Poteet ISD ready for school year

At the Poteet ISD Aug. 17 meeting, Rocky Wilson moved to approve the appraisal calendar and list of appraisers as presented. Albert Garza seconded, with Diego Puente, Jo Marie Cervantez, Margie O. Martinez and Ronnie Ambriz all voting for the motion.

Each year, the county extension agents are named adjunct faculty so that students who are off campus at 4-H events are not counted absent. President Yvette Navarro called for a motion which passed unanimously.

A revised student handbook for the 2021-2022 school year was also approved unanimously.

Administrative Reports

Donisha Miller, Elementary Principal, reported that they have hired five teachers for Pre-K, six for Kindergarten, seven for first grade, seven for second grade and seven for third grade, in an attempt to keep classrooms small, to 10 or less students. Enrollment at the time is 93 for Pre-K, 50 for Kinder and 563 for first through third.

Intermediate Principal Tina Gillespie reported their registration at 245, which is an increase from last year.

Enrollment for Junior High stands at 378, more than last year. Sixth grade has 141, which is larger than they have ever had, according to Principal Julieta De La Cruz.

Tony Dominguez, High School Principal, said that he is desperately looking for an English teacher. They have added five teachers in band, ag, science, social science and special ed. He reported that some activities have already started, with band and cheerleading.

Football scrimmages have begun, volleyball starts in a couple of weeks, along with cross country track. There will be a parade and pep rally at 6:30 pm.

Safe Return In-Person Instruction

School Nurse Ruth Martinez said that they are following the current CDC and state direction. They are able to test for the virus and also give vaccinations for free at their office. They will continue to push washing hands and using sanitizers which are available all over the district.

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