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PISD Board Notes for 1-12-21 trustee meeting


Volume I | January 2022
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 Jan. 12 meeting, which was scheduled to avoid conflicts with school holidays.
6th-grade students from Clark and Southard attended the board meeting to present their ELAR projects. From left, Joseph Harrill V was the 45th President Donald Trump who won the 2016 election; Mia Emerson was Jane Goodall, known as the worldwide expert on chimpanzees, as well as for her efforts to protect them; Allison Reyes was Katherine Johnson, who was a mathematician and human calculator for NASA and depicted in the motion picture, "Hidden Figures;" and Zafina Khan was Malala Yousafzai, a Pakastani activist who fought against the strict and violent ban on education for women and was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize.
School board recognizes students for exemplary projects
Students from Clark and Southard middle schools were recognized during the Wednesday board meeting for their exceptional work on a recent living museum project.
According to Clark Principal Brittany Charles, 6th-grade students students are required to understand and embrace non-fiction literature as part of the English Language Arts/Reading curriculum.
The honor students select and research a historical figure and write and memorize a 1- to 2-minute speech about this person. They utilize QR codes and costumes to add an extra element for the museum project.
"Through the annual living museum, students are able to make connections and see the value in non-fiction," Mrs. Charles said. "This project is a creative approach to showcase this research."
Joseph Harrill V as Donald Trump
Allison Reyes as Katherine Johnson
Mia Emerson as Jane Goodall
Zafina Khan as Malala Yousafzai
Board members approve new campus principal
With the opening of Mayfield Elementary School this fall, the Princeton ISD school board voted to promote Harper Assistant Principal Jason Brown to lead that campus. The position will begin with the 2022-2023 school year.
Mr.. Brown earned his bachelor's degree in theater arts with a minor in speech communications from Texas A&M-Commerce and his master's in educational leadership from Stephen F. Austin. He has been with Princeton ISD for 14 years. Mr. Brown started at Clark Jr. High as a theater teacher before he moved to PHS to implement the audio/video CATE program. He then became an instructional coach and created the role of technology integration specialist before moving into an assistant principal position at PHS in 2019. He has been the assistant principal at Harper for the last two years. Prior to his tenure at PISD, he taught secondary drama for Bonham ISD.
"We take pride in our ability to prepare our staff to move into leadership roles as they become available," said Superintendent Donald McIntyre. "When we can, we prefer to promote from within. It offers consistency for our students and campuses, especially in this case as many of Harper's current students will be with Mr. Brown at Mayfield when it opens.
"Mr. Brown has done an amazing job for us and has been wonderful at Harper," Mr. McIntyre said. "We know he will do an excellent job at Mayfield in his new role leading a campus."
Trustees OK staffing model to accommodate growth
To meet the needs of the growing student population of Princeton ISD, the Board of Trustees approved an additional 51 teachers to be hired in the district for the next school year.
Of these positions, 37 are elementary level with 36 needed because of the opening of Mayfield Elementary School in the fall.
From January of 2021 to the same time this year, the district has experienced an increase of 970 students.
"These additional teaching positions are necessary with the growth we've experienced districtwide," Superintendent Donald McIntyre said. "This increase in staff will help us meet the needs of all the new students who are enrolling."
January marks annual School Board Appreciation Month
January is School Board Appreciation Month, and the Princeton ISD board room was decked out in "thank you" posters and gift baskets from the campuses.
Board secretary Chad Jones sent a personalized "thank you" to the Harper Elementary staff and students for his customized camo-themed cooler of goodies.