Welcome to Tatum ISD and thanks for your interest.
Tatum ISD begins this year with a record enrollment of 1,637 students. Our students are a diverse group of high achievers lead by a committed staff of professionals. TISD is committed to providing a challenging curriculum that requires high levels of learning and accountability that will prepare graduates for higher education or employment.
TISD provides a jump start to students post secondary education by providing up to 24 hours of dual enrollment college credit paid for by TISD. In addition, the Tatum Education Foundation awarded a $2,200 scholarship to all 2012 graduates that had been continuously enrolled for three years. Thanks to everyone who has supported the Foundation through volunteering time or making donations, what a great legacy.
The student enrollment continues a pattern of increased enrollment over the past several years. Transfer students are 18% of the total student enrollment. These transfer students attend TISD but live outside the physical boundaries, indicating that TISD is the “district of choice” in East Texas.
Our student athletic program has advanced five of six team sports into playoff competition for six years in a row. Also, THS earned a 1st place finish in the District 20AA UIL Academic Competition and the One-Act-Play advanced to UIL Regional during the past two years. Our staff and students are excited and prepared to continue this legacy of achievement into the future and thank you for your support.
In May 2012 the Tatum ISD voters approved the sixth bond issue over the past 10 years, totaling $60 million. The 2012 bond is broken into three phases. Phase I (November 2012 through August 2013) contains parking lot work and the THS field event renovations approved by the Board being funded from 199 fund balance. Phase II (February 2013 through December 2013) will consist of THS classroom additions, THS band hall addition, FFA project barn addition, THS & TMS CTE upgrades, TMS cafeteria renovations and TES campus site work. Phase III (April 2013 through July 2014) is the new TES campus. Tatum ISD is expected to have a balanced budget at a $1.04 tax rate through at least 2018.
Tatum ISD, along with many other districts has adopted a version of the Resolution Concerning High Stakes, Standardized Testing of Texas Public School Students. The resolution is designed to build support for a transformation in Texas public schools, one that fosters innovation, creativity and a thirst for learning with new, more meaningful, assessment and accountability measures, rather than a system built around narrowly focused standardized tests that end up as the "be-all, end-all" yardstick for a school's success.
On behalf of Tatum ISD I offer our thanks to the community, students and staff for all of their efforts in making TISD a success.