PROFILE OF THE DISTRICT
The District is one of 1,237 school districts and charter schools in the State of Texas. It provides a program of public education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The Irving Independent School District Board of Trustees ("the Board"), a seven-member group, has governance responsibilities over all activities related to public elementary and secondary education within the jurisdiction of the District. Because members of the Board are elected by the public and have the authority to make decisions, appoint administrators and managers, and significantly influence operations, and because they have the primary accountability for fiscal matters, the District is not included in any other governmental "reporting entity" as defined in GASB Statement No.14 and as amended by GASB Statement 39. Also, there are no component units for which the District or the Board are financially accountable.The District receives funding from local, state, and federal funding sources and must comply with the requirements of the entities providing those funds.
Major Initiatives and Points of Distinction
During a five year period from 1999 to 2003, the District earned a Recognized District rating from the Texas Education Agency. The IISD has had an Academically Acceptable rating in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 with the implementation of the more rigorous and comprehensive TAKS Assessment. In 2011, 12 individual Irving schools earned campus Recognized ratings and one campus earned Exemplary ratings. The United States Department of Education designated MacArthur High School as a National Blue Ribbon School in May 2002 following on the heels of Good Elementary School's National Blue Ribbon School designation in May 2001 and Lamar Middle School's in May of 2000. Good Elementary was also one of 12 schools in the U.S. and the only school in Texas to receive special recognition in technology in 2001.
From more than 1,200 applicants across the United States, MacArthur High School was named one of the two best high schools at the Intel/Scholastic 21 sl Century Schools of Distinction Awards in 2004. Microsoft Corporation has selected the Irving ISO as the first Microsoft Center of Excellence. With this designation, the IISD is being recognized as an innovator in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process.
Full-day kindergarten classes are available at all 20 elementary schools. The District has three early childhood schools for pre-kindergarten students that opened in the 1999-2000 school year. Results of the 2010-2011 National Merit Scholarship competition included: four Semifinalists, nine Commended students, 11 National Hispanic Scholars, and three in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for African American students, one was designated a semifinalist and two were designated Outstanding Participants. Over the past four years, Irving has seen a steady increase in the number of high school students who receive a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement exam. Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. For 2004-05, 522 students scored a 3 or higher, increasing to 690 in 2008-09. The number of AP scholars also increased from 69 in 2004 to 110 in 2009. Graduating seniors in the Class of 2011 earned $21 million in scholarship offers.
The District received the highest possible rating under the state's Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement Rating confirms its excellence in managing and reporting taxpayer dollars. The District has received this rating in all nine years of the system's existence. In 2012, the District received a 5-star rating in the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) for the second year in a row. A 5-star rating indicates high student academic progress while being fiscally responsible. The District was one of 23 school districts and charter schools to receive this rating for two consecutive years.
The Partnerships in Education Program has more than 200 active alliances with businesses and other organizations with over 1,500 volunteers. In November 2007, Irving voters approved a $249,975,000 School Bond Package, the largest bond issue in the District's history. Divided into four phases, the projects in the bond package include funding for new and renovated facilities, equipment, instructional technology, and land to build new schools.
The District's newest facility is a "net zero" middle school. The District completed construction on the new middle school, which is named Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, and it is the first net zero school in Texas and the largest in the country. Renewable energy sources are on site that powers the building. On days of high demand, electricity is purchased from the electric grid. At other times of the day and year, electricity is produced on the site and sold back to the electric company. Over the course of a year, electricity purchased and consumed will be offset by electricity produced and sold; thus the term, net zero. This new school opened in the Fall of 2011.
Students have access to computer technology through numerous classroom computers, computer labs and mobile multimedia stations. Beginning in August 2003, all students in grades 9-12 have laptop computers for use at home and school. All teachers receive laptop computers with connections to the IISD network. In October 1997, $47 million in bond funds were approved that funded a five-year instructional technology plan that included networking schools and other facilities with various software including e-mail and Internet access. In October 2001, $54.8 million in bond funds were approved to replace aging equipment and to provide equipment for new facilities and new programs. In November 2007, $49.8 million in bond funds were approved to replace aging equipment and to provide a new telephone system and student information system for the entire District.
GENERAL EDUCATION SERVICES
The mission statement of the Irving Independent School District is "We engage learners to become critical thinkers, leaders and contributors in a diverse and competitive world."
The District, established by the Texas Legislature in 1909, provides a comprehensive curriculum of educational services appropriate for over 34,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, as well as a preparation course for the General Education Development examination. Instructional offerings include a strong core curriculum in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, performing arts, compensatory education, bilingual and limited English proficient education, gifted and talented education for grades 2-12, career and technological education, special education for the handicapped, athletics and JROTC programs. The District's special programs include a regional school for the deaf, early childhood schools for four year-olds who are limited English proficient and/or economically disadvantaged, an extensive elementary health/safety instruction, and an array of elective courses at the secondary level.
The District's facilities include three early childhood schools (PK), twenty elementary schools (K-5), eight middle schools (6-8), three high schools (9-12), a high school academy (9-12), two reassignment schools and two learning centers. All campuses are air-conditioned facilities complete with cafeterias and gymnasiums. In addition, the District owns and operates nine other facilities, which include an administration building, a learning resource center, a food service center, an athletic stadium and a facility service center.
The District is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area (the "Metroplex") in the western portion of Dallas County, Texas, the third most populous county in the state. The District encompasses 48.55 square miles, which includes the major portion of the City of Irving ("Irving") and portions of the cities of Dallas and Grand Prairie. On a per pupil basis, the District ranks in the top 16% of the wealthiest Texas school districts.
Irving offers its residents learning opportunities to last a lifetime. Irving boasts three institutions of higher learning located on 744 rolling acres in the City proper. These three fully accredited institutions of higher learning are the University of Dallas, North Lake College and DeVry University.
Irving represents a diverse and dynamic business environment, well established as a headquarters location for companies, with excellent access to domestic and international air service. Businesses recognize the many advantages offered by Irving's location and quality of life. Irving's proximity to major airports, commercial centers, and recreational and cultural attractions offers the convenience of a major metropolitan area with the comfort and charm of a suburban lifestyle.
Major corporations are drawn to Irving not only because of its accessibility to major transportation systems, availability of affordable land, high quality of life, large skilled work force and host of hotels and conference centers, but also because its commercial properties are designed to hold or increase in value over the long term. These key factors will assist continued business growth in the future.
Major industries in Irving include high technology, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, oil and gas, and tourism. Names like: Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Verizon, Zale Corporation, Boy Scouts of America, Nokia Inc., Citigroup and NCH Corporation have chosen to maintain their headquarters in the District, and they are testaments to the economic potential of the region. Inexpensive land and available office space are major contributing factors for corporate relocation consideration.
LONG RANGE PLANNING
Much of the District's planning effort is focused on the District's Improvement Plan. The plan demonstrates the commitment to increase student achievement for all students. Campus Improvement Plans, which work in concert with the District's plan, address specific needs of students at individual campuses. The District and Campus Improvement Plans include annual goals for improving student achievement and objective evaluation criteria for measuring success.
The Department of Planning and Research starts off the budget development planning cycle when they release the projected student enrollment for the following fall in early January. Staffing charts are updated, and new campus staff additions to accommodate student growth are estimated by the Personnel department using this projection model. The Budget office develops a forecast document that compares the prior year's actual expenditures to the current year budget and projects the financial position of the district for the next three years. The parameters for this forecast model are developed early in the budget cycle by the Finance Committee, which is made up of three members of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent, and the Associate Superintendent of Business Services. Such things as taxable assessed value growth, optional homestead exemption, employee raises, fund balance levels, and state funding assumptions are determined in February. This allows the District several months of planning for developing budgets for district-wide staffing, and non-payroll campus and department needs, before the first budget draft is presented to the Board of Trustees in May, with the final adoption of the budget in August.
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