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Trustees give raises to IPCISD employees

by Dolores Hamilton
Teachers with the Iowa Park school district will receive an increase in salary, beginning with the next school year, as a result of action taken Thursday by the Iowa Park CISD School Board.
Beginning teacher’s salary that is currently $34,060 will be increased to $37,000 a year, and professional and certified personnel will get a minimum pay increase of $2,200 a year. “This will help us in hiring and retaining good teachers,” said Superintendent Steve Moody.
In addition, paraprofessional aides and secretaries will receive an increase of $1,000 across the board, and maintenance, custodial, and cafeteria workers will see an increase of 50-cents an hour.
The purchase of a new bus and a pickup were approved. Both were in the school’s vehicle replacement schedule.
Trustees approved the resale of two struck off properties, a lot on N. Hawthorne and one on E. Washington. Tax Assessor/Collector Jonathan Clubb said the City of Iowa Park had earlier approved the bids to get them back on the tax rolls.
They also approved the resale of struck off property on State Highway 258 W. Iowa Park CISD is the trustee on this property and the bid will also need to be approved by the Wichita County Commissioners.
The firm of Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming were approved to do the annual school audit at a fee of $23,750. They have done the school audit for the last several years.
Kayla Lalumia spoke to the board about the Special Olympics to be held April 30 in Hawk Stadium. When asked if they needed anything, she said they could use help with setting things up on the day before.
Board members conducted the second reading of Update 104.
During the Superintendent’s Report, trustees received information on the Senior Breakfast, enrollment, STAAR/EOC testing, board training and media advertising.
Board members who can help with the annual Senior Breakfast on May 25 were told to be at the cafeteria by 6:45 a.m. Moody said enrollment stands at 1781 which is 30 students up from this time last year. Janet Bowling told of issues of the new STAAR/EOC testing service and how accountability will be handled this year.
Moody said he had been contacted by KFDX TV to see if the school district was interested in running commercials again this year. Last year the school district spent $12,000 and the cIty of Iowa Park and Community Development Corporation (4B) spent $10,000 on commercials promoting the school and city. Board members said they were in favor of the commercials with more emphasis on the lower grades. The city and CDC (4B) will be contacted to see if they want to help.
Jodi Schlaud told the board that Iowa Park High School student Will Skaggs is in the first round of the National Merit Program. Students qualify with their PSAT scores, and out of 1.5 million students Skaggs is in the top 50,000.
After meeting in closed session, the board took the following action:
They accepted the resignations of Clara Simmons, high school English teacher; Bernard Pawloski, middle school math teacher/coach; and Regan Moore, Kidwell Elementary first grade teacher. They also approved the retirement of Connie Bennett, Kidwell Special Ed teacher.
Transfers approved were Brandy Rhoades, middle school counselor, to counselor at Bradford Elementary, and Heather Rusk, from first grade teacher to GT teacher.
Newly hired employees include Jennifer Crawford, Bradford Special Ed teacher; Hillary Scott, Kidwell music teacher; and Erin Green, Kidwell kindergarten teacher.
Contracts of the following teachers were renewed:
Kidwell Elementary
Joey Drury, Darla Jordan, Misty Deen, Danielle Dozier, Krista Little, Marlaina McKnight, Pat Raby, Tricia Reed, Julie Bryant, Logan Carroll, Carmen Davis, Christie McIlroy, Stevi Richter, and Betsy Weaver.
Also, Kristina Deason, Candace Greene, Lindsey McShan, Mickie Moody, Miranda Sanders, Sabrina Thornton, Neysia Wilson, Annetti Grinnell, Tracy Young, Michelle Turner, Marianne Jenson and Heather Rusk.

Bradford Elementary
Clifton McFadden, Christy Tucker, Carol Olds, Whitney McCullough, Christy Hankins, Julie Dietrichson, Eliza Acosta, Kelli Busby, Michelie Byrne, Leslie Towry, Becky Pedon, and Alicia Meza.
Also, Molly Schubert, Cindy Routh, Jayna Case, Donna Davis, Jeanette Slack, Mindy Haynes, Jodi Trietsch, Sabra Wright, and Megan Swedberg.

W.F. George Middle School
Angela Anderson, Ronnie Benson, Lori Blake, Andy Bruner, Lisa Dyer, Elizabeth Witherspoon, Jayla Ingersoll, Dewayne Jackson, Hannah Espinoza, Kevan Jowers, Sheri Kennedy, and Cara Lane.
Also, Malachi Naef, Jennifer Morgan, Brandi Neville, Carol Newton, Braden Perry, Stephanie Roberts, Laura Smith, Francie Stanford, Lisa Trainham, Danielle Welch, Trisha Wells, Crystal Wininger, Jason Young, Ryan Landry, Amy Garcia, Paula Tagalos, and Cameron Castro.

Iowa Park High School
Kim Kennedy, Sarah Taylor, Jared Willden, Gary Green, David Fuhrman, Joanne Hawkins, Shane Adkins, Stephen Jones, Courtney Spitzer, Tonya Johnson, Erin Nimetz, Elizabeth Reynolds, Johnna Vest, Kendra Davis, Ashley Peterson, Brenda Hodges, Payton Jackson, Mark Zimmer, Tino Acosta, Michael Swenson, Esther Berndt, Jennifer Gonzalez, and Brianne Rusk.
Also, Tiffany Holland, Alan Reed, Misty Eppler, Kim Price, Amanda Myers, Shannon McCaffity, Derick Simpson, Cindy Dunn, Debbie Moody, Christi Knight, Kelly Jo Scott, Kerri Edwards, Caroline James, Charles Bradberry, Marc Case, Rich Weaver, Sarah Ostermann, Christi Brown, Melissa Orr, and Jennifer Miller.
Contracts were also renewed for Ray Schultz, resource/police officer; Mike Parchman, technology director; Mat Voss, technology; and Jamie Shipp, nurse.