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Matters Klein Independent School District 2010-2011 Annual Performance Report


Superintendent’s Message Dear Klein Community, Reflecting back on the 2010-2011 school year, the Klein ISD has much to be proud of as our teachers and students continued to excel both academically and in extracurricular activities. Klein ISD earned a Recognized rating from the state for the third consecutive year for our students' performances on the TAKS test. Many athletic teams advanced in playoffs, with the Klein High baseball team making it to the state semifinals after an all Klein ISD regional championship with Klein Oak. Several Destination ImagiNation teams travelled to Knoxville, Tenn., for the DI Global Finals in May. And, the list goes on much farther. Klein ISD faced a difficult challenge in the spring as the Texas state legislature proposed large cuts to education. Klein ISD, already a lean district, was forced to brace for millions in cuts. This unfortunately meant reductions in some of our staffing. With more than 46,000 students this school year, we are doing more with less, just like the families in our district. We will continue to offer the quality education and services you expect. All we accomplish would not be possible without our outstanding employees, involved parents, and supportive community. Thank you for everything you do to continue to make Klein a great place to live, work and have your children go to school. Sincerely,

Dr. Jim Cain Klein ISD Superintendent

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% of KISD Students Passing 2011 TAKS

Reading ........................................ 93% Math .............................................. 88% Writing ........................................... 94% Science .......................................... 89% Social Studies ............................... 97%

KISD Student Scores • ACT/SAT ACT English ......................21.4 Math ..........................23.2 Reading ....................22.3 Science ......................22.4 Composite ................22.4

SAT Reading .....................497 Math ...........................524 Writing .......................477

 TEA Recognized district for third straight year

 TAKS scores continue to rise across the district

 Nearly 800 students took

the ACT, with an average score above the state and national average in all areas

 More than 2,000 students

took the SAT, with an average score above the state and national average in math, above state and equal to national in reading, and above state in writing

 Of the 1,800 students who

took Advanced Placement exams, more than 50% earned college credit

 95% of International

KISD Graduates Class of 2011 Klein High.........................684 Klein Forest ......................729 Klein Oak ..........................816 Klein Collins .....................727 Total............................... 2,956

Baccalaureate seniors at Klein Oak earned an IB diploma

 23 National Merit Semifinalists  18 National Merit Finalists  Two National Achievement Finalists


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At the end of the 2011 Special Session, the Texas Legislature’s approved budget included a $5 billion reduction in funding for public education. This translated into a loss of general fund revenue of $16.2 million for Klein ISD. As a result, KISD reduced campus and department budgets by five percent and eliminated more than 330 positions, two-thirds of which were through retirement and resignations. With a one-time infusion of federal support from the Education Jobs fund and the Board approving the use of $3 million of the district’s fund balance, the district was able to hire more than 175 teachers in critical needs areas to help keep our class sizes down as enrollment continues to increase.

The kleinwell Healthy Living Program continues to encourage employees to take care of their health with challenges H E A LT H Y L I V I N G P R O G R A M and activities that foster healthy living.

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During the 2010-2011 school year, almost 4,000 Klein ISD employees completed one or more kleinwell challenges. During the “Walktober Challenge”, more than 2,500 KISD employees walked their way to better health and learned to incorporate walking into their daily routines.

66¢ - Classroom Instruction, Library & Staff Development

The kleinwell “Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge” encouraged employees to break the holiday weight gain cycle. Throughout the challenge, the district provided employees with nutritional information and suggestions for healthy eating. More than 2,000 Klein employees participated in the holiday challenge, losing nearly 4,000 pounds.

How is my $1 spent?

10¢ - Plant Maintenance & Operations

Capturing Kids’ Hearts With help from the Klein ISD Education Foundation, 300 intermediate teachers participated in the three-day Capturing Kids’ HeartsTM seminar. The training provided tools for administrators, faculty and staff to build positive, productive, and trusting relationships among themselves and with their students.

8¢ - Instruction & Campus Leadership 5¢ - Counseling, Social & Health Services 3¢ - Student Transportation 2¢ - Cocurricular/Extracurricular 2¢ - General Administration 2¢ - Data Processing Services 1¢ - Security Less than 1¢ - Other

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Klein ISD takes bullying seriously, and all staff are trained in bullying prevention. The district has 37 of its 39 schools designated as Anti-Defamation League (ADL) No Place for Hate campuses. No Place for Hate was designed to empower the whole school community – teachers, students, administrators and parents – to tackle prejudice, bullying and intergroup conflict. Last year, Schindewolf teacher Judy Linville became the fifth Klein ISD teacher in four years to win the Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award for being a catalyst on her campus to eliminate hate and encourage unity, respect, and acceptance. The Walter Kase award is named for Houstonian Walter Kase who is a Holocaust survivor.


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Your Funds at Work

The district continues to grow with new homes and additional students despite the economic downturn. The district constantly monitors enrollment data and housing developments within the district.

During the last school year, the district underwent two rezoning efforts. In August 2010, we considered new elementary school boundaries due to the opening of Blackshear Elementary. Additionally, the district determined that Klein Oak would need relief due to overcapacity by the fall of 2012. The district rezoned some of the current Klein Oak areas to Klein High and Klein Collins effective for the 2012–2013 school year. The district welcomes community input when planning new attendance zones. The attendance zone committee includes parents, community members, teachers, principals, central office and administrative staff. Community members can find zoning information at www.kleinisd.net.

Klein continues work on projects approved in the 2008 bond to address growth in the district. The 2010-2011 school year was no exception with Ulrich Intermediate opening, Blackshear Elementary under construction, an addition at Klein Forest, and the start of the Klein High rebuild. Ulrich opened in August 2010 and brings the total number of intermediate campuses in the Klein ISD to nine. Last year, work was just beginning on Zwink Elementary which is located off Spring Stuebner near Rothwood. The design of this campus is the new elementary prototype. This is the first school in Klein ISD that is designed from the beginning as a Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified school. The campus will open in August 2012.

Construction also began last year on the Grace England Early Childhood/ Pre-Kindergarten Center and the Multipurpose Center. The Multipurpose Center will house staff development and educational technology facilities, a large meeting space with a capacity of 600, an auction arena and holding pens for the district’s agricultural program, and offices and a test kitchen for the food service department. An adjacent building will contain the plant operations department and custodial products warehouse.

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Klein ISD volunteers play a vital role in the daily activities at our schools. Volunteers are parents, grandparents, community businesses, and other dedicated individuals who generously give their time to support teachers and enrich educational experiences. During 2010–2011, nearly 2,000 volunteers logged 129,544 hours and helped more than 45,000 students. Volunteers can serve as tutors, give presentations, read to students, mentor, or assist with clerical duties in school clinics, libraries, and offices. At the Wunderlich Farm, volunteers are docents who share our community’s history.

KISD Volunteers Log More Than 129,000 Hours!

The mentor program requires only one hour a week and a desire to make a difference. Last year, approximately 70 mentors participated in the program. Learn how to get involved at www.kleinisd.net.

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The Unite for Understanding Council earned the ADL’s Community of Respect for the second year. Klein ISD is the only school district in the Houston area to receive this designation. The Unite Council is a group of adults from the community and district who promote activities that reduce prejudice and build appreciation of diversity in Klein. Activities last year included a taped presentation of Holocaust survivor Walter Kase given to intermediate schools to use in the classroom, a We are Klein diversity video, and the Diversity Art Contest. Students from each campus submitted artwork, and Unite members voted on winning pieces to go on a t-shirt and in an academic calendar.


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