Victoria ISD board appoints new executive director of communications, public relations

Board members also heard an information item about a security and safety audit presentation

8:32 p.m. Update

The Victoria I.S.D. school board approved the appointment of a newly-created position within the district, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations. Ashley Scott, currently serves as a digital media specialist for the City of Victoria, was appointed to the new position, which begins October 5. In this new position Scott will lead the communications team to promote the district’s brand, “provide timely and effective information to educate and empower families, staff and the community, as well as provide support to the superintendent by means of visionary and pragmatic leadership using a variety of communication tools, administrative support, and technology.” Shawna Currie, who serves as the district’s Communications Director, will remain in her same position with more focused responsibilities.

7:50 p.m. Update

The adopted campus improvement goals include:

Goal 1: Increase the percent of 3rd grade students with scores meeting grade level or above on STAAR Reading from  34 percent to 44 percent by August 2024.

Goal 2: Increase the percent of 3rd grade students with scores meeting grade level or above on STAAR Mathematics from 36 percent to 46 percent by August 2024.

Goal 3: Increase the percent of graduates that met the college, career, or  military readiness (CCMR) requirements from 51.9 percent to 75 percent by August 2024.

Goal 4: V.I.S.D. will increase the number of students who achieve their “And” from 75.1 percent to 85 percent by August 2024. Their “And” is defined as the number of students who complete high school with a technical certificate, enlistment in the military, or enrollment in a technical school, community college or university.

Goal 5: By implementing a Community-Based Accountability System, V.I.S.D. will increase its net promoter score by aligning student achievement and financial well-being to community expectations. V.I.S.D. will set baseline measures in 2020-2021 school year.

Goal 6: By using the System of Great Schools framework, V.I.S.D. will increase the number of students in A/B schools from 13 percent to 0 percent by August 2024. V.I.S.D. will increase the number of schools who score an A/B from four schools to eight and decrease the number of schools who scored D/F from eleven schools to zero by August 2024.

7:40 p.m. Update

The superintendent also shared current vacancies within the district, including:

One Special Education teacher at an elementary school.

Two Special Education teachers, one English Language Arts and Reading teacher, one Science teacher and one Social Studies teacher at middle schools.

One Math teacher, one Family Consumer Science teacher, two Special Education teachers and 2.5 Credit Recovery teachers at the high schools.

Three Speech and Language pathologists across the district.

7:35 p.m. Update

Also in the administration report, Shepherd shared that the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund allotment for the Victoria I.S.D. is $802,855 and cost they have incurred so far amount to $639,197, which includes premium pay, unemployment costs for substitutes and other expenses. The limited period of March 1 through March 20 has restricted the amount of expenditures the district can claim as part of the federal relief program.

7:23 p.m. Update

After a unanimous vote to approve the district improvement goals, the board went into closed session at 7:23 p.m. Thursday.

The Victoria I.S.D. Superintendent Quintin Shepherd gave an administration report showing several goals tied to academic achievement as well as other district-wide updates. Shepherd shared that through a partnership with DE Web Works and the V.I.S.D. Education Foundation, the district was able to secure 23 usable devices and $3,600 to aid technology purchases during a two-week device drive.

7:02 p.m. Update

Victoria I.S.D. board members all agree that the work that has been done by the Bond Planning Task Force should continue. Board member Ross Mansker said all campuses in the district has facility repair/renovation needs, some buildings are 10 years old and others are at least 50 years old. Mike Mercer, board member, said it’s important to make sure each segment of the community should have a voice on the matter. Keeling and board president Kevin Van Hook also agreed the task force work should continue. Keeling highlighted that the task force has already put in 20 months of work on the bond planning. Bret Baldwin, board member, said while he agrees the work should continue, the longer the district waits to hold a bond election, the longer it seems the district would be alright with doing without one. Keeling said there should be more than two more public meetings to seek additional community feedback before moving forward and reminded the public that facility reports for each campus are posted on the district’s website.

6:38 p.m. Update

The safety and security audit report was given by Stanton Lawrence, Assistant Superintendent of Administration. Lawrence shared campuses were in compliance with 91 percent of high-priority metrics. Each campus trained and conducted self-assessments, which were validated using historical audit data. The evaluations were made up of over 600 different metrics, including 90 high-priority metrics.

New requirements, like cybersecurity planning, are on their way toward compliance and others were found to be in compliance.

The district is on a 3-year cycle for safety and security audits, the next audit year will be the 2022-2023 school year.

6:20 p.m. Update

School board vice president Tami Keeling was recognized for an award from the Region III Texas Association of School Administrators.

Students were recognized for being named AP Scholars for passing 3 or more AP exams. Some weren’t in attendance or graduated in the spring. Those in attendance included:

Victoria East High School

  • Kristen Balentine
  • Carolyn Conway
  • Ava Galarza
  • Kaden Kolle
  • Christopher Stines
  • Alyssa Villarreal
  • Grant McIntosh
  • Kinsey Faltysek

Victoria West High School

  • William McBrayer
  • Daniel Perez
  • Brianna Strum
  • Christine Wenske
  • Emily Cotton
  • Vanessa Oubre
  • Matthew Sestak

Original Story

VICTORIA, Texas – Tonight the Victoria I.S.D. board members are meeting to discuss and take action on the district improvement goals.

Board members will also meet in closed session to discuss financial incentives to Sunshine Solar Energy LLC as well as the employment of personnel, resignation, and retirement of an employee and seek legal guidance from the district’s attorney.

Board members will also hear an information item about a security and safety audit presentation, as well as an administration report by superintendent Quintin Shepherd.

Board vice president Tami Keeling will also be recognized with a Region III Texas Association of School Administrators Award.

To watch the meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., go here.

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