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PISD Board Hears Grievance, Passes Budget, Celebrates Ratings

Posted Date: 08/31/2022

PISD Board Hears Grievance, Passes Budget, Celebrates Ratings

The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting Tuesday, August 30, in the board room and the PISD Administration building.  

The meeting began with a public hearing to formally present the proposed tax rates for the upcoming school year.  CFO Britney Meraz announced that the proposed rates would be 85.46 cents for the Maintenance and Operations portion of the budget and Nine cents to pay interest and principal on debts.  

The Public Forum portion in which David Pearson spoke about the PHS Bass Team and the opportunities it has given to several students and some of their successes.  Pearson asked the board to continue supporting the team by paying the travel expenses of the team sponsor, Shona Mount.  Later in the meeting, the board unanimously approved continuing to cover these expenses for another year.

The board members then opened a hearing on a Level III parent/student complaint under board policy FNG local to address the complaint of Robbie and Tara Miller as related to the board’s decision on the inter-district transfer of their children.  Board member Bryce Hale recused himself from the hearing when asked if there was a reason he could not render a fair and partial judgment. The rest of the board went into Executive Session to hear and discuss the complaint.

After returning to open session, a motion was made by Board Member Sarah Tregellas and seconded by Richard Beyea to approve the relief requested by the Millers.  The motion failed by a 6-0 vote.  The board then adjourned into Executive Session to discuss personnel, safety devices, and student discipline.

When the open session resumed, Superintendent James Mireles reported on PISD’s three World Champion Power Lifters; Saleen Nyman, Christian Laja, and Alejandra Salas.  He also saluted their coach, Casey Arruda.
Next, Mireles wanted to announce that the district is working hard on school safety.  He discussed some of the state deadlines that he and Safety Director Darin Clark have been working to meet.  He also discussed a meeting held with local law enforcement. 

During Director’s Reports, Food Service Director Shellie Walked discussed the price and availability challenges her department is facing.    In the Safety Report, Clark discussed a clarification of COVID procedures developed by local school nurses and local medical staff.  

Ranger Roundup Learning Center Director De’Zarae Hernandez discussed increased enrollment and said that the center had received the second disbursement on the Childcare Relief Fund. 

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maria Rocque discussed the recently announced Overall District Ration of an “A”.  She also detailed the individual campus results, with every campus getting a “B” except for Williams Intermediate, which got an “A”.  She mentioned that Perryton Junior High has improved from an “F” to a High “B”.

Mireles saluted the teachers, principals, and Dr. Rocque on the accomplishment.  He also shared that he told the principals the next step is for every campus to get an “A”. Mr. Beal added his congratulations on behalf of the board to the administrators, teachers, students, parents, and everyone involved.  “This has been quite a step from where we were not that long ago.”

In the CFO’s report, Meraz reported that Ranger Roundup and Food Service have paid off their debt to the district.  This is great news going into the new budget year.  She also reported that the beginning of the year enrollment is up from 1937 last year to 1979 this year.  By projecting 1900 students for Average Daily Attendance, the budget will include $125,000 in matching funds for the new welding facility. 

The board unanimously adopted the proposed tax rates and approved the 2022-2023 budget totaling just over $20.3 million for maintenance and operations, $1.45 million for Food Service, and $1.36 million for Debt Service.

The board's next regular meeting will be on September 27, at 6:00 pm at the PISD Administration Building 821 SW 17th.