JISD Board of Trustees Rewards Four Elementary Students for Their Artistic Work
Elementary art students were recognized at the Monday night meeting of the Jourdanton School Board. Teacher Jenna Bronstad explained that her K-5 art classes experimented with different artistic mediums, such as oil pastels and watercolors. Each student introduced themselves and showed an example of their work. Shaylee Edmiston and Brynn Schorsch are in fifth year, Sloane Schorsch is in third year, and Rylan Edmiston is in fourth year. All four students are also enrolled in Bronstad’s Gifted and Talented program.
Jourdanton Education Foundation
Stephanie Collins, President of the Foundation, presented the trustees with last year’s annual report which included what they had done, how much money they had raised and how it had been spent. They raised over $ 57,000 and over $ 27,000 of that went back to school in the form of 14 grants. These funds were donated for math, social studies, world maps for junior high school history, outdoor play landscapes, science equipment, photography and for updating some farm equipment. . Fourteen thousand dollars was spent on the summer reading program and they spent $ 600 on gifts for new teachers. Another $ 7,000 was used for expenses including insurance, advertising and fundraising.
They are interested in repeating or expanding any program that has been proven to work. The organization is working with a grant writer to reach outside the region for donations, not wanting to put too much pressure on the community, which has been so generous. Their focus will be on STEM and literacy. The goal is to impact all students, provide them with a real-world experience to help them grow and help them be ready to work after graduation.
Assistant Superintendent Pepper Jo Bauerle reviewed the annual evaluation of the ESL program and the success of the students participating in it. Last year 3.1% of students were from ESL and 51.8% were from economically disadvantaged people. There are 44 students in the program, with one student who has passed the TELPAS assessment. There was no data for students last year due to COVID. Students are assessed on their ability to listen, speak and write. Kindergarten to Grade 5 had 28% beginners, 41% intermediate, 23% advanced, and 8% advanced high. Students in Grades 3 to 8 rated 6% Beginners, 35% Intermediate, 44% Advanced, and 15% Advanced Advanced. All state-certified ESL teachers receive a stipend of $ 1,000 and are required to complete professional development. The district receives $ 3,000 from Title III through Region 20, which was used to purchase Rosetta Stone for additional student aid. The state gives $ 21,275 and local funds $ 27,206.
Administrators went behind closed doors at 7:47 p.m. to consult with a lawyer regarding the school’s dress code and to consider hiring a reading intervention teacher.
They returned at 9:08 p.m. No action has been taken regarding the dress code. The innovative teacher strategies as presented were endorsed by Nicole Rakowitz as a motion and Phillip Netardus in support. All voted for Vance Jupe, Rita Munoz, Celia Chapa and Greg Vyvlecka. President Barbara Peeler was present but did not vote. As recommended, they unanimously approved the hiring of Rhonda Lawson as a reading intervention teacher to bridge the education gap during COVID. She has been approved for a 2021-2022 professional contract which will be paid by ESSER (Federal Emergency Relief for Elementary and Secondary Schools) funds.
Peeler read the business office report which shows a total investment of $ 13,254,575 and a monthly tax collection of $ 436,496.48. Checks issued for the month amounted to $ 369,979.28. A motion was made to approve the agenda, including the minutes of the last meeting and the payment of invoices. It was adopted unanimously.
Payment of the conflict of interest invoices was approved, with Peeler and Vyvlecka abstaining.
A public hearing to discuss the district’s financial management report and the top rating by the Texas Financial Integrity Rating System was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 13, with the regular meeting starting immediately thereafter.
Superintendent Theresa McAllister has reviewed some of the provisions of the Open Meetings Act, which is done periodically. Certain questions arise concerning the number of directors at social meetings and what constitutes a quorum. If they’re not discussing business in public, that’s okay. A majority is also clarified as four out of seven or five out of nine, regardless of vacancies. Closed-door meetings can be arranged to discuss with a lawyer, personnel matters and the purchase of property.
The canvassing of the votes for the November 2 election was scheduled for Monday November 15 at 6.30 p.m. They will also reorganize the board at that time.
There was a discussion about buying a tractor with tools for the maintenance department. Several offers were received: John Deere, Bill’s Tractor and Kabota. The item was dropped off until they could get an offer from Tuttle as well.
McAllister announced that the group qualified for the state competition and did very well.
The school organized a Boofest, with around 190 parents in attendance. The guests dressed up as characters from books and read to the students. She expressed her appreciation for the community’s help and generosity for the event.
Additionally, she accepted Peggy Georg’s resignation and said they would likely be looking for an agriculture teacher in the spring.
Meeting adjourned at 9.40 p.m.