Seven Palestine Independent School District teachers were awarded a total of $5,759 in education grants from the Palestine ISD Education Foundation’s “Ideas at Work” grant program during Monday’s regular board meeting.

After accepting and reviewing applications each year, the local foundation — part of the Anderson County Community Foundation — awards the “Ideas at Work” grants to PISD programs the enhance the educational experience for students in the district.

“This year, we were able to reward grants for all the requests made,” Foundation representative Steve Presley told the board. “You have an exceptional staff that has worked hard to bring these programs to the district.

“You should be proud of them.”

Grant recipients and programs include:

l Northside Early Childhood Center’s Jeanne Jackson — $1,056 for the purchase of kits designed to support the development of fine motor skills and writing readiness of kindergarten children.

l Southside Primary School’s Juli Durham — $1,100 for a fine arts performance by the Fort Worth Children’s Opera Theatre to bring a cultural event to all first-and second-grade students.

l Southside Primary’s Camille Becton — $300 to fund a Social Studies program for second grade students. The students will take pictures and use them to put together an all-school, end-of-the-year slide show.

l Southside Primary’s Ann Mottern — $1,100 for the campus-wide “Fitness Friday” program, which involves having the students walk or run laps each Friday. Students will receive incentive awards for each 20 laps completed. This is the first program the foundation has funded for two years.

l Palestine High School’s Kay Stroud — $1,000 to purchase chemicals, equipment and fish to stock an already-donated 125-gallon saltwater aquarium in the science department. It will be used in science experiments and to raise interest in science.

l Palestine High School’s Kathleen Brown and Dinita Heitz — $1,000 to partially fund a trip for science students to NASA in Houston. The purpose is to raise interest in science and to increase TAKS science test scores.

l Palestine High School’s Becky Rutledge — $203.09 to purchase art portfolio storage racks for the art department. These are needed for students building a college portfolio, which they can use to receive college credits for their high school work and to apply for college scholarships.

In other business, the board:

• approved putting up for sale a house at 139 Ben Milam Rd. and portable buildings located at 1000 E. Lamar St. and at 1305 S. Royall St.

• Approved seeking a construction manager at-risk to oversee minor roof repairs at the Palestine High School campus.

• hired Meredith Murray as a kindergarten teacher at Northside Early Learning Center.

• approved the 2004-05 Highly Qualified Teacher Report.

• Approved the Palestine High School campus plan.

• approved the board’s annual self-evaluation.

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