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Goodrich ISD reviews STAAR results, extends superintendent

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By Brian Besch
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The Goodrich Board of Trustees heard STAAR results, renovation updates and approved the superintendent’s contract Thursday in the administration building.

Goodrich Principal Aubrey Vaughan and Associate Principal Brenda Williams presented STAAR results.

“It showed a lot of growth, that was the positive,” Goodrich Superintendent Daniel Barton said. “When you look at scores overall, there are learning gaps that still exist (from Covid). When you look at it from a score, they are not great, but they are not across the state. For us as far as the growth measure, that looked really good.”

Summer renovations progress for bathrooms, floors, windows and painting are on schedule for completion to start the academic year. Bathroom floors are completed and partitions are going in currently. A total of 41 windows have been installed, with 30 still to go. Barton mentioned how the windows “look great.”

In closed session, summer resignations and staffing were discussed and approved.

“We had a bunch of half-time, retired teachers because they could not fill the positions (just before Barton’s arrival) last year,” the superintendent said. “All of those people are gone, and we hired full-time teachers. We are fully staffed, which is great.”

There does remain one position on the elementary campus where a teacher accepted the job, then had a change of heart, remaining where she was employed. Barton said he expects to have that filled by next week.

Also in closed session, the superintendent’s contract was discussed and extended a year. Barton began at Goodrich under a two-year pact, and the latest move puts his contract in line with the standard in that role.

The current certified value of Goodrich ISD was reported at $189,822M. With the growth in Goodrich, the district was recently able to increase its compensation plan for employees.

Also discussed Thursday was professional development opportunities and activities of district staff, administrators, and board members, as well as minutes and financial reports. T-TESS appraisal calendar and appraisers, 2022-23 academic calendar, 2022-23 student code of conduct and an amendment to the 2022-23 compensation plan were all part of board decisions.

With a new business manager, the board transferred online banking management administration and check-signing privileges from the previous business manager.

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