Pleasanton ISD trustees discuss Leming campus
Immediately upon opening the meeting, the Pleasanton ISD board retired into executive session to discuss contractual employees, employment of a Primary principal, and to consult with attorneys on R.D. Wells Investments suit and one with Deborah C. Uriegas. Upon re-entering into open session, there was no action taken on the two suits. Tracy Moos was hired as the financial officer, Donna Kubena was hired as the primary principal and Amber Anderson was also hired; all three are on a probationary contracts.
Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith said that summer school is progressing, with retesting and tutorials for students in need. She turned the discussion over to Debbie Drew who described the Learning Symposium scheduled for August. This was done last year and was very well received. The sevenday staff development will include two days of the symposium. There will be 78 sessions with 57 different topics, such as technology and discipline. Local teachers receive a stipend to teach. They have also received good suggestions for topics from the staff this year.
The Jump Start program will held from August 1 to August 14 for second through ninth graders.
Work is being done on the website and a review of the local policies needs to be done to make sure the district is in compliance.
Debbie Caraway is helping to facilitate the move from the Leming campus. Several ideas for the use of the campus have been offered: Region 20 would like to use it for adult education; computer literacy classes; Baptist Family Services. Hector Moreno has approached Clinesmith about using the cafeteria for the food bank. Options are being considered and Clinesmith is pleased about the interest shown.
The district has signed the yearly letter of support with the Head Start program. Library statistics show that the facilities are in full use.
Moos asked the board if they had any questions on the quarterly investment report. The only comment was that the interest rate is still very low.
A motion was made by Blasa Chapa and seconded by Ami Powell to approve the minutes of the June 19 public hearing and the June 19 regular meeting. Motion passed unanimously with Clint Henson, Danny Brown, Jamie Downs and President Frank Tudyk, Jr. voting affirmative. Gerald Guerra was not in attendance.
There was some discussion about the student handbook for pre-K through 6 and seven through twelve and the dress code and student code of conduct. Clinesmith wants to appoint a committee to look over these this year. It needs to be clearer and more succinct. She is also working on the employee dress code by tightening it up and encouraging professional dress so there is no question who is in authority. Henson voiced concerns about the dress at extra-curricular activities, but as the Superintendent said, it is impossible to police off campus dress.
A public hearing on the budget and proposed tax rate was set for August 14 at 6:30, immediately before the regular meeting.
The trustees approved the FFAF (LOCAL) policy on Wellness and Health Services Care Plan, which was discussed at the last meeting. The District Improvement Plan for 2012-2013 should be completed by and presented at the August meeting. Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.