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PISD Board Notes for 6-20-22 trustee meeting

Board Notes

The Princeton ISD Board of Trustees meets monthly. Board meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month and open to the public. Here are highlights from the June 20 meeting.

PISD trustees OK increase in teacher salary scale

The PISD board of trustees unanimously voted to raise teacher salaries by $4,000 at the June 20 board meeting. This is on top of the $1.6 million in compensation the board approved in February. 

The increase applies to any district employee on a teacher salary schedule. 

“By increasing salaries, it goes a long way in showing appreciation to our staff who work so hard for our students,” Superintendent Donald McIntyre said. “As a district, we want to make sure our teachers know how valuable they are to our kids. They deserve this, and I want to thank the board for this show of support for the teachers.”

The change will make the starting salary for teachers $54,000 plus the $2,000 signing and retention bonuses already in place. 

“Salaries in surrounding districts have risen, so it was important for us to make this change to stay competitive,” Mr. McIntyre said. “Great teachers are a major factor in improving outcomes for our students, and we want to do whatever we can to keep the best teachers in Princeton ISD.”

Board of Trustees recognizes state qualifiers

Two student fine arts groups were in attendance for Monday night's board meeting to be recognized for earning a trip to state competition.

Students, accompanied by their coaches, represented band and choir. They were were presented certificates from board members for their accomplishments.

They are:

Nia Baird - Superior vocal solo

Kaileigh Dorado - Superior vocal solo

Superior saxophone quartet:

Robert Brewer

Joel Carnero

Dylan Cook

Fernando Martinez

Dylan Cook - Excellent soprano saxophone solo

Kaitlyn Davis- Excellent snare drum solo

Paris Figueroa - Excellent marimba solo

Harrison Hamilton - Excellent vocal solo

Ayden Horton - Excellent marimba solo

Madison Jenkins - Excellent vocal solo

Leslie Martinez - Excellent trumpet solo

Valarie Olvera - Excellent vocal solo

Lucas Pereira - Excellent trumpet solo

Kingston Williams - Excellent vocal solo

"It is always wonderful to recognize our students for all the great things they are doing," board president Carol Bodwell said.

Debate coach recognized as outstanding UIL sponsor

The PISD board recognized PHS speech and debate coach Heather Stringer during the meeting Monday night for being named one of the top 15 UIL sponsors in Texas. She was presented the 2021 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award by Superintendent Donald McIntyre.

The winners were selected in the spring by a panel of judges in the areas of academics, athletics and music from nominations submitted by school principals and superintendents across the state.

The award, now in its 31st year, was created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who enable students to develop and refine their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the education system.

“Coaches and teachers have such a difficult job, and they go beyond the call of duty to serve as UIL sponsors, coaches and directors,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “UIL events function and thrive on the dedication and immense effort from sponsors like these.”

Each winner received $1,000 from the UIL in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence through interscholastic competition.

Ms. Stringer has been the policy debate coach for the past six years at Princeton High School and the UIL academic coordinator for the past five years. She has led her teams to state championships in Congress and Interpretation. Stringer has been a district academic meet host, regional academic meet host and a member of the Regional Academic Committee. She has also been a debate camp clinic host and speaker at the UIL Student Activities Conference.

Ms. Stringer is a product of the PHS debate program and earned her way to state in 1998 and 1999. After college, she returned to PISD to teach and coach.

“The mission of Princeton High School is to inspire and enable each student to achieve his or her potential,” Ms. Stringer said. “This educational philosophy heavily inspires my own philosophy of competition within the speech and debate community. The foremost obligation of any educator is to help students identify their goals, obstacles and potential within a given subject area.”

Board of Trustees Updates Student Dress Code

Following the recommendation of a special committee, the school board approved a new dress code during Monday night's board meeting.

"Our committee was comprised of parents, community members, teachers and students," Superintendent Donald McIntyre said. "They met multiple times to discuss the dress code, and the school board chose to follow their recommendation."

To see the updated policy, click this link.

School board approves changes to district BYOT policy

As the district has increased accessibility to technology for students, trustees voted Monday night to make changes to the district's electronic use policy.

"We believe it is no longer necessary for students to utilize their personal devices," Superintendent Donald McIntyre. "So it made sense to make adjustments to the electronic use policy to reflect this."

To see the updated policy, click this link.