• Must have 187 days for teachers; 175 instructional days (minimum); 12 staff development days (maximum).
• Must have two inclement weather days.
Another key topic discussed for next year was the textbook adoption process.
The following subjects will receive new textbooks in the 2014-15 school year:
• Mathematics, grades kindergarten-eight.
• Mathematics (Spanish), grades kindergarten-five.
• Science, grades kindergarten-12.
• Science (Spanish), grades kindergarten-five.
• Technology Applications, grades kindergarten-12.
Teams between two and four teachers per grade level were chosen to participate in the textbook selection process, MWISD Director of Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment Carey Carter said.
Teachers attended a vendor fair in the fall through the Region 11 Educational Service Center. Following the meeting, they met and narrowed down the options to materials that addressed 100 percent of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
Teachers then completed a rubric to evaluate material and narrowed down the list to two options per subject/grade level.
To further aide in the decision making, publisher representatives came to campus for question and answer sessions.
In the end, meetings were held where teachers could discuss the materials across the grade levels, and recommendations were made.
No action was necessary, as the presentation was strictly informational; however, students, instructors and parents looking for new material have something to look forward to in the coming school year.
In other business, the school board approved:
• Certification of unopposed candidates for May 10 election.
• Order of cancellation for May 10 election.
• State accountability – student/community engagement and compliance. (A House Bill 5 requirement).
• Proposed Skyward contract. (Skyward is one of two state-preferred student information systems with a state contract. MWISD currently uses TxEIS).
• Mineral Wells Junior High Network request for proposal. (Tower Connect was rated the best to set up Mineral Wells Junior High’s new digital infrastructure).
• Purchase of real property – Lamar, MWJH. (The district was approached by two separate parties regarding a plot of land by the new Lamar Elementary and the other regarding a plot of land by the junior high).