The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 17, 2014

PISD OKs free meals for Washington campus

PALESTINE —

Students at Washington Early Childhood Center will receive free breakfast and lunch in the 2014-15 school year after the Palestine Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a Community Eligibility Provision for the campus during its regular school board meeting Monday.

 

PISD Chief Financial Officer David Atkeisson explained the Community Eligibility Provision is a new program for districts that have a high percent of low-income children.

 

“At Washington, we have the option to provide breakfast and lunch for free,” Atkeisson said. “I feel like it's the educationally-sound and humanitarian-sound thing to do.”

 

During the spotlight portion of the meeting, Palestine High School Principal William Stewart introduced the district's new band director, Daniel Curry.

 

“I'm excited to work with the kids,” Curry told the board. “I am looking forward to building on the success the program has already had — building on its quality and the numbers in the program.”

 

Also during the spotlight portion of the meeting, the school board recognized the Palestine Herald-Press and KYYK 98.3 radio station to the 2014 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), by Palestine Independent School District. The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools.

 

Atkeisson also gave an update on the Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) renovation projects that have started during the summer. Among these projects include replacing the older HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units with newer, more energy efficient models.

 

“The majority of our QSCB funds will be used at Story and the junior high campuses because they had the least amount done during our big bond program in 2009,” Atkeisson said.

 

In other action, the board:

• HEARD a report on 1 to 1 Technology. In the 2014-15 school year, Mini iPads will be rolled out to students at PHS and Palestine Junior High School. In addition, 730 iPads will be passed out to Story students by September. In addition, 120 students participating in the STEAM program in grades K-3 also will be presented iPads.

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