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Kemp ISD gets a ‘B’

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Hears new requirements from HB3

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KEMP–At the Oct. 21 monthly meeting, Kemp ISD Board Trustees heard that a letter went out to all parents informing them that the  Texas Education Agency (TEA) assigned an official letter grade of ‘B’ to the district for the 2018-19 school year. Kemp Primary received a ‘B’, Kemp Intermediate received a ‘B’, Kemp Junior High received a ‘C’ and Kemp High School received a ‘B’.
Distinction Designations received by the individual campuses are:
• Kemp Intermediate School: Top 25% Comparative Academic Growth
• Kemp Junior High: Academic Achievement in Social Studies
• Kemp High School: Science and Postsecondary Readiness
Targeted Improvement Plans were prepared and reported for the Intermediate School as well as the Junior High and the first phase has been completed. Each of the two campus principals created three goals to be achieved.
Director of Curriculum Dr. Angela Barton told the board about the requirements House Bill 3 put forth for expectations for early reading. “By the end of 2021-22 school year, every district will be required to have every K-3rd grade classroom teacher and every principal on that campus to go through reading academies. I was informed of this training. It’s not just teachers who teach reading. It’s the P.E. teacher, the music teacher. It’s everybody who works with children in those grade levels,” Barton said. Regarding the requirement for phonics curriculum, Barton said the district already uses a phonics program, but more stringent requirements may be forthcoming.
She also told the board districts are required to prioritize the placement of highly effective teachers in grades K-2 and that with the shortage of teachers that may present a challenge. Other requirements for the bill include districts integrating reading diagnostics in Pre-K-3 and the Board of Trustees to develop and post EC literacy and math proficiency plans and set specific annual goals. Barton said she felt that the district was already doing a lot of reading diagnostics and reporting and she was awaiting more specific direction.
Barton alerted the board of trustees to the cost of the required reading academies, with the Blended Model ranging from $300-$500 and the Comprehensive Model ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 per teacher reminding them that it is again not just the reading teachers, but all the teachers in those grade levels and that they may want to create partnerships with other districts for the training or go through Region 10. More information is expected in the Spring, Barton added.
The board also heard about the increase in students who are English Language learners ELLs). The district plan is to have a Bilingual Kindergarten next year and continue to monitor the growing needs of the ESL program. They also plan to increase the number of ESL certified/Sheltered Instruction trained teacher and provide in-class support to teachers in all content areas regarding instructional strategies accommodations for ELLs, in addition to providing staff development and parent outreach, family and community engagement among ELLs.
In other business, trustees:
Approved renewal of Property Casualty Insurance at a 13% increase of premium
• approved Interlocal Agreement with Houston ISD for SHARS/MAC support for Medicaid billing, saving the district 4% on fees charged
• approved reappointment of Rusty Freeman to represent Kemp ISD as a member in the Kaufman County Appraisal District Board of Directors 2019-20
• approved out of state trip for Kemp Varsity Cheerleaders to perform at the 2019 Citrus Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.
• adopted Policy Update 114, affecting several local policies
• discussed adding additional teachers including a Kemp High School Homebound teacher and an elementary science teacher to run a science lab for K-2.