Posted Date: 08/26/2020
The Perryton ISD Board met Tuesday, August 25 for the monthly meeting. The meeting began with a public comment from Jey Henshaw about his concerns over a change in the district’s mask requirements “without parental consent.” Since the item was not on the published agenda, the board had no discussion and took no action on the topic. (See PISD Board Policy BED Local)
After hearing the monthly campus and directors reports, the board took action on several items including a joint contract for election services with Ochiltree County for the November 3, 2020 election which will include the Board of Trustees election which was postponed from May due to COVID-19,
An Interlocal Agreement for Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) was approved. This establishes parameters for other surrounding districts bringing students to the DAEP Program at Ludi Peña Martin AEC.
The board unanimously passed a Resolution Regarding the Eligibility for Participation in Extracurricular Activities for the 2020-2021 School Year. The resolution states that students must be receiving in-person instruction at Perryton ISD in order to participate in extracurricular instruction. Students choosing virtual instruction will not be permitted to participate in UIL or Non-UIL activities during that period.
Other action included approving former PISD Administrator Sid Tanner for a one-year probationary contract to teach history at Perryton High School.
The board was presented with a number of policy updates recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards. The board will study these changes and take action at a future date.
Finally, the board was presented with the proposed budget, prepared by CFO Doug Kile and Superintendent James Mireles. Kile pointed out that the balanced budget included a reduction in salaries of $345,000, not counting benefits, as the district continues to use attrition to bring salary levels in line with enrollment.
The board unanimously approved the budget and approved a tax rate of $0.9664 (per $100 evaluation) for Maintenance and Operation and 0.09 for Interest and Sinking Funds (Debt Service). The total tax rate of $1.0564 per $100 valuation is a slight $0.0014 increase over the current year. The 2020-2021 proposed, and approved, budget is available on the PISD website under the School Board tab.
The next scheduled meeting of the PISD School Board will be September 22 at 6:00 p.m.