Athens board schedules vote on 4-day instructional week

The Athens ISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote Friday afternoon on instituting a 4-day instructional week starting next year, Board President Rob Risko confirmed.

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

The Athens ISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote Friday afternoon on instituting a 4-day instructional week starting next year, Board President Rob Risko confirmed.

The special meeting is scheduled for noon Friday, Dec. 14 at the District Support Center Board Room, 104 Hawn Street.

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Athens ISD considers four-day instructional week; Employees, parents and secondary students to be surveyed

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

The employees of Athens ISD knew something important was in the air Monday afternoon as they gathered at the Athens High School auditorium following student dismissal for a districtwide meeting. After greeting those gathered with some light humor, Superintendent Blake Stiles jumped straight to the heart of the matter.

“A four-day instructional week,” he said. “That’s why we’re here.” Before he could continue, applause broke out.

Over the next half hour, Stiles, joined by Deputy Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims and Assistant Superintendent Jami Ivey, explained the key components of the proposed new calendar — stressing that the Monday-through-Thursday instructional week remains only a proposal at this time, and, if implemented, it would be launched as a three-year pilot program. Any school calendar must be approved by the seven elected members of the board of trustees. A survey soliciting input will be sent to employees, parents and secondary students of Athens ISD on Wednesday.

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Winningest football coach in AISD history to step down

Paul Essary

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Athens ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Paul Essary on Monday announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, 2018. Essary came to Athens in July 2009 from Deer Park ISD.

“I would like to thank you and Athens ISD for a very rewarding 10 years,” said Essary in his letter of resignation to Superintendent Blake Stiles. “I am proud of the success that the athletic program and football program have accomplished during my tenure.”

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Masons present check to AISD for Dyslexia Program

Pictured from left to right, Michael Burton, Jeff Almrud, Kyle Tidmore, Randy Daniel, Rob Risko, Sarah Davidson, Sara Chamblee, Erica Rodriguez, Angela St. Valentine, and Sheri Leamon. (Courtesy photo)

Press release

Athens Masonic Lodge #165 presented a check for $3,000 to the Athens Independent School District on Monday, October 22, 2018. The check was presented during the Monthly School Board Meeting, and was in support of the District’s adoption of a new, scientifically validated, dyslexia teaching program developed by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Five AISD teachers have already begun training to implement the program.

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Tool Elementary School gets national recognition

Press release

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators announced last week that Tool Elementary School is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2018.

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