During the March meeting of the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the Red Oak Education Foundation presented a check of $80,287.91 to be distributed to teachers at every school in the district.
The foundation also celebrated $1.1 million raised over the past 15 years.
Throughout the process, the Red Oak ISD Education Foundation committee accepted 49 applications, totaling at 28 grants in all. Also, a district-wide grant was awarded, as well as two grants to the ROISD Police Department.
“This was the most grants awarded ever,” Education Foundation President Karen Anderson emphasized.
Russell P. Schupmann Elementary and Donald T. Shields Elementary each received two grants, while Eastridge Elementary received three grants and Red Oak Elementary was awarded four. The sixth-grade center was awarded four grants, the middle school was given one grant, and Red Oak High School and Wooden Elementary each received five grants.
The Education Foundation reviewed the events hosted throughout 2017. From last year, they raised over $160,000 in undesignated funds, $38,000 in designated funds and $17,900 received as “In Kind” donations, all totaling over $216,000.
Within the past 15 years, the Education Foundation has awarded 282 grants for innovative programs totaling at $789,396. Also, $53,889 was allocated for ROISD students for dual credit scholarships. District-wide initiatives — such as iCount — received $25,625 and $16,530 was awarded to Teacher of the Month, Employee of the Month and Heart of a Teacher Award.
A total of $5,800 was awarded in mini-grants to new teachers, and a total of $212,090 was given by outside grants such as the Dart Foundation, State Farm, Exxon and more.
After all the numbers were combed over, members in the audience celebrated with confetti poppers and the Education Foundation committee members handed out "million-dollar" candy to the trustees.
The Education Foundation recently hosted handbags for Hawks, which raised $15,000. Upcoming events the foundation will host will be the STAR Banquet, Donor Appreciation, North Texas Giving Day, Partnership Challenge Golf Tournament and the 5k and mile fun walk.
“I would like to say thank you on behalf of our board. We appreciate you and wouldn’t be able to do this without your help, and together we are better,” Anderson thanked.
Red Oak ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard praised the foundation, stating, “obviously, it’s a pretty incredible foundation. When you have a foundation sometimes the wisdom is lost, but they always keep the center of the kids’ hearts what we are about."
At the beginning of the meeting, the Red Oak Special Olympics team was recognized for their achievements the past year. The students are looking forward to the largest Special Olympics in the southern Dallas Ft. Worth area that will be hosted at Red Oak High School from 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.
This meet will have 12 districts competing, including ROISD. This will mark the sixth annual Nancy Spigener Special Olympics.
IN OTHER BUSINESS
• Red Oak ISD CFO Vickie Benbow gave the February financial report. She informed the board of trustees that state funding looks low, but the district is dealing with a new teacher retirement system. That is lagging but will get caught up in the next couple of months.
• Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Patrick Torres updated the board of trustees on the department’s focus on literacy, reading, and writing. He overviewed programs and resources to help with academic readiness for all levels of education. In grade kindergarten through third grade, the percent of students showing growth in reading all excel 94 percent. He pointed out that these students might not be at the appropriate level of reading, but they’ve accelerated since the beginning of the year.
• Goddard mentioned in April he will have a full-scale report on the DEAP facility and programs. In the meantime, he’s analyzed character programs and checking the gaps to provide success to these students.
• The board is looking into the strategic plan for 2023. The Flight Plan 2023 focuses on academics, financial, facilities, staff, growth, and communication. The board hopes to have approval by July 16, 2018.
• The board unanimously approved the previous consent agenda.
• The board unanimously approved both the TASB local policy update 110 and TASB local policy CPC.
The meeting went into closed session at 8:24 p.m. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 17, 2018.