One-fifth of sixth-graders reported feeling unsafe outside their schools and in its bathrooms, according to the Arlington school district’s 2013-14 survey of students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12.
The survey was conducted by a third-party consultant with a response rate of 88 percent, up from last year’s 79 percent.
Students who were surveyed were asked about school safety, the quality of instruction, the quality of facilities, college and job preparation, and a lifelong learning environment.
Some of the findings were:
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• Respondents rated quality of instruction high in English but low in math and languages other than English for grades eight, 10 and 12.
• Eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students reported increased availability of technology in classroom.
• Eighth- and 10th-graders reported feeling safest in the schools common areas.
• More students are applying to two and four-year colleges than last year, with the highest uptick in African-American students.
• Though most students agree classrooms are clean, only one-quarter can say the same for district bathrooms.
District ready to appoint bond oversight committee
The Arlington school board took the first step toward creating an oversight committee its $663.1 million bond program recently.
Board members voted 6-0 to approve a charge to the committee that will oversee the 2014 bond program.
The vote took place at Thursday night’s school board meeting. Trustee John Hibbs was absent.
The purpose of the committee is to “provide transparency and enhance public confidence” in the sale of bonds.
Arlington residents interested in serving on the committee can apply by going to aisd.net.
Applicants must pay property taxes to the school district and be current on their property taxes.
The application will be posted through Sept. 5. The final recommendation of no more than 11 committee members will be on Sept. 18, said Cindy Powell, the district’s chief financial officer.
Applicants, their families and their employers may not have contracts with the district for the 2014 bond program.
The members, who will be chosen by the Arlington school board, will serve two-year, staggered terms.
UT Arlington appoints new leader for student affairs
Timothy Quinnan will serve as the vice president for student affairs starting in September.
He’ll oversee student success and campus life initiatives for 25 departments and programs, over 330 student organizations and 180 employees.
Quinnan is currently the association vice president for campus life at Sand Diego State, which is a leading public research institution and top university in diversity.
Eric Rivera, vice president for student affairs at San Diego State University, said Quinnan was instrumental in transforming the student experience.
“His notable contributions include learning community expansion, commuter resource area development, the LGBTQ Pride Center creation and the integrative diversity initiative,” Rivera said in a news release.
His appointment comes after former student affairs leader Frank Lamas left UT Arlington in May to serve as vice president of student affairs at Fresno State.
“The position was broader and gave me responsibility for additional areas that I didn’t have here,” Lamas said of his reasons for leaving just as UT Arlington makes a push for Tier One research status.
Photo contest flashes to an end
This month we ended the Arlington Citizen-Journal Facebook photo contest, after only having two pictures left that were both of bodies of water.
No, but seriously — Sherry Livingston and Dawn Adams, thank you for submitting photos of Lake Arlington and a park pond.
Livingston sent in a photo of ducks at Mary & Jimmie Hooper Park.
“This picture is symbolic of Arlington as the beginning of the beautiful woodlands headed west,” she said of her photo.
Also, special thanks to Dawn Adams, who submitted a photo of a man fishing at the lake from Bowman Springs Park.
Thanks to all of you that submitted photos. From your pictures of bees in bluebonnets to this month’s memorial, all the photos reminded us what we love about Arlington.