The girls’ Cross Country team and Volleyball team were recognized by the Poteet School Board at their regular meeting on Nov. 15. The Cross Country team made it to regional, for the first time since 2018. The Volleyball team made it to district competition.
The minutes of the previous meeting in October were approved with Rocky Wilson making the motion and Margie O. Martinez seconding. Also voting for were Jo Marie Cervantez, Albert Garza, Diego Puente and Ronnie Ambriz. Yvette Navarro, President, did not cast a vote.
The trustees also approved the financial report and the final amendment to the 2020-2021 final budget. Phil Bond gave a short presentation on the 20-21 financial and compliance audit, giving the district a clean opinion, which is the highest rating that can be attained. The district ended with a $354,000 fund balance and $10 million in the general fund; that is a little less than eight months operating expenses. Three to six months in reserves is what is recommended. The audit was approved as presented.
Budget amendment No. 2 for the moving of ESSER funds from salaries to use for the purchase an ag trailer. They then approved the buying of the ag trailer for $8,074.
The board also approved the purchase of a 54-passenger special ed bus. They received three bids, but Executive Director of Business and Operations, Amanda Gonzales, recommended purchasing from Longhorn Bus Sales for $108,280. The money for this is already in the budget.
Three other agenda items were approved: The District and Campus Improvement Plan report; $1,000 donation from the Poteet Intermediate PTO for Aggie Bucks Store and purchasing MAC Books for the Early College Students for $26,511.25.
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) will be convened to recommend curriculum materials for Human Sexuality instruction. In compliance with the Legislature’s HB2525, this instruction will begin in 2022 for seventh to 12th grades. The following year, it will be available only for the seventh grade. SHAC will consist of educators, community and parents who will hold two public meetings before adoption of age-appropriate materials. The important thing to note is that this requires an “opt-in” parental consent. Students will not attend the class unless their parents approve and sign a consent form.
Elementary Principal Donisha Miller reported enrollment of 571. They are continuing with the Reading Academy. The Pre-K programs are going so well that visitors from other districts are coming to the campus to see how it works. There was a large turnout for the Fall Festival and a huge success. During Career Week the students got to dress up.
Tina Gillespie, Intermediate Principal, said that their campus had planning meetings with consultants, who also co-taught some classes. She is continuing walkthroughs and visiting classrooms. They also held a Turkey Trot, College Week, Red Ribbon Week and Career Week. Eight veterans met with the classes on Veterans Day, sharing their armed forces experiences.
Julietta De La Cruz reported that Junior High’s enrollment is 385. The students participated in the Red Ribbon Week, with daily drawings, Door Decorating Dress Up Day and a Book Fair/Family Night. Seventh and eighth grades attended an assembly on vaping, while the eighth graders attended the College Fair at High School. They also held an after-school dance, which was attended by more than expected.
High School Principal Tony Dominguez said that all 101 seniors are required to have a FASFA application in their files. Acceptance letters are beginning to come in: five to UTSA; one to College Station and two to Tarleton State University. The ASVAB test was given and recruiters have been on campus weekly. Forty schools were represented at the College Fair and 60 organizations were on hand for the Career Fair. STAAR testing will start after Thanksgiving. Finally, he reported 87 COVID shots given, including to some community members.