District Diversity Council (DDC)
The District Diversity Council (DDC) is a culturally-informed advisory committee that is representative of the students, staff and parents in Carroll ISD when it comes to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Culturally Competent students and staff will:
- understand and appreciate the histories, cultures, languages, and traditions of others;
- value the different abilities and capacities in others;
- respect differences in others;
- recognize that diversity contributes to the richness of our school community;
- demonstrate an ongoing commitment to developing cultural competence by using a two-way communication process to build strong inter-cultural relationships; and
- teach, role-model and encourage cultural competence in others, recognizing that this is crucial to ensuring a sense of strong cultural identity and belonging.
- Promote the goal of cultural competence within CISD.
- Facilitate communication and understanding among different constituencies, and serve as a community resource.
- Advocate for and support culturally competent and responsive programs and policies.
- Engage students, staff, and faculty to collect feedback on cultural competence in CISD.
- Propose strategies for reaching cultural competence.
Council’s Composition – 63 Total members
Two (2) representatives from each attendance zone at K-6 schools as follows:
- One member of the school’s staff to serve as a campus liaison
- One parent who is not an employee but has a child attending that school
Five (5) representatives from each attendance zone at 7-12 schools as follows:
- One member of the school’s staff to serve as campus liaison
- Two parents who are not employees but have a child attending that school
- Two students representing each secondary school
Ten (10) appointees from the community at large as follows:
- Three citizens at-large who reside in Carroll ISD
- Seven citizen members appointed by the Board of Trustees
Two (2) CISD School Board Trustees
Two (2) CISD Administrative Liaisons
Due to the large number of applicants (180 total), CISD added four more staff members, four more at-large parent/citizen representatives and four more student members to DDC. In addition, the City appointed one councilman to serve as a liaison. This brought the total number of participants, including the co-chairs Janet McDade and Tyisha Nelson to 63.
Council Membership Selection Process
Campus principals facilitated the selection process at the attendance zone level from a pool of volunteers through a consensus process working with the campus site-based team and volunteers from their attendance zone. The Superintendent and his Cabinet facilitated the appointment of the three at-large members residing in Carroll ISD. Each Board Trustee appointed one citizen member. Candidates through a volunteer application process will be considered as needed to fill the existing Council positions. All selected participants agreed to serve prior to January 2019.
The Diversity Council is led by co-chairpersons selected by the Superintendent and School Board President. The Administration recommended that co-chairs be citizens and not employees of CISD and that they represent at least two of the Council’s minority populations.
- Meetings are open to the public.
- The Superintendent appointed central office staff liaisons to work with the Council.
- The Board President appointed two Trustees to work with the Council.
- Meetings are held on a monthly basis initially and then quarterly as needed.
- Meeting notes are maintained and posted online as part of the public record.
- Diversity Council recommendations were presented to the School Board and Superintendent for consideration.
The ultimate responsibility for action regarding cultural competence and diversity awareness lies solely with the seven elected members of the Board of Trustees. Carroll ISD is committed, however, to seeking grassroots community and staff input while considering all input before any School Board decisions. Those not selected for the DDC were invited to participate on one of 11 Campus Diversity Councils or CDCs.
The Audit Committee is made up of volunteers from the CISD
community with expertise in accounting and finance.
The Audit Committee reviews the annual audit and financial statement
reports for Carroll ISD. The audit committee also interviews the
independent auditors in regards to internal controls, management letter
recommendations, and other CISD accounting processes prior to making
recommendations to the Board of Trustees in approving the Final Audit
Report and Financial Statements.
Budget & Finance Committee
The Budget and Finance Special Committee’s mission is to ensure the needs of CISD students are met through the efficient use of district funds and the development of effective ways to increase revenues and reduce expenses. Our purpose is to understand district finances and identify potential revenue sources, cost savings and process improvements.
Short-term: Identify additional revenue sources, efficiencies and savings related to potential activity fees, optional service fees, low-enrollment classes and/or electives, booster club grant request/teacher wish-list processes, corporate matching donations/sponsorships, check writing campaign and any other additional areas.
- Scott Wrehe, Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services, providing list of district ‘activities’ (primarily clubs, after school activities, booster clubs, activities with a teacher stipend)
- Work through existing roles and provide communication
Mid-term: Understand and evaluate the costs and benefits of district investments—Return on Investment Analysis (ROI). Areas discussed include distance learning, sick day WADA, e-learning, part-time student WADA, tuition possibilities, facility rentals, and homeschoolers.
- Understand how the district earns ‘credit’ for attendance
- Research distance learning objectives, identify target audiences, costs and break-even points.
Long-term: Evaluate the advantages/disadvantages/opportunities of creatively using I&S funds for items paid with M&O dollars and the potential for retail operations at district properties.
- Identify operational opportunities and investigate/research/learn
- Integration opportunities ie: work-study programs
- District needs analysis for capital items, including buses, wells, utilities, etc.
- Understand risks/rewards from districts with similar programs
- Understand risks/rewards for CISD
Campus Site-Based Committees
- Assist Principal in planning
- Serve as a sounding board for school improvements
- Discuss issues pertaining to staffing, budget, goal setting, curriculum, and school organization
Requirements of All Members:
- At least two parents and two community residents
- At least three campus-based professional employees other than the principal
- Not less than two-thirds of the professional employees serving on the committee shall be classroom teachers; the remaining employee members shall be non teaching professional employees
- Classroom teachers shall be nominated and elected by all campus staff
- Other campus-based non teaching professionals shall be nominated and elected by all campus staff
Scheduled Meetings - Once a Month
District Advisory Committee
The District Advisory Committee is the District equivalent of campus site-based teams and, as such, plays an important role in Carroll ISD. The DAC is an integral part of District operations. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees.
- Planning, goal-setting and major classroom instructional programs
- Planning and decision-making roles and responsibilities
- Federal planning requirements
- Annual review of the District Improvement Plan
- Public meeting to discuss District performance
- Carroll ISD discipline management, including the Student Code of Conduct annual review
- Staff development planning
- Appraisal process and performance criteria
- Waivers submitted to TEA
- Written reports that District employees are required to prepare
- Curriculum coordination and articulation
- Long-range strategic planning
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
The Board shall establish a local School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to assist the District in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the District’s health education instruction. Education Code 28.004(a)
The SHAC shall meet at least four times each year. Education Code 28.004(d-1)
The Board shall appoint at least five members to the council. A majority of the members must be parents of students enrolled in the District and must not be employed by the District. One of those members shall serve as chair or co-chair of the council.
The Board may also appoint one or more public school teachers, public school administrators, District students, health-care professionals, members of the business community, law enforcement representatives, senior citizens, clergy, representatives of nonprofit health organizations, representatives of local domestic violence programs, or representatives of another group.
The District must consider the recommendations of the local SHAC before changing the District’s health education curriculum or instruction. Education Code 28.004 (b)