budget process including proposed staff compensation package
SHARS Cost Control Report due April 1st
Food and Nutrition
Child Nutrition USDA Commodity Food Survey closes, March 5
Child Nutrition Financial Report due March 15 (according to Square Meals)
Child Nutrition Community Eligibility Program Data Submission Deadline, March 19th
Distribute Migrant Survey to all students
*Order of Trustee election and post required notice for May election
Prepare report Trustee training hours prior to May elections with postings as required (TEC§11.159) – April Board meeting
*Adopt district goals
*Adopt school calendar
*Ratify Textbook Committee recommendations (19 TAC 66.104(a); TEC§31.101)
Discuss preliminary budget/budget workshops
*Approve waivers as needed
Perform self-analysis of FY20 MOE (Maintenance of Effort) compliance, using final expenditure data from TSDS PEIMS 2020-2021 Mid-Year reports; gather documentation for exceptions/adjustment, if applicable
FY20 MOE (Maintenance of Effort) Preliminary Compliance Review released by TEA; Respond to TEA with documentation of exceptions/adjustment for decline in fiscal effort, if applicable
2020-2021 Excess Cost Final Calculation based on final, audited 2019-2020 expenditures should be completed (kept locally)
2020-2021 High Cost Fund Eligibility Application (Optional fund source) opens
Application opens March 1st to submit Early Childhood Outcome data through SPP 7 TEAL application
Monitor special education expenditures from the general fund to ensure on track for MOE (Maintenance of Effort) compliance
Texas Student Data System/PEIMS
PEIMS Summer submission ready for users to promote data on March 1st
PEIMS Mid-Year data available to customers on March 4th
TDSD SPPI-14 data available to customers on March 4th
PEIMS Ex-Yr submission ready for users to promote data on March 23rd
TSDS Class Roster Winter due on March 25th
*Requires Board action/approval