By Nicole Jones
The Alvin ISD school board on Nov. 12 laid out campus improvement plans for eight of its schools, including EC Mason Elementary and Manvel Junior High.
“These are targeted improvement plans,” said AISD Superintendent Carol Nelson. “All of Alvin ISD campuses were rated this year with a letter grade for the first time in the 2019 accountability system. The previous year due to (Hurricane) Harvey we didn’t officially receive the letter grades.”
Five of the schools, including Mason Elementary and Manvel Junior High, were identified for targeted support and improvement, she said, since those schools received a “D” in one of the graded categories.
According to the TEA website, Manvel Junior High and EC Mason both earned a “C” score overall, but both earned a “D” in closing performance gaps and the junior high getting an F in academic growth. Manvel High School received an overall rating of “B” in the 2019 ratings. Alvin ISD overall received an accountability rating of “B.”
The board approved the plans 7-0.
In addition to improving student performance, EC Mason objectives include reducing office referrals for class disruptions by 2 percent over the prior year, increasing student attendance rate to 96.5 percent or higher and providing a minimum of two opportunities per semester for parents and community members to participate and volunteer in school functions and day-to-day operations.
Goals of the Manvel Junior High approved plan include increasing the number of students who achieve the masters level on the STAAR, increase the number of students who complete advanced career and technical education courses, raise attendance to 96 percent and decrease discipline incidents related to cellphone use. Another stated objective for MJH is to increase the number of laptops by 10 percent from the prior year to provide access for more students.
Trustees at the Nov. 12 meeting also approved the $99,000 purchase of a box truck through a cooperative agreement.