The Poteet ISD School Board meeting was held on Monday, February 15. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m., with board members Henry Ortiz, Yvette Navarro, Barbara Reyes- President; Andy Castillo- Superintendent; David Herrera Jr.-Secretary; and Cynthia Hograves in attendance. Jo Marie Cervantez and Louis Vasquez-Vice President were absent.
Superintendent Andy Castillo gave a full report on various items within the district. It was announced the Jr. High Open House and ribbon cutting for the new building will take place on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The school building and field house will then be officially opened for students, parents and the public to view. Several students were recognized for various achievements along with one employee.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant
Castillo made those in attendance at the meeting aware the school district will soon be submitting an application to TEA for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. This grant specifies funds are to be used to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities outside regular school hours in community centers that do the following:
-Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet state and local student academic achievement standards.
-Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities.
-Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
Funding will be awarded to 25 projects statewide with the minimum of $50,000 and the maximum amount an applicant could receive is $1.8 million. This grant program would be utilized for the 2016-2017 school year, and awarded applicants will be announced in the month of May. School board members then provided their signatures for the application.
Information Update on Curriculum/ Instruction and Budget Strategic Plan 2015-2018
A strategic plan began in 2015 to formulate a path of excellence for Poteet ISD to make things better and help to build their future. Melinda Salinas announced Poteet’s graduation rate was 87 percent and dropout rate for 2015 was 0.8 percent.
Salinas presented test results for grades 3-12 and showed comparisons of what the students’ passing grade should be and the percentage of students in each grade classification who passed. For example, 42 percent of fourth graders made grade of 57 or higher in reading to pass the STAAR test last year and 66 percent of 7th grade students made a 57 or higher in the STAAR reading tests. With the data obtained, they are working towards making improvements and striving to help the students’ passing rate increase.
Leroy Vidales also tied in a presentation about the school district’s budget and in what ways it can improve goals and processes. Poteet’s current fund balance is about $3.1 million and they’re looking to continue in finding ways to increase it.
One of the newest things he is working towards bringing is “Breakfast in the Classroom” which will begin in March in the elementary and PIC campuses.
The board adjourned at 8:23 p.m. that evening. Poteet ISD School Board meetings are typically held the third Monday of each month, due to the spring break holiday the next scheduled school board meeting will take place on Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m.