Pleasanton school board holds monthly meeting



After recognizing the Students of the Month at the Pleasanton school board meeting on Oct. 12, Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann gave a brief report on the events happening on the different campuses. The census data has been released and a redistricting will be done of the district by Gallegos and Walsh attorneys. However, since there is no election this year for PISD, they are considered second tier so it will take a little longer.

Consent Agenda

The agenda includes the minutes of the Sept. 14 meeting, board training on team building on Sept. 28 and the financial report for the month. Blasa Chapa moved to accept as presented, with Patrick Hurley, Jr. seconding. Also voting in favor were Pete Pawelek, Gerald Guerra, Jessica Tom and Loren Gillespie.

New Business

Financial Officer Jennifer Donato presented the Investment policy and annual review of the investment accounts for the district. This is an annual requirement and this year there are no changes. She recommended to continue with TxPool and Lone Star Investments. A couple of years ago they were earning two percent interest, where now it is less than one percent. Pawelek moved to accept with Guerra seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Trustees also approved the annual recommendation for the broker/dealer list for the public funds. There were no changes from last years’ choices of TxPool, Lone Star and Prosperity Bank.

Donato also addressed the board with information for purchasing two new 77 passenger busses to fulfill the two year commitment to slowly replace the older ones that are at least 20 years old. These will have cameras, backup cameras, seat belts and air conditioner. The total is $222,776 and will be paid from local funds from Longhorn Sales. Delivery will depend on stock availability.

Cheryl Barron, Assistant Superintendent, presented a list for approval for the textbook selection committee. Selection will be for health and physical education, funded through local funds. The committee will look over many selections and narrow the choice to about three. These will be purchased through TEA during the Spring 2022 for the Fall semester. Motion passed unanimously.

Finally, approval was given to apply for a waiver for homebound students to allow for remote instruction. This is reserved for the most extreme cases and there are severe restrictions. One on one instruction will be provided. There are only five students that fall under this category.

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