Online instructional programs, strategic planning and bond construction projects are among the issues slated for discussion or vote during Tyler ISD's board meeting today.

The board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the Dr. Jack L. Davidson Conference Center in the Jim Plyler Instructional Complex, 807 W. Glenwood Blvd. A closed session meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

District administrators are proposing the purchase of software that will allow certain middle school students to work at their own pace and skill level.

The program is called Edgenuity and includes a pre-test that determines what skills a student has mastered and what skills they need to work on.

The system "automatically assigns students relevant, student-specific, course content" so they can work on skills at their own level.

The district plans to use this software with students who attend Plyler, the district's disciplinary alternative campus; homebound students; and students who are two or more years over age, according to district information.

The $97,000 cost would pay for 50 software licenses, three years of service, nine days of initial training in the first year, six days of follow-up training in the second and third years and hardware for the program.

TISD would pay for it with money from its Instructional Sustainment Fund.

The board also is scheduled to vote on a resolution to support the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition in its effort to ensure Texas has a fair and adequate funding system.

TISD joined the coalition in 2011 in its lawsuit against the state. Since then, the coalition won a district court trial in which a judge declared the state's school finance system unconstitutional.

The coalition will return to court in January to defend its case and prove that despite some changes to state funding and the accountability system, the school finance system remains unconstitutional.

The cost of TISD's continued support of the coalition is an additional 50 cents per weighted average daily attendance (WADA), the state's name for the system that gives some students more "weight" when it comes to funding than others depending upon the programs they participate in such as special education, career and technical education, etc. The cost to TISD would not exceed $11,253, according to district information.

In other business, the board is expected to hear the month's summary as it relates to the district's bond construction projects and an update about the district's strategic planning process, which is expected to start later this month.






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