By Kelly Young


ALTO – The Alto Independent School District School Board met Monday night for the first time since the Alto Yellow Jackets won the state Class A football championship this weekend.

Among the district’s business, the board voted to accept the district’s Campus Improvement Plans.

“The Campus Improvement Plans are designed by the principals, parents, community members and teachers at each of the three campuses. They are goals and objectives for each of the campuses to pursue,” said Alto Superintendent Ray DeSpain.

“They include academic goals, safety and drug-free goals, attendance objectives and basically all of the inner workings of the campus. These three plans will be used to formulate a District Improvement Plan that will be presented to the school board at the January meeting.”

The board also approved Policy Update 79, which included minor, bureaucratic changes to the district’s policy.

“Update 79 really didn’t include any major changes. It is just something that the Texas Association of School Boards sends us to make sure that we are in compliance with the newest changes in the law,” DeSpain said.

It was also announced during the meeting that Alto Middle School Principal William Luttrell will retire following the fall semester, citing health and family reasons.

According to DeSpain, Luttrell was a benefit to the district.

“He has done a good job here for the district, and we wish him the best in the future,” he said.

At present, the district plans to name Alto Middle School teacher Kelly West as interim middle school principal.

“Right now, high school principal Donald Patton, elementary principal Melody Witt and myself will work together through the spring semester with Kelly West,” DeSpain said.

“She will be pulling double duty – she will still have her teaching duties and will be acting as interim principal – but the other principals and myself will help as much as we can.”

In other business the board approved:

• the minutes from previous meetings;

• the accounts payable for the months of November and December; and

• moving the January regular board meeting from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, due to the fact that Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Alto Independent School District School Board regularly meets the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the AISD administration building.

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