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NLISD Board meets tonight to hire new Superintendent

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A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of North Lamar ISD will be held February 20, 2018, beginning at 6:00 PM in the North Lamar High School Library.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

I. CALL to ORDER/ESTABLISH QUOREM-Stephen Holmes

II. INVOCATION and PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE-Stone Students

III. RECOGNITION of STUDENTS/STAFF-Principals/Carla Coleman

IV. PUBLIC COMMENTS

V. ACTION ITEM
A. Resolution by the Board of Trustees to Name the Administration Building The Roy Chadwick Administration Building

VI. ACTION ITEM
A. Consider and Possible Action to Approve Superintendent Employment Contract with Dr. Jason Adams

VII. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes B. Monthly Financial Reports-Tami Miles
1) Statement of Position
2) Payment of Monthly Bills 3) Tax Collections

VIII. ACTION and DISCUSSION ITEMS-Tami Miles
A. Budget Amendment
B. Seek Proposals for Computers for the 2017-2018 School Year
C. Request To Extend Engagement Letter For Audit Services
D. Seek Proposals for Athletic Field Prep, Athletic Supplies/Equipment, Band Instruments/Repairs, Electrical Services/Repairs, HVAC Equipment, Instructional Supplies/Equipment, Janitorial Supplies, Lawn Services, Maintenance Supplies/Equipment/Repairs, Pest Control, Plumbing Services, Roof Repairs, Student Accident Insurance

IX. ACTION and DISCUSSION ITEMS-Chandra White A. Attendance and Enrollment Report
B. Curriculum Report
1) Spring Benchmark and STAAR Testing X. INFORMATION ITEM- Carla Coleman
A. Conduct Public Hearing of the District Annual Report XI. ACTION and DISCUSSION ITEMS- Chandra White
A. 2018-2019 School Calendar

XII. ACTION and DISCUSSION ITEM
A. Approve Appraisal of the 14 Acres of District Property on 271 North
B. Approve Appraisal of 30 Plus Acres off 271 North XIII. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
A. DAEP 2018-2019
B. Maintenance and Facility Report

XIV. EXECUTIVE SESSION-authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act
A. Texas Government Code 551.074 1) Personnel
a) Discuss employment of Superintendent of Schools
b) Consider Professional Personnel Contract Renew/Nonrenewal for Assistant Superintendent, Campus Principals, Assistant Principals, and Directors
c) Resignations
d) Superintendent’s Evaluation
B. Texas Government Code 551.071
1) Consultation with Attorney to Discuss Confidential Legal Matters

XV. ACTION ON ITEMS DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION

XVI. EXECUTIVE SESSION- authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act A. Texas Government Code 551.072
1) Discuss Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property B. Texas Government Code 551.074
1) Conduct Level Three Hearing on Appeal of Decision Regarding School Employee Complaint/Grievance
C. Texas Government Code 551.071
1) Private Consultation with Attorney and Receive Confidential Advice

XVII. ACTION ON ITEMS DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION
A. Consideration and Possible Action Related to Level Three Appeal of School Employee

XVIII. ADJOURNMENT

Silumations attempt to create context and undestanding of poverty in a community

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FROM UNITED WAY OF LAMAR COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:

“I started fights in school on purpose, so I would be in too much trouble to go on the field trip. I knew my parents didn’t have the $3 for the field trip and I was too embarrassed.”

“I felt so lonely. I was sitting by myself at work, knowing that my family was depending on that check. But when I got home, my family kept talking about what else had happened that week, and I felt left out. Even in my home, I felt isolated and alone in the world.”

This week, the United Way of Lamar County was invited to join Paris ISD in their end of the year professional development exercises. In this half-day experience, we conducted a poverty simulation that takes participants through a month in the life of a low-income family. Family groups are assigned roles to play and must work to keep their children safe, families fed, and housing and utilities paid.

With volunteers taking on the roles of case workers, bankers, employers, pawn shop employees and many others, the experience usually begins with nervous laughter and the air of it being a fun game. By the third and four weeks of the simulation though, the participants are panicked and near tears, frustrations reaching new highs as they feel a barraged of emotions tied to the chaos and stress of the situations.

Families are evicted from their homes, utilities are shut off, abandoned and neglected children are removed from their homes, and there are long lines to pay bills, cash checks, and search for employment or social services. Stress. The word pops up at the end of each simulation, being the cornerstone of the experience.

In the Paris ISD, the amount of children living in poverty reaches to 94% in some schools, but has an average of over 70%. The children and their families living day to day through these hardships and these affected students are walking the halls and filling the classrooms of our schools. Through these simulations, teachers and administrators are seeing how they can be a part of the solution to bringing these children’s lives out of the chaos with added attention, empathy and resources, reinforcing the importance of education as a mechanism to break the cycle of generational poverty in our communities.

“Day to day life was overwhelming and stressful. After a while, it was just easier to just sit there and watch the world pass by me. I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I knew it would be coming to an end when the whistle was blown, but the families who are living in poverty – it never ends for them.”

Through our work in the community, building a larger and stronger pool of resources and tools for success, we strive to make the lives of Paris and Lamar County residents better each day.

If you are interested in hosting a poverty simulation for your organization or company or are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather Himes at heather.himes@lamarcountyuw.org or 903-784-6642.

School finance legislation is pronounced dead (Texas Tribune)

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Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor on Wednesday afternoon said that he would not appoint conferees to negotiate with the House on a proposed school finance overhaul. “That deal is dead,” he said.

An effort to overhaul the state’s beleaguered school finance system has been declared dead after the Texas Senate Education Committee’s chairman said Wednesday that he would not appoint conferees to negotiate with the House.

“That deal is dead,” Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said.

Taylor’s remarks come after his counterpart in the House, Dan Huberty, R-Houston, gave a passionate speech in which he said he would not accept the Senate’s changes to House Bill 21 and would seek a conference committee with the Senate.

HB 21 was originally intended to inject $1.5 billion into the state’s funding for the majority of public schools and to simplify some of the complex, outdated formulas for allocating money to school districts across the state. The Senate took that bill, reduced the funding to $530 million, and added what many public education advocates have called a “poison pill”: a “private school choice” program that would subsidize private school tuition and homeschooling for kids with disabilities.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pronounced the bill dead in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“Although Texas House leaders have been obstinate and closed-minded on this issue throughout this session, I was hopeful when we put this package together last week that we had found an opening that would break the logjam. I simply did not believe they would vote against both disabled children and a substantial funding increase for public schools,” he said in the statement. “I was wrong. House Bill 21 is now dead.”

House Speaker Joe Straus said in a statement Wednesday that the Senate has not prioritized school finance reform this session.

“We appointed members of a conference committee today because the House was willing to continue to work on public school finance immediately. Unfortunately, the Senate walked away and left the problems facing our schools to keep getting worse,” he said.

HB 21 was the first time in years that the Legislature has taken up major school finance reform without a court mandate.

“Members, some of your schools will be forced to close in the next year based on the committee substitute of House Bill 21,” as passed by the Senate, Huberty said, before moving to go to conference. “I refuse to give up. I’ll continue trying. Let’s at least attempt to rescue this bill.”

The House voted 134-15 to request a conference committee with the Senate on the bill.

Huberty chastised the Senate for carving out the funding for schools as well as the fixes to the formula intended to make the system more equitable.

“The new version contains no method of finance,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, the budget is closed. There is no money in the budget for that bill.”

Taylor has said he would not agree on a version of the bill without the “private school choice” program.  “There won’t be a conference committee,” he said.

Taylor contested Huberty’s statement that the Senate hadn’t considered any method for funding the bill. He said he had talked with Huberty on Tuesday about creating extra money by deferring payments to management care organizations through Medicaid. “There was a source of funding,” he said. “Unfortunately, what was said on the House floor was not true.”

The Texas Supreme Court ruled last year that the state’s system for allocating money to public schools was constitutional but fundamentally flawed, or “lawful but awful,” Huberty reminded the House. “Over the first month of the session, we tried to work with every interested party to craft a plan that would help every school district.”

He said the “private school choice” program the Senate stuck in his bill would not help students with disabilities, because it would provide each with about $8,000 of state money to attend specialized private schools that cost much more: an average of $15,000. Huberty had tried to get the Senate to include one of his own bills, creating a $20 million grant program for schools helping students with autism, instead of the voucher-like program for kids with special needs. Taylor ultimately included both in the version voted out of the Senate.

House Appropriations Chairman John Zerwas, R-Richmond, made a nonbinding motion to prevent House members of the conference committee from including any voucher-like programs in the school finance bill. That motion passed 101-45.

The motion upset Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, who authored the only “private school choice” bill in the House, which would subsidize private school tuition for students with special needs. “You’re saying you don’t want the conference body to even consider having any kind of special-needs school choice? I know all of you have a place in your heart for these children,” he said.

Simmons made a motion to allow House conferees to consider voucher-like programs for kids with disabilities. The motion failed 47-89.

“It’s really amazing to me that our body is so afraid from helping out special-needs children with education choice that they wouldn’t even have the conferees discuss it,” Simmons later told The Texas Tribune.

He said Texas would probably never be able to get school finance reform unless both chambers passed some form of “private school choice.”

“As long as the Senate is as it is going forward, every school finance bill will have some kind of a choice attached to it. So either the House is going to say, ‘We never want any more money,’ or else they’re going to say, ‘We want some type of choice system that works,’” Simmons said.

Patrick had offered to barter for the “private school choice” program with a bill that tweaks the state’s A-F grading system for districts and schools. He said he would delay the system’s implementation to 2019. The Senate is expected to take up that piece of legislation, House Bill 22, Wednesday — and it won’t include a delay of the system’s implementation, Taylor said Wednesday.

School superintendents really want that delay to the A-F grading system, but not enough to concede on any type of voucher-like program, which they said would suck money from public schools. More than 40 public education advocacy groups sent letters to all Senate offices asking them not to vote for the bill, before the Senate voted to approve the bill.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • The Texas Senate voted to approve a bill that would simplify funding formulas for public schools and let parents use state money to send their kids with disabilities to private schools or pay for homeschooling.
  • A Senate committee passed the House’s major school finance reform bill, after adding a controversial provision subsidizing private school tuition for special needs students — a move unlikely to go over well in the House.
  • The Senate Education Committee discussed a bill that would radically simplify the state’s school finance formula, stripping it of some antiquated provisions. Parents and educators who testified wanted a few new provisions added in.

The article above comes from The Texas Tribune. Aliyya Swaby reports on public education for the Tribune. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

NLISD names teachers of the year, recognizes dozens of others

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FROM NL PRESS RELEASE:

An appreciation banquet for North Lamar ISD employees was held Monday night to honor those who make a difference to students and co-workers throughout the year. Superintendent John McCullough and District administrators recognized employees for their years of service to the district, honored those retiring, and presented special awards to those who have gone above and beyond assisting students and colleagues.

Teachers of the Year

Kelly Moore, 8th Grade Language Arts, NLISD Secondary Teacher of the Year
Wendy Peek, 3rd Grade ELAR, NLISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Announcing the 2017 North Lamar Teachers of the Year were Lisa Denman, last year’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Kenny Sanders, who stepped in for last year’s Secondary Teacher of the Year Dennis Hodgkiss, who was at the state UIL meet. Kelly Moore, eighth grade Language Arts teacher, was named Secondary Teacher of the Year while Wendy Peek, Aaron Parker Elementary third grade English and social studies teacher, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Nominees from all six campuses spoke about what teaching has meant to them. Others representing their campuses and who were interviewed for the district’s high honors were Angela Shannon at North Lamar High School, Brittany Moreland at Bailey Intermediate, Cathey Scheffel at Everett Elementary, and Penny Stutsman at Higgins Elementary.

Faculty & Special Awards

Recipients of the district’s special awards were: Maintenance Supervisor Tommy Funderburgfor Auxiliary of the Year; NLHS librarian Debbie Basden for Support Staff of the Year; Stone secretary Launa Doyal for Paraprofessional of the Year; and NLHS Resource English teacher Jacie Vaughn for Special Educator of the Year.

From left to right: Tommy Funderburg, NL Auxiliary of the Year (Retiring); Debbie Basden, NL Support Staff of the Year; Launa Doyal, NL Paraprofessional of the Year
NL Staff and Faculty retiring at the end of the 2016/2017 school year.

Retiring

Retiring from the District are (beginning front row left) Larry Beall, Tommy Funderburg, Carol Sherwood and Drethia Parsons; second row, Claire Anderson, Roxan DeRosier, Duanna Ewell and Lesa Bulls; back row, Julie Green, Leslie Ewell, Billy Copeland and Robert George. Not pictured are Marilyn Elmighalajughi, Misty LeFlore, Pam McNabb, Paula McVay and Teresa Williams.


25 years and beyond

Long-time Stone Middle School educator, Science teacher Kenny Sanders stands with his appreciation pin after serving the North Lamar district for 50 years.

Honored and receiving pins for their years of service were: 50 years – Kenny Sanders; 40 years – Vivian Hicks; 30 years – Nancy Beall, Michelle Easton and Carol Newberry; 25 years –Ronnie Lester, Julie McNeece and Angie Pulsar; 20 years – Michelle Brazeal, Wendi Burton, Keith Carpenter, Christi Coe, Sara Hess, Kara Lane, Debbie Manjane, Jackie Moseley, Jeanne Self, Deborah Sherwood and Georgia Thompson.

15 years

Fifteen year pins were given to Lisa Archer, Shelly Bivens, Kristen Blanton, Loy Dean Clark, Jenny Davis, Dale Freeman, Kim Johnson, Glynese McNabb, Lindsey Miller, Debbie Moore, Patty Moss, Liz Russell, Kelli Stewart and Cheryl Thrasher.

10 years

Receiving 10 year pins were Janet Anderson, Tammy Crutcher, Roxan DeRosier, Jenny Dority, Wendi Fleming, Homer Garner, Miranda Hale, Lacey Jordan, Angelia Kennedy, Melissa LaVoy, Kerri Layton, Pat Mason, Cindy McCully, Renee Noble, Cynthia Pharis, Bailee Ray, Julie Romans, Doil Tingen and Celeste Withers.

5 years

Others receiving their 5 year pins were Patricia Arnold, Shawna Brown, Amy Chennault, Laura Christian, Carolyn Hiller, Angela Holdeman, Joel Hutchison, Josh Jordan, Stephen Keenum, Cynthia Koontz, Sherry Kuhl, Rebecca Liesman, Drew McKnight, Marlyn Moore, Lydia Nichols, Lindsay Owen, Rainey Parson, Bill Plumb, Johnnie Powell, Sierra Radford, Jared Reaves, Hailey Sharrock and Linda Tidwell.

Paris ISD names Rhodes, Hooten teachers of the year

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FROM PISD PRESS RELEASE:

Michael Rhodes was named Secondary Teacher of the Year and Amy Hooten was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the Paris Independent School District at the staff recognition reception, an annual event recognizing teaching excellence as well as honoring employees for their years of service. Both will represent Paris ISD in the 2018 Region VIII Education Service Center Teacher of the Year competition.

Michael Rhodes, CTE & SkillsUSA, PISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Prior to entering the field of education, Rhodes was employed as an automobile technician. He is completing his Bachelor of Science degree this year. He began his teaching career at Paris High School in 2012 in automotive technology.   During his tenure, Rhodes has taken competitors to the state level in SkillsUSA and earned three state championships.  His students’ accomplishments in SkillsUSA include: First year – 1 student was second in district; second at state; Second year – 2 students first and second at district; fourth and sixth at state; Third year – 1 student first and 1 student second at district; 1 student first in state then competed at national level; Fourth year – 5 students first and third at district; 1 tenth and 1 first at state and competed at national level; 5th year –  2 student were first in district, 1 was first at state and will compete at national level; 2 students second in district, 5 students third in district; on student elected as District 5 state officer.

Rhodes embraces the instructional methodologies of Sean Cain’s Fundamental Five.  He presents the methodologies and shares what he does with SkillsUSA during department meetings. He has convinced eight teachers to participate. He is co-lead teacher in the department.

Amy Hooten, 2nd Grade, PISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Amy Hooten holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from TAMU—Commerce.  She has taught each of her 23 years at Thomas Justiss Elementary School. She is certified in elementary self-contained, early childhood education, and reading recovery. She is currently a second grade English/Language Arts teacher.  She has served on the District Wide Academic Committee, School Effectiveness Team, Grade Level Representative, mentor to student teachers and new co-workers on her grade level, technology mentor, and has presented in-service training for reading strategies.  She was the Outstanding Read 180 Educator in 2014.

Hooten has been inspired by a quote by Uri Bronfenbrenner, “Every child needs at least ONE adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.”  She finds that special child each year.  Mrs. Joel Casey was that person to her when she moved to Texas from Minnesota in third grade.  She knew at an early age she was meant to be a teacher despite being surrounded by a family devoted to the medical field.

Texas senator wants teens to learn what to do during police stops

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“Comply, then complain” and similar phrases could become all too familiar to Texas’ newest drivers, as lawmakers work this week to push two solutions to the rift between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

State legislators are exploring having Texas schools teach students how to act when stopped by law enforcement, and the Department of Public Safety is mulling new language in its guidelines for drivers when they see flashing lights in their rear-view mirrors. The proposed changes come after years of high-profile fatal encounters between police and civilians, particularly among unarmed black men and women.

State Sen. John Whitmire, who wants Texas’ ninth graders to begin learning about their rights and how to act during traffic stops, said many communities distrust their law enforcement. Ninth graders are impressionable and are just getting behind the wheel for the first time, the Houston Democrat said.

On the side of the street is not the place to litigate what you believe the officer is doing is wrong or what the officer believes you are doing wrong,” said Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association

“You need to know what your rights are and the best way to express them,” said Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which will hear testimony Tuesday on the subject. “For instance, how many individuals know where the internal affairs department is? It’s not focused on how to de-escalate something just because you get pulled over by law enforcement. I think that’s important, and I think that’s when most of us have an encounter with the police.” Keep Reading

Commissioners to address PJC’s proposed expansion Monday at 9 a.m.

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Lamar County Commissioners will meet Monday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. to discuss a possible resolution supporting Paris Junior College’s expansion of its taxing district to include all of Lamar County.

PJC’s tax district is currently limited to the Paris city limits and the old Cunningham school district, a small area in the southeastern part of the county.

Community colleges rely mainly on property taxes from their district, tuition/fees, and funds from the state to operate, and PJC has one of the smallest tax districts out of the 50 community colleges in the state.

In a recent interview with KETR, PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin said tuition is right at the state average.

“If you look at the surrounding community colleges, we have some (where) tuition is lower than ours. So there is that point that we really can’t go any higher,” Anglin said.

The clearest benefit from voting yes would be the decrease in tuition for residents in the county.

Those who live in the county could expect to add $85 a year to thier property taxes for every $100,000 their home is valued at.

At the same time, however, tuition would drop from $100 per credit hour to the in-district rate of $55 per credit hour, ideally making PJC more affordable to Lamar County residents.

What that looks like on paper

Students from outside the tax district pay $300 in tuition for a 3 semester credit hour course while in-district students pay $165 for the same course, based on literature provided by PJC.

According to an economic impact study completed by Economic Modeling Specialists International in 2014, Paris Junior College employed 485 people in 2012-13. During this same time, enrolled more than 10,000 students in total.

Commissioner’s Court is a public meeting, and therefore the public can come to express their opinions on any agenda items or other county issues.

Citizens of Lamar County can voice their support or concerns by attending at 9 a.m. or calling their commissioners. Contact information can be found here, and you can determine which precinct you reside in by using this map.

For background reading, click through to the following articles:

  1. PJC’s 2015 report (Paris Junior College)
  2. PJC Fact Sheet Summer 2016 (Paris Junior College)
  3. PJC’s annexation fact sheet (Paris Junior College)
  4. PJC eyes taxing district election (Herald Banner July 2016)
  5. New Paris Junior College taxing district?  (KSST July 2016)
  6. Anglin: PJC threatened if tax district vote fails (Herald Banner August 2016)
  7. PJC Tax Annexation Interview with Dr. Pam Anglin (KSST August 2016)
  8. PJC’s new proposed tax rate is confusing (Sulphur Springs News Telegram September 2016)
  9. Voters to decide on PJC property tax question (KETR September 2016)

Also on the agenda:

  • Receive an update on repairs to Lamar County Courthouse and county property
  • Public hearing and decision on 2016-17 annual county clerk records management and archive plan that will call for the continuation of a $10 filing fee
  • Allowing Reverend Rodney C. Slaughter and other community leaders to use courthouse parking lot to conduct a “Community Revival” to promote peace, understanding, and good will in our area
  • A potential contract with RWCS Janitorial Services
  • A potential contract with Northweast Texas Pest Control
  • Line-item transfers for various county offices

PJC’s production of “The Giver” opens to the public tonight at 7:30

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The Paris Junior College Drama Department is getting ready to kick off this year’s theater season with showings of The Giver beginning Thursday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 9. and stars Saveuyon Brown as The Giver and Caleb Curtis as Jonas.

The Giver is based on the Newbery Award-winning novel of the same name by Lois Lowry.

“(The play) is a very close translation of the book,” said director Robyn Huizinga, who is PJC’s Technical Director and Instructor of Speech and Drama.

The Giver is set in something like a dystopian future, Huizinga said, where everyone has given up choice.

“They’ve given up every little thing- like color. There’s no more sunlight. Everything is artificially climate controlled. They live in this very controlled, orderly society and everyone has a place,” she said.

At the age of 12, children are assigned a job that they’ll perform for nearly the rest of their lives.

The story follows a protagonist named Jonas, who is assigned to be, ‘The Receiver of Memory.’ He goes to meet ‘The Giver’ who gives him all of the memories of the entire world.

“They’re the only two people in the world that understand anything beyond The Community itself,” Huizinga said, explaining the disconnect between the world now and the world before.


The first memory transmission from The Giver, played by Saveuyon Brown (right) to Jonas, played by Caleb Curtis (left) is of snowfall. (Courtesy photo)

While Jonas and the Giver are the only two who understand the pleasantries of holidays, family, and love, they’re also the only ones who know of the terror of warfare, hunger, and poverty that plagued the world in the past, Huizinga said.

“No one else in The Community had experienced anything tragic like that,” Saveuyon Brown said, “because it’s a community of ‘Sameness’– a utopia where people don’t feel anything.”

Jonas struggles with the gravity of the new emotions bestowed upon him in this drab, emotionless world, and is left with questions about the nature of society’s existence. He takes the audience with him through these woes as he must make a choice in a world without choices.

Huizinga said they’re hearing positive things from the students who saw The Giver earlier this week, with one who said she enjoyed how closely the play follows the story of the book.

The Giver is required reading for many elementary and middle school students, but Brown said that it’s a play for the whole family.

“Anyone who is a fan of the book– or the movie– can (come) see the actual production brought to life in front of them,” Brown said.


The cast of “The Giver,” gets ready for a production for middle school students on Tuesday. (Courtesy photo)

The Cast

  • The Giver: Saveuyon Brown
  • Jonas: Caleb Curtis
  • Father: Adrian Hobbs
  • Mother: Crystal Lanece Finney
  • Lily: Brenna Mills
  • Asher: Carlton Bell
  • Fiona: Eden Godwin
  • Chief Elder: Sarah Stogner-Dickinson
  • Rosemary: Amber Nelms
  • Announcer: Eric Shelton
  • Voice: Donna Massoud
  • Ensemble: Kaleya Davis, Gary Dodd, Danbri Erwin, Diana Godsell, James Greer, and Kala Vickers

The Crew

  • Stage Manager: Heather Collins
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Kierra Miller
  • Light Design/ME: Cameron Beshirs
  • Light Board Operator: Antavius Draghn
  • Sound Board Operator: Alex Greer
  • Spot Light Operator: Ethan Brown
  • House Manager: Raven Maxwell
  • House Crew: Ashley Palmer and Mieshea Green; Running Crew: Michael Gunter, Cameron Beshirs, Danbri Erwin, Diana Godsell, Kaleya Davis, James Greer, Gary Dodd, Kala Vickers, Sarah Stogner-Dickinson, Donna Massoud, and Eric Shelton
  • Makeup Design: Sarah Stogner-Dickinson
  • Makeup Crew: Danbri Erwin
  • Costume Design: Paula Vaughan
  • Costume Construction: Celia Stogner, Kaye Weist, and William Walker
  • Set Design: Robyn Huizinga
  • Set Construction by the Stagecraft I Class, Theater Practicum Class, and members of Delta Psi Omega

If you go

  • Admission is $15 for the public and free for students, faculty, and staff with a current PJC ID.
  • The show starts at 7:30 p.m each night Thursday through Saturday with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • It will be at the Ray E. Kerrar Theater, which is just inside the main entrance at PJC. (2400 Clarksville Street)
  • Tickets will be available at the door
  • To reserve tickets in advance– or for additional information– email pjcdrama@parisjc.edu

Chisum ISD student hit by van, flown to DFW hospital

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A female Chisum ISD student was hit by a van Thursday after she got off her school bus on US Highway 82 near her home in Toco.

District Superintendent Tommy Chalaire said the student exited the bus, which was heading eastbound, when a van drove in the shoulder and hit the girl on the right-hand side of the bus.

He said the student, whose home is the last stop on the bus route, suffered a foot and ankle injury and was flown to a DFW-area hospital.

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