Students in Boyd ISD will be in class 15 minutes longer each school day beginning in the fall.
This was one of several handbook changes approved by trustees Monday night, and it will allow for the addition of an advisory/tutorials period at the intermediate, middle and high schools.
Dismissals will begin with pre-K at 2:45 p.m. Other campuses will follow, with the final release set for 3:45 p.m. at the high school.
“Implementing that advisory period will be great for students who need help to get it, and students who are passing can use it as a study hall,” BHS Principal Scott Nedrow said. “It’s a win/win for everyone.”
Another change to the parent/student handbook will reduce the iPad issue fees from $45 to $30.
Fees for students who qualify for free and reduced lunches will remain the same – $20 for reduced and $10 for free.
“We didn’t spend near as much as we budgeted, so we feel like it would be appropriate to cut the parents a break,” Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice said.
Other changes to the handbooks reflect items previously approved by the board.
In April, trustees implemented prerequisites for advanced courses at the middle and high schools. Students must meet minimum STAAR test scores and grade averages in similar courses before attempting an advanced class.
The school board also in April approved changes to calculating grade-point averages at the high school, beginning with this year’s freshman class. Only core course subjects, including English, foreign language, math, science and social studies, will factor into a student’s GPA.
Pre-AP, AP and dual class credits will continue to be weighted, but in a slightly different and more efficient manner. Students will have an additional 5 percent of their overall grade added on at the end of the semester for pre-AP courses. For example, if a student earned a 100 in a pre-AP course, they would be awarded a 105 at semester’s end for the class.
AP and dual credit courses will add on 10 percent of their overall score. Thus, a 100 would become a 110.
In the substitute handbook, trustees approved increasing substitute pay for paraprofessional/food service substitutes from $50 to $60.
In the employee handbook, the board also approved eliminating five sub-deduct days and adding a personal leave day.
“In sub-deduct days, rather than being docked your full daily rate, if you run out of days, we charge what it would cost to pay for your substitute,” Superintendent Ted West said.
For example, for an employee who makes $300 a day, $60 would be deducted from the day’s earning so the employee would still receive $240.
District employees receive five state sick leave days and three district days. Employees can also join the sick bank by contributing one personal leave day.
In addition, employees will be paid an incentive of $60 a day if they don’t use their personal leave days.
IN OTHER NEWS
The board also:
- tabled action on increasing the maximum class size.
- approved selling two tracts of delinquent tax properties – 1 acre and 2.55 acres – in Brighton Oaks. The properties did not generate any bids at an auction held earlier this month, but the district received a sealed bid paying $4,000 each, for a total of $8,000. “The sale price wouldn’t make up the difference for the back tax owed on those, but it would get the properties back on the tax roll,” West said.
- recognized members of the FFA, who attended the state convention in Fort Worth earlier this month. Dillon Rose, Carlen Smith, Bailey Smith and Sequoia Smith earned Lone Star Degrees, the highest degree of membership the state FFA association can award. Daniel McCurdy received the state proficiency award.
- approved a budget amendment to account for money paid by the Teacher Retirement System to the district. It was inadvertently left out of this year’s budget. “It’s always been done in the past,” district business manager Linda Ratliff said.
- extended a contract with King, Moore, Truelove and Pharis, certified public accountants, for the annual audit. Cost is $18,900.
- approved the district improvement plan.
- heard a policy update on graduation plans as outlined by House Bill 5.