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Deatherage appointed to fill trustee vacancy

by Dolores Hamilton

A former member of the Iowa Park School Board, Greg Deatherage, has been appointed to fill the board seat left vacant with the resignation of Guy Traylor in May.

The action took place during the regular meeting of the school board Thursday night.

Deatherage, who served on the board from 2006-2007, will occupy Place 3 on the board until the elections in May.

In other action, the board approved employee fingerprinting procedures as required by state law.

Senate Bill 9, passed by the 80th Texas Legislature, requires the submission of fingerprints (electronically) for all certified and currently employed educators, as well as substitute teachers, whether certified or not, by September, 2011.

Iowa Park CISD has been fingerprinting all new employees since 2008,and fingerprinting for all other employees will be done Dec. 16 through 19.

Applications for waivers to the Texas Education Agency were approved. The first waiver allows fifth and eighth grade students who do not pass the reading and/or mathematics TAKS to be moved forward as long as the school has a plan in place to bring them up to speed and the grade they’re being promoted to.

The second waiver allows the school district to modify the schedule of classes on TAKS testing days to reduce interruptions during testing periods (allows seniors who have passed exit level TAKS to arrive at school late on specified testing dates.)

The 4-H organization was sanctioned as an extracurricular activity and the Wichita County Extension staff was approved as Adjunct Staff that is responsible for supervising Iowa Park students who are away from school on official trips during this school year.

Campus principals reported on enrollment at their respective schools and progress so far this year. Debra Brandt said enrollment is up at Kidwell Elementary to 470, and there are four new staff members. Vicky Jordan said enrollment is up over last year at Bradford Elementary will 390 students enrolled. At the middle school, Darla Biddy said they have a lot of new staff, and enrollment is at 389 students.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Moody said construction on the weight room at middle school should start in three to four weeks.

High school principal Tim Bartram reported that 540 students were enrolled on his campus, including 14 or 15 transfers. He said the health careers course is going well with 35 - 40 students enrolled. Twelve students are in ROTC, and they will try to have their honor guard ready for homecoming.

Trustees were given a draft of the facility survey. They were asked to study it and try to get the final draft out in October. At that time, copy of the survey will be run in the Iowa Park Leader, sent home with the students, placed on the school website, and possibly sent by e-mail.

Other business during the meeting included conducting the first reading of TASB Board Policy Update 88. Also, it was the consensus of the board that the Red Cross could use facilities at the high school in case of a disaster.


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