Rodriguez recognized for 28 years of service to Poteet ISD



Caroline Rodriguez was recognized for her 28 years of service to the Poteet School District at the meeting of the School Board earlier this month. Pictured are (back) Superintendent Charles Camarillo, Trustees Rocky Wilson, Diego Puente, President Jo Marie Cervantes, Ronnie Ambriz and Albert Garza. Front: Margie O. Martinez, Rodriguez and Yvette Navarro. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Caroline Rodriguez was recognized for her 28 years of service to the Poteet School District at the meeting of the School Board earlier this month. Pictured are (back) Superintendent Charles Camarillo, Trustees Rocky Wilson, Diego Puente, President Jo Marie Cervantes, Ronnie Ambriz and Albert Garza. Front: Margie O. Martinez, Rodriguez and Yvette Navarro. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

At the January meeting of the Poteet ISD, Superintendent Charles Camarillo recognized Caroline Rodriguez on her retirement. Thanking her for 28 years of service, he commended her passion for the students and the community.

Insurance Approval

A representative from TASB was present to discuss the renewal of the liability and casualty insurance through an interlocal agreement. The $1,000 deductible is the lowest that is available. The annual premium for all coverage will be $123,245. Ronnie Ambriz moved to accept as presented. Margie Martinez seconded. Also voting for the measure were trustees Rocky Wilson, Albert Garza, Yvette Navarro and Diego Puente. President Jo Marie Cervantes was present, but not voting.

Emergency Sick Leave

Because of COVID, sick leave exceptions were instituted. However, those have expired and Camarillo asked that it be extended through the end of the spring semester. Motion passed unanimously.

Election

The general election was called for May, with trustee places 2, 4 and 5 being up for re-election. A polling place will be shared with the City Council election. The slate of officials was approved with a $12 per hour compensation.

Board Goals

Legislative House Bill 3 deals with the goals for Texas School Boards regarding early literacy, math and CCMR and has to be re-evaluated and approved annually. The most current data is for 2019. Sixty percent of the early literacy and math students meet the criteria standard.

Currently, 24% of students who taking dual credit courses. The goal is to have 50% taking dual credit or being in the early college high school program. Information on military enlistment was not available.

The goals were approved unanimously.

Campus Reports

Elementary Principal Donisha Miller reported that they are doing basically the same thing, including home visits. Pre-K held a virtual induction earlier in the month. Students have received kindness t-shirts that are to be worn on Thursdays. Teachers are getting professional development via Zoom through Region 20 and are also training on the Administrative Tool Box.

At Junior High, they are working on interventions and after-school tutoring for those students now that the students are back in classes and need to cover the first semester, comparing where they are to where they need to be. Julie Poth, Junior High Principal, said that breakfast has moved back to the classroom. Some students received cybersecurity training. Staff is planning Random Acts of Kindness week for the future.

High School Principal Tony Dominguez reported they have changed the daily schedule by adding another class and have gone back to the 3:45 p.m. release time. This is to hopefully help students reach where they should be at this point. There are 30 medical waivers, but otherwise students are back on campus. STAAR tests were done in December and all subjects scored lower than before.

COVID Administrative Report

The staff of the Student Health Department are taking every possible action, as recommended by the CDC, to protect the students and fellow staff from transmission of COVID. There are 235 out in quarantine currently, most were only exposed to someone who was positive. If someone has not shown symptoms at the end of seven days, they can be tested and, if negative, can come back to campus. After 10 days, with no symptoms, they can return to campus. Currently, they have enough tests to continue.

Closed Session

At 9:33 p.m., the trustees went into a closed meeting to discuss the mid-year superintendent evaluation and other personnel.

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