PISD board celebrates student leadership summit, encourages parent communication

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
The school district will then prepare for the audit of the budget and spending.  A part of this discussion included property taxes and the monies that go to the schools.

Prosper ISD School Board met for the monthly meeting on September 20. 

Students who were part of the new Student Leadership Summit gave a presentation of their summer activities.  This was a three day summit during which 190 secondary students came together to learn how to be leaders.  

Twenty-six Prosper ISD staff members donated their time to assist during the event. 

Dr. Holly Ferguson has been named the lone finalist for the job of Prosper ISD superintendent.

The first day featured lessons presented by Holly Ferguson, Superintendent of PISD.  During the second day, students were led by PISD graduate Avery Bishop in a discussion about empathy, curiosity, and leadership.  The students also learned how to focus on their leadership legacy, as they learn and grow into leaders. 

The end of the summit allowed the children to group together  to form a plan to address a problem in the school district. One of the groups made a presentation at the school board meeting. 

Next, members of the community spoke to the school board.  The comments at this point in the meeting were about the budget, specific to that board item. 

The board passed the consent agenda items, minutes, and budget amendments.  Additionally, under education, the board approved class size waivers. 

“The district is growing and we are not always able to keep our classes at 22 students in each classroom,” Ferguson said.  “We will continue to watch these classes that are slightly higher than 22, and are most likely to need to hire a paraprofessional or another teacher in December or January.”  T

he board passed the waivers.

The board approved home-bound education for a student who is not able to attend classes with their peers.  The waiver must be approved by the board for each student who needs this type of instruction.  

The last portion of the 2020-2021 budget update was given.  This budget will end September 30th.  The school district will then prepare for the audit of the budget and spending.  A part of this discussion included property taxes and the monies that go to the schools.   

At the end of the regular meeting, public comment about non-agenda items.  One of the commenters spoke about the culture of Prosper ISD and open communication.  A speaker encouraged the district to keep the information provided.  Comments were given about the need for caution about using Federal funding.  In a second comment, a parent encouraged the district to allow homeschooled children to participate in UIL activities. 

Prosper ISD school board meets once a month, on the third Monday of the month at 7 pm. The meetings are available in person and virtually.