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School Board Helps Former Students Graduate

Posted Date: 07/18/2018

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 The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening for the regular July meeting.  Superintendent Dr.Tim Little presented a resolution to the board that would allow students who entered the 9th grade before the 2011-12 school year but have not successfully passed the now outdated TAKS test to be eligible to graduate. Little explained, “These are kids who finished high school but didn’t pass one test, usually the algebra test. They did everything else they were supposed to do but they couldn’t pass that one test.”  Top Of Texas Alternative Education Center Principal Ludi Martin told the board she has over 50 students whose lives and career have been on hold due to one test.  The board approved the resolution unanimously. 

The board also approved the Student Code of Conduct with a slight modification as it relates to expulsion. Previously, all expulsions were decided by the board. The policy has been modified to grant that authority to the superintendent with the board hearing appeals. Dr. Little told the board this is common practice throughout the state. 

Technology Director Rodney Throgmorton updated the board on security camera installation, which is almost complete. He told the board that the software to view a live feed from the cameras will be made available to the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office before the start of school.

The board approved hiring the following teachers on probationary contracts: Jill Bechthold, Speech Language Pathologist Assistant; Susan Francis, High School Science; Ulises Lopez, High School/TTAEC Algebra 1; Bradley Herndon, Jr. High Choir.
The board set the next regular meeting for Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. with a special called meeting, primarily for safety concerns, set for Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m.