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Chapter 1
DISTRICT ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

This chapter reviews the district organization and management of the Rosebud-Lott Independent School District (RLISD) in the following sections:

A. Governance, Policies and Procedures
B. District Management and Planning
C. Personnel Management
D. Community Involvement Initiatives

When a school district operates effectively, the school board governs and the superintendent administers the school district. The distinction, though simple, is sometimes overlooked and unclear, which can lead to educational and system inefficiencies.

Elected by constituents, school board members collectively set priorities, establish policies and evaluate outcomes of the district's operations. The superintendent implements board policies, provides leadership and manages personnel and daily operations districtwide. The superintendent also consults with the board on any educational issues affecting the district and serves as the board's technical advisor. The superintendent provides the board with sufficient information to make decisions and objectively evaluate results. The board and superintendent work together to improve district educational and administrative performance.

BACKGROUND

RLISD serves the towns of Rosebud and Lott, along with 17 other communities within the district. According to the 2000 census, Rosebud has a population of 1,638. Rosebud's main employers include RLISD, a medical clinic, a nursing home, 13 churches, a city-manager system of government and the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The primary industry is agriculture and several agribusinesses serve farmers and ranchers. Settled in 1878, Rosebud was originally known as Pool's Crossing or Greer's Horse Pen. The settlement and post office which opened in 1884, eventually moved east several miles to the present location. Lott, which has a population of 724, sits 10 miles northwest from Rosebud on State Highway 77. Lott's demographics are similar to Rosebud's.

One of four school districts in Falls County, RLISD served 968 students in 2001-02. The other Falls County school districts are Chilton ISD (382 students, one school), Marlin ISD (1,621 students, three schools) and Westphalia ISD (122 students, one school.) RLISD covers about 302 square miles in the southwest quadrant of Falls County. Westphalia ISD is actually located within RLISD's boundaries and spans approximately 40 square miles in the west central part of RLISD. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) classifies RLISD as a "non-metro stable community district" based on the district's size, growth rates, student economic status and proximity to urban areas. TEA classifies districts on a scale ranging from major urban to rural. The non-metro stable designation is in contrast to non-metro fast growing.

RLISD has four education facilities, including a combined high school/junior high school, intermediate school, elementary school, primary school and a learning center in the high school/junior high buildings. Lott Elementary is the only elementary school in RLISD and the only school located in Lott. The Learning Center is located in the neighboring school district of Marlin. RLISD administration offices are located in Travis, which is one of 13 area communities. The school district belongs to Regional Education Service Center XII (Region 12) in Waco. Exhibit 1-1 shows the number of students by school.

Exhibit 1-1
Number of Students by RLISD Campus
2002-03

School Grades Students Percent
of Total
Rosebud-Lott High School Grades 9-12 330 34.6%
Rosebud-Lott Junior High Grades 7-8 160 16.8%
Rosebud Intermediate Grades 4-6 113 11.9%
Lott Elementary Grades K-6 156 16.4%
Rosebud Primary Grades PreK-3 189 19.8%
Rosebud-Lott Learning Center   5 0.5%
Total   953 100.0%
Source: TEA, PEIMS, 2002-03.

In 2002-03, the district ethnic enrollment breakdown consisted of 58.3 percent Anglo, 21.7 percent Hispanic, 19.4 percent African-American and 0.5 percent Other. In addition 49.0 percent of the student population is classified as economically disadvantaged.

The district experienced a 96 percent attendance rate in 2000-01. The same year it had a 0.4 percent dropout rate. A year prior, in 1999-2000, the dropout rate was only 0.2 percent.

RLISD received a recognized rating from TEA in both 2000-01 and 2001-02. The district had 88 percent of its students pass the TAAS in 2001-02.

Over the past five years, RLISD enrollment decreased by 9.5 percent from 1,070 students in 1997-98 to 968 students in 2001-02. Exhibit 1-2 illustrates RLISD's decline in enrollment.

Exhibit 1-2
RLISD Enrollment
2002-03

    Racial/Ethnic Percentage Percent
Economically
Disadvantaged
District Student
Enrollment
Percent
African
American
Percent
Hispanic
Percent
Anglo
Percent
Other
Corrigan-Camden 1,142 25.2% 31.1% 43.2% 0.5% 66.6%
Franklin 945 9.0% 8.5% 82.2% 0.3% 38.2%
Mart 678 24.8% 5.6% 69.6% 0.0% 51.6%
RLISD 953 19.4% 21.7% 58.3% 0.5% 49.0%
Rogers 863 2.9% 17.6% 79.3% 0.2% 39.6%
Region 12 139,468 23.2% 22.0% 52.6% 2.2% 49.9%
State 4,239,911 14.3% 42.7% 39.8% 3.2% 51.9%
Source: TEA, PEIMS, 2002-03.