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TISD wins state award for staff involvement
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AUSTIN – Ten Texas groups, including the Trinity Independent School District, have been named recipients of the State Board of Education’s Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award for 2012. This year several leaders of the science and energy industry were among those recognized for their continuing support of Texas public school students. Designed to promote more community involvement in the public schools, the EEE Award recognizes employers who implement policies that encourage employee involvement in school activities. “I am so proud that the State Board of Education can recognize these outstanding companies and corporations with the Employers for Education Excellence Award,” said Barbara Cargill, chair of the State Board of Education. “These leaders in the science and energy fields, along with the recognized small business owners, all understand the importance of a strong education system. “By providing volunteers, mentoring programs and other avenues of support, these companies are helping to ensure their own future by building a strong future workforce for Texas.” The EEE Awards are given in three categories – Gold, Silver and Bronze. For the 2012 award, seven companies received a gold award, one company received a silver and two received bronze. Winners in the Gold Award category have implemented policies that encourage and support employees who attend parent-teacher conferences, that implement policies to encourage employees to volunteer in school activities, and who support employees that participate in student mentoring programs. TISD was among the gold award winners and was recognized for not only welcomes volunteers and mentors throughout the district, but for incorporating them into the district’s strategic plan. For the 2011-12 school year, the district wrote a new Strategic Plan that included asking staff to volunteer in the schools. Two programs were enacted, Watch D.O.G.S. and a mentoring program. Ten percent of the TISD employees participated as volunteers in the schools. The staff mentoring program is strictly voluntary – with no requirement that staff has to participate or receive additional compensation for the extra hours. In the 2011-12 the district saw 184 volunteers, 82 field trip chaperones, 73 room parents for grades kindergarten through fifth, and 22 Watch D.O.G.S. serving in the schools. Watch D.O.G.S. is a K-12 program that invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other father figures to volunteer at least one day, all day, at their child’s/student’s school. Other gold recipients for 2012 included: The Association of Texas Professional Educators – Austin; Atmos Energy – Waco; ExxonMobil – Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant; Luminant: Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant; NASA – Johnson Space Center; and Valero Energy Corporation. Businesses recognized with a silver level award have policies that not only support employees who attend parent-teacher conferences, but also implement a policy to encourage and support employees who volunteer in school activities. Receiving a Silver level award is Pizza Properties Inc. dba Peter Piper Pizza; Two companies are receiving the EEE-Bronze level award. At the Bronze level, companies have a policy or procedure that allows employees to attend parent-teacher conferences during work time. They include Laredo Federal Credit Union and Lake Pointe Health Network.