Teachers of the Month were introduced at the North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, and STAAR results were touched on.
Stacy Hrabal, pre-kindergarten teacher, was recognized as the Elementary Teacher of the Month. She has 14 years of experience. Elementary Principal LeAnn Tadlock commended Hrabal for “teaching our kids how to be a good person. She always does her job to the best of her ability and if she feels she’s not doing her best, she tries to do better. I’ve enjoyed working with you.”
Paulan Cowling, who is listed on the school website as Art I-IV teacher and UIL coach, was named the Secondary Teacher of the Month. She was not at the meeting, but administrators recognized her for doing “a great job,” including not only taking students to competitions, where they captured second place with their projets.
Tadlock reported an elementary enrollment of 266 students. On behalf of Secondary Principal Rob Stanley, who was unable to attend the meeting, she also reported a secondary enrollment of 259 students.
School staff reported that STAAR test results overall for fifth and eighth graders that are in so far appear to be coming up from results of the two previous years, but noted there are still results not yet counted.
In other matters:
• Trustees heard a presentation Monday night from financial advisors regarding options the school district has for funding improvements, construction and mechanical purchases. Bond elections, other means of financing notes and time warrants were among the ways discussed.
Superintendent Darin Jolly noted district staff are conducting a facilities and transportation needs survey and evaluation. Among the items the district is looking at are a parking lot, and purchasing two buses and a Suburban to be used for driver’s education.
One of the two advisors suggested that once the district has a cost estimate for needs, and an idea of which of the financing options they are interested in pursuing, they can then start contacting 20-30 national banks regarding funding options.
• Also during public forum, a third grader’s parent read from an email sent to administrators regarding a recent situation involving the individual’s child and other students in that class, and the impact it has had on the students and staff, a well as handling of the matter. The parent asked the News-Telegram afterward to not be named; it is News-Telegram policy not to quote unattributed sources.
The meeting was attended by about a dozen parents and community members, who did not speak, but afterward noted their participation was primarily related to the matter.