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Poth ISD releases Peters, considers tax-rate reduction




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POTH -- The Poth Independent School District trustees have approved a new tax rate for the coming fiscal year and will seek a new superintendent, following decisions made during their Aug. 16 regular meeting.

After earlier discussions, the trustees adopted the budget for the 2012-13 school year and approved a tax rate. The 2012-13 rate will be lower than last year’s, decreasing to $1.07410 per $100 of appraised value from the previous rate of $1.09.

Change was the theme of the evening, as the trustees formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Andrew Peters, following his request recently to leave Poth to take a similar position in Marfa. Left this close to the start of the school year without a superintendent, the board approved district Special Education Director Scott Caloss to fill the position in the interim.

However, a more permanent superintendent must be hired. To begin the process, the board officially approved the opening to be posted in order for the district to receive applications.

As Caloss’ first order of business, the cracking high school foundation was discussed again.

“They found out after they made this report that the high school is on a slab and not on pier and beams,” Caloss said, referring to the original report given to the district by OBI. Caloss will consider whether to continue working with OBI or to seek a different source for consultation.

As part of the district’s campus-wide initiative to provide free breakfast for all students, the board was forced to consider the practical logistics of feeding the entire district. To avoid a possible backup, the elementary school will now begin its day at 7:50 a.m.

It is hoped that this earlier time will stagger the 800-student population enough for the cafeteria to function efficiently.

Addressing the necessity of a literate student body, changes were approved to district policy. Where previously the policy made advancement in elementary grades dependent upon a passing English/language arts grade, the change makes promotion hinge on a passing reading grade.

This stems from concerns that while students may perform well in grammar lessons, they must be able to read to their specific grade standards. This is the only change to the policy; discretion will remain with the teachers and administrators whether to pass or retain a student.

In other business, the board:

•Approved a contract with Beckwith Electronic Engineering Co. of San Antonio to update the district’s fire alarm system in satellite buildings, including the ag building, the “L-wing” portion of the old elementary school, and the kindergarten building.

•Agreed to request Lovvorn & Kieschnick, LLP, to audit the school’s finances. The firm has provided auditing for the district for the last several years; according to Caloss, they will continue to be utilized in the future.

All decisions were passed unanimously.

Poth ISD Aug. 16 regular meeting
In attendance: Trustees Anthony Cantu, Wade Harris, Wesley West, Bob Kilgore, Elizabeth Clancy-Hrna, and Julie Dunn; Business Manager Dawn Kerby, Special Education Director Scott Caloss, and Superintendent’s Secretary Mary Raabe.
 

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