PISD recognizes Roberson’s achievement of Level 2 HRT



Pleasanton High School Math teacher Clinton Roberson (right) was recognized by the Pleasanton ISD School Board during the regular meeting on June 8. Roberson achieved a Level 2 High Reliability Teacher certification, the first in the state of Texas. Presenting the award is Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann (left). DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton High School Math teacher Clinton Roberson (right) was recognized by the Pleasanton ISD School Board during the regular meeting on June 8. Roberson achieved a Level 2 High Reliability Teacher certification, the first in the state of Texas. Presenting the award is Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann (left). DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton High School Class of 2021 Valedictorian Matthew Garcia and Salutatorian Blake Moos were recognized at the June 8 school board meeting. Principal Twila Guajardo introduced each senior, who are both planning to attend Texas Tech University to further their education.

Also recognized were members of the PHS golf team. This was the first year for the team to win Regionals as well as the first time the boys team qualified for State. Travis Garcia finished second overall individually and tenth overall at State. Lacey Stevens, the only female on the team, placed second at Regionals and also qualified for State. Coach Michael Guerra said he was honored to be their coach and appreciates the support from the parents and community throughout the year.

Math teacher Clinton Roberson was recognized as being the first teacher in the State of Texas to receive a Level 2 High Reliability Teacher certification and one of 34 teachers in the nation. See a feature story on him in a future issue.

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann advised that this was the last board meeting to be accessible virtually. He reminded everyone of the graduation ceremony on June 11. Employee Service End of Year awards were given out on June 10. Summer Learning Institute for the board members will be held virtually on June 24-25.

The seniors did a graduate walk through the Junior High, Primary and Elementary schools in their caps and gowns, which all students enjoyed. The lower grades held their own celebrations throughout the week.

Instructional Reports

Dr. Venus Valenta delivered the Instructional update with end of year figures. Kindergarten students are assessed on letter names, vocabulary, listening and word recognition. This same instrument is now used across the state.

The Primary students’ inventory instrument allows for comparing scores across several years. Generally, there is an increase in scores or score on grade level. A lot of first graders are taking summer school. There are so many enrolled that two kinder teachers were moved to those classes. She added that most districts don’t even have kinder, first and second grade summer school. Concentration will be on those who did not have good attendance or those who were schooled remotely.

Capital Improvements

Despite the rain, the tennis courts have both had concrete poured and have to cure for 28 days. Parking lots, however, are behind because of the rain. The new marquee is in San Antonio; they are currently trying to get permits from the city.

Cheryl Barron added that there were several things the district is looking to do next including an ag facility, obstacle course for JROTC and a chiller for Primary. These are projects that will have to be approved by the board, after RFP notices are printed in the paper for two weeks and bids are opened and reviewed by a committee, and then the bid that brings the best value for the district is approved.

Budget Update

Jennifer Donato announced there is $4 million to put in the fund balance to take care of upcoming capital improvement and furniture updates.

She briefly discussed the compensation for teachers and staff that will be brought up for approval next month. There are proposed adjustments to the pay scale, increasing from $500 to $1,300. After doing research, she found that PISD is ahead of all local districts, except Southside, making their hiring very competitive. Teachers will average a 4.2% increase, with other staff getting 4%, depending the on board’s final budget decision.

The August meeting will include approval of the tax rate, which should remain the same. A budget workshop will be held on July 21.

Consent Agenda

Minutes from the May 11 meeting, May 25 special meeting and the financial report were approved unanimously, after a motion was made by Pete Pawelek and seconded by Patrick Hurley. Voting for the agenda were Blasa Chapa, Jessica Tom and Loren Gillespie. Gerald Guerra was not present.

New Business

The board also approved the innovative courses. A substitution of technology on certificate/endorsement plans for teaching training, STEM engineering, Ag leadership as well as others. Alternative courses are approved by the state and count as electives toward graduation.

It is state law that districts provide a Wellness Plan, which includes health education that reflects the policies of the local community values in health instruction, highlighting nutrition, physical education, safe and healthy schools and counseling.

PISD bonus plans concentrates on three components: commitment to nutrition and physical education, commitment to a pleasant eating experience and accountability. The PISD Wellness Plan is posted on the website and describes the district policies on safety and health. There are no current changes in the plan.

During the February freeze, the fire panel in the Primary was damaged. The replacement will be an upgrade from Impact Fire which will include a voice notification system. The insurance has reimbursed the purchase amount of $176,950. Trustees approved the purchase unanimously.

Four options were presented for the approval of the Junior High practice field. The one chosen as best was the full sodding of the field, which is faster and safer than the other choices. The cost will include killing the current growth, installation of full irrigation for $122,265, plus a $5,000 contingency. Texas Multi-Chem, which the district has used before, is the company that will do the project.

Donato asked for a budget amendment that will update the local maintenance budget. This passed unanimously.

With no further business, President Ralph Unger adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.

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