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PISD Board Notes for 10-18-21 trustee meeting

Board approves purchase of 1,400 additional Chromebooks
In an effort to increase student access to technology, the Princeton Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 1,400 new Chromebooks as part of the COVID relief package dedicated to student achievement.
With federal funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund, the added devices will be utilized by students.
"We are committed as a district to making sure our students get the tools they need and we close any potential academic gaps created during the pandemic when education shifted from the classroom to virtual learning," Superintendent Donald McIntyre said.

Trustees OK addition of occupational therapist
To meet the needs of the growing student population of Princeton ISD, the Board of Trustees approved a change to the staffing model that will allow for an additional occupational therapist to be hired in the district.
"With the growth we've experienced districtwide, we are also seeing increases in our special populations," Superintendent Donald McIntyre said. "This addition will help us meet those needs."
Occupational therapists work with students who need help developing motor skills that assist them in functioning during daily life.

Construction continues on two school projects
The Princeton ISD Board of Trustees heard a construction update from architects regarding two school projects underway in the district. 
Elementary No. 6 or Mary Mayfield Elementary opens for the 2022-2023 school year and follows the same design as the Smith and Lowe campuses. 
The school will be located along FM 982 about a mile south of FM 546 inside Lennar's Bridgewater development.
Middle School No. 3 or Buddy and Marilyn Mattei Middle School opens for the 2023-2024 school year and follows the same design as the Southard campus.
The school will be located on County Road 728 situated between FM 546 and County Road 392 on the former site of the Future Flight powered parachute air strip.
To help the community keep up with the progress of PISD construction projects, the district website is updated regularly with information and photos. Click here for access to the long-range planning section of the website that addresses growth, construction and zoning to accommodate the population increases.