The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 19, 2013

PISD board hears update on technology


Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Carolyn Martin gave an update on Palestine Independent School District's 1-to-1 Technology program to board members during the regular meeting Monday.

“We now have the iPads rolled out at the high school and have started on the junior high school. We have 95 percent of the eighth graders done and will start on the seventh grade on Monday. We hope to have them all rolled out by the Christmas holiday,” Martin told the school board.

In other business, the school board:

• HEARD Superintendent Jason Marshall's report, which included an enrollment report, update on extracurricular activities, report on Lunches in the Lounge, etc.. Currently, the district has 3,272 students.

“That is a good hundred students above what we have budgeted for and that should lead to an additional $500,000 in state aide.”

Also, Marshall reported on the employee incentives. Professionals will receive a $700 incentive bonus and paraprofessionals will receive $350.

In addition, the district will be handing out turkeys to employees on Thursday.

The district also put together two student Thanksgiving baskets per campus.

“We paired up with the principals to find two students to provide Thanksgiving basket for them,” Marshall said.

• HIRED Erin Palmer for Palestine Junior High School's ELA program.

• HEARD a presentation by the Palestine High School Audio Video Production Department. Instructor Paul Carr and PHS audio video production department students led by Elvin Espinosa discussed the many projects they have worked on since school started. Board members were shown a video made by the students that compiled their projects ranging from interviews for Wildcat News to videos of football games, etc.

Espinosa said the skills he has learned in the program has led to job opportunities and has encouraged him to pursue a career in audio video production.

• HEARD a financial update, including a tax collection update by Robert Myers of McCreary, Veslka, Bragg & Allen, P.C., Attorneys at Law. Myers reported that PISD has one of the highest collections he has charted with 102 percent of taxes collected for 2012 and after only four months, the district has collected 42 percent.

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