By Jason Chlapek
DALLARDSVILLE – Big Sandy ISD went over its audit during last Monday’s monthly school board meeting.
According to Superintendent Eric Carpenter, the district received a “good, clean audit.” He gave credit where he believed credit was due.
“The board has been good stewards of their money,” Carpenter said. “Our staff as a whole also has been good stewards of their money.”
Axley & Rode of Livingston performed Big Sandy’s audit. Carpenter said his district has worked with the firm for four years now.
Big Sandy ISD nurse Amanda Foster also gave an update on Covid-19. Carpenter is pleased with the way his district has combated the virus.
“Our saving grace is wearing masks,” he said. “Our staff and students have done a great job of wearing masks.”
During the first semester, Big Sandy ISD did not have to shut down because of Covid. Carpenter credits that to staff and students “doing what they have to do to stay safe.”
The board also approved for Carpenter to submit a waiver to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to waive the student growth requirement in the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and the student growth requirement in Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS). On Dec. 10, the Commissioner of Education announced that TEA would waive the A-F Accountability system for this year.
Big Sandy ISD meets again on 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.