The East Texas Advanced Academies board of trustees on Thursday approved letting Longview ISD’s business offices handle some of the new organization’s office work.
ETAA is the nonprofit organization overseeing Longview ISD’s six Senate Bill 1882 charter campuses: East Texas Montessori Prep, Bramlette STEAM and Ware East Texas Montessori academies; Forest Park Middle School; and Johnston-McQueen and J.L. Everhart elementary schools. SB 1882 is a state law that lays a pathway for a nonprofit charter school group to operate public school campuses.
Services that Longview ISD will provide the district-within-a district will include payroll, accounting, banking and audit work.
CEO Cynthia Wise said the Longview ISD budget will carry an ETAA account that will be managed.
“You have your back office items such as transportation, maintenance, food services,” Wise said. “We contract with the district to handle those services for us. They will be handling keeping the books for us. All six campuses will receive a budget that covers curriculum and instruction, materials, media, supplies, and those principals make those decisions on what they want to purchase. Then it will come to the desk of my CFO for approval or my desk for approval.”
The ETAA board also adopted an errors and omissions insurance policy from Copeland Insurance and an educators legal liability policy from Gans & Smith Insurance Agency.
In addition, the board set a regular meeting time for 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.
Board president Alan Amos said changing the meeting times from noon to 6 p.m. gives more of the public the ability to attend meetings.
The board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Longview ISD Educational Services Center.