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Roland Toscano takes reins at East Central
ROBERT C. McDONALD/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Henri Smith receives a certificate of appreciation from (l-r) Superintendent Roland Toscano and school board President Steve Bryant during the June 19 East Central Independent School District board meeting. Smith is retiring after 37 years in the district.
EAST CENTRAL -- It was a straightforward meeting of the East Central Independent School District board of trustees last Thursday evening, as new Superintendent Roland Toscano took the reins.
Retiring Superintendent Gary Patterson was in attendance for the regular monthly meeting June 19, but dressed a bit more casually, and sat next to district staff within the crowd.
“I’m going to sit this one out,” he said, prior to the start of the meeting.
Before getting to the bulk of the agenda, the trustees and those in attendance received a brief presentation from Gifted and Talented Facilitator Janene Latka and a small group of third-grade students. The children demonstrated several Lego robots they had built, and even had board President Steve Bryant interacting with the robots. Bryant, Toscano, and the board also took a moment to recognize retiring teacher Henri Smith for her 37 years of service to the district.
A public hearing was held regarding the Optional Flexible School Day Program, and Dr. Patti Birney praised the program for helping East Central maintain a high graduation rate and low dropout rate. The program helps at-risk students attend classes and complete graduation requirements with a schedule that is outside a normal school day. The program must be approved annually, and the board later approved the application for funding.
The board also approved changes to the student code of conduct; the Board Policy EIF (LOCAL), which defines graduation requirements as set forth by both the state and ECISD board; and approved Region XX contracts for $433,012.74.
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