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Board Brief for March 21, 2024
Posted in on March 22, 2024

Board recognizes student of the month Ethan Hodge

Arlington ISD’s Board of Trustees meeting on March 21, 2024, is in the books, and here are a few of the highlights.

The evening started with a symphonic orchestra performance by elite Arlington ISD junior high students who were selected to the Texas Music Educators Association Region 5 orchestra – the top ensemble in the area. They performed a selection from their region concert under the direction of Sarah Wilson, director of orchestras at Boles Junior High. It was outstanding!

Then the trustees honored the student of the month, senior Ethan Hodge from Sam Houston High School. Ethan is a member of the theater program, plays on the varsity golf team and is a part of the TexanTV production team. He is also the sound, lighting and technical expert for Sam, helping students and faculty alike with performances and assemblies in the auditorium. His helpful and friendly disposition, wit and passion for excellence has been a huge asset to the Sam community. Congrats, Ethan.

The board also presented the Community Powered by Possibilities Award of Appreciation to InspirEd, an outstanding partner that helps so many high school students plan and prepare for their future careers. They provide mentoring and resources for students searching for the right college and exploring degrees and for navigating testing, admissions, financial aid, scholarships and more. Thank you, InspireEd.

With only one board meeting in the month of March, there was a lot of regular business to take care of, like approving purchases and new hires. Among financial items, the board approved the monthly financial report on operations and the district’s investment activity report through January.

Finally, Dr. Natalie Lopez, Arlington ISD assistant superintendent of research and accountability, and Dr. Christi Buell, assistant superintendent of school leadership, gave the board a progress update on goals related to House Bill 3, which requires school boards to adopt improvement plans related to early childhood literacy and mathematics. The presentation focused on student outcomes on the middle-of-year reading and math screeners for pre-K 4 through second grade students.

Those are just a few of the highlights from tonight. If you would like more details on any of these, or any of the items I didn’t cover, please click here to watch the entire meeting.