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Caloss is new Poth ISD superintendent
POTH -- The Poth Independent School District has a new superintendent and the foundation of Poth High School is not as dire as had been reported to the district’s board of trustees. These were the two major discussion topics during the board’s Sept. 24 regular meeting.
The trustees withdrew into executive session to consider action regarding the superintendent’s employment. Reconvening after almost an hour of closed session, the board announced its decision to hire Scott Caloss to fill the role. Following last month’s meeting, Caloss was the lone finalist in the hiring process, and was named interim superintendent after the resignation of Andrew Peters.
Earlier in the meeting, Caloss presented information to the board about the foundation of Poth High School. Early reports had indicated major construction may be needed, due to deterioration in the foundation, However, based on three separate consultations, the situation is not as grim as previously reported, Caloss said.
District personnel have run several soaker hoses along the south side of the high school building, attempting to rehydrate the drought-affected soil beneath the foundation, Caloss said. The roof of an unused greenhouse also was removed to allow rainwater to run underneath it. The greenhouse will be removed eventually to maximize the benefit.
With the urgency of the matter diminished, the board agreed to wait and study the effects of the soaking before making any decisions regarding potential construction or major renovation to the foundation.
In other matters, the board members also approved changes to the pay scale for long-term substitute teachers in the district. Substitute teachers with no degree will see their pay increase to $75 per day. Those with degrees, however, will earn $85 per day; and substitutes who are certified teachers will be paid $100 per day.
Board members also heard, in a report by Caloss, that the district will purchase 75 iPads for the seventh-grade science program as part of a $50,000 grant. Each teacher will have a set of iPads for their classroom, with 10 units set aside to be taken home by students.
The iPads will be used in place of laptops, but will continue to utilize the school’s WiFi system. An independent data plan for the take-home tablets also will be covered in the grant.
***In attendance: Trustees Anthony Cantu, Leroy Garza, Bob Kilgore, Wesley West, and Elizabeth Clancy-Hrna; Superintendent Scott Caloss, Finance Manager Dawn Kerby, Director of Curriculum and Special Programs Julie Dunn, Superintendent’s Secretary Mary Raabe.
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