JISD board recognizes four elementary students for art work



During the regular meeting of the Jourdanton School Board, four Elementary students presented their works created during Jenna Bronstad’s art class. Each also gave information on the several mediums used and the many projects they’ve done during the year. All students are in the Gifted and Talented class, also taught by Bronstad. Pictured left to right are Shaylee Edmiston, Brynn Schorsch, Sloane Schorsch and Rylan Edmiston. Shown in the back are Assistant Prinipal Renee Royal, Principal Kim Camarillo and Teacher Jenna Bronstad. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

During the regular meeting of the Jourdanton School Board, four Elementary students presented their works created during Jenna Bronstad’s art class. Each also gave information on the several mediums used and the many projects they’ve done during the year. All students are in the Gifted and Talented class, also taught by Bronstad. Pictured left to right are Shaylee Edmiston, Brynn Schorsch, Sloane Schorsch and Rylan Edmiston. Shown in the back are Assistant Prinipal Renee Royal, Principal Kim Camarillo and Teacher Jenna Bronstad. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Elementary art students were recognized at Monday night’s meeting of the Jourdanton School Board. Teacher Jenna Bronstad explained that her Kindergarten through fifth grade art classes were experimenting with different art mediums, such as oil pastels and watercolors. Each student introduced themselves and showed an example of their work. Shaylee Edmiston and Brynn Schorsch are in the fifth grade, Sloane Schorsch is in the third grade and Rylan Edmiston is in the fourth grade. All four students are also in Bronstad’s Gifted and Talented program.

Jourdanton Education Foundation

Stephanie Collins, President of the Foundation, presented the trustees with the past year’s annual report which included what they had done, how much money they raised and how it was spent. They raised over $57,000 and over $27,000 of that went back to the school in the form of 14 grants. These funds were given for math, social studies, world maps for Junior High history, outdoor playscapes, science equipment, photography and for updating some ag equipment. Fourteen thousand dollars was spent on the Summer Reading Program and they spent $600 on new teachers’ gifts. Another $7,000 were used for expenses, including insurance, advertising and fundraising.

They are interested in repeating or expanding any programs that proved successful. The organization is working with a grant writer in order to reach outside the area for donations, not wanting to put too much strain on the community, who have been so generous. Their focus there will be on STEM and literacy. The goal is to impact all students, provide real-world experience to help them grow and assist them in being job-ready upon graduation.

ESL Evaluation

Assistant Superintendent, Pepper Jo Bauerle went over the annual evaluation of the English Second Language program and the success of the students in it. Last year, 3.1% of the students fell under ESL and 51.8% fell under the economically disadvantaged. There are 44 students in the program, with one student who exited having passed the TELPAS assessment. There was no data for the students last year due to COVID. Students are evaluated on their ability to listen, speak and write. Pre-K through 5th grade had 28% beginners, 41% intermediate, 23% advanced and 8% advanced high. Third through 8th grade students rated 6% beginners, 35% intermediate, 44% advanced and 15% advanced high. All teachers, who are state certified ESL receive a $1,000 stipend and are required to do professional development. The district receives $3,000 from Title III through Region 20, which has been used to purchase Rosetta Stone for further aid to students. The state gives $21,275 and the local funds provide $27,206.

Closed Session

The trustees retired into closed session at 7:47 p.m. to consult with an attorney regarding school dress code and to consider hiring a reading intervention teacher.

They returned at 9:08 p.m. No action was taken regarding the dress code. Innovative teacher strategies as presented was approved with Nicole Rakowitz making the motion and Phillip Netardus seconding. All voting for were Vance Jupe, Rita Munoz, Celia Chapa and Greg Vyvlecka. President Barbara Peeler was in attendance, but not voting. As recommended, they unanimously approved the hiring of Rhonda Lawson as the reading intervention teacher to bridge the gap of education during COVID. She was approved for a 2021-2022 Professional contract which will be paid through ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief federal) funds.

Consent Agenda

Peeler read the Business Office Report which shows an investment total of $13,254,575 and monthly tax collection standing at $436,496.48. Checks written for the month were $369,979.28. Motion was made to approve the agenda, including the minutes from the last meeting and the payment of the bills. It passed unanimously.

New Business

Payment of the conflict of interest bills was approved with both Peeler and Vyvlecka abstaining.

A public hearing to discuss the District’s Financial Management Report and Superior Rating by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 13, with the regular meeting beginning immediately after.

Superintendent Theresa McAllister went over some of the provisions of the Open Meetings Act, which is done periodically. Some questions come up regarding the number of trustees at social gatherings and what constitutes a quorum. If they do not discuss any business publicly, there is no worry of that. A majority is also clarified as four of seven or five of nine, regardless of any vacant positions. Closed meetings may be held for discussion with attorney, personnel matters and purchasing of property.

The canvassing of the votes from the Nov. 2 election was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. They will also reorganize the board at that time.

There was a discussion about purchasing a tractor with implements for the maintenance department. Several bids were received: John Deere, Bill’s Tractor and Kabota. The item was tabled until they could get a bid from Tuttle, as well.

Superintendent’s Report

McAllister announced that the band made it to State competition and did very well.

The school held a Boofest, with about 190 parents in attendance. Guests dressed as book characters and read to the students. She voiced her appreciation of the assistance and generosity of the community for the event.

Also, she accepted the resignation of Peggy Georg and said that they will probably be looking for an ag teacher in the spring.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

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