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Paris High School seniors Daron Williamson and Warren Blackman won scholarships in the amounts of $500 and $250 respectively for performance on an exam at the 2013 North East Texas Organization of Language Educators symposium held at TAMU-Commerce last month. In addition, Paris High students brought home 52 trophies, medals, and ribbons.
Spanish Beginner (1st year) Spelling: 1st place Zachary de la Garza, 5th place Corey Allen. Memorized Poetry: 4th place Savannah Mosley. Memorized Prose: 2nd place Allison Langston, 5th place Wendell Johnson. Prepared Speech: 4th place Matthew Cochran-Mi Familia. Crafts: 6th place Alyssa Penny-Ojo de Dios
Spanish Intermediate (2nd year) Verbal Fluency: 1st place Shikha Prakash, 2nd place Alex Montellano. Spelling: 8th place Cheyenne Plummer. Memorized Poetry: 4th place Halee Lindsey, 7th place Dionte George. Memorized Prose: 7th place Alexis Willison. Sight Reading: 8th place Courtney Weaver. Reading: Alexis Willison-Good, Lizzy Yarbrough-Good. Crafts: 4th place Sheya Singh-La Noche y El dia de la Flor. Culinary Arts: 1st place Taylor Threadgill-Salads-Toasted Tortilla Salad.
Spanish Advanced (3rd & 4th level) Verbal Fluency: 1st place Scott Gilbert, 3rd place Logan Fox. Spelling: 2nd place Arish Pardiwalla, 6th place Logan Fox. Memorized Poetry: 4th place Shauntee Moore, 5th place Paige Dixon. Memorized Prose: 3rd place Ta Ta Williams, 4th place Susana Tan. Sight Reading: 3rd place Jake Clark, 7th place Jacob Rogers. Prepared Speech: 5th place Danielle Callaway-Mis Planes del Futuro, 6th place Valery White –Mi Abuela. Reading: Conor Henry-Good, Andrew Garrison-Good. Crafts: 1st place Matthew Draeger-Drawing-Mi Abuelo. Dance: 3rd place Hudson-Jarabe Tapatio Estilo Norteno: Julianna Clipson-Kaden Callihan, Ali Cobey-Jack Kraft, Allison Ruthart-Arish Pardiwalla, Scott Gilbert-Lauren Madding, Caitlin Nance-Josh Kirby, Kaileb Williamson-Meghan Gillean, 7th place Strickland-Jarabe Tapatio Estilo Norteno: Kelly Kornell-Jeremy Brown, Kenny Mason-Randle Cecil, Parker Lewis-Vanesa Medina, Megan Chapman-Ben Whitaker, Carolina Mason-Jeffrey White, Shay Morgan-Rodolfo Medina. Culinary Arts: 1st place Jack Kraft-Desserts-Flan, 6th place Kimberly Chaverria -Hors d’oeuvres-Guacamole con Totopos.
Advantaged 5th & 6th Level Verbal Fluency: 3rd place Madeleine Hadley. Memorized Poetry: 3rd place Randle Cecil. Memorized Prose: 4th place Madeleine Hatley. Sight Reading: 7th place tie Shay Morgan and Randle Cecil. Reading: Madeleine Hatley-Good, Ben Whitaker-Good.
Bilingual Verbal Fluency: 3rd place Vanesa Medina, 4th place Clara Gonzalez. Spelling: 2nd place Angel Rocha, 5th place Lee Leija. Memorized Prose: 4th place Alfredo Gonzalez. Crafts: 2nd place Maria De Leon-Mexican Yarn Painting. Reading: Clara Gonzalez-Excellent, Nancy Chavez-Good.
PHS Tennis Court Summer Hours
Dates: June 17 – August 21, 2013
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed on rainy days, stormy/windy days and when courts are wet.
The winners are Natalie Lane (first), David Terrell (second), Andrew Dunn (third), and Riley Kee (honorable mention).
From the left are Paris Council of Garden Clubs Essay Committee member Patsy Daniel, Riley Kee, Natalie Lane, Ryan Terrell, Andrew Dunn, Georgia Weddle, Paris Council of Garden Club President, and committee member Nancy Logsdon.
Pat Gilbert, Principal at Aikin Elementary School, was named the 2012 TEPSAN-at-Large for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Created to recognize TEPSA leaders who have given tremendous amounts of time, talents and gifts to TEPSA and to the profession, the TEPSAN-at-Large is selected by the Executive Committee. Gilbert will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Celebration Wednesday, June 12, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel.
“Pat has been a tireless champion for the principalship as well as for Texas students and educators,” said TEPSA Executive Director Sandi Borden. “Not only has she modeled leadership in her TEPSA district, she’s served as a mentor for school leaders throughout the state.”
Gilbert has served TEPSA in many capacities. She served on the National Distinguished Principal Selection Committee in 1999 and 2013. She was a TEPSA District 8 officer from 1999-2003 including two years as the District 8 President. Pat also served on TEPSA’s Standing Committees. A member of the Membership, Marketing and PR Committee from 2001-2005, she served as Chair from 2001-2004. She also chaired the Special Committee on Elections in 2003-2004, and most recently she served on the Nominating Committee from 2010-2012.
TEPSA, whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas PreK-8 school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 5,800 members who direct the activities of more than 2.5 million PreK-8 school children.
Paris Independent School District could have a balanced budget next year, depending on how payroll impacts the bottom line.
“We could easily have a balanced budget if expenditures don’t increase,” Business Manager Tish Holleman told the school board as they got their first look at the 2013-2014 budget Monday. “Eighty percent of the budget is payroll. To balance that means a third year without raises.”
The district predicts an increase in state funding to $18.64 million, local revenue of $10.57 million and $1.95 million in federal revenue, for a total of $31.16 million. As currently estimated, expenditures would leave a shortfall of about $85,000, which Holleman said could be made up easily if expenses remained frozen – including a payroll that has stayed frozen for two years already.
Holleman offered a couple of preliminary scenarios that offered a “smallish” raise or a “mediumish” raise across the board.
The small pay hike would mean a 1-percent increase for administrators, teachers and other salaried employees, and another 25 cents an hour for cafeteria, grounds, maintenance and secretarial workers, another quarter per route for bus drivers and aides. Combined with payroll taxes, that would mean a roughly $777,600 hit to the budget.
The moderate increase would be 2 percent more for salaried workers and 50 cents an hour for hourly workers. That option would run about $972,790 more in the budget.
Holleman stressed the numbers are preliminary at this point. No decisions have been made, and the amounts could easily change.
“This needs to be a priority,” Superintendent Paul Jones said. “Even if it comes from our fund balance.”
Paris ISD’s pay is still competitive compared with other Lamar County districts, said Robert High, assistant superintendent for human resources. But several positions in the district’s pay scale are about to hit the state minimum, which means automatic increases.
“If you do nothing, we’re looking at $116,000 in mandatory raises,” he said.
The board approved a 2012-2013 budget with $31.91 million in expenditures and $31.02 million in revenue – a $898,811 shortfall. Holleman said the current budget should come close to meeting its revenue projections this year, including $18.56 million from the state, $10.52 million from taxes and other local revenue and $1.94 million from federal sources.
However, state funding is down a little because the district’s enrollment is down by about 100 students this year. And sales in the cafeteria are off by about $90,000 due to an increase in teacher work days and fewer students buying lunches.
The board will meet again June 3 to discuss the budget further. A final presentation is set for June 17. The school board must adopt a budget before the end of the fiscal year June 30.
In other business, Dr. Gordon Strom and Dale Henry were sworn in for another three-year term on the school board after running unopposed in the May 11 election. The board also elected offers, retaining George Fisher as president, Strom as vice president and Becki Norment as secretary.