The Tuloso-Midway Independent School District's Board of Trustees on Monday received the district's Academic Excellence Indicator Report, which showed the district to be in line or surpassing state averages.
The report highlighted various categories, such as teacher experience and student performance, in comparison to state figures. The 2008-09 AEIS report presented on Monday was based on information taken from the 2007-08 school year.
The report showed the district to be slightly below the state's professional staff average of 63 percent for teachers, with the TMISD having 59 percent of its professional staff made up of educators.
Also mentioned was the percentage of teachers who possessed different educational degrees. While the district was well below the state average of 78 percent for bachelor's degrees with 71 percent, it was above that figure in the percentage of teachers with master's degrees, with 27 percent possessing a master's compared to the state average of 21 percent.
The district matched up with the state at .5 percent for teachers possessing a doctorate, while a clerical error led the district to show a 2 percent average for teachers with no degree. Interim superintendent Sue Nelson said that figure is actually substantially lower, but added it is too late for the district to have it corrected by the state.
The report also showed a 96 percent completion rate for class of 2008 students, significantly higher than the state average of 90 percent.
All of the district's campuses fared well in the report, with all meeting the Annual Yearly Progress benchmarks and being rated at least "Academically Acceptable" in the state's Accountability Ratings System.
During the Academic Career Center's presentation of its AEIS report, ACC principal Melodie McClarren said the facility in which her program is housed currently is in need of expansion. The building holds about 30 students and is currently at capacity, she said.
"As long as we keep it at around 30 to 32 kids, we're OK," she said. "If we get any more than that…we're pinched. We only have five classrooms. If we go above that, we're looking at putting them in the cafeteria."
In addition, she asked trustees to consider the possibility of implementing a childcare program for teenage mothers who want to complete their education but are unable to due to the burdens of caring for a child.
"There are a lot of parents who are very concerned about their kids dropping out because of the lack of childcare," McClarren said. "I have one (student) that has a baby that's about a year-and-a-half old. She leaves, goes to work and works until 1 a.m., and then has to clean up or do some kind of closing, then comes home. Her mother told me the other day, 'I think she's going to have to stop coming to school.'
"There's no way she can keep up this schedule and she really needs to get more hours."