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PISD Board Gets New Member, New President

Posted Date: 05/18/2022

PISD Board Gets New Member, New President

The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees met for their regular meeting Tuesday, May 17, 2022.  Outgoing Board President Joe Ogden read a letter of resignation from board member Tyler Merkel.  Ogden then swore in new member Sarah Tregellas and reelected members Loyd Cator and Richard Beyea.  Wes Beal was unanimously voted in as Board President.

Ogden thanked the administration, teachers, and staff for the last twelve years, saying, “It’s been a great ride.  I hope that what we’ve done here the past twelve years has been a great impact on them.  That said, RPND!”  Superintendent James Mireles presented Ogden with a plaque and a meat and utensil package.  Mr. Ogden mentioned that this year’s senior class started first grade right after he came on the board, and he will get to hand them their diplomas next week.

After Mr. Beal took over as President, he led the election of the remaining officers, with Beyea and Cator chosen as Vice President and Secretary, respectively.  Board committee assignments were chosen, and the board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, student discipline, and safety devices.

When they resumed after about an hour and a half, Mr. Mireles announced the following resignations: Noemi Sardello, ESL Teacher;  Anissa Ellis, PHS Theatre teacher; Valerie Merkel, PHS counselor; Whitney Holmes PJH Special Ed Teacher; and Molly Howell, LPMAEC Science teacher.

He also announced these staff transfers: Randi Cunningham, second grade at Wright to a counseling position; Luz Garcia from Kinder to PJH ESL; Lucy Cummins from Williams Intermediate ESL to Wright first grade dual language; Norma Silva from Wright ESL to first-grade dual language; Grady Arnold from PJH to PHS math; Delma Haberthur from PJH science to PHS science; and Ronnie Watson from Interim Principal to ELAR teacher at LPMAEC.

During the campus and director’s reports, Beal asked Food Service Director Shellie Walker how parents will respond to having to pay for meals beginning next year after a two-year COVID break.  She said it would depend on getting the word out and getting folks to fill out the “Free and Reduced” application.  Walker said the parents might be surprised by how high the allowable income levels may be, and she encourages everyone to complete the application.

In the curriculum report, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maria Rocque praised Ranger Roundup Director De’Zerea Hernandez for getting the Childcare Relief Fund grant for $321,219, which will put the center in the black at the end of the year for the first time.

She also thanked all of the staff and high school students who helped with the Ranger Camp program.

CFO Britney Meraz proposed the purchase of a 14-passenger all-purpose bus.  She explained that this size bus would not require a CDL driver and would be useful to the district in many ways throughout the year.  The cost of the bus would be just under $80,000, and it’s available immediately.  The board voted unanimously to purchase the bus.

The District of Innovation plan was discussed.  Mrs. Tregellas had a question about removing the class size restriction of 22 to 1, and the district would not need to notify parents.  Dr. Roque explained that the district is not close to that ratio.  Beal pointed out that there is wording in the exemption giving the board an opportunity to inform the public.

The motion to approve was passed 6-0.

Mireles proposed the following staff for hiring: Bianca Valenzuela, PHS Spanish; Blake Eddleman, Head Girls Basketball Coach, and Assistant Athletic Director; Barry Barkley, PHS Woodshop; and Dacey Smith, Grant Compliance Coordinator.  The motion carried 6-0.

The board approved designating a contract delivery method for facilities improvements being done with ESSER funds.

The next board meeting was set for June 28, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.