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School Board Gets Appreciation, Hears Audit Report and TAPR

Posted Date: 01/25/2021

School Board Gets Appreciation, Hears Audit Report and TAPR

The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees met for their monthly meeting January 21, 2021.  The meeting began with a number of groups showing their appreciation for the board since January is School Board Appreciation Month.

Among those showing their appreciation were the Perryton Junior High Robotics team who did a short demonstration in front of the board members.  (Video of the event can be seen at the beginning of the board meeting video on the PISD website.)  Also showing appreciation were: students from Wright singing the school song; Cupcakes from the Ranger Roundup Learning Center; Board Survival Kits from Perryton Kinder; Ranger spirit items from Perryton High School; Pies courtesy of the Ludi Peña Martin AEC; plus posters and other items.

Dustin Chambers from Brown Graham and Co. presented the annual audit report.  The audit was conducted after the end of the fiscal year ending August 31, 2020 and PISD received a “clean opinion, the best opinion we can give.”  

After a detailed look at the audit, PISD Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Maria Rocque detailed the most recent TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report.) The report can be viewed online at: 

Chief Financial Officer Doug Kile gave the monthly financial report.  During the report, board members discussed the Ranger Roundup Learning Center and Dr. Rocque discussed some additional financial partners that may soon be coming on board.  It was also discussed that the community may not be fully aware that the center is open to the public not just PISD and Ochiltree General Hospital staff. 

Mr. Kile informed the board that he plans to retire at the end of 2021.  Superintendent James Mireles told the board that the long advance notice will help the district in the search for a new CFO. 

Next, they agreed to begin accepting bids for the softball field project to potentially begin the project after the current season.

The board approved the recommendation to hire Moriah Garcia as an RTI teacher at Perryton Junior High.

Mireles recommended that the board extend Emergency COVID sick leave for PISD staff through the end of the 20-21 school year.   Last fall, as part of the cares act, all staff members received an additional ten days of paid sick leave for COVID related absences.  While the federal mandate has no funding attached to it, it expired December 31, 2020.  This proposal extends that coverage through August 31, 2021 but only for COVID absences and only to the extent those days were not used in 2020.   The board unanimously approved the recommendation.

May 1, 2021 was set for the next school board election and a joint election with the City of Perryton was approved. 

The next school board meeting will be February 23, 2021 at 6:00 in the PISD Administration Building.