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STAAR results, interim principal on board’s agenda

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Chico School Board is expected to hear some positive news on STAAR results at Monday’s meeting.

The agenda includes a discussion item on preliminary state testing results and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Chico Superintendent Mike Jones said initial results show that the school district exceeded the state average in 23 of 28 testing categories on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

The board is also expected to discuss and possibly name an interim middle school campus principal. Jones said middle school principal Maury Martin has been promoted to the federal programs director/district testing coordinator/No Child Left Behind compliance position that was held by Brian Deady, who retired this year.

“The interim would be hired for one year to allow more time and staff/parental input to secure the best applicant pool from which to choose a long-term replacement,” Jones said.

The school board last month voted not to extend Martin’s contract, but Jones said he expects to recommend Martin’s contract extension when those are considered in 2014.

“I have already begun to work with him in this new capacity, and he has my full confidence and support,” Jones said.

Other items include an interlocal agreement with Education Service Center Region 11, electrical repairs at the high school, an update on a hail damage claim and bringing in an architect for possible bond projects.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 150 at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road.

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