C-P CISD moving to flex schedule this year
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 13, 2006 -- Como-Pickton students continue to flourish with the aid of new and improved facilities, and as an added incentive, those who do well on grade level testing will be dismissed 10 days early at the official end of the school calendar.

Students at C-PCISD report back to the class room a full two weeks later than children in other districts in the county. The Sept. 5 student start date is in line with the flex year schedule that provides an extra 10 days at the end of the school year, when students who have yet to pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or other related grade level tests will receive extra tutoring.

"We are glad to offer to our parents and students such a community focused calendar. ... While the official end date for students is June 8, the district has received a waiver to allow most of our students to finish school on May 24," Superintendent Bryan Neal said.

According to the waiver, students who pass all sections of the grade level TAKS tests/or other related tests shall be rewarded with attending school for 170 days instead of 180. The students who need additional assistancewill receive intensive and accelerated assistance during the last 10 days (May 25 through June 8). The traditional school holidays remain in the calendar," he added.

Despite the late start and official June 8 finish, school officials were still able to adopt a calendar which incorporates all of the usual school holidays.

Even teachers will get an added week or two of summer over their colleagues at other districts thanks to the current calendar, which has them reporting for duty Aug. 28-31 for staff development and in readiness for Meet the Eagle Night on Aug. 28.

School holidays include Nov. 22-24 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 21-Jan.1 for Christmas break, Jan. 15 in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, March 12-16 for spring break, bad weather days on April 6 and 9, and May 28 for Memorial Day. Students will also be out on Jan. 2 and June 9 for teacher work days.

 The district calendar can be obtained from the school office during the first week of school or can be downloaded from the district web site at http://comopicktoncisd.org.

Tax payers within CPCISD will also get a break this year in the form of a reduced tax rate, thanks to recent legislation.

According to Neal, the tax rate, pending board approval, will be reduced from $1.215 per $100 of property valuation to 1.11734, which the superintendent says is one of the lowest tax rates in the statefor a school district.

Neal also said revenues will reach new levels at approximately $7.5 million. The district is also currently creating a master plan to replace several aged facilities (mainly old classrooms) and other areas in need of expansion.

Parents and community members can view the latest improvements and additions, particularly the elementary addition during "Meet the Eagle Night," which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28.

"One of the main features of the evening will be a grand opening of our newest facilities with a dedication by the local Masonic lodge. All members of the public are welcome to attend, to celebrate with us what we are doing for our children and communities, and to tour the new facilities," the superintendent said.

Meet the Eagle Night activities include meeting teachers, dropping off school supplies, picking up 2005-2006 annuals ordered last year, and an introduction to the 2006-2007 football and volley ball team members. A light meal will also be offered.

Parents planning shopping trips won't have to worry about learning anything new. The dress codeoutlined in the handbooks and code of conduct essentially reflect prior year practices and policies, so parents can consult their copy of last year's handbook, find the policy online at the district website, or contact the school at 903-488-3671.

The main things to keep in mind is to avoid clothing which could be considered "lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene;" or which "advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other illegal" or prohibited substance.

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