The Palestine Independent School District's Board of Trustees unanimously approved to extend PISD Superintendent Jason Marshall's contract by one year after his evaluation was approved during the regular meeting Thursday.
The approval will extend Marshall's contract until 2017. The Texas Association of School Boards encourages school boards to administer a superintendent evaluation tool in January.
As usual, the board met prior to the regular meeting in closed session from 6 to 7 p.m. However once in open session at 7 p.m., the board went back into closed session at 7:45 p.m. and returned at 7:59 p.m. to approve the evaluation and contract for Marshall, as well as other closed session items.
The board meeting was moved to Thursday instead of Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
One big part of Thursday's meeting was the recognition of the the PISD Board of Trustees for School Board Appreciation Month.
Marshall thanked the PISD Board of Trustees for their service to the district and their community. The board includes: Wade Hobbs, president; Stanley Sokolowski, vice president; Janie Sepulveda, secretary; Dana Staples, Rickey Ferguson, Dyna Tutt and Michael Bennett.
Using the Texas Association of School Board's 2014 theme “Hearts & Hands for Kids,” Marshall read a resolution for School Board Appreciation Month. In addition, each trustee was presented with a basket of goodies that featured the “Hearts & Hands for Kids” theme.
A special video made by the PHS Audio/Video Technology & Communication Department to recognize the board was viewed by those in attendance. At the beginning of the meeting, A.M. Story Intermediate choir students led the Pledge of Allegiance and sang a special song for the board members. During closed session, the trustees were served a special meal by the Culinary Arts department.
In addition, each campus has honored the trustees in various ways throughout the month.