Jourdanton ISD Rotary Club Junior Interact Club officers recognized



During the Jourdanton School Board meeting, Rotary Interact Club Officers, Madison Yow and Daniece Mueller, along with their sponsors Ronnie Pitts and Michelle Higginbotham, presented the trustees with a certificate of organization. Pictured in the last row are Superintendent Theresa McAllister, board member Richard Walker, President Barbara Peeler, members Phillip Netardus, Vance Jupe, Rita Muñoz and Gregory Vyvlecka. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

During the Jourdanton School Board meeting, Rotary Interact Club Officers, Madison Yow and Daniece Mueller, along with their sponsors Ronnie Pitts and Michelle Higginbotham, presented the trustees with a certificate of organization. Pictured in the last row are Superintendent Theresa McAllister, board member Richard Walker, President Barbara Peeler, members Phillip Netardus, Vance Jupe, Rita Muñoz and Gregory Vyvlecka. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

To open the regular meeting of the Jourdanton School Board on October 12, Madison Yow lead the group in the pledges and Daniece Mueller gave the invocation. These are two high school students who serve on the board of the Rotary Club Junior Interact Club, which was established before the COVID 19 outbreak. Because of that, they have not held a meeting yet, but do have a full board. This club is described as a community service organization that works locally and internationally. Michele Higginbotham and Ronnie Pitts are their adult sponsors. Because JISD is a sponsoring entity, the young ladies, along with Higginbotham and Pitts, presented the board a certificate of organization.

Reports

An annual requirement for the board is to announce the number of continuing education hours for its members. All have met or exceeded the requirements, other than the two new trustees. Vance Jupe was over by four hours, Rita Munoz was over by three hours and Phillip Netardus was over by five hours. Gregory Vyvlecka and Richard Walker have both completed the orientation for new members. Deadline for completing the workshops has been extended to January 31.

Pepper Jo Bauerle, Assistant Superintendent, delivered the report on the ESL program evaluation. Forty-eight students are enrolled in the program and those that have “exited” the program are monitored for three years to make sure they are succeeding.

In Kindergarten through second grade, 63% are considered beginners, 24% are intermediate and 13% are advanced high. There are 32 teachers in the District who teach ESL and enrollment is based upon the language spoken at home. There is a new state requirement that all teachers be certified to teach ESL. Overall, the students are doing well when compared to state statistics.

Superintendent Theresa McAllister gave an update on the 2020-2021 school year thus far. The school year started on August 17 with students coming to class in person or attending remotely. Compared to last year’s enrollment of 1,586, there are 1,559 students currently enrolled. Some students from March cannot be located, although many attempts have been made to find them. There have been several calls, emails and home visits. They could have moved away or are simply not enrolled in any district.

There has been a steady increase in in-person instruction over the past several weeks. McAllister reported that week one had 60% in-person and 40% remote. By that Friday, the number was 80% inperson and 20% remote.

There is some concern about the grades of those who are not coming to school. The first six weeks shows 78% of Elementary, 76% of Junior High and 83% of High School remote students are failing. Students have to turn in assignments, but are not always doing so.

Also, unlike the remainder of the spring semester, this semester is taught with the same rigor as a normal, in-person class and some students simply are not meeting the requirements. There could be several reasons for this, including lack of technology knowledge, inability to get help from parents or even having to share a computer with siblings. The school is reaching out and trying to help these students. McAllister added that the District is no longer mandated to even provide remote learning, but continue to do so for those who have to continue in that manner for any reason.

Consent Agenda

President Barbara Peeler reported that the investment accounts have $9,452,605.80 total. Monthly tax collection was $28,143.69. Checks written for the month of September were $523,057.30. Netardus moved to approve the agenda, Jupe seconded. Motion passed with Walker, Muñoz, Vyvlecka and Walker all voting for the motion.

New Business

Conflict of interest bills were approved with Peeler abstaining.

The oath of office was administered by Tricia Taylor, Superintendent’s Secretary, to the newest member of the board, Richard Walker who represents District 7.

Mary Ramirez, District 4, sent a letter of resignation on September 18. Peeler said that they sadly accept the resignation and asked the other members to bring suggestions for a replacement to the next meeting.

The trustees approved the early voting and Election Day workers as presented by Atascosa County Elections Administrator Janice Ruple.

Superintendent’s Report

McAllister said that several of the Elementary teachers are beginning the Reading Academy, which is currently required by the state. By 2022-2023 school year, all K through third grade teachers will be required to have it.

High School students are working on their fouryear plans.

Due to outreach efforts, 32 families have been provided produce. The dinner program was begun on October 1, with 150 students participating.

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