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Trustees get update on AYP improvement


Newcomer Troy Zinn (L) was sworn in to his first term, re-elected trustee Mike Pruett to his third during Monday’s meeting. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Newcomer Troy Zinn (L) was sworn in to his first term, re-elected trustee Mike Pruett to his third during Monday’s meeting. Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale ISD trustees met in regular session Monday to swear in two board members and get an update on the district’s progress in the federal Advanced Yearly Progress (AYP) program.

The meeting opened with the presentation of an appreciation plaque to outgoing board member Wayne Fisher, who did not seek re-election after two terms on the board.

Troy Zinn and Mike Pruett, who won contested races in 2012, were sworn in and board members re-elected Lee Jenkins as president, Michelle Lehmkuhl as vice-president and Pruett as secretary.

PROGRESS—Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent, discussed the recent “district snapshot audit” connected with the AYP program.

The Rockdale ISD has failed to meet AYP (No Child Left Behind) goals for four straight years, triggering some auditing and monitoring.

He said the snapshot audit produced positive comments, noting the district was “headed in the right direction.”

Dr. Wright said in 2011, 84.3 percent of RHS graduates earned their diplomas under “distinguished” or “recommended” criteria, exceeding the state average of 82.7 percent.

In other business, trustees:

• Heard Dr. Wright report he had accepted the resignations of intermediate school aide Tina Alexander and Jessica Gaines, junior-high teacher-coach.

• Named Zinn as the district’s representative to the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) budget committee.

• Heard Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, report on the district’s suicide intervention program.

• Heard a report on the Rockdale Intermediate School “Jump Rope for Heart” program from physical education instructor Janet Havelka and Kathy Pelzel, intermediate principal.


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