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Seen and Heard at the October 2022 School Board Meeting

Posted Date: 10/26/2022

Seen and Heard at the October 2022 School Board Meeting

October 17, 2022 — The October Board meeting began with a public hearing for 2022 Accountability ratings for the District. Amarillo ISD received an overall 89, or a “B” rating – which is two points higher than our previous rating in 2019, pre-COVID.

An ensemble of high school theater students presented a preview of the all-District musical performance of Mamma Mia! The full musical production will make its debut on November 17 in the Tascosa High School Auditorium. The Board also heard a report from Fine Arts Director Denise Olson and Music Education Director Dr. Chris Reidlinger regarding fine arts and music summer camps, activities, and opportunities offered for District students. 

Trustees approved the 2022-2023 District Improvement Plan goals and performance objectives, as well as Campus Improvement Plans for each of the District’s 55 schools, and they approved a Targeted Improvement Plan for Bowie 6th Grade Campus. All of the improvement plans are working plans, based on student needs at each campus, and are developed by teams of teachers, parents, administrators, community members, and business leaders. 

Trustees approved the purchase of a new library software system for school libraries and they approved an extra stipend for workers in the District’s Extended School Day program to try to recruit and retain employees in the after school program.  The Board also approved the purchase of HVAC air ionization units using funds from a federal grant through the Department of State Health Services.  The purpose of these units is to help improve air filtration and indoor air quality in high traffic areas within District facilities. 

In keeping with a Board priority of improving safety of all students, staff, and visitors, the Board approved the purchase of up to five vehicles for the Amarillo ISD Police Department at a total cost of $228,704.  The vehicles will allow the District to add up to five officers to the AISD Police Department, which currently has only two officers.  AISD also partners with the Amarillo Police Department to provide 13 school liaison officers who work in middle and high schools.

The Board expressed appreciation for $6,328.26 worth of gifts and donations given to various schools this month from Street Volkswagen, Education Credit Union, Miller Trucking, The Barfield Marriott Hotel, A Brother’s Plumbing, Yellowhouse Machinery, Pro IT Support, LLC, LandShark Pizza & Burgers, Payne Family, Pete’s Car Smart, Walmart #3883, Tiscareno Trucking, Southland Electric, M.B. McKee Co., Inc., Charles and Lindsay Books, Plains Dairy, Leslie Massey, Chelsea Keller, Mary Frances Dixon, Ronny Luong, United Supermarkets, Laura Hamilton Financial Planning, and Andrew Brandt.