Recognition of School Board Appreciation Month

Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed January to be School Board Recognition Month here in Texas. During this month we celebrate our school board and show gratitude for their countless hours of service they spend supporting our students and staff.

“Ensuring an excellent education is the work of many, and local school members collaborate with teachers, parents, and stakeholders to promote state and national standards in ways that reflect the communities values,” said Governor Abbott in his official proclamation.

“On behalf of the entire NBISD community, I extend a heartfelt thanks for your selfless service. You continue to inspire positive change and elevate the educational experience for  Every Student. Every Day,” said NBISD Superintendent Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury. “It is truly an honor to serve with such an outstanding Board of Trustees.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Report – Scorecard Update Regarding Efficient Operations

Priority four of the district scorecard outline guidelines for efficient operations. The three main goals of this priority are to ensure financial stewardship and transparency, to develop and deploy facility management processes to address district’s fast growth, and to ensure efficient and effective operations.

This report was given by Dr. Arterbury, and focuses on goal 4.2 which ensures that as a district, we develop and deploy a long range facilities committee which then is tasked with preparing and presenting a long range facilities plan to the board of trustees.

In October 2022, the NBISD Long- Range Facility Planning Committee (LRFPC) was formed and tasked with developing a 10-year plan of what facilities are needed in our school district.

The committee was created with 21 members consisting of parents, community members, and staff members. They planned to meet monthly with the goal of presenting a plan to the Board of Trustees by June 2023.

The LRFPC presented the NBISD Facility Master Plan to the Board during the regular board meeting held on June 19, 2023. They will continue to have long range facilities discussions in the Spring as noted in the graphic above. The committee intends to bring an updated plan, based on the most recent demographic report, to the board in the Summer of 2024. You can view information regarding the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee on our website.

Discussion of 2024-25 New Braunfels ISD School District Calendar

NBISD brought four calendar options to the District Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC) in November and that group came down to two calendar options. The DEIC had four parameters that they wanted to meet for next year’s calendar. The four parameters were a mid-week start, parent-teacher conference day, 2 weeks off for Christmas break and end school before Labor Day.

These two calendar options were surveyed by parents, staff and students between Dec. 7 and 14. The survey had 758 respondents. The survey was divided into parents, students, employees and parents who also are employees. When the tally was taken, option 1 received 82.5% of the vote.

Option number 1 has Aug. 20 as the first day of school. It also meets three of four of the DEIC parameters – Mid-week start, 2 weeks off for Christmas, end school before Memorial Day. The only parameter not included was a student holiday for parent-teacher conferences. Students would return Jan. 7 after Holiday Break. This option provides 76,590 total minutes, 900 minutes for two bad-weather days and 90 minutes of additional instruction.

Option 2 meets all four of the parameters, but did not receive the majority. This calendar option would have a start date of Aug. 15.

“By law we can’t start school until the fourth week of August, but as a district of innovation, it gives us the flexibility to start earlier,” said Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury.

This calendar had 77,490 so it would bank 900 minutes for two bad-weather days, plus 990 minutes for additional instructional time.

“The parent-teacher conference day is an important item to take a look at in the future,” said Wade Ivy, Chief of Schools. The board is scheduled to vote on the calendar at the February meeting.

Discussion of Recommendation from the Bond Planning Committee

In December, the Bond Planning Committee presented their recommendation for a 2024 bond package. At the January Board of Trustees meeting, trustees had the opportunity to discuss the Bond Planning committee’s recommendations and considered whether to call a May 2024 bond election.

If the voters approve the bond election, NBISD will have three active bond programs. Multiple bond programs in a fast growth district is evidence of community support for our students.

Before board members make a decision to call a third bond election in six years, Dr. Arterbury wanted to give the Board and the community an update on where we stand with the 2018 and 2021 bond programs. During the December board meeting, trustees requested an update on the 2018 and 2021 bond programs so that is what was presented at the January meeting.

Under the leadership of a new Superintendent and new CFO, NBISD recently added a Bond Program Finance Manager position to ensure that there is someone working with bond accounting on a daily basis. You can expect to see regular updates on the 2018 and 2021 and possible 2024 bond projects through the NBISD website.

“We understand that two bond projects, and now possibly three bond projects, can be tough for those not in it every day to keep up with,” said Dr. Arterbury. “We are doing our best to be transparent and make it easy for everyone to see how bond funds are being spent to provide the best education for Every Student. Every Day.”

Please visit nbisdbond.com to view information on the current statuses of all open bond projects.

Board approves an Order Calling a Trustee Election

A trustee election will be Held by the New Braunfels Independent School District (the District), for Single Member 3 and Single Member District 5 Positions.

Filing for these positions open in the middle of January so the district wanted to get it out there that there will be an election. The importance of calling the election is so those interested in running for election can file.

This election will only have positions in Comal County, so there will be no voting sites in Guadalupe County.

Action – Consideration of Approval of the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Board Goals, Assumptions, and Priorities

The NBISD Board of Trustees voted to approve goals, assumptions and priorities regarding the budget for the 2024-2025 Fiscal Year. 

The following priorities were agreed upon by the Board:

  • Providing a balanced budget with minimal reliance on the general fund; providing optimal and targeted levels 
  • Providing optimal and targeted levels of funding and staffing for improved student achievement to meet the goals identified within the Strategic Plan
  • Administering competitive salaries, stipends and benefits for all employees
  • Continuing to sufficiently fund school safety initiatives
  • Increasing state funding through implementation of district initiative that promote student attendance
  • Providing adequate adequate start-up staffing for Legend Point, Elementary #11 and Long Creek High School
  • Taking action to reduce/eliminate all unnecessary spending
  • Eliminate leakage in supplier contracts

Upcoming School Board Meetings

The next regular board meeting will be held on February 12th 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.