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Leggett talks TTIPS & TAPs

 

BY LEW VAIL
Enterprise staff
lewvail@eastex.net

LEGGETT — The regular meeting of the Leggett ISD was held Thursday Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., in the board room. A scheduled training session for board members scheduled for 5 p.m., was cancelled due to the instructor being ill. There were several teachers and the soon to be new board member in attendance, however there were no speakers for citizen participation. Principal Jana Lowe’s reported that the applications (APPS) for the iPads have been downloaded and the students will be using them this next six weeks. Teachers and some special education students who have had exposure are doing well on the user learning curve. The TTIPS (Texas Title I Priority Schools Grant Program) Grant amendment has been approved for 2012-13. Also the school has had one Taps (TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement) visit which was completed with only minor suggestions. Red Ribbon Week was October 23-31, students participated by wearing various clothing during the week. Tuesday the 23 – Wear Red, red ribbons were distributed grades 1-3 theme PAWSitively Drug Free; grades 4-6 Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It. Wednesday Wear Camp – camo pencils were passed out – theme Be All You Can Be. Thursday wear sunglasses – pass out assorted stickers about drug being bad. Friday wear caps – K to 6 will receive tattoos “Be All You Can Be” Also grades 2-8 received a bookmark reminding them to “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully”. The doors will not be decorated this year. The morning meal program has had a change. Breakfast is delivered to the classroom where the students now eat. This has had a positive effect on cutting down on unproductive interactions and ‘fooling around’, students eating in their classroom are actually doing productive work while eating and are ready to start class promptly since they are already in the classroom. The board approved Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Policy Update 95, which essentially follows current LISD policies. Action on the approval of PDAS Advisors and TAP Appraisers was delayed until after the Executive Session. Principal Lowe reviewed the Campus Improvement Plan which was approved in March and has just had minor revisions for 2012-13 school years. Some specific items are to reduce bullying with programs for students and professional staff, more communication between school, students and parents, more sports activities for high school students, more parental involvement on school committees. Decease in students in special ED classes is another goal; improve test scores in the math and science areas, emphasis on teaching Social Skills at Junior and Senior High level and to increase opportunities for students to visit college campuses. The board approved both elementary and high school Improvement Plans. Lowe also reminded all that there would be a Fall Festival with costumes and booths on October 26. Vouchers and financial statements were reviewed and approved. The tax collection rate is at 97.68 percent for 2011-12 an excellent rate. Total tax delinquency for all years is down to just $112,606, showing excellent collection efforts. The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel matters at 7:35 p.m. The board returned to regular session and accepted Jerry Belote’s resignation, 3ffective January 1, 2013. They also approved Jana Lowe, Angela Sales as PDAS appraisers and also approved Jana Lowe, Angela Sales and Kathleen Boren as TAP appraisers. These appraisers function to evaluate personnel, programs, and activities throughout the school year. With no further business the meeting adjourned.

 

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