By Rodney Hays

Editor

Assistant PISD superintendent Mike Goddard gave a presentation at the December board meeting about the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) for the 2012-2013 school year for the district.

Last year students took the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness test or STAAR, which was introduced by the Texas Education Agency in the spring of 2012. The test is for students in third grade through 11th grade and includes reading, math, writing, science, social studies and English.

Overall, 93 percent of all PISD students passed all the subjects. Prosper students scored the highest in reading (95 percent) and lowest in writing (85 percent).

The entire TAPR report can be viewed on the district website (www.prosper-isd.net).

In other board news:

n PISD has 800 more students than the same time last year.

n The board decided to make up the bad weather days taken earlier this month on June 2-3, 2014. Jan. 3, 2014 will remain to be part of the winter break for PISD

families and a work day for PISD staff.

n The board approved the financial/investment/tax reports for November. As of the end of November, the district had approximately $51.2 million (approximately $25.68 million of which is general fund with the rest dedicated to construction/capital and/or I&S). PISD has realized nearly 24.4% (28.1%) of projected revenue (difference due to the different pay schedule from the State) for Fund 199.

District financial reports can be viewed in their entirety on the PISD website.

n The Board discussed at length the evaluation of additional buses for the upcoming

school year. In order to maintain the current bell schedules and accommodate

new growth for the upcoming school year, the board approved the purchase of 15

regular and two special needs propane buses bringing the total PISD bus fleet to 92

total buses.

n The Board continued discussion regarding school sites and upcoming projects.

The District will begin construction on elementary No. 5 this summer to open in

August 2015. To help accommodate students growth the district will have to use portable buildings during the 2014-2015 school year.

The fifth elementary school will be the last school the district can build out of the district’s fund balance.

According to the board briefs, the district construction will continue "as additional commercial/retail/residential value will allow – with an emphasis on commercial/retail. The District continues to work with developers throughout PISD in an effort to acquire elementary, middle, and high school sites."

The next board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2014. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. A reception honoring the school board at the January board meeting will begin at 6 p.m.