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					 A Publication of the Spring ISD Board of Trustees                                                                           Vol. 22 No. 1 / August 2012

 The Springboard                 The Spring ISD Board of Trustees met at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Gordon M. Anderson Leadership
 e-newsletter is                 Center to address items on the agenda. President Mel Smith called the meeting to order and led the
 provided as a                   pledges of allegiance; Board Assistant Secretary Rhonda Faust read the district's vision and mission;
 community service               and Pastor Benny Sanders, Champion Forest Baptist Church, gave the invocation.
 to inform the public
 of actions during
 the monthly meeting
 of the Board of                 Superintendent's Report
 Trustees. The official
 minutes from the                Superintendent Dr. Ralph H. Draper introduced administrators who are new to the district
                                 or are now serving in an administrative position that is new to them.
 meeting will be
 posted online at
 www.springisd.org
 once approved by                                                                                                                          Dr. Ralph H. Draper
 the Board.                           Dr. Lucio Calzada Jr. has been named assistant superintendent for administration and will supervise Westfield High
                                                 School; Claughton and Wells middle schools; Beneke, Heritage, Hoyland, Lewis, Link, Major, Reynolds and
                                                 Thompson elementary schools; Clark Primary; and Clark Intermediate.
 Trustees                                            Calzada comes to Spring from Austin where he most recently served as the principal at Austin High
                                                 School. Calzada began his education career in 1989 teaching mathematics at H. M. King High School in
 Mel Smith                                       Kingsville. Since then he has gained a variety of experience in the education field as an assistant principal,
 President                                       mathematics consultant, and principal at both middle school and high school levels in Corpus Christi and
                                                 Austin. In addition, he has served as adjunct professor at Concordia University and St. Edwards University.
 Calvin Tang                                         Calzada has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with specializations in biology and
 Vice President                                  mathematics, a Master of Science in school administration, and a Doctor of Education in educational
                                 leadership from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.
 Dr. Deborah Jensen
 Secretary                            Dr. Adrain Johnson has been named assistant superintendent for administration and will supervise Dekaney High School;
                                                 Bammel and Bailey middle schools; and Bammel, Booker, Cooper, Eickenroht, Hirsch, Meyer, Ponderosa
 Rhonda L. Faust                                 and Smith elementary schools.
 Assistant Secretary                                  Johnson has over 34 years of experience in public education, which includes serving in multiple
                                                 superintendent positions statewide and as an associate commissioner for accreditation for the Texas Education
 Jana Anders                                     Agency. He most recently served as interim area superintendent for Spring ISD. In addition, Johnson serves
                                                 as adjunct professor of educational administration for the University of Texas, College of Education.
 Ron Crier                                            Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and a Master of Education in educational
 Justine Durant                                  administration from Tarleton State University and a Doctor of Education in educational administration from
                                                 Baylor University.
                                      Dr. Rene Garganta is the new principal at the Early College Academy at Southridge. Garganta joined the district in 2011
 Spring ISD                                     as executive director of school improvement. Before coming to Spring, he served as the director of school
 Vision Statement                               improvement projects for Austin ISD. Prior to that assignment he served in administrative roles statewide, as
                                                a principal in Austin and Waco; state programs coordinator in Victoria; and as an assistant principal in Seguin.
 By 2015, Spring                                Garganta earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of
                                                Arts in educational administration at Southwest Texas State University and his Doctorate in educational
 Independent                                    administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
 School District
 will be recognized
 nationally                           Christine Hess is the new executive director for special services. Hess has more than 30 years experience in general and
 as a leader                                     special education programs, early childhood through post-secondary, with emphasis in long-range planning,
                                                 program evaluation, inclusive education, behavior support, community-based instruction and transition. She
 among learning                                  has served as director of special education in Spring ISD since 2008. In that capacity, she has led improvement
 organizations                                   efforts and been instrumental in building a strong special education team that supports the district’s vision.
 and known for                                   Hess earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her master’s degree from the University of
 exemplary student                               New Orleans.
 achievement.
                                      Debi Koch is the new executive director for college and career readiness. Koch has been an educator for more than
 Public Participation                          30 years and has served as principal at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School since it opened in 2006. This
                                               internationally recognized campus features 30 career pathways where student coursework culminates in a
 is Welcomed                                   six-week career pathway internship and Capstone Project for all seniors. She brings a wealth of experience to
 Citizens who want to                          this new position, and her passion and vision for students provides the leadership needed for this next step in
 speak at a Board meeting                      the district’s transformation process. Koch earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from
 will be asked to register at                  the University of Central Oklahoma.
 least 15 minutes prior to
 the time when the meeting
 is scheduled to begin.               Steve Kinney has been named principal at Westfield High School. Kinney has over 30 years of experience in education,
                                                most recently as dean of instructional improvement at Westfield. Prior to coming to Westfield, Kinney spent
 For more information,                          several years in Galena Park ISD where he had much success with improving academic achievement. His last
 go online at                                   three years there were spent as principal of Galena Park High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from
 www.springisd.org                              Michigan State University and his master’s degree from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
 and click on the Public
 Participation at Board
 Meetings link under
 General Info.
                                      Bob Thompson has been named the new principal at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. Thompson has been with the
                                              district since 1990. His long-term commitment to Spring ISD includes a strong focus on student success
 The next                                     and a vision for continuous improvement. Thompson served six years as executive director for secondary
                                              education, during which time he participated in the award-winning design process for Wunsche and the
 regular Board                                planning and implementation of the Spring ISD Virtual School program and Dr. Edward Roberson Middle
 meeting                                      School. He most recently served as executive director for instructional engagement. A graduate of Westfield
                                              High School, Thompson earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Lamar University and his master’s
 will be at                                   degree in education administration at Sam Houston State University.
 7 p.m.
 Tuesday,                             Regina Owens has been named executive director for instructional engagement. She has 21 years experience in education
 Sept. 11 at                                   with 13 years served in an administrative capacity. Her professional background includes serving as a
                                               classroom teacher, assistant principal, academic dean, principal and district director. She is probably best
 Gordon M.                                     known in Spring for planning and implementing the Spring ISD Virtual School program in 2008 and the Early
 Anderson                                      College Academy at Southridge in 2011. Owens has Bachelor of Science degrees in secondary education and
                                               business administration from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Science in educational leadership
 Leadership                                    from Stephen F. Austin State University.
 Center, 16717
 Ella Blvd.

 Spring Independent
 School District is an equal
 opportunity employer. The
 Board of Trustees and
 its agents, officers and
 staff members shall not
 discriminate on the basis
                                 Action Items
 of gender, race, disabling
 condition, age, color,          Board Calls November Election for Positions 6 and 7
 religion, national origin,
 military status, or any other   With the terms of Position 6 and Position 7 expiring in November 2012, the board called for an election for these
 legally protected status in     two positions to be held Nov. 6, 2012. The election will be conducted as a joint election with Harris County. The
 making decisions regarding      district will share election costs with the participating entities and will only be responsible for its pro-rata share of
 staff members or students.
                                 the costs for the countywide election.

Board Meeting Dates              Board Approves Three Local Policy Changes
Change in January
                                 The Board approved and adopted changes to three local policies.
and March
                                 • Local policy EIAA, which addresses final examination exemption, will be deleted from policy. Students will
Meeting dates in                   no longer be exempt from final examinations, in accordance with the 2012-13 Spring ISD Student and Parent
January and March                  Handbook. The change was recommended based on input from alumni, who said they would have benefitted
2013 will be changed               from the testing experience, and principals, who said they believe the change would support their effort to
due to scheduling                  strengthen college and career readiness.
conflicts with the               • Local policy FFAF, which refers to students with food allergies who are at risk of anaphylaxis, was adopted.
district's winter and            • Changes to GKB (Local) Community Relations-Advertising and Fund Raising in the Schools will allow the
spring breaks. The                 district to accept website advertising.
January work session
and regular board
meeting have been                In Other Action the Board:
rescheduled for Jan.
10 and Jan. 15,                     - Approved an interlocal agreement between Spring ISD and New Caney ISD that allows New Caney ISD to
respectively. The March               procure motor fuel for their transportation fleet under the favorable contract terms and pricing established
work session and                      between Spring ISD and its primary fuel vendor, Mansfield Oil Company;
regular board meeting               - Approved the 2012-13 Memorandum of Understanding with Harris County Juvenile Board to reserve three
have been rescheduled                 seats with the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program for each of the 210 days the JJAEP is in
for March 7 and March                 session;
19, respectively.                   - Approved the 2012-13 Elementary, Middle School and High School Student and Parent Handbooks;
                                    - Ratified taxpayer refunds;
                                    - Approved bids and Request for Proposals for Energy Conservation Services, Warehouse Management
                                      System (WMS) for Distribution Center, HVAC Filters, HVAC Parts Supply, Charter Bus Services and
                                      Workers’ Compensation Stop Loss Insurance; and
                                    - Approved the monthly financial report for July 2012.




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