Law enforcement officers
hired for school security on IPCISD campuses
by Dolores Hamilton
At their board meeting in March Iowa Park school trustees approved hiring additional law enforcement officers to help add security on the district’s campuses.
During Thursday’s school board meeting Iowa Park CISD Police Chief Ray Schultz said they have hired 10 or 11 part-time officers, including Department of Public Safety, local, and county officers to work part time at the four campuses. “We have most of the campuses covered, but it’s not enough for what we need and we’re still working on it,” he said.
The campus principals told the board members that the students enjoy having the officers around and interacting with them, and that it is working well. Superintendent Steve Moody said he thought it was a positive move for the community. Moody told of all the security measures that have been taken in the district to increase safety and security.
The state’s accountability system is changing and now schools will receive A through F ratings for student achievement. A is for Exemplary, B for Recognized, C for Acceptable, D for in need of improvement, and so on, but only the letters will be used.
Jodi Schlaud gave an update on new graduation plans and certifications. Students get points for certifications and currently only two courses, Certified NurseAide/Assistant and Cosmetology Operator LIcense, are offered at the high school. Next year they will offer 21 additional courses, the majority being in the Automotive Department and two in Microsoft Office Expert. In the 2019-2020 school year welding will be added.
In a report on facilities, Moody said installation of new lights at the baseball and softball fields is complete and work on the girls locker room at high school is progressing. Architects from VLK spent three days during spring break visiting the campuses and putting information together on a facilities assessment study. They will give trustees a report at the May board meeting.
In other business, trustees approved the firm of Edgin, Parkman, Fleming & Fleming for the annual audit report, and accepted an agreement with United Regional Sports Medicine for athletic training services.
The board also conducted the second reading of Update 110, received reports on board training hours, the Senior Breakfast, STAAR/EOC testing, and Special Olympics.
After meeting in executive session, trustees hired Griffin Fields as the Girls Athletic Coordinator and head girls basketball coach. They also renewed contracts of the following:
High School - Ryan Crafton, Misty Eppler, Tiffany Holland, Caroline James, Derrick Simpson, Charles Bradberry, Kerri Edwards, Debbie Moody, Kim Price, Cindy Dunn, Megan Franks, Kim Kennedy, Ramos Lacie, Sarah Taylor, Jared Willden, Christi Knight, Jennifer Miller, Tonya Johnson, Stephen Jones, Elsie Rhodes, Erica Hilll.
Also, Kendra Davis, Joann Hawkins, Erin Nimetz, Elizabeth Reynolds, Johnna Vest, Tino Acosta, Gary Green, Payton Jackson, Michael Swenson, Esther Berndt, Jennifer Gonzalez, Brianne Rusk, Christi Brown, Melissa Orr, Amy Villanueva, Amanda Myers, Kelly Jo Scott.
W.F. George Middle School - Angela Anderson, Ronnie Benson, Kayla Lalumia, Andy Bruner, Brittany Cray, Elizabeth Witherspoon, Jayla Ingersoll, Dwayne Jackson, Hannah Espinoza, Kevan Jowers, Cara Lane, Malachi Naef, Jennifer Morgan, Brandi Neville, Braden Perry, Stephanie Roberts, Laura Smith, Francie Stanford, Lisa Trainham, Danielle Welch, Trisha Wells, Crystal Wininger, Jason Young, Amy Garcia, Teresa Archambo, Cameron Castro, Jeremy Kirk, Sean Jackson, Casey Jordan.
Bradford Elementary - Crystal Whittington, Christy Tucker, Carol Olds, Whitney McCullough, Christy Hankins, Kelli Cotton, Samantha Miller, Julie Dietrichson, Eliza Acosta, Michelie Byrne, Leslie Towry, Becky Pedon, Jodi Trietsch, Heather Rusk, Heather Brown, Molly Schubert, Cindy Routh, Jayna Case, Donna Davis, Jeanette Slack, Mindy Haynes, Jennifer Roberts, Brenda Hodges, Sabra Wright, Jennifer Crawford, Deena McCreary, Kelli Busby.
Kidwell Elementary - Kimberly Allen, Darla Jordan, Misty Deen, Danielle Dozier, Joey Drury, Erin Green, Alicia Meza, Pat Raby, Stephanie Stanley, Michelle Cobb, Carmen Davis,Krista Little, Karianna Raschke, Amanda Rhodd, Stevi Richter, Sabrina Thornton, Kristina Deason, Candace Greene, Marlaina McKnight, Mickie Moody, Miranda Sanders, Neysia Wilson, Michelle Turner, Hillary Scott, Christie McIlroy, Annetti Grinnell, Tracy Young.
Also renewed were the contracts of Ray Schultz, Resource Police Officer; Mike Parchman, Technology Director; Matt Voss, Technology; Drew Davison, Technology; and Jamie Shipp, Nurse.
The retirement of Sheri Kennedy was approved, as well as the resignations of Scott Boswell, Blake Smith, Cari KIng, Mark Wynn, Tommy Chaney and Lindsey McShan.