Commencement for the Class of 2017 took place over the span of two days, celebrating 2,468 seniors from Irving ISD’s four comprehensive high schools. With over $38.3 million earned in scholarships and grants, this year’s graduates have achieved many accolades in the classroom and beyond.
The Department of World Languages hosted its annual Independent English Debate on May 17. The debate featured teams from Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz and consisted of English Language Learner (ELL) students who have been in the U.S. 12 months or less. The team from Nimitz took first place.
Irving ISD held its annual District Geography Bee on May 17 in the MacArthur High School auditorium. Sixteen out of twenty elementary campuses fielded teams in this year’s competition, and the team from Townsell Elementary emerged as the winner.
The top teachers in Irving ISD shined bright at the Teacher of the Year celebration held May 4 at Singley Academy.
As some may be aware, there is a series produced by Netflix called 13 Reasons Why that is gaining in popularity among school-aged children. The series is also receiving attention from media, educators and mental health experts because of the way it dramatizes bullying, depression and adolescent suicide.
Voters who live in Irving ISD’s single-member District 2 re-elected incumbent Nell Anne Hunt to serve a three-year term on the Irving ISD Board of Trustees. Incumbent Dr. Steven Jones (District 1) was unopposed in this year’s election and will continue his service on the Board in District 1.
To honor our outstanding partners in education and their generous contributions to our schools, Irving ISD held a ceremony on Monday, April 17. This year’s Golden Apple Award was presented to Lupita Padilla as an individual partner and to Irving Family YMCA as a partner organization.
Irving ISD students racked up 14 medals and a Super Quiz championship at the state Academic Decathlon meet, held February 22-26 in San Antonio.
At its meeting in December, the Irving ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pursue District of Innovation (DOI) status. This designation grants high-performing school districts like Irving ISD the opportunity to create a local innovation plan with more flexible options, including some exemptions from state regulations previously offered only to charter schools.
Irving ISD, like all public school districts in Texas, has received its “work-in-progress” report from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), showing the “what if” ratings each school would receive IF the state’s new A-F rating system were in place.
Irving ISD earned 41 Distinction Designations awarded by the Texas Education Agency for student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). That number is an increase of four over 2015.
Irving ISD and all 33 campuses that are rated achieved the rating of Met Standard in the 2016 state accountability ratings released last week by the Texas Education Agency.
Irving ISD was named a top digital school district by the Center for Digital Education for our use of innovative technologies such as the 1:1 laptop initiative, STEM curriculum and flipped classroom instruction.
2016 Total Tax Rate (no change)
The Irving ISD adopted a total tax rate that will raise the same taxes as last year’s rate. The total tax rate will effectively be changed by 0.00 percent and will raise taxes on a $100,000 home by approximately $00.00.
Interest and Sinking Tax Rate
The Irving ISD Board of Trustees adopted an ordinance that will decrease taxes for interest and sinking by 13 cents if the voters approve a Tax Ratification Election. In that case, the interest and sinking tax rate will effectively be decreased by approximately 32.1 percent and will decrease taxes for debt service on a $100,000 home by approximately $97.50, or -$97.50.
Maintenance and Operations Tax Rate [tex. Tax code § 26.05(b)(2)(a)&b]
Irving ISD adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 13.7 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $97.50.
Irving ISD was named the 2015 National Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year for expanding student access to AP courses and improving AP Exam performance.
$22.5 million in scholarships were award to students in 2015. 137 scholars were awarded scholarships through The Irving Schools Foundation.
It is the policy of the Irving Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Es norma de Irving Independent School District no discriminar por motivos de raza, edad, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.