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Trustees approve 2023-24 school calendar, shift to nine-week grading periods
Amanda Roberts

The 2023-24 Crandall ISD School Calendar was unanimously approved by Trustees at Monday night’s school board meeting. Input for the calendar was gathered from the District Educational Improvement Committee, a staff survey and review of the calendars from surrounding districts.

One substantial addition includes a new Fall Break for students and staff October 16-20. This is a standalone week for the break, not built into the Fair Day weekend as in years past.

Another significant change is in the grading periods. CISD will move from a six-week grading period to a nine-week grading period next school year. A week-long break follows the conclusion of each nine-week term—Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break—culminating with summer vacation.

The transition to a nine-week grading period will affect report card schedules, UIL eligibility calendars and various other programs throughout the district. Information will be shared with families.

Other dates of consideration:

  • Aug. 15 – First day of school
  • Oct. 16-20 – Fall Break
  • Dec. 22, 2023-Jan. 9, 2024 – Winter Break
  • March 11-15 – Spring Break
  • May 22 – CHS Graduation
  • May 23 – Last day of school
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Process for election of Board Members
Amanda Roberts

The process for election of Board Members to serve Regional Education Service Centers provides for a cooperative arrangement between local districts and the Education Service Center. It is, therefore, necessary for Region 10 Education Service Center to again request your able assistance in expediting the election process in the most effective manner possible. The 2023 Election will be held to elect one director for Place 4 representing Dallas County and one director for Place 5 representing Collin and Rockwall Counties.

Enclosed please find a notice calling for the 2023 Election of Region 10 Board Members and a copy of applicable Region 10 policies. Region 10 policies included are: (1) Board Members: Eligibility/Qualifications (BBA), and (2) Board Members: Elections (BBB). In the event that all positions in the election are uncontested, the RESC Board of Directors may determine that no election will be held. Please assist in this election process by posting the notice and sharing related information with interested persons in your district.

Your attention is respectfully directed to several key points concerning the 2023 election:

1. The filing period is from 8:00 a.m. February 1, 2023 until 4:30 p.m. February 20, 2023.

2. The persons seeking election must reside in the county or counties to be represented.

3. Filing forms may be obtained from Region 10 headquarters by written or telephone request.

4. Persons filing will be notified of the date and time of drawing for ballot position. The drawing will take place at the Region 10 headquarters between the dates of February 20 and March 1, 2023.

 

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CISD honors Trustees during School Board Appreciation Month
Courtnie Nix

January is School Board Appreciation Month and Crandall ISD is celebrating its Trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district and its students.

The theme of this year’s School Board Appreciation Month—“Forward, Together”—highlights the collaboration among school leadership, teachers and parents on behalf of students.

“Recognizing the efforts of our volunteer school board is so important because of all the hard work Trustees put into making CISD a success,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Wendy Eldredge. “Our students and staff are fortunate to have a wonderful group dedicated to helping them realize their goals.”

Throughout the past 12 months, board members have helped pass a record-breaking $365-million bond that will impact several areas, including two new elementary schools, high school additions—which incorporate a Career-Technical Education center—security, technology, and an expanded transportation system. A Performing Arts Center was also part of the bond.

As evidenced by the projects above, Trustees have also helped shepherd an unprecedented student enrollment surge into the district, which has grown more than 35 percent in two years.

Dan Troxell, executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards, applauded the efforts of Trustees in providing leadership and good governance so that school districts can focus on educating the 5.4-million public schoolchildren in their care.

“Texas school boards are critical to the success of students and the future of Texas,” Troxell said. “Boards lead their districts in the right direction, providing oversight, setting goals, overseeing the budget, and selecting and evaluating the superintendent. These volunteers serve for the betterment of their local schools and communities.”

CISD Trustees, last year, adopted a $73,194,000 budget and lowered the district’s tax rate for the fourth-consecutive time. The budget reflects the district’s continued commitment to safety and teachers. CISD’s Police Department now stands at 10 officers, which ranks at the top of Kaufman County school districts operating their own police force.

CISD board members are:

  • Rick Harrell, Place 6-President (15 years)
  • Dr. Sharon Long, Place 3-Vice President (4 years)
  • Jennifer Hiser, Place 7-Secretary (9 years)
  • Stacie Warren, Place 1 (11 years)
  • Ryan Eskridge, Place 4 (7 years)
  • Amy Barber, Place 5 (4 years)

Place 2 on the school board is vacant and open for candidate filing later this month. It will be on the May 6 General Election ballot.

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The Texas School Counseling Association is proud to announce Shenise Tett for the 2021-22 CREST Award
Courtnie Nix

In 2005, Texas School Counselor Association began a program called CREST to recognize schools with outstanding counseling programs. Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment to using the Texas Model to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social domains. The Texas School Counseling Association is proud to announce CREST winners for the 2021-2022 school year.

CREST is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results. CREST helps counselors to evaluate their counseling programs, promote their programs to the stakeholders in their districts, demonstrate the effectiveness of their guidance and counseling programs through empirical means, and to implement the Texas and National models for school counseling programs.

CREST looks at the counseling program in five categories:

  • Introduction to the School and the Role of the Professional School Counselor
  • Program Implementation Cycle
  • Foundational Components
  • Four Service Delivery Components
  • Program Curriculum

The counseling team prepares a digital submission that highlights these areas and communicates just what the counseling program is doing to help students succeed. These are sent to reviewers throughout the state of Texas to be judged according to pre-set standards of excellence.

Congratulations to Noble Reed Elementary for being one of an elite group of schools from across the state to win the CREST Award for Counseling Excellence for 2022-2023. 

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Calendar changes allow more days for teacher prep and planning, additional cleaning at schools
  • Community
  • Families
  • Staff
  • Students
Amanda Roberts

December 12, 2022

CISD Trustees voted to accept administrative recommendations and amend the 2022-23 school calendar at Monday night’s regular board meeting. The changes will allow extended cleaning of campuses during the upcoming Winter Break, along with additional prep and planning days for teachers during the spring semester.

The district was able to make the changes without adding any days to the school year by utilizing banked instructional minutes built into the calendar. Trustees last night approved four days from those banked minutes as new teacher prep and planning opportunities. Impacted dates include:

  • January 4 – Teacher prep and planning (Student holiday)
  • February 3 – Teacher prep and planning (Student holiday)
  • February 17 – Teacher prep and planning (Student holiday, was previously an early release day)
  • March 3 – Teacher prep and planning (Student holiday)
  • March 31 – Teacher prep and planning (Student holiday)

Students will not attend school on the above prep and planning days.

Winter Break is now extended one day for students, who will not return to campuses until January 5. The additional day away from school will allow more intensive cleaning with the recent surge in flu, RSV and Covid cases.

One additional change is creating a districtwide early release on May 24 to accommodate graduation ceremonies for Crandall High School.

The updated calendar can be viewed online here.

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