The award winning JROTC team, which includes students from Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Poteet, presented a slide show of their trip to Washington, D.C. to the Pleasanton School Board at their regular meeting on September 8. They ranked first place in Divisional, were in the top 24 at Level II Academic and in the top 40 for Leadership. In their spare time, they visited Monticello, Montpellier, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, Ford’s Theater, Ft. McHenry, Baltimore Harbor, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Robert E. Lee Memorial, JFK gravesite and the U.S. Capital.
That was a hard act to follow, but Cheryl Barron discussed the Employee Services and Transportation. Under her title of Director of Personnel and Operations, she oversees food service, employees, transportation and maintenance. She holds weekly meetings with those under her and has regular leadership meetings with the Assistant Principals. Barron gave some details of the Transportation Department: there are six full time employees; 26 routes, with two Special Ed; 42 busses, with three Special Ed.; and when fully staffed, there are 35 drivers. She is looking for three more with CDLs, who will be trained by the district. Currently, all drivers are trained in CPR. Finally, the oldest bus in the fleet is a 1991.
Dr. Matthew Mann gave his Superintendent’s Report, stating that the enrollment at the beginning of school was 3,474: 981 High School students; 524 Junior High students: 760 Primary students and 691 Elementary students. He noted that the bleachers have been fixed. Paperless registration was successful, with 80% of the district using the system.
A representative from Joeris Construction Company gave an update on the renovation of the school. The architects worked hard to keep the trees that will be in the Elementary building area. All the abatement surveys for High School, Junior High and PIC have been completed. The next thing will be the contractors getting ready by setting up trailers, construction entrance, fencing, etc.
All campuses met the state standard in all four indices and were, in fact, improved over last year. Renee Cardenas explained the four: Index 1 covers all students and all subjects and has increased about 5% per year; Index 2 is the measurement of progression to show the students’ growth; Index 3 depends on the sub-pops, such as economically disadvantaged students; and Index 4 measures the post-secondary readiness of students. Mann said this is representative of the quality teachers and classes in the district, as well as the time well-spent in the classrooms.
The District Improvement Plan has been reviewed, but is a continuing work in progress. The goals of the district are linked to the goals of the board of directors, in the effort to improve the success of the students, so that they will not need remedial classes, but will get an intervention to get them caught up as soon as recognized.
Minutes of the August 11 public hearing and the August 11 regular meeting were approved as presented. The board unanimously approved the District Improvement Plan as well.
A motion was made to approve the assessments used for Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction, where a student who passes STAAR can pass the class. This was approved unanimously, too. The district hopes to offer innovative courses, such as sports medicine and team leadership, which are listed on the updated TEA approved list. They will apply to the state for final approval. The Primary students would like to buy a digital sign in the amount of $26,995, which would be paid for solely from their fundraising. The trustees approved the purchase unanimously.
There is a five-year computer replacement plan and to begin, there would be a purchase of 353 HP computers for $247,015. There will be a three year warranty on each one, with a next business day guarantee of service and each will be loaded with Windows 10. The board unanimously approved this expenditure.
Scott Stevens, Financial Director, briefly went over the report for August and the budget amendments, which did not require board approval. One of the trustees asked Stevens to look into the amount of the water bill, as it seemed a little high. He advised that they are closing out the year and should finish in the next couple of weeks in time for the annual audit.
At 8:20 p.m., the board retired into closed session for discussion of personnel. Upon returning at 9:10, they approved the amended pay scale for 2015/2016 as presented. Meeting adjourned at 9:12 p.m.