CBAS, state accountability updates highlight joint meeting


Shrayes Gunna

Coppell City Council members and Coppell ISD Board of Trustees discuss the city road construction plans in the Coppell Arts Center on Tuesday. The Council and Board hosted a joint session to discuss various updates.

Angelina Liu, Executive Editor-in-Chief

Busy activity could be spotted within the Coppell Arts Center as the Board of Trustees and City Council met for a special joint meeting. 

In a special meeting held on Monday morning, the Coppell ISD Board approved Jobby Mathew to fill the vacant Place 7 trustee position.

“His volunteer work within the district at his kid’s campus and at the local level put him at the top,” CISD Board President David Caviness said.He serves on many district wide committees as well as being president of the [Coppell ISD Education Foundation]. He has a real working knowledge of not only the district functions but the issues that we have currently going on.”  

Coppell received an overall rating of 97% based on the state academic accountability rating. The percentage measures what students are learning in each grade and whether or not they are prepared to learn at the next level. The score also indicated how the school prepares their students for success after graduation. Coppell continued to receive high marks in student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps categories. Reportedly, Coppell has a 99% High School graduation rate. 

CISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Dr. Angie Brooks shared updates regarding the Community Based Accountability System (CBAS), which assesses growth and identifies areas that could be potentially improved. In this system, district parents hold the district accountable. The system tracks seven pillars, however Coppell focuses on the three: student learning and progress, professional learning and quality staff, and safety and well-being. 

“CISD is committed to our Community Based Accountability System (CBAS) to measure growth and identify opportunities for improvement,” Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt stated in a brochure. “CBAS is one of our district goals. It matters, because it means our community, which includes our staff, our students and their families, our businesses, and our community members, share in the development and analysis of the system that holds the district accountable. The CBAS system is from our community and for our community. It aligns with our mission and core values.” 

There will be another job fair held at Coppell Middle School West in April after the success experienced with the first one. 

Coppell deputy city manager Traci Leach provided updates on the Vision 2040 strategic plan for Coppell. Throughout 2018, 2,000 Coppell residents were asked to contribute to several surveys, workshops and focus groups in order to create and explore goals for the future of Coppell. The result was seven pillars that focused on the importance of learning, innovation and creativity in terms of business and education. 

Director of public works Kent Collins provided updates on road construction within Coppell and the 26-mile DART Silver Line Project that is set to be functional by the end of 2024. 

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