By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Independent School District Board of Trustees heard news that the district received a superior rating for the 2011-12 school year through the FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) financial accountability rating system during the regular board meeting Monday.
“Our district scored the highest rating you can receive in all but one category,” PISD Chief Financial Officer David Atkeisson said during the meeting.
Also during the meeting, Amanda Jackson was hired to serve as the new principal of Story Intermediate School. Jackson, who has a Masters of Arts in Education degree, has 30 years experience in education. She replaces Brandon Jayroe, who resigned in June.
During the spotlight portion of the meeting, PISD bus driver Howard Winkler was recognized for receiving the Bus Driver of the Year award for the district from Edwards Risk Management.
The board of trustees voted to elect school board member Rickey Ferguson as its delegate and Dyna Tutt as its alternate to the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Convention Sept. 28 in Austin.
PISD trustees also voted to endorse Westwood ISD board member Carolyn Booker as a candidate for the TASB Director for Region 7.
Also during the meeting, the board:
• APPROVED consent items which included various reports, as well as the 2013-14 Gifted & Talented Plan, 2013-14 PHS Mobile Device Handbook; Anderson County Appraisal District Proposed Budget; and the August Administration of Credit by Exam.
• HEARD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Report.
• APPROVED 2013-14 District Improvement Plan, which included academic plans for 2013-14, information regarding the 21st Century Grant and the district technology initiative.
• APPROVED qualified appraisers and PDAS calendar for 2013-14.
• APPROVED Teachscape Teacher Appraisal System for Palestine High School for 2013-14.
• APPROVED student tuition fees for 2013-14.
• HIRED personnel and accepted resignations.
• HEARD superintendent’s report on the start of the bridge summer program; “iHeartDevices” educational technology conference coming up Aug. 8 at Palestine High School; and the August calendar.