Education

The Temple Independent School District board of trustees approved curriculum purchases totaling $737,226 Monday evening.

A contract with education company Edgenuity will cost the district $350,226. This will give the district access to the company’s Hybridge blended learning support system. The district will also be paying Edgenuity an additional $46,500 for 125 software licenses for a credit recovery program.

The curriculum purchases were part of the board’s consent agenda and were passed without discussion, but Assistant Superintendent Bobby Ott explained later that the Hybridge system will be used for additional instruction for students who are struggling.

“Edgenuity just purchased Compass Learning, and Compass is our intervention that we use in grades K through 8 for math and reading,” Ott said. “It’s an online intervention software program. ... We’ve had this for two years now; we’re just up for renewal.”

Ott said that the district has been very happy with the Compass intervention programs so far.

“We go back to our staff, we look at the data we’ve received, based on our internal assessments that we use, and we look at usage reports and all kinds of different data points to make a decision about renewal,” he said.

The district will also spend $67,000 on a blended learning support system from Education Elements. The price of this contract includes three on-site visits from the consultant company; four 60 to 75 minute instructional phone calls between consultants and district staff, followed by bi-weekly support calls through January 2018; two two-day workshops for district staff; and a one-day strategy session.

The board also approved a $62,000 contract with Heinemann, an educational resources publisher, for Leveled Literacy Intervention Systems. Heinemann describes the program as “a powerful, short-term intervention that provides daily, intensive, small-group instruction using engaging leveled books and fast-paced, systematically designed lessons.”

The Mentoring Minds Motivation Math, Motivation Science and Motivation English curriculums will cost the district $55,000. They are sold by Critical Thinking for Life.

The district is also purchasing several curriculum products from Renaissance Learning. STAR Math, STAR Reading, STAR Early Literacy, AR 360 and Accelerated Math will cost a total of $113,000.

A package of online books, printable materials, activities, and interactive tools from Learning A-Z will cost the district $43,500.