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Winona ISD Superintendent Resigns Effective June 30, 2012

Oct. 25, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.

By Seria Dassing

Winona ISD Superintendent Wiley Vonner officially submitted his resignation to the board during their meeting Thursday night, and it was accepted unanimously. Vonner plans to retire after the 2011-2012 school year, and his resignation is not effective until June 30, 2012.

In other items of business on the agenda, the public hearing on the FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) Rating for Winona ISD was presented. Winona ISD received a Superior Achievement rating for the 2009-2010 District Financial Status. The district received 22 out of 22 indicators. The FIRST review is designed to encourage districts to use the maximum possible dollars for instructional purposes.

In the presentation, travel and training expenses for each school board member and the superintendent were listed. Totals for the 2009-2010 year came to $9,194.41 for Superintendent Vonner, $2,368.31 for Bubba Bixler, $1,151.87 for Dexter Jones, $1,850.07 for Kenneth Langley, $1,836.21 for Linda Waters, $2,419.36 for Randy Hawkins, $2,420.84 for Headlee Daniels, and $1,212.63 for Stephanie Parker. Board members are required by law to maintain a certain number of hours of training and the amounts of money spent may depend on how many training sessions are attended per person.

Vickie Russell was recognized by the Winona School Board as Teacher of the Month. Russell teaches seventh grade writing.

"I see her taking leadership often. She is a wonderful lady and I'm very proud to have her on our staff," said Middle School Principal Oscar Rendon.

1. The Winona Middle School was also awarded the 2011 Texas Honors Circle Award, which Principal Rendon accepted.

2. Debbie Martin reported all teachers and para-professionals at Winona ISD are highly qualified. The district staff is 100 per cent highly qualified.

3. The district investment policy was reviewed and a procedure resolution passed with no changes made.

4. The TELPAS report was presented (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System). A district must have five students to be required to complete this report, so only the third grade in Winona had to prepare a report. The report includes the levels of listening, speaking, reading, and writing English and the progress made by the students.

5. Trustees voted to hire Tori Ferrell as a para-professional for the Speech Pathologist position.

6. The board voted to change to in-house custodial services effective the first business day in January of 2012.



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