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Goodrich school board gives pay raises, honors students

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20240321 180608In art, fourth graders Adrian Rios and Brystol Williams, along with seventh graders Joseph Azua, Annabelle Blackstock and Cali Fulsom were selected for judging at the Houston Rodeo. Photo by Brian Besch

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The Goodrich ISD Board of Trustees heard test score comparisons, and approved the purchase of a bus and salary raises for the next academic year.

Principal Aubrey Vaughan compared end of year STAAR scores to NWEA scores at mid-year for the 2023-24 calendar.

“It gives us kind of a vision of where we are and if we are gaining ground or need to work harder with a certain set of kids,” Goodrich superintendent Daniel Barton said.Comparisons showed third through fifth grade a slight improvement for the students, with scores a bit on the low side. Vaughan said the district is hoping to see further progress. Barton added that the longer students are with Goodrich ISD, scores improve without the gaps in attendance from COVID and other factors. Fifth grade English was a strong point.

Junior high math scores were strong, as was English. Vaughan was also pleased with high school scores. Additional training that the district calls “boot camps” are scheduled to start for those who are struggling.

Goodrich ISD has received a Learning Acceleration Support Opportunities II grant for $195,000. The funds are expected to go toward the region for training, instructional specialists and printing materials.

To this point, the county has brought in just over 86% of 2023 taxes. A total of 9% of the delinquent taxes have been recovered. The school generally budgets on 95-96% of taxes collected. The district made $61,000 this quarter in interest from investments.

New automatic egress bars for doors at Goodrich ISD will be installed, with approval of a grant from the Texas Education Agency. It is moving from the magnet system, which Barton said will remain locked all the time without a scan card. A portion of the floor around a water fountain in the elementary has been repaired after a leak over spring break. Doors on the agriculture building will also be replaced.

Two board members whose terms expire this year will run unopposed in the upcoming May 4 vote, allowing the district to cancel the election. Trustee Position 3 Tim Harrell and Position 4 Rosalie Blackstock will retain their seats.

Board members approved purchase of a used special education bus to replace one that has been in service more than two decades. Barton said it would be a one year wait until a new purchase could arrive, with the price tag of $150,000. Instead, he found a used 2018 bus with 50,000 miles for under $87,000 that is ready for delivery.

Also approved was the 2024-25 compensation plan. Highlights include a 7.5% raise for current teachers, 5% raise for current staff, and a $48,000 starting salary for new teachers. The cost for the additions is expected at just under $210,000.

To begin the meeting, student groups were recognized by the board. Drama one-act play finished second in district. Logan Hardin was part of the tech crew; Cadie Pickett and EmaLee Hillhouse were all-star cast members; and Kyle Pond was best overall performer.

In art, fourth graders Adrian Rios and Brystol Williams, along with seventh graders Joseph Azua, Annabelle Blackstock and Cali Fulsom were selected for judging at the Houston Rodeo. Selected in the next stage Rodeo Grand Prix, then to the Hayloft Gallery, were best in show eighth grader Emily Wooten, gold medal eighth grader Wilmer Paredes, best in show fourth grader Kaulier Kimes, and gold medal fourth grader Brittany Camacho.

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