PISD school board extends superintendent’s contract

PISD Superintendent Paul Jones

A unanimous Paris ISD school board extended Superintendent Paul Jones’ contract Monday and gave him a $2,500 raise.

“I appreciate the board for extending it another year and for the increase,” Jones said. “It’s been a great year – not even a year, 10 months.”

After the board spent an hour and a half in closed session discussing the superintendent’s evaluation and contract, Trustee Dr. Bert Strom made a motion to extend the contract by a year and increase his salary to $123,030. Trustee Dale Henry seconded the motion.

The extension keeps Jones’ contract at three years, and the raise reflects an increase given to teachers at the beginning of the year.

“I look forward to another successful year at PISD,” Jones said. “We’re going to focus on all students improving and getting ready for their future endeavors, whether that’s higher education or the work force.”

In other business:

  • Jones announced a safety audit of Paris Independent School District is scheduled for some time in the next two weeks. A representative from Region 8 in Pittsburg will check everything from door locks to fire extinguishers to school buses to see what is working well and what needs attention.
  • The PISD school board recognizes the Crockett Intermediate School robotics team. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

    The PISD school board recognizes the Crockett Intermediate School robotics team. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

    Trustees recognized the Crockett Intermediate School robotics team of Andrew Fasken, Alex Tidwell, Coleman Lewis, Isaac Hutchings, Ashton Milton, Brianna Rogers, Evan De La Garza, Madeline Petrikas, Sydney Walter, Zack Nation, Carson Powell and Jacob Gunn. This year’s team was the first Crockett has entered into competition. The team won awards for integrity and spirit and sportsmanship. The team’s robot was patterned after a lobster to achieve optimal arm and hand movement and named “The Lebster” in honor of Cecilia Lester. Proceeds from the sale of the team’s pink “Think Shrink” T-shirts went to help with Lester’s battle with breast cancer.

  • The school board recognizes the PJHS robotics team. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

    The school board recognizes the PJHS robotics team. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

    The board also recognized the Paris Junior High School robotics team. The STEM-bots included Travius Bronner, Tyson Ortega-Fitzgerald, Zaccheus Ellis, Ryker Chaverria, Sarah Bush, Javian Dabbs, Graham Bain, Kyler Haagensen, Jackson Rogers, Jordan Furtch, Ethan Fleming, Hunter Rogers, Kira McFadden, Garrett Wilson, Asher Andoe, Zackary De Le Garza, Seth Mayfield, Rodrickius Betts, Zain Syed, Trinity Davis, Elizabeth Frazier, Johnathan Garner and Mathew Wintz. The team won the ROAR Award for Imagination and Best T-shirt Design Award.

  • The board received recognition in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. Each campus donated a gift basket to a trustee and books were donated to the libraries in honor of each member. “Thank all of you for the many, many hours you put in,” Deann Lee, director of state and federal programs, told the board.
  • Jones said Paris ISD’s Department of Safety and Security is exempt from state racial profiling reporting requirements because the department’s main duty is not traffic citations.
  • The board cast all 895 of PISD’s votes for Terry Christian to continue serving on the the Lamar County Appraisal District board. Business Manager Tish Holleman said Christian’s was the only name that had been brought forward at the time, and no trustees had any other nominations.
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Jeff Parish Jeff Parish is a high school English teacher and journalist. He has worked for the Greenville Herald-Banner, Dallas Morning News, The Paris News and Galveston County Daily News, among others. For comments, feedback or suggestions, you can email him at jeff@eparistexas.com.