PHS strives for learning excellence



 

 

At the February Pleasanton ISD school board meeting, High School Principal Twila Guajardo gave a short presentation on the accomplishments of Pleasanton High School. She stated the mission of the school is for every student to receive learning excellence.

HS Principal Report

• Current enrollment is just under 1,000

• Campus accountability ratingisaBwithtwo distinctions

• STAAR scores have gone up since the 2017 scores in all test areas. Current scores are: English I, 73%; English II, 69%; Algebra I, 91%; Biology, 90% and US History, 94%. The high school also received a distinction recognition.

• Teachers obtained 950 hours of Professional Development over the summer.

• New Chromebooks made a big difference in classrooms.

• Students can receive any of 13 certifications. There are 96 students taking 131 courses in conjunction with Coastal Bend College. There are another 50 students taking 60 courses with Del Mar College.

• Over 1,500 Golden Ps (affirmation of something positive happening due to the actions of either teachers or students) were awarded.

Superintendent’s Report

• The Finance Committee will meet soon to discuss bonds and Interest and Sinking.

• Benchmarks have been set in reading and writing.

• Teachers will be training on the latest House Bill, concentrating on student excellence, at Jourdanton ISD, April 23, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Region 20 will be holding the workshop.

• It is National Counselors Week and Mann voiced his appreciation for all the important work and support they offer.

• Primary celebrated the 100th day of school. Pre-K fathers are coming to class to read to the kids. Second grade went to the stock show. Fourth grade took a field trip to the Institute of Texan Cultures. Eighteen Junior High band students made regional band. Sixteen BPA students are going to state. High School band students will compete at state. Students are collecting pet food for the Animal Control Service. FFA members have gone to San Antonio and San Angelo stock shows.

Reports

Cheryl Barron presented the PISD proposed 2020- 2021 calendar, which shows August 17 as the first day of school and May 26 as the last day. Graduation will be on Friday, May 28, 2021. There will be a week in August to acclimate the new teachers. The committee is still getting feedback from teachers and staff on the calendar, so this will come up for approval next month.

Stadium

Jennifer Donato reported that her committee had their last meeting with Hellas. They are beginning demolition to remove the grass and dirt from the football stadium. The high, long and triple jump runways will be moved. Another pole-vaulting area and a new entrance to the stadium will be added. Electricians are running conduit for the new score board and poles for the LED lighting. Prosperity Bank and Southway Ford are sponsoring the large advertising spaces on the board for five years and $20,000 each. Security State Bank, Urban Bricks and Price Chevrolet have smaller spaces at $12,000 each. There are still a couple of spaces left, but this will get $88,000 back toward the scoreboard.

Finance/Budget

The State Comptroller accepted the ACAD tax values, so there is no loss in the monies from the state. August 20 is the final date for the budget and they should have the certified values from ACAD by July 29.

Co-op Fees

Districts are required to disclose annual fees to coops. There have been no changes in either fees or companies since last year.

New Business

Motion to accept passed unanimously for Local Policy Update 114.

Donato requested a technology purchase of $220,360 for Chromebooks for 35 math classrooms and 38 laptops for classes in the amount of $25,707. Motion passed unanimously.

Staff development fiveyear plans are offered by the Educational Service Centers in three levels.

The comprehensive plan costs $108,000 and most of the cost is already allocated in the budget. Mann preferred to purchase the comprehensive plan. The board unanimously approved the expense.

The primary flooring project came in at $541,700 from Argosy Floor Covering LLC. They provided the best value at the lowest price and have done other work for the district before. They will pull out the carpet, install no wax flooring and update the library carpeting. Motion was approved unanimously.

The final payment of $96,841.95 for Comfort Air Engineering, Inc. which will come from the Capital Improvement fund was approved. The District chose a new audit firm of Coleman, Horton & Company, LLP from Uvalde for the amount of $35,000. A budget amendment of $5,000 to be moved from local maintenance to technology for furniture was also approved.

Present at the meeting were Gerald Guerra, Ralph Unger, Pat Cox and Felipa Garza. Blasa Chapa and Pete Pawelek were not present.

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