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March 17, 2012

no trustee election for FISD

FORSAN — It appears there won’t be a trustee election in Forsan Independent School District this year.
When the FISD board holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room, it is expected to officially cancel the election scheduled for May.
Forsan ISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said the election will be called off because there will be no contested races on the ballot.
Three at-large seats on the board were up for election this year. Incumbents Lewis Boeker and Beckie Wash filed, along with newcomer Chris Olsen. With only three candidates vying for three spots, there was no need to hold a formal election, Johnson said.
Also Monday, trustees are expected to adopt a resolution delaying the implementation of one aspect of the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) standardized tests for students.
Johnson said trustees will likely vote to suspend implementation of the STAAR’s “15 percent rule” for a year.
The 15 percent rule states that grades from the STAAR’s end of course exams will account for 15 percent of a student’s final grade in that particular class, Honson said.
The trouble with the rule, however, is that no one is exactly sure what the test’s passing standards will be just yet.
“(State education officials) have not yet told us what the passing averages on the tests will be,” Johnson said. “So the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency told all the school districts in Texas they could suspend the 15 percent rule for a year until the passing standards are finalized.
“That doesn’t minimize the importance of the end-of-course exams,” Johnson said. “They’re still very important … and they will count a great deal toward graduation. They just won’t be reflected on the student’s report card this year.”
In other business Monday, FISD trustees will consider:
• Renewal of teacher contracts.
• Policy updates.
• Bus purchases.
• Reports from campus principals.
• Revenue, expenditure and investment reports.

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