The Palestine Independent School District is holding two meetings this week, a meeting called at 12 p.m. Monday and a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Both meetings are held in the administration building at 1007 East Park Ave.

A grievance filed by Mélissa Firmin is the subject of the meeting called for Monday. The school board meets behind closed doors to hold a hearing on the former teacher and tennis coach’s Level III grievance and meet with legal counsel.

The Board of Directors will meet in open session following the closed session to address the grievance.

The regular meeting begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in camera and meets in the meeting room of the PISD administration office at 6:00 p.m.

The superintendent’s report includes the announcement of upcoming school events, schedules, and meetings. The annual Junior Service League Back-to-School Fair takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 6; The call is at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 8; Meet the Teacher is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9; The first day of school is Thursday, August 11; Meet the Wildcats is at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 15.

Upcoming board events include a regular meeting on August 22 and a meeting called for a date to be announced.

The Chief Financial Officer will report on district finances, the 2022-23 budget workshop, and share the proposed tax rate for the 2022-23 school year.

Consent items include approval of June 20 and July 6 meeting minutes, paid bills for June, financial, monthly investment and tax collection reports, donations, and appointment of a responsible for the tax calculation rate. Other elements of consent include a schedule for student credit per exam, specialty courses approved for University Interscholastic League eligibility, and campus start and end times.

The board will also hear a report from the director of school safety and accept the hiring of professional staff.

Points for discussion and action include electing a delegate and an alternate to serve on the assembly at the Texas School Boards Association convention on Sept. 24 in San Antonio.

School board executive sessions are closed to the public and authorized by state law for discussion of personnel, discussion or implementation of a safety plan, and/or discussions regarding real property or plans future.

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