Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 19, 2014

MISD to replace board member

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — The Malakoff Independent School District board of trustees discussed finding a possible replacement for Todd Larue, who put in his resignation to the board on Monday.

Superintendent of schools Randy Perry said Larue is moving to Midlothian, which left the opening on the board.

“The board has given me a couple of individuals to go and visit with, to check on their interest,” Perry said. “They have given me the leeway to visit with them and check on their interest.”

Perry said he would like to have the new board member in place before their next school board meeting on July 21.

“We would like to get it done, and let them get their feet wet before the election,” Perry said.

The board also heard a report on the preliminary STAAR results, as Perry said he is pleased with the results.

“We did review our preliminary STAAR scores, and I was very pleased. We have one of the best elementary schools in the area,” Perry said. “Of the first eight tests taken in third through fifth grade, we had the best scores in the area in six of them. Our teachers have worked really hard, and our kids have studied, and the parents have been supportive.”

He said the students have also shown gains in a number of other tests that were taken during the past school year.

“We have seen a trend in 10 of the tests, which show gains from the previous year,” Perry said. “We are very pleased about the preliminary scores, and we look forward to the final analysis when it comes out in August.”

The school board also looked into a change in the Policy EIC, which deals with the graduation plan for the school district.

Perry said the latest reading deals with changes to the valedictorian and salutatorian and honor graduates.

“We had to change the wording to include foundation plan graduation for those freshmen that are coming in,” Perry said. “The new graduation plan for those freshmen entering in the 2014-15 school year requires a graduation on the foundation plan.”

The board also approved a resolution to sell properties that went to a Sheriff's sale, and were not sold on Aug. 5 at the Henderson County courthouse steps.