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Ferris ISD recognizes school board members

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Ferris Independent School District Board of Trustees were recognized during their regular meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 16 at the FISD Administration Building Board Room.

FISD Superintendent Larry Hairgrove said January is School Board Appreciation month across the state of Texas.

Hairgrove presented trustees with certificates.

He said trustee Thomas Griffith has been on the board since 1998.

Trustee Robert Scott Jr. has been on the board since 1991.

Trustee Wayne Jones has been on the board since 1994.

Trustee Bobby Lindsey has been on the board since 1993.

President Duane Yee has been on the board since 1991.

Vice President Lee Longino first joined the board in 1983.

'Members of this board go back to when this district had a lot of problems,' Hairgrove said.

'This board has worked to solve a lot of problems.'

'A lot of this we have done without a bond election,' Yee said.

'You don't realize how much money we get from grants.

'We've come a long ways.'

In old business, Jones said he felt a high school varsity cheerleader, who was suspended indefinitely during the past football season, should be reinstated on the squad.

'I don't feel she did anything wrong,' he said.

'I feel she was not treated fairly.'

Jones made a motion to reinstate the cheerleader.

The motion died due to a lack of a second.

In other business, principals reported on their campuses.

Jan Willeford of the elementary school said new sections had been added for first grade and kindergarten.

Willeford said current enrollment was 573.

She said there would be a parent training sesssion Monday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

February will be Science Month.

There will be an open house at the elementary 6:30-8 p.m. on March 8.

Ophelia Grass of the intermediate school said a section was added for sixth grade.

'A big concern I have is we'll be testing more Hispanics in writing this year than Anglo,' Grass said.

'I think that's the first time.'

She said there were 13 non-English-speaking students and 49 pupils in the English as a second language program.

May 3 will be Career Awareness Night.

Michael Aaron of the junior said current enrollment there stayed quite stable around 350.

Aaron said there would be a TAAS math practice test.

He said there would be UIL competition in late February.

'We're doing better than where we were last year on attendance,' Aaron said.

Larry Carson of the high school said there would be TAAS testing Feb. 20-22.

Carson said there would be in-course exams the last week of school in May.

'We're spending a lot of time preparing for TAAS,' he said.

'We're beginning to push seniors harder.

'It's time to fill out college applications . . . scholarship applications . . .'

Financial Aid Night will be Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Terry Janzen of Navarro College will speak.

Carson said the high school was still attempting to recruit teachers.

'We're trying to fill vacancies at this time,' he said.

'It's taking more and more time to find good teachers.'

Carson said current enrollment at FHS is 532.

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