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PISD Board Welcomes New Member

Posted Date: 05/24/2018

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The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees met Wednesday, May 23 for the regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Dr. Tim Little opened the meeting with a positive comment about the Perryton Kinder graduation ceremonies earlier in the day, saying that he has seen lots of kindergarten graduations but none as impressive as what he saw here.

Next, the board said farewell to outgoing member, Kevin Walker, who did not run for reelection.  They welcomed new member, Tommy Butler who was sworn in along with reelected members, Monty Kinnard and Tyler Merkel.

The board voted to keep the same officers as the previous year, President – Monty Kinnard, Vice President – Tyler Merkel, Secretary – Mike Heck.  Other continuing members of the board are: Joe Ogden, Bryce Hale and Loyd Cator.

Wanda West, Perryton Junior High Teacher, presented two students, Jackie Juarez and Carlos Ponce. The students shared their experience at the Region 16 Career Fair.  Forty students from PJH attended the workshop and heard about career opportunities as they prepare to begin high school.

After Carol Hayden reported on the School Health Advisory Committee, Chief Financial Officer Doug Kile updated the board on projected tax values for the coming year.  Kile said that the preliminary estimates from the appraisal district project a $1.086 Billion tax base, which is an increase over the current year.  Kile reminded the board that these estimates are usually a bit conservative.

Kile also gave the enrollment report showing 2217 students, down 11 from the previous month but up from opening day enrollment of 2165

Dr. Little reported on retirements and resignations.   Phillis Oquin is retiring after 24 years in the Wright/Williams Cafeteria.

Resignations include PHS Principal Matt Birdwell,  Vanessa Birdwell – PJH, Terri Neas – PHS,  Jill Ellzey, Rubi Garcia, Melisa Jones, and Rhea Walker – Wright and Cafeteria Director, Tracie Cessna.  Stephanie O’Dell was approved for hire in conjunction, with the SSA, as an Educational Diagnostician.

Communications Director/Safety Officer Darin Clark reported on several safety projects in the works.  PISD Staff attended CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) training presented by Jeremy Schwalk.   He also reported that he and Dr. Little have met with Guardian Security about access control issues at Perryton High School.  Guardian will have a presentation and cost estimate for the next school board with a plan to implement the changes in time for the next school year.

The board heard presentations from Excel Energy Group and E3 Entegral on energy efficiency plans.  The Excel plan would replace all lighting in the district with LED lights and fixtures.  The plan would pay for itself, saving enough on energy costs to make payments on the cost of the project every 6 months for 12 years.  After that, the district would reap 100% of the savings. The E3 plan was similar but would also include replacing aging HVAC units throughout the district.

Lastly, the board heard from Jason Young of AstroTurf on the cost of replacing the turf at Ranger Field.  In previous meetings the board has heard from Athletic Director Dustin Klafka and Football Coach Steven Coursey about the dangerous condition of the current surface, which is now over 12 years old. The original expected life cycle was 10 years.

Young presented three surface types with samples for the board to evaluate. 

AstroTurf Rhino HM 42, equivalent to the current surface at Ranger Field, would cost $345,700. 

The middle range option, AstroTurf Rootzone 3d3 52, currently in use by West Texas A&M among others, has a $351,500 price tag and an 8 year warranty.  

The premium option, AstroTurf Rootzone 3d3 60 Decade with a 10 year warranty, would be $402,000 to install at Ranger Field.

Board members expressed serious concerns about having to spend such a large sum of money during the district’s current financial situation but ultimately agreed that the overwhelming safety concerns left them little choice.  After discussing the various options, they voted unanimously to purchase the middle range option and have it installed immediately, in order to be ready for next fall.

Board members also discussed the need to budget funds each year to be ear-marked for the next field replacement 10 to 12 years from now. 

The next board meeting was set for June 19 beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a tour of Wright & Williams campuses.  There will be an executive session at 6:00 p.m. and the regular meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the PISD Administration Building.