Nearly 2,000 graduates will cross the stage this weekend and accept their diploma as Amarillo ISD’s class of 2017 in four separate high school ceremonies at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum. 
Amarillo ISD students scored higher than state and national averages on SAT exams taken in March, and raised the District’s average score by 27 points over the previous year’s scores, while state and national averages decreased. 
A retiring administrator hailed for his strong leadership and steadfast support is the 2017 recipient of the Bob Ashworth Award, Amarillo ISD’s highest employee honor. Stan Chatman, an Executive Director of Student Performance, accepted the award at the District’s annual Service Recognition Banquet on May 8. 
Teacher of the Year Finalists 2017
Announced this morning at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Elementary winner Molly Kyle and Secondary winner Amanda Head will go on to represent Amarillo ISD at the Region 16 Teacher of the Year award, held later this summer. The annual breakfast is sponsored by Education Credit Union. 
The results of the first administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test indicate Amarillo ISD students performed better than state averages in most areas.  
At the April 17 meeting, the School Board heard a presentation from UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt and Deputy Director Dr. Jamey Harrison explaining the biennial realignment and reclassification process for Texas high schools. 
Non-essential special education records of students, who were dismissed, withdrawn, or graduated during the 2009 – 10 school year, will be destroyed after May 31, 2017. 
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