April 23, 2018 Board Meeting Summary

School Board Recognition

The School Board honored several groups of students, community members, faculty and staff before its April meeting:

Wrestling Team Wins Ninth Consecutive State UIL Title

Seven wrestlers won state titles this year leading the Allen Eagles to their ninth consecutive state title. Thirteen boys and one girl qualified for the 6A Championship in Cypress, Texas. Of those, six boys and one girl won their weight class and three more won second place. 

The state championship Allen wrestlers included Braxton Brown (106 lbs.), Logan Brown (126), Trent Dooley (138), Juwan Robinson (160), Braeden Redlin (170) and AJ Ferrari (195). Senior Alex Liles won the girls 128-pound division – her fourth consecutive state girls title.   Second place finishers included: Gabe Martinez (113), Elise Brown Ton (145) and Johnny Green (285). Also competing in the state tournament were: Conner Wilson (132)- 4th place, Nate Dooley (182) – 6th place, Noah Yeamans (state qualifier) and Alejandro Cavazos (state qualifier).  

The head coach is Jerry Best.  Assistant coaches are Todd Wyckoff, Joshua Brining, Adam Arteaga and Aaron Schutz.

Archery Team Captures 5th Consecutive State Title

The Allen High School Archery team won their state championship on March 22 in Belton and defended their State Archery title. This is the 5th consecutive State Championship for the Eagles. This qualifies the team for the NASP National Championships in May.

Allen Senior Dorothy Cobb broke a new tournament record score with a 297 out of 300. She was 1st out of 2,133 archers.  The other archers who contributed scores to the state title included: Ryan Sarabia, Abbey Hartsell, Luis Ortiz, Davis Arnold and Jamison Jensen.  Their head coach is Jason Anderson.

PCAT Driver of the Year

Allen bus driver, Paul Kerutis, has been named Property Casualty Alliance Texas (PCAT) Driver of the Year for Texas.  The award is presented for safety practices, driving record and overall customer service.

3rd Floor ATPI Photography Awards

The Board is recognizing the following students for their awards in the ATPI  3rd Floor Texas Shoot-Out Contest:   First Place: Austin Galletti (Cell/Smartphone); Honorable Mention: Elisa Popa. (Architecture/Cityscape); Second Place: Anya Albuquerque, (Documentary/Photojournalism); Second Place: Anya Albuquerque (Industrial); Honorable Mention: Kenna Easley and Addie Kirkpatrick (Landscape/Nature); Honorable Mention: Addie Kirkpatrick, and Austin Galletti (Open Color); Honorable Mention: Ratara Lee and Elisa Pope (Portraits/People); and Third Place: Elisa Popa (Still Life).  Krista Luter is the high school photography instructor.

Allen ISD Leadership Academy Class

The following citizens recently completed the 2018 Allen ISD Leadership Academy.  The academy provided participants with a comprehensive view of the school district through tours and meetings with district leaders.  The academy met monthly since November. The participants included: Martha Bahnman, Christine Caplinger, Mary Jane Hamilton, Mary Vail-Grube, Nafisa Dharamsi, Neil Fonville, Neil Riddick, Rachel Mitchell, Sanjiv Sinha, Sarah Mitchell, Theresa Ginsburg, Todd Harris and Tonya Robertson.

Eagle Leadership Development Program

Fourteen Allen ISD employees have been accepted into the 2018 Allen ISD/UNT Eagle Leadership Program.  The employees were selected from a group of 32 applicants and underwent an extensive application and interview process before making the final round and being accepted into the program. The 2-year partnership with UNT will provide these employees with an opportunity to receive their Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification at a discounted rate and to participate in coursework designed and taught by our very own Allen ISD administrators.  The 2018 Cohort group includes:

James Anderson     Curtis Middle School            8th Grade ELA         

Jennifer Boyte          Cheatham Elementary        5th Grade

Jenna Capps            Rountree Elementary          Instructional Coach Math/Science

Angela Clarke          Preston                                 4th Grade

Laura Crawford        Ereckson Middle School     Instructional Coach

Erica Harvey             Lowery Freshman Center  Biology

Stephanie Karmann Allen High School                10th Grade ELA

Jason Klotz               Olson Elementary                6th Grade

Sara Morgan            Preston Elementary            4th Grade

Renee Nelson          Preston Elementary            6th Grade

Justin Preston          Preston Elementary            Art

Caitlin Richards       Chandler Elementary          Kindergarten

Crystal Slaton           Kerr Elementary                 Instructional Coach

Andrea White            Bolin Elementary               Kindergarten/2nd Grade

Board Accepts Donations On Behalf of the District

The Trustees accepted gifts and donations on behalf of the school district. The Foundation For Allen Schools donated a total of $5,558 to various campuses and groups as a result of the money raised from the Allen Eagle Run. Other campuses received donations from their local PTA or community members to support educational resources, field trips, end-of-year parties, and other items.

Board Receives Updates on Construction Projects

Daniel Pitcock, AISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations, provided the School Board with an update on construction projects within the school district.Planning has begun for renovation of the current Dillard Special Achievement Center into a training, technology and school board room.

Projects in the bidding stage include renovation of the "old" Lowery Center for use as the Dillard Special Achievement Center.

Summer projects that will be underway include technology refresh work at Boon and Norton Elementary Schools; landscape revitalization work at Anderson, Reed, Norton and Boyd Elementary Schools; classroom modifications for expansion of GT programs at three middle schools; and major renovations at Kerr Elementary School.

Projects in the design phase include the Ereckson Middle School stadium and Renovations for Phase 3 at Allen High School.They include renovations of the library, main office areas, art rooms, main school  entrance and parking lot improvements for traffic flow.

Construction continues at the Allen ISD STEAM Center as well as the new Lowery Freshman Center which is scheduled to open for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Trustees Approve Purchase of a Spherical Display System

The School Board approved the purchase of an OmniGlobe Spherical Display System to be used in the new STEAM Center. The 60-inch spherical display will provide students with interactive presentations and visualization experiences related to the natural earth, solar system, geophysical and meteorological data, climate, ecology, demographics and more. This instructional tool can be used across all grade levels (K-12) at the STEAM Center to support student learning.

The total expenditure for the system, including shipping, training, and installation, is $137,163. The project will be split-funded with $114,900 coming from Instructional Materials Allotment funds, and the remaining $22,263 coming from saves within the 2017-18 General Fund budget. The OmniGlobe Spherical Display System is sold by ARC Science Simulations.

Next Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Board will be Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at Allen City Hall.