Seen and Heard at the May Board Meeting

Seen and Heard at the May 2017 School Board Meeting
At the School Board Meeting

May 15, 2017 -- The Board honored two National Merit Scholars, five National Merit Commended Students, and two National Hispanic Scholars with certificates and congratulations. Trustees also honored nine middle school students who were selected for state or national recognition in the 2017 Talent Identification Program (TIP) sponsored by Duke University.  These students scored at or above the 95th percentile on college entrance exams as 7th graders.  Finally, the Board honored six AISD alumnae who were designated National Advanced Placement Scholars.  These 2016 AISD graduates received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.    

Following an annual tradition, trustees Renee McCown and James Allen also read a list of students across the district who have placed in state or national athletic, academic, or fine arts competitions in 2016-17.                                       

The Board heard a presentation from Moffitt Architectural Group regarding plans for tennis centers at Palo Duro and Caprock high schools.  Superintendent Dana West also gave the Board an update on bills and proposals before the State Legislature.  She also introduced Executive Director Christina Ritter who described the District’s plans for a summer reading program, and Website and Special Projects Manager Pecos Shafer who discussed plans for overhauling campus websites. 

In other business, trustees canvassed the returns from the May 6 school board election.  The oath of office was administered to the winners of the election – incumbents James Allen, Renee McCown and John Ben Blanchard, and new trustee Cristy Cooper Wilkinson, who replaces Eric Darnell on the Board.  

The Board set June 19, 2017, as the date to hold a public hearing on the 2017-18 school district budget and proposed tax rate. Next year’s budget will also be adopted on June 19, which is the date of the next regular Board meeting.  The Board voted to propose a 2017 tax rate of $1.189 per $100 property valuation, which is the same as the 2016 tax rate.  The tax rate will not be officially adopted until later in the summer.

The Board also approved Amarillo Legacy ACO as the vendor for employee biometric screenings and they approved 10-cent increases to the student paid lunch price and the adult paid lunch and breakfast prices, as required by the US Department of Agriculture.  The board awarded a contract to Parsley’s Roofing for a partial roof replacement of Building 200 at Caprock High School.  The project is estimated at $698,570.

Trustees approved changes in several policies and they accepted gifts and donations totaling $4,930, given to various schools this month from CNS Pantex, Sierra Woods, National Forensic League, Grant Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Sides, Dr. and Mrs. Todd Whitehead, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Weaber, Kelly Delgado-Goudschaal, Christine Kocsis, Jason Beezley, Ms. Sarab Barakat, Natalie Archer, and Lezly Welch.  Other gifts were given by Upshaw Insurance Agency, Downtown Kiwanis Club, Texas Farm Bureau, Steve and Martha Walton and Amarillo Association of Realtors.

 

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