Turner recognized at YISD meeting

By Anna Noel

Yorktown News-View

The regular meeting of the Yorktown ISD school board took place on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The floor was opened to public comments, and the first speaker was Gene Henry.

“Board members, parents, and taxpayers learned about the various problematic and disturbing agendas being implemented in the school curriculum financed through the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 payout. Some of it has arrived here in DeWitt County. We were told in a previous meeting here the highly problematic portion of the American Rescue Plan, Achieve3000, plans to not be put into effect at this time.

“The disturbing thing about this is not only the alarming information itself, but the fact that this information was not readily available to taxpayers and parents, but came about largely because the COVID-19 restrictions placed students and parents together education-wise and parents began to find out things hidden from them. Parents are now energized and paying attention to what their children are being taught in school, and especially how they are being taught.

“Children are wards of their parents, not the government. Parents should be deciding what their children are taught, not the government. The school board members are elected by parents and taxpayers and charged with the job of maintaining financing and curriculum, they should be directly responsible to the parents and the taxpayers. The decisions made should be the wishes of these parents and taxpayers, and not those of the government.”

The next speaker was Ellie Noel.

“I just wanted to speak about sports and homeschoolers competing in UIL activities. I wanted to say that I have participated in the Victoria Music and Teachers Association for several years playing piano, I have a 96% grade in Geometry and a 97% in Algebra 1 last year, and I work out Monday, Wednesday, Friday almost every week and ran in the Turkey Trot recently. I just wanted to say that I would like to use my talents for Yorktown. Thank you.”

As there were no more speakers, Brooke Turner was then recognized for qualifying for state in cross country, the second female to do so in YISD history. Coach Acree introduced her and said a few words.

“This is my 25th year of teaching and coaching and kids like Brooke are why I do what I do. My nickname for her is the Machine, cause when she works out she’s just like a machine, it’s incredible. She’s pretty amazing, I’m going to miss her next year.”

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