Scorecard Update Regarding High Performing Staff

Priority two of the district scorecard focuses on achieving a high-performing staff for NBISD. The two goals of this priority include annually increasing the percentage of highly engaged and satisfied staff, and to annually increase the percentage of relationship building within NBISD.

Goal 2.1 of the district scorecard strategizes to annually increase the percentage of highly engaged and satisfied staff. One part of the goal is focused on implementing and sustaining Fundamental 5 as the primary instructional model for NBISD teachers and to increase the use of the strategies during classroom instruction. As we move towards the end of the 2024–25 school year, NBISD teachers continue moving towards seamless integration of the Fundamental 5 strategies in daily classroom instruction. Kara Bock, Chief Academic Officer, noted that our teachers’ have maintained or improved their targets when it comes to developing appropriate lesson frames, recognizing and reinforcing student behavior, staying in the power zone and developing critical writing prompts as compared to the end of the 2023-24 school year.

In Goal 2.2, NBISD is prioritizing the development, implementation and sustainability of a system that will engage in relationship building within the district. To achieve this, NBISD will increase the number of students responding to “teachers, staff, administrators and counselors will take the time to listen, care and connect” on annual student surveys.

District surveys were sent out to staff, students, and parents on April 2nd and will be returned for analysis by April 19th. NBISD looks forward to reviewing the feedback submitted. The district is excited to learn what we are doing well and what areas need improvement. It is our goal, as educators and a district, to adhere to a mindset of continuous improvement.

Discussion of Textbook and Instructional Materials Adoption

Each year, TEA issues a proclamation for textbooks and instructional materials that are up for adoptions. NBISD receives a lump sum of money from the state to use over two years to purchase these new textbooks and instructional materials. NBISD forms a textbook committee which is composed of teachers, curriculum support staff, and administrators. 

District textbook committee members, as well as campus and district staff, have reviewed numerous textbooks and instructional materials in order to make appropriate adoption recommendations in subject areas denoted by Proclamation 2024, which includes Science K-12, Personal Financial Literacy and Economics, and multiple Career and Technology courses.

Many NBISD teachers have spent months reviewing instructional material samples and discussing options with the district curriculum specialists, the Director of Curriculum and PD, and the Director of CTE. Each of the campus representatives consulted with other teachers on their campus to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each instructional option. The textbook selection representatives dedicated many hours to this adoption process and made informed decisions that will serve all students of NBISD well.

The NBISD Textbook Selection Committee will bring their final recommendations for instructional materials to the board for consideration and approval at the May board meeting.

Discussion of the Schematic Design Development Plans for NBHS Phase 2

Huckabee architects presented the Schematic Design Development documents for NBHS Phase 2. As the design and development phase of the NBHS Phase 2 project, the architect is required to review the proposed design to the Board for approval before moving forward. Huckabee Architects, architect of record, for this project presented their Schematic Design Development plans to the Board.

Phase 2 (banana) will include an academic wing and field house. This section of the project is being accelerated at this point. The first floor is proposed to include art classrooms, the weight room and locker rooms, while the second and third floor are all classrooms and science labs. Through work on phase 1 uncovered lots of infrastructure coming from the south. Since there is a functional building, we need to keep it functioning, rather than routing around and using generators. 

A series of existing trees are projected to remain near where the current library sits. We believe this design is an improvement.

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The football practice field has moved in the latest schematic design and will be moved to an area bordering Panther Canyon. Bridges and handicap accessibility will be built to access the field. This newest plan opens up more parking lot space as well. 

If Phase 2 is approved, completion is estimated to be in 2028.

Consideration and Approval of District Staffing

The addition of 70.5 new district wide teaching positions was approved by the Board of Trustees. 

It is important for New Braunfels ISD to find the best and brightest teaching candidates for the FY 2024 – 2025 school year. This year the need is even greater than in the past as we will begin staffing Long Creek High School, meet the teaching needs of a growing special education population, and move positions previously funded through ESSER funds to the General Fund.

Chief Financial Officer, Paul McLarty, explains, the importance of requesting approval for these 70.5 positions now as opposed to asking for board approval in June when the Fiscal Year(FY) 2024 – 2025 budget is also up for approval, is that these positions are all teaching positions. The best teachers are usually hired early in the hiring season and we need to position ourselves adequately to hire the best as soon as we can find them. In order to meet this challenge, NBISD administration asked the Board of Trustees to consider an early approval of these FY 2024 – 2025 teaching positions.

The recommendation of these additional 70.5 teaching positions did not come lightly. Administrative staff have spent the last several months meeting with campus principals, instructional leadership, and special education in order to understand NBISD’s current teaching needs. The following positions were requested and approved by the Board:

  • Long Creek High School: 27.0 teaching positions at the cost of $1,814,509.00.
  • Special Education: 14.5 teaching positions at the cost of $995,503.00.
  • New Braunfels High School: 2.5 teaching positions at the cost of $174,806.00
  • School of Choice: 0.5 teaching positions at the cost of $30,320.00
  • ESSER Funded Positions: 26.0 teaching positions at the cost of $1,302,343.00.

The total amount these 70.5 teaching positions will cost the district a total of $4,317,481.00.

The NBISD Administration does plan to come back and recommend other district, campus, and special education positions for consideration in June when the final 24-25 budget is presented, but they are not critical hires for the spring.

Consideration and Approval of Yellow Student Buses

The Board of Trustees approved the purchase of ten yellow student buses. This need was recommended by the NBISD Transportation Department.

Mary Aaron, NBISD Director of Transportation, worked with the Transportation department and identified the district’s current resources and future vehicle needs. She determined that NBISD currently needed ten – 71 passenger yellow student buses. These buses will include air conditioning. These ten buses are estimated to cost the district $157,000.00. The district will use 2021 bond funds to make this purchase.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

The next regular board meeting will be held on May 13 at 6:00 pm. If you would like to make a public comment at an upcoming board meeting please fill out the request form.

Learn more about the New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees on our website where you can find recordings and agendas from past board meetings.