Boyd principals’ contracts extended

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Boyd ISD’s three campus principals and two other administrators received contract extensions Monday night.

Boyd ISD trustees approved the recommendation of Superintendent Ted West to give Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster a two-year extension. West also recommended one-year extensions for Boyd Elementary Principal Anke Bracey, Boyd Intermediate/Middle School Principal Daniel Bourgeois, Athletic Director Brandon Hopkins and Director of Career and College Readiness James McDonald.

“They are doing a good job, and we’re proud of the direction they are pushing the district,” said School Board President Bill Childress. “They are working hard to push the district in the right direction. They care about the students and want to be a part of the district.”

West also offered praise to the administrative team.

“The board talked for a while and are very supportive of us and the direction of the district,” West said. “[The principals] are pleased with the vote of confidence.”

The contract extensions came after the principals made public presentations on student performance and improvement plans during the Texas Academic Performance Report public hearing. The elementary and high school campuses met standard. The intermediate and middle schools had the rating of improvement required.

The elementary had distinctions for mathematics and postsecondary readiness. The high school earned a distinction in social studies.

All the campuses wanted to make up ground in the top two categories of performance in the state scoring – meets grade level and masters. The elementary school, which only had third graders tested on the State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), was the only campus where students exceeded the state in reaching the masters level.

“Those scores are six months old, and we’ve owned that. It’s going to take nothing but hard work to get us out,” West said. “The staff at all the campuses are working really hard.

“With the needs improvement at intermediate and middle school, there’s extra requirements. I’m spending so much more time at that campus, and I see how hard they are working. We have good educators at all of our campuses. I’m confident we will have a good year.”

In other business, trustees approved a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to move up scheduled improvements on Farm Road 730.

Boyd ISD joined the cities of Boyd and Decatur and Decatur ISD in passing the resolution, calling the road a “serious detriment to public safety.” Four people have died as a result of accidents on the road between Boyd and Decatur since Nov. 27.

Using TxDOT’s Crash Records Information System Query, there have been 103 recorded crashes on FM 730 between U.S. 81/287 and Texas 114 between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 20, 2018. There have been at least four accidents resulting in fatalities in that time, including the one on Dec. 11 that claimed the lives of Seth Evans and Makayla Stoff. Six people have died in the accidents.

TxDOT spokesperson Bethany Kurtz said in January that a widening and reconstruction of FM 730 from Texas 114 to County Road 4480 is funded for approximately $12 million and is scheduled to begin in 2022. It would add shoulders and culverts, and drainage structures would be extended.

“The number of accidents on the road are pretty staggering,” West said. “We have two bus routes on the road, going there twice per day, and it can get hairy on a bus.

“We’re asking TxDOT to expedite plans and move that project up.”

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