Cougar Newsletter

Community Newsletter - August 20, 2021

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Board Briefs

At the August 18, 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Jarrell ISD invited community groups and organizations that support the students and staff in the district in meaningful ways.

Jarrell ISD celebrated:

The Central Texas Classic Chevy Club of Austin

Special guests from the Central Texas Classic Chevy Club of Austin. Larry Igo was the founder of the Chevy Club of Austin. Larry, Joan (Jarrell ISD teacher), daughter Audrey, and twin sons John and Paul all lost their lives in the devastating 1997 tornado that struck the Jarrell community. The Igos each drove a classic Chevy.

The Chevy Club collected $2,500 and donated it to the Igo Elementary PTO in memory of Larry and his family.

Accepting the check and plaque on behalf of Igo Elementary was principal Ms. Adrienne Rodriguez.

The Rotary Club of Sun City - Georgetown

This year, the Rotary Club of Georgetown - Sun City is providing every Jarrell ISD first-year teacher with a gift card to set up their classrooms. In addition, the Rotary pays for the district’s social/emotional learning curriculum called Early Act First Knight. They also make monetary contributions to The Locker.

Additional partnership opportunities are already being discussed.

The Assistance League of the Georgetown Area

Every year, the Assistance League of Georgetown Area (ALGA) presents our first-year teachers with a goodie bag and gift cards to help them set up their classrooms. They also provide hundreds of Jarrell ISD families with a $75 Walmart gift card to help families purchase clothes for school.

Sun City Neighborhoods (NROS)

This summer, the residents of the NROs that fall within Jarrell ISD held school supply drives. Because of their overwhelming and thoughtful generosity, Jarrell ISD staff were able to supply backpacks full of supplies and provide them to students in need on the first day. These folks have also sponsored students by providing first-day-of-school outfits and donated close to $6,000 for school supplies, teacher initiatives, and The Locker.

The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda:

  • Minutes of the July 21 and August 4 meetings

  • Budget Amendment

  • Financial Reports

  • Check Register

  • Principal’s Report

  • Enrollment Report

  • Approval of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) Appraisers and Appraiser Calendar

  • Approval of Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Members

The following items were addressed by Dr. Hicks during Communications:

  • Upcoming Events - Meet the Cougars on August 20 at 7 p.m. and Grandparents Day at campuses

  • Professional learning

  • District highlights

  • Athletic Coordinator and Coach Marlena Brown provided an update on the district’s athletic programs.

  • Sledge Engineering provided an update on the bond projects and stated the construction team is accelerating the schedule for the projects.

  • Laura Buckley, director of state and federal programs, shared information on public notices regarding the Perkins Grant V and Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Supplemental.

The Board unanimously approved the following:

  • 2021-22 Tax Rate of $1.3720 presented by Robert Navarro

  • The Board authorized increasing the purchasing threshold to $50,000 presented by Robert Navarro

  • The agreement to purchase attendance credits presented by Robert Navarro

  • The 2021-22 staff compensation plan presented by Pennee Hall

  • The resolution to provide 10 additional days of leave if vaccinated staff members test positive for COVID-19

  • Purchase of 400 additional Chromebooks presented by Director of Technology Jay Olivier

  • Turf bids for the baseball and softball fields presented by Sledge Engineering

  • Request by the City of Jarrell to initiate the annexation process of the Jarrell High School property presented by Dr. Hicks and Sledge Engineering.

  • Endorsement of Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors candidate

  • Appointment of delegate and alternate for the 2021 TASB delegate assembly

The next meeting will be September 1, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Admin Annex.

Jarrell ISD Earns State’s Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating

Jarrell Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Jarrell ISD’s financial management and reporting system.

This is the 17th year of School FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.

“We are very pleased with Jarrell ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Jarrell ISD Superintendent Dr. Toni Hicks. “This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Jarrell ISD’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”

The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for “Superior Achievement,” followed by “B” for “Above-Standard Achievement,” “C” for “Standard Achievement” and “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”

Jarrell High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Jarrell High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Cougar Athletic Programs! The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

Celebrations from the August 18 Meeting of the Board of Trustees


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Above: We appreciate the folks at Hero Moving for their support. #paintjarrellblue

IMPORTANT: All Families Should Complete Transportation Form; Bus Riders Register for SmartTag

We appreciate your grace and patience this week. We apologize for any inconvenience the bus delays may have caused our families. Our staff will continue to refine our processes to provide you and your family with the best service.

***To further support transportation processes, all families should complete the Transportation Form to inform the campus if their student will take the bus, walk, or be a car rider.***


Smart Tag is the system you will use to verify your students' bus information, confirm their arrival and drop-off times, and monitor their location in real-time. Students will need to use their SmartTag when they enter and exit the bus.


After families register for SmartTag, they can log in and check their child’s bus stop. If you have multiple children, you will only need to register for one child. The system will add multiple children to your account.

Please follow the instructions below to register your child in the system and add the application to your device. If you have any questions please contact Maria Alvarado at the Jarrell Transportation Office.

Register for SmartTag
Registration Steps | English
Registration Steps | Spanish

To view the SmartTag information on your smartphone, follow the instructions below.

Get SmartTag on iPhone
Save Parent Portal to iPhone | English
Save Parent Portal to iPhone | Spanish

Get SmartTag on Android
Save Parent Portal to Android | English
Save Parent Portal to Android | Spanish

Jarrell ISD - Dr. Hicks Back to School and Bond Update

About Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD is located in northern Williamson County. The mascot is The Cougars. It has four campuses: Jarrell High School, Jarrell Middle School, Igo Elementary School and Jarrell Elementary. The district is home to more than 2,800 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years.

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