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PISD hires teacher, remodels for special-needs program
POTH -- The Poth Independent School District (ISD) board met June 11 for a new school board training, followed by a regular board meeting. Board policy requires new board members to attend a local training session conducted by the board president and staff. Board President Wesley West led the discussion on school board operating procedures, according to district Superintendent Andy Peters after the meeting.
Dawn Kerby, finance director, spoke to the board members about governmental accounting regulations and how school district budgets operate. The board training ended at 7:10 p.m.
During the regular meeting, a lengthy discussion was led by Robert Gadbois of Owner’s Builders Resources. His firm has completed a facilities study examining the facility needs of the district. The board agreed to follow up with a workshop on July 10 to rank the projects to be addressed.
Peters reported on the remodeling currently under way to make room for the special-education needs of the district. For decades, Poth’s severe-needs children have attended Floresville ISD through a cooperative arrangement. The agreement has been dissolved; beginning July 1, the district’s special-needs children will be served in Poth. This has required hiring a special education director, a licensed specialist school psychologist, and two new teachers to work with the children with low-incidence disabilities. Two classrooms and an office are being remodeled. The project is expected to be completed by mid-July, with a total cost not to exceed $70,000.
In other action items, the board:
•Approved Canine Contraband Detection, a longtime vendor, at a total cost of $720 for the upcoming year to provide for a drug dog to visit the campus at least four times during the coming year. The dogs do not check students.
•At the superintendent’s request, reversed an earlier recommendation regarding a school bus purchase for next year. Peters was able to negotiate a better deal on the warranty; the purchase will be made from Rush Bus Centers in San Antonio at a cost of $91,000.
•Approved adding a pre-kindergarten teacher next year, as enrollment in pre-k has exceeded 20.
•Approved hiring Tessa Cabrera as a fourth-grade teacher. Peters advised the board that Judy Scheffler has left the district and Melissa Poth has retired. The district is seeking a science teacher and a special education teacher.
In addition, Peters highlighted the proposed budget for the board, advising that he expects the final property-tax values from the Wilson County Appraisal District by the end of July. Preliminary numbers show a 16 percent increase in values; these figures increase state and local funding by about $600,000. This is after a $300,000 reduction in funding last year due to the state Legislature’s budget cuts.
Board member Darren Wiatrek was absent.
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