Longer school days for three of IPCISD's
by Dolores Hamilton
Three of the four campuses in the Iowa Park school district will have extended days next year, due to a new requirement by the state.
“We are no longer required to teach so many days (in a school year),” Superintendent Steve Moody told members of the school board Thursday. “It’s now based on minutes, 75,600 minutes. In order to meet requirement of the minutes, we are looking at extending the day at three of the four campuses.”
The school day starts at 8 a.m. on all campuses. At Kidwell Elementary the release time will be extended from 3 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. At Bradford Elementary and W.F. George Middle School the release time will be extended from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no change at the high school where classes dismiss at 3:30 p.m.
Trustees approved the school calendar for 2016-17. The first day of school will be Aug. 22, homecoming is Sept. 9, spring break is March 13 - 17, and high school graduation is May 27.
A discussion was held on expanding the board room so it can also be used for training sessions and staff development. “The need is there, and the need is going to keep getting bigger and bigger for us to need a facility of that nature in the next couple of years,” said Moody.
Board President Steve Fairchild polled the board members, and the consensus was to move forward with the project.
An election was ordered to be held May 7 to elect trustees for Place 4 and Place 5 on the board, polling places were designated, and election judges were appointed. The board also agreed to hold a joint election with the City of Iowa Park and the Wichita County Water Improvement District No. 2.
It was announced that Ken Cooper had filed to keep his seat on Place 5, and Scot Davis and Dustin Hostas are competing for Place 4. Jonathan Clubb said he had been notified by e-mail from Patricia Costello that she has withdrawn her candidacy for Place 4.
In other business, the trustees, along with Business Manager Sharon Godwin, conducted the annual review of the district’s financial policy, and Supt. Moody and Jodi Schlaud presented a review of the district’s technology plan.
During the Superintendent’s Report, the board opted to keep school elections in May along with the city election.
Moody said that glazing on the press box windows have a radio frequency blocking feature, and coaches can’t communicate with those on the field. The trustees looked at options and agreed to replace some of the windows.
Director of Maintenance Tim Kingcade reported on work being done at the school’s ag barn, and Athletic Director Aubrey Sims talked about the new UIL alignment and next year’s schedules.
A closed session was held to discuss contract renewals for principals, counselors, district administrators and directors. Contracts were renewed for the following:
James Kennedy, Kidwell Principal; Paige Liggett, Kidwell Counselor; Brandi Swenson, Bradford Principal; Darla Biddy, W.F. George Middle School Principal; Adam Arredondo, Middle School Assistant Principal; Brandy Rhoades, Middle School Counselor; and Tim Jetton, Iowa Park High School Assistant Principal.
Also, Cindy Skjelstad, Academic Coordinator; Tracy Catlin, IPHS Counselor; Jonathan Clubb, Tax Assessor/Collector; Sharon Godwin, Business Manager; Janet Bowling, District Services Coordinator/PEIMS; Jodi Schlaud, Curriculum and Instructional Technology Coordinator; and Aubrey Sims, Athletic Director.
In addition, the resignations of Cari DiMarzio, Bradford Counselor; and Deborah Rowland, Kidwell Music Teacher, were accepted.