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Seen and Heard at the August 2022 School Board Meeting

Posted Date: 08/23/2022

Seen and Heard at the August 2022 School Board Meeting

August 15, 2022 – The August Board meeting began with a report given by Assistant Athletic Director Andrea Fluhman, Coach Steve Jackson from Tascosa High, and Coach Tim Ufford from Caprock High regarding this summer’s athletic camps and their impact on the almost 4,000 athletes who participated.

Superintendent Doug Loomis gave a brief overview of AISD’s recent performance in the 2022 State Accountability Ratings System. The District earned an overall score of 89 out of 100.  Not only did the District recover losses from the COVID years, but we’ve made progress since accountability ratings were last issued in 2019.  Mr. Loomis said most AISD schools received an ‘A’ or ‘B’ rating this year and we continue to outperform other districts with a similar demographic makeup.

Trustees gave brief reports on their attendance at education-related events or meetings, including summer graduation on Sunday, August 7, at AmTech Career Academy, where 10 students were recognized for completing the requirements to graduate.

In other business, Trustees adopted a Board Advocacy Plan. The plan, written by AISD trustees as an outgrowth of the District’s continuing participation in the inaugural cohort of the Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee Advocates Program, is meant to guide Board efforts to involve the community in advocating for what is best for Amarillo students, at state and local levels. 

Several Trustees were appointed by Board vote to serve on various internal committees, including the Districtwide Educational Advisory Council, the School Health Advisory Council, the District Safety & Security Committee, and several Board committees. The 2022-2023 appointments to each committee can be seen on the District’s website here.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Board approved a resolution providing for up to 5 consecutive District business days of paid “COVID Leave” for non-temporary, benefit-eligible employees who are personally diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a quarantine order.  Employees may use this leave only twice (for two separate occurrences) during the 2022-2023 school year.

Finally, Trustees accepted gifts and donations totaling $1,575, given to various schools this month from the Alex O’Brien Tennis Foundation; Tonnie Edwards, Edwards Imports; Mike Stumbo; and Freeman and Nance, PLLC.