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PISD Board Hears About Welding Program

Posted Date: 10/07/2022

PISD Board Hears About Welding Program

The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in the PISD Administration Building. First up, the board heard a presentation from Frank Phillips College Provost Cassie Laxton on a joint program between the college, the Perryton CDC, and Perryton ISD to develop a career tech program in the former Midwest Inspection building at 1206 SW 9th.

PISD welding instructors and students worked hard this summer building welding stations and placing them in the building. Additional infrastructure, including electrical work, plumbing, etc., will need to be completed before the building can be open for students.

Laxton showed pictures of a facility in Canyon, after which the Perryton facility is modeled. She told the board members that they are in need of at least $125,000 in additional funding to finish the project. She was not asking for a commitment at this time, simply awareness of the need in the near future.

Board President Wes Beal read a letter to the board from West Texas A&M University President Dr. Walter Wendler on the district earning the A Rating from the Texas Education Agency.

The board went into closed session to discuss personnel, security devices, student discipline, and student information. They then heard from Superintendent James Mireles on enrollment and attendance for the start of the school year. Mireles said that district enrollment and attendance are up compared to last year.

He thanked the board for the appreciation they have shown the staff for the A rating. Also, Mireles announced the resignation of Director of Communications and Safety Darin Clark, effective October 7, 2022.

He shared estimates to replace some of the older lights at the football field. These particular lights are older and the bulbs cannot be found.

The estimate is for LED lights which will be more cost-effective. The estimate is for $113,736. He asked the board if they wanted to move forward on getting bids. It was suggested to get an estimate on the cost of replacing the light poles prior to replacing the lights.

Mireles and Coach Haberthur also updated the board on efforts to get warranty replacement or repair on the red turf in the end zones that is not wearing well. Haberthur said that the company has been less than cooperative to this point.

There was discussion about an administrative policy with limits on student fines, fees and IOU’s.

The District Improvement Plan was unanimously approved.

The Final Draft of the Staff Firearm Policies were approved 7-0.

Mireles’ recommendation of hiring Debbie Simpson on a half-time Teacher Contract at PHS was approved by a 7-0 vote.

Two transfer of student applications were jointly approved 7-0.

The next meeting of the board will be Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 6:00 in the PISD board room at 821 SW 17th.