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PISD Takes Advantage of “Golden Penny” Opportunity

Posted Date: 08/04/2020

PISD Takes Advantage of “Golden Penny” Opportunity

PISD Takes Advantage of “Golden Penny” Opportunity

The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting Tuesday, July 28 at the PISD Administration building. At the beginning of the meeting, Perryton Junior High Teacher Kim LaMunyon addressed the board about the new Wisdom Learning Management program and the addition of CPR testing the day before teachers are scheduled to return to work.  There was no further discussion as these items were not part of the published agenda. 

April Snyder reported for the School Health Advisory Committee. Their last meeting was a Zoom meeting in the spring during distance learning.

After adjourning into executive session, the board reconvened shortly after 7:00.  Superintendent James Mireles shared information with the board about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and options related to Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave.  The information, provided by Underwood Law Firm, will be reviewed and possibly voted on at a future board meeting.

Chief Financial Officer Doug Kile gave his monthly report and explained the “Golden Penny” Opportunity.  Due to tax compression passed in the last legislative session,  PISD’s maintenance and operations rate for the coming year will be lower.  However, the district has a one-time opportunity to recover one cent per $100,000 evaluation and receive additional state funds.  The result is approximately $300,000 in additional revenue while still lowering the rate paid by local taxpayers.   After discussion, the board felt that this revenue increase would be necessary to meet the coming year’s budget and help protect the district from possible shortfalls in future state funding. The board voted 7-0 to seek the “Golden Penny” and include it in the 2020-2021 budget.

In the campus reports, Mr. Mireles shared information from Ludi Peña Martin AEC Principal, Ashley Wilson about a $5,000 award from the Manning Foundation to provide scholarships at Frank Phillips College for LPMAEC students. Wilson thanked “the Manning Foundation, Kerry Symons, and the many community members that are helping us provide greater opportunities for your students.”

One year probationary contracts were approved for Wright Elementary teachers, Amanda Manross, Shannon Suitor, and Maribel Trevizo.

Board members reviewed the annual service contracts with Region 16 Education Service Center and tabled an agreement with Brown Graham and Company for the annual audit.  Kile will seek other bids before the board makes a final decision.

The board will have a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00 pm to discuss budget and other items as needed.  The agenda will be posted 72 hours before the meeting.