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Seen and Heard at the November 2022 School Board Meeting

Posted Date: 12/02/2022

Seen and Heard at the November 2022 School Board Meeting

November 21, 2022 — After beginning the November Board meeting with selections from a combined show choir from Amarillo, Caprock, Palo Duro, and Tascosa high schools, the Board listened to many public comments regarding both concerns about and support for the new Amplify reading/language arts instructional resource in use in 34 AISD elementary schools.

The Board meeting continued with the recognition of several staff members on their recent achievements. Latin teacher Paula Read received the DuBose Award for Excellence in Pre-collegiate Teaching from the Board of the Texas Classical Association at their annual conference. Amarillo ISD Assessment Program Director Crystal Glover received the Sandra Poth Outstanding Educator Award at the Texas Statewide Network of Assessment Professionals (TSNAP) conference. The AISD Communications Department won their third Regional Emmy at the 20th Annual Lone Star Emmy Awards in the Branded Content Program category for the "Stories" video series that features insightful reflections of students and staff and that was created to connect the community to those who make Amarillo ISD extraordinary. The District was also nominated this year in the Public Service Announcement category for the "Living Legends" video. 

In other business, Trustees heard a report from Assistant Superintendent David Bishop and high school counselors Lindy Slagle and Whitney Chapman on the work the District is doing to inform and prevent every high school student from sexting, including the legal consequences, penalties received at school, and more.  

The Board approved the 2021-2022 Annual Financial Report, which is the annual audit of all District funds. Trustees also approved tax rolls for Potter and Randall counties for 2022. The tax rolls are calculated by applying the AISD tax rate of $1.0847 per $100 of property valuation to the taxable values in the two counties. The total amount Potter and Randall counties expect to levy in school district property taxes for 2022 is $118,387,767, which is an increase of $6 million over last year. 

The Board also approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Amarillo to hire a consultant to develop a master plan for the Tri-State Fairgrounds complex project that will revitalize the Tri-State Fairgrounds and surrounding area, including AISD’s Dick Bivins Stadium and parking lot. 

Finally, the Board acknowledged gifts and donations in the amount of $16,830 given to various AISD schools this month from Precision Plumbing, Tiffany’s Dare to Dazzle, Sweet Needles Tattoo, Plains Plumbing, ER on Soncy, LLC, Don Gerber, Maria Aving, Dennis Eubanks, Neal Carpenter, Bell Textron, Inc.’s  Corporate Giving Program, Power of the Pedal/Charla Rose, Chung Nguyen, Phone Medic of Amarillo, Mula’s Concrete, Jimmy Lackey, Kim Lackey, Kennedy Powell, Bill Bandy, Letta Smith, Barrientos Renovation and Construction, Hunter & Kalinke Law Firm, Stacy and Ross Glenn, Hugh and Tamara Bonifield, Terry Faught and Taylor Bonifield-Faught, and Beverly and Britt Gregory.