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PISD trustees zap ‘zero tolerance’; set to meet Byers board

By Matt Kelton
Clay County Pioneer Sentinel

Petrolia ISD trustees chose to eliminate a portion of the school’s guidelines for discipline techniques during Monday night’s regular meeting of the school board.

The rule under discussion stated that the district had zero tolerance for fighting, and that the Clay County Sheriff’s Office would be called if a fight occurred.

Welch said the rule was brought before the board because it is difficult to manage. “Every instance is different,” said Welch.

The superintendent also said the rule was not a discipline technique itself, but a note attached to another guideline.

Trustees called a school board election for May 12. Board members Joey Davis, Christy Ridinger and Gerald Heflin are up for re-election. They fill places 1, 2 and 3.

Following a required second reading, trustees approved Texas Association of School Boards Update 92, a measure that revises school board.

A joint Petrolia-Byers school board meeting will be held at Petrolia Elementary on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the consolidation of the independent school districts.

Cheryl Mehl of Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell and Mehl Law Firm will be on hand to discuss consolidation issues with trustees.

Welch said no action concerning the consolidation agreement will be taken, but board members from each district will have the opportunity to make suggestions for the final contract.

Once the contract is finalized, approval by both boards is required before it can be presented to voters in each district. It must be approved by April 16, giving voters 25 days to review the contract. Voters will decide for or against a proposition for consolidation in the May 12 school election.

Byers ISD trustees met Thursday, Jan. 19, to discuss consolidation. During the meeting, Byers Mayor Bob Lawrence said the city would be interested in using the Byers School building. Petrolia ISD has no intentions of continuing classes there, but has the option of donating, or selling for a nominal fee, the facilities to a municipality or non-profit organization.

Representatives from the Byers Improvement Group and the Byers Volunteer Fire Department also attended the meeting.


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