RISD Board renews Sidney Gutierrez Middle School contract

October 9, 2013 • Local News

The Roswell Independent School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of renewing the contract of charter school Sidney Gutierrez Middle School during its regular board meeting Tuesday.

The five-year renewal was recommended by Superintendent Tom Burris and will commence with the 2014 fiscal year.

Burris commented during the meeting that the school was good for the community. He said of the school and the district, [auth] “We have a good relationship.”

Principal of Sidney Gutierrez Joe Andreis thanked the district for its continued support of the school.

“We are extremely thankful for all of the connections we’ve made over the years with the district,” he said.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda included the adoption of new middle school social studies textbooks and the adoption of either a five- or 10-year beverage provider agreement with Coca-Cola. Both items were tabled.

The board voted to go to bid for the beverage agreement, at the recommendation of Board Vice President Peggy Brewer. The board discussed bidding after the meeting during an executive session that was closed to the public.

Results of district performance in the ACT college preparedness test and the SBA and ACCESS tests of proficiency in English for non-native speakers were briefly discussed at the beginning of the meeting.

During the general comments period, Eva Gomez, president of the Roswell Education Association (REA), which represents teachers and administrative staff in the district, urged the district to delay the implementation of a new tool for assessing teachers.

“I have teachers very stressed, very strung out,” she said.

According to Gomez, other districts in the state have elected to delay implementation of the tool.

Gomez also contested a claim made by Burris that she had failed to notify the district in time that the union wanted to return to collective bargaining for the 2013-2014 school year.

Gomez stated that she had stated the union’s intent to re-enter bargaining at the board’s February meeting. She said proof could be found in minutes for that meeting.

Burris said that she needed to notify the district in writing.

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