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PISD Board Talks Test Results, Bass Fishing and Technology Grant

Posted Date: 12/19/2017

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The Perryton ISD School Board met Monday December 19 for their regular monthly meeting.   The meeting opened with a presentation from Wright Elementary Principal Tiffany Bietz and Assistant Principal Staci Erickson demonstrating one of the “Maker Space” carts.   Each grade a Wright has two of these carts that give students opportunities to learn building skills, coding and more through fun activities. 

Ronnie Watson spoke to the board thanking them for the opportunity to serve as Acting Superintendent recently.  Board President Monty Kinnard thanked Watson for doing a great job in a tough situation.

CFO Doug Kile gave the monthly financial and enrollment reports.  As of December 14, PISD enrollment was at 2224 students.  That is up 3 students from the previous month and up 59 from the beginning of the year.  

Superintendent Robin Fulce updated the board on the District’s Texas Academic Performance Report based on last year’s State Testing.   Fulce pointed out some of the positives, such as 94% passing the fifth grade math test, and some of the areas of concern, including an overall performance gap for English Language Learners.   The District and individual campus TAPR Reports can be viewed at: under “For Our Parents, Students & Friends.

Fulce announced two staff resignations: 3rd Grade Teacher, Lila Flores and 7th Grade Texas History Teacher, Joshua Price.

Perryton High School Principal Matt Birdwell shared a request from a group of PHS students who are interested in joining the Texas High School Bass Association.  Birdwell explained that a group of ten students approached him about the group which holds competitions throughout the year.  There is no liability to the district and students are allowed to compete without being counted absent.  Birdwell mentioned that nine of the ten students are not involved in any other extracurricular activities. Among the benefits of the program are a number of scholarship opportunities. The board approved the proposal with PHS Assistant Principal Kyle Admire as the sponsor. 

Birdwell also informed the board about a $50,000 TEA technology grant that PISD is eligible for.  There is a short window to prepare the application before the early February deadline.  The district was recently contacted by The Educational Research Institute of Harlingen who has a near 100% success rate preparing grants and can complete the work by the deadline.  The group charges a 10% fee only if successful.  The board agreed to engage ERI to prepare the grant application.  The grant funds could be used to augment the district’s Chromebook rollout.

The next board meeting was set for Thursday, January 18, 2018 with Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. and Regular Session at 7:00 p.m.