The Quitman School Board voted to extend Superintendent Dennis Truxler’s contract until 2020 at their regular School Board meeting this week. All board members were present at the meeting.

Michael McBryde of Stephens Inc. was present to discuss their 2018 Refunding Bonds and their two debt service schedules. He explained also that Stephens would begin waiving the annual service fee on the account also.

The board voted to accept the contract for a new para and bus driver. They also voted on early release dates of February 7, March 16 and April 13 at 2:30 p.m. and two contract addendums for a teacher who had finished her degree and on another for completion of hours.

January is Board Appreciation month and the FFA supplied the meal and goodie bags. Enrollment is down a little to 659 but is still above last year.

In a construction update the board voted to advertise for bids and open them at the next board meeting.

Elementary Principal Michael Stacks and High School Principal Krysta Parker worked together to give the updates. In elementary 4th through 6th graders now have a Student Council and students are enjoying learning about how it functions. The High School Teachers have been working on the Depth of Knowledge program.  All the teachers day plans are on the website for parents to see, according to Stacks. Several teachers are also attending the Empowering Writers training that Calico Trailers sponsored. Stacks said the Spirit Store had made it’s money back so they were pleased by this.  Parker said the BOT is doing well. The blood drive went well, they didn’t have as much as last year but surpassed their goal. Ten students met their MOS certification (Microsoft Office Suite). Parker said that several teachers and herself made a trip to Pangburn to see flex mod scheduling that they use. “We had a great visit with them and learned a lot.” said Parker.

 Stacks said the Jr. and Sr. Beta conventions are coming up. Dads and Donuts will be Friday in the cafeteria. Science teachers will be having more training in the STEM scopes. Basketball Homecoming will be February 2 and the Basketball Senior night will February 6. He also stated there are only six home basketball games left.

Parker went on to say the ACT Aspire testing would begin on Tuesday and Wednesday. She said they were going to run a modified schedule to give the students a few more minutes to use for testing.