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Trustees approve recycling program

by Dolores Hamilton
Thursday night the Iowa Park CISD school trustees approved the district’s participation in a recycling program.

Bradford Elementary started recycling last year and the program will be expanded to the other campuses in the spring. A recycle bin will be placed at each campus.

School Superintendent Jerry Baird said they would keep the regular bins in place until it is determined how many are necessary. “If some of the bins can be turned in, it will be a savings for the district,” he said.

Items that will be accepted for recycling include: plastic, glass bottles, containers and dishes, telephone books, magazines and catalogs, newspapers, aluminum, steel and tin containers, boxboard ahd chipboard, corrugated carboard, and mixed paper.

Items that cannot be recycled include: wax-coated paper and drink containers, plastic and foil packaging, paper serving items and plastic/metal utensils, plastic straws, plastic bags, paper towels, facial tissue and toilet paper, and plastic, styrofoam peanuts, and styrofoam food containers.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of three teachers: Vicki Dillard, IPHS teacher and One Act Play director; and Barbara Johnson and Barbara Hunter, both at Bradford.

Megan Swedberg was hired as a special education aide at Bradford.
The annual school audit was approved following a favorable presentation by Mike Edgin, CPA with Edgin, Parkman, Fleming & Fleming, PC.

During a public hearing for the 2011-12 Academic Excellence Indicator System, Assistant Superintendent Steve Moody gave an overview of local results.

Moody said it showed the results of TAKS testing. Because the state is in the process of changing over to the new STAAR testing, only 10th and 11th grade students took the TAKS test last year. In the four subjects tested, Iowa Park students scored better than the state and Region 9 averages.

The trustees voted to defer the requirement for a student’s performance on an end-of-course exam to account for 15 percent of a student’s final grade for the course.

Superintendent Baird reported on progress of the facility improvements and said work should begin at the end of the month.

In observance of School Board Recognition month, student art work decorated the board room and letters were read from students thanking the trustees for their work and service to the community.