The Burton School Board approved several staff contract extensions at its Monday meeting.
Following an executive session, administrators voted to extend the contracts of athletic director Jason Hodde, high school principal Matthew Wamble and elementary school principal Melinda Fuchs for one more year, through 2024. salaries were not discussed.
Also on Monday, administrators voted to approve Burton ISD’s 2022-23 school calendar. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 17and. Students will have Wednesday, September 14and off for the Washington County Fair instead of a Friday off, as was the case last fall.
Additionally, students will have a full week off for Thanksgiving and two weeks off for Christmas, with an early release on Friday, December 16.and and the start of the second semester on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Spring break will be March 13-17, 2023. The last day of classes is Thursday, May 25, 2023, with graduation the following day.
The board also approved the creation of a Community/Parent Liaison Committee, which will act as an advisory group to serve alongside school staff to help make recommendations during the recently adopted bond building process. Superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy said the committee, which will not be a decision-making group, will be made up of elementary and secondary school parents, members of the community or business partners and a council member. The full parameters of committee size have not been finalized.
During his report, Dr. Kennedy reiterated that the last day for candidates to file for a spot on the ballot is Friday. Incumbents Demetrius Colvin, Sr. and Jeff Harmel have sought re-election.
Also on Monday, the board:
- Held a public hearing to discuss the 2020-21 Texas District and Campus Academic Performance Reports (TAPR). Some statistics included in the district report, announced by Dr. Kennedy, included a district attendance rate of 99.3%, compared to a statewide average of 98.3%, and a 0% dropout for years 9-12 to 1.6% state rate for 9and up to 12and Copies of the elementary and secondary school reports are posted on the Burton ISD website, www.burtonisd.net.
- Approved the purchase of additional playground improvements not to exceed $70,000, pending receipt of a grant.
- Approved the purchase of two school buses for $220,238. Payment will only be made once the buses have been delivered, in eight to nine months.
- Chose to keep the pre-kindergarten tuition price the same as last year, at $275 per month per student for staff members and $375 per month per student for all others.