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Yantis ISD focuses on campus, security improvements

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Campus improvement was the prevailing theme of the Yantis school trustees meeting this week. Topics ranged from facili- ties, academics and safety to beefing up appearances for an extracurricular team.

The school board, during its regular January meeting Monday night, approved the addition of a reading teacher at the junior high level starting next year. The district combined reading and English classes to one reading/English language arts class for sixth through eighth graders a few years ago. Officials proposed separating the two again so English teachers could focus more on writing. The new reading teacher would teach the subject to all junior high students from grades six through eight.

“Students are so involved with digital media, they don’t write like we did when we were in school. We removed the reading class a few years ago, but are adding it back to put some focus back on writing,” Yantis Superin- tendent Penny Armstrong said.

The board was also very supportive of the school robotics team’s plans to beef up their look. Armstrong is looking at design- ing T-shirts for a more unified, polished look. The school’s robotics team last year “barely missed the world competition.” In addition to their hard work on their project, the team hopes the look will only add to their chances this year.

“The board is very supportive of academics, and extracurricular and athletic activities, and are at events of interest. They are also cognizant of what the community wants and what is needed,” Armstrong said.

The secondary principal, counselor and teachers from the four major disciplines were appointed to the scholarship committee, and criteria set.

The students and consumer science teacher hosted a dinner for the school board and their spouses before the board meeting to celebrate school board appreciation month. Some of the students made small things presented Monday to board members to thank them for their support too.

School board members also during Monday’s school board meeting discusses adding a covered batting cage at the baseball field, but tabled the matter until a later time. Putting up awnings at the high school, changing the public entrance, particularly for games to the side of the gym, and another at the front of the building were approved

The changed entrance was just one of several safety upgrades the discussed by administrators and board members. Changes to some policies and the possibility of a security guard were others noted.

“We are looking a our options to make decisions we can be comfortable with. We are evaluating things, looking at safety and academics. Every community is different. We want to make sure all our needs at Yantis are met and match up with the community,” Armstrong noted.

At present, staff and students are gearing up for STAAR tests and benchmark testing, working hard toward success in the examinations.

In other business Monday, the board during executive session conducted their routine annual review of the superintendent, coming back afterward with favorable comments, extending Armstrong’s contract another year.

 

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