The Poteet ISD school board held a Public Hearing on the FIRST rating (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) that holds districts accountable for the quality of management practices. For the school year 2017-2018, the district received an A, superior rating. This is quite an accomplishment when the previous years’ ratings are considered with ‘15-’16 anFand‘16-’17aCrating. Part of the items that are required is the posting of the Superintendent’s contract online and listing any reimbursements to the Superintendent or board members. Amanda Gonzales, Executive Director of Business and Operations, was thanked for all her hard work and all that they have done for the district.
Gonzales said, “I am so proud of our district and how far we have come with improving our finances. We are where we are today with our finances because of a team effort to include our school board and staff.”
The board approved the minutes from the last meeting, with Rocky Wilson making the motion and Albert Garza seconding. Voting for the approval was Yvette Navarro, Margie O. Martinez, Ronnie Ambriz and Diego Puente, which was a unanimous vote. President Jo Marie Cervantez also called for a vote on the monthly financial information. With no questions on the report, it was approved unanimously.
Phil Vaughn presented the financial and compliance audit for the 2018- 2019 school year. The District received a clean opinion, which is the highest given, and satisfied the compliance requirements. Vaughn said they only had to spend one day with the books because Garcia was so prepared, which saves the District money, as well as making everything easier for his firm. The General Fund is $18 million, $2 million more than last year. Spending has decreased for the fourth year, less than $14 million. They currently have $7 million in reserves, six months operating expenses, which is a nice cushion. He said this was a great picture of where they were going. Wilson moved, “with great pride,” to accept the report. It was approved unanimously.
Board Policy Updates
Local policies required some updates by the State. These were discussed briefly, since they were mainly lengthy legal changes before they were approved unanimously.
The board also approved the retention of legal services retainer agreement with Walsh, Gallegos, Trevin, Russo & Kyle, P.C. This is a renewal contract, since they have been very pleased with their services in the past.
Amid testing in Elementary, the students have also enjoyed a Fall Festival, Parent Night and pictures with Santa. Reading and Math interim assessments were compared with last year’s and there were increased scores in both. Forty-eight students rated in the Masters category, which is the highest it’s ever been.
At PIC, teachers have taken tests that evaluate their performance and have met with the parents, as required. There are 12 new GT students in the fourth and fifth grades. Also, the campus has a Spanish Spelling Bee champ from the fourth grade who will be going to Region 20 for competition. UIL Competition was hosted the first Saturday in September and the local kids did well. A Family Science Night was held with 175 students and family attending. Students are undergoing the interim Math testing.
Junior High students have been tested for benchmarks and semester exams. There were enough students for a Fall NJH induction. A Family Science Fair was held along with a door decoration contest and a can food drive for the Food Bank. On Friday, they held a Frozen Fest as an incentive for attendance and behavior.
High School had a Career Fair, with many differing careers, which were eye-opening for many of the students. Eighty-four students took the PSAT; seven scored over 1,000 and two scored over 1,100. The final batch of TI testing for dual credit classes has been completed. STAAR tests were completed last week. Many sports are starting up for next semester.
The Board went into closed session at 8:19 p.m. to discuss hiring teachers.