On the positive side, Mineral Wells High School experienced a dropout rate of under 3 percent. Also Ruelas said he was pleased to see that students, for the most part, were performing at the same level across the board, regardless of race or demographic.
“That’s a positive,” he said. “It basically shows there isn’t one subgroup that’s being taught better than the other.”
For the full TAPR results for MWISD, visit http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/tapr/2013/static/district/d182903.pdf.
In other business, the School Board:
• Heard a spotlight presentation from Mineral Wells High School highlighting the technology department. MWHS Principal Jon Almeida, teachers Donna Parker, DeeAnn Hampton and Peggy Harvey and senior Damon Campbell all spoke to the effectiveness and impact of the new program. Campbell said the skills he learned in computer science classes have helped him secure a job as a computer technician at a PC repair shop.
• Presented their Partners in Education award for December to American Legion Post 75, honoring them for their service and role in the annual Veterans Day Program held at Ram Stadium. MWISD Public Relations Coordinator Karyn Bullock recognized Program Coordinator and American Legion Auxiliary State Finance Chair Linda Horton-Turk, American Legion Riders Director for Post 75 Eddie Pierce and his wife Linda, Program Chair Judge Jerry Ray and Music Director Mike Brooks.
• Approved a financial advisory agreement with FirstSouthwest for the newly approved school bond.
• Appointed Paul Presson as the Owner’s Representative for Bonded Construction.
• Approved First Amendment to the School Resource Officer Program between the City of Mineral Wells and MWISD. This involves a full-time police officer for the schools at the city’s expense.
• Approved Mineral Wells Police Department/MWISD Memorandum of Understanding for Enhanced School Resource Officer.
• Appointed Scott Elder to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board of Directors.