ITALY — The Italy ISD board of trustees accepted the resignation of six teachers and approved the hiring of five teachers during its meeting Monday.

Following a lengthy executive session, the board reconvened and approved the hiring of Candace Puckett, Jessica Emmett, David Burge, Amanda Oakes and Jennifer Jones. The board accepted resignations from Melissa Brown, Judy Day, Ramona Freeman, Emily Parish, Alicia Palacios and Gary Alford.

Dr. Gail Haterius, superintendent, presented a seven-minute video presentation highlighting “Raise Your Hand Texas.”

“Raise Your Hand Texas” is a group of business and community leaders, parents and taxpayers dedicated to strengthening and improving public schools. The organization, chaired by former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, focuses on three points of action:

Celebrate outstanding work done by Texas teachers, administrators and students. Defend public schools against criticism that is unfair or inaccurate. Strengthen public schools by seeking additional state resources and making common sense suggestions that will help provide a safe and effective learning environment for all Texas children.

Ratliff pointed out that Texas has 4.5 million students in the public school system and seeks support by recruiting member advocates.

Advocates can volunteer at a local school or community-based educational organization, join a statewide speakers bureau, host a “hands-on” meeting and educate themselves and others about key issues affecting public schools.

More information is available online at RaiseYourHandTexas.org.

Following approval of the consent agenda, the board heard reports from Carolyn Maevers, Stafford principal; Scott Herald, high school principal; and Pam Luttrull, director of special programs.

Maevers presented changes to the 24-page 2007-2008 Stafford campus improvement plan.

Herald, newly hired principal, outlined changes to the 2007-2008 Italy High School campus improvement plan and the 2007-2008 Italy High School student handbook. He briefly outlined the student code of conduct policy for the board.

Herald indicated teachers will have more flexibility with discipline and stressed the need for consistency with discipline issues.

Haterius presented the district improvement plan and Luttrull updated the board with special education preparation, noting the district has received all records from the Ellis County Co-op.

Haterius said she is submitting average daily attendance at 582 students to the state for the upcoming year. She also presented the board with a records management plan that is required for all school districts.

The board took no action regarding scholarships for dual credit classes offered on campus.

Laurice Marshall, business manager, presented the financial statement and June check register to the board for approval. She said the district has received 100.87 percent of the budget and spent 77.94 percent of the expenditures as of June 30.

The next scheduled school board meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.