Poolville ISD board of trustees approved a contract for voice services and a one-time payment for installation of a new bell and PA system during their meeting on Thursday evening.

Trustees approved a 36-month contract with the company Jive for phone services using a cloud-based system district-wide. The new service costs $13,273 up front and $1,365 monthly, Poolville ISD Superintendent Jimmie Dobbs said.

In addition, trustees approved paying $9,438 to DataVox for the bell and PA system which is also to be set up district-wide.

Dobbs said it could be about 16 years since the elementary and junior high school had a new phone and bell system installed. Poolville High School, which was using a different system for bell and phone, has been using a loaner system for about the past two years. 

“[The phone system for the junior high and elementary] is an old system,” Dobbs said. “We’re having a hard time getting people to work on it. They’re having a hard time getting parts. Most recently, we spent about the last three weeks of school, four weeks of school without a bell system, that’s built into it.”

Trustees also approved an administrative contract for Poolville Junior High’s new principal and four one-year probationary contracts for teachers.

Jamie Dunnam is scheduled to start her new position as junior high principal on July 1 and earn $72,000 for the 2019-20 school year and $73,500 for the 2020-21 school year, Dobbs said. Outgoing Principal Matthew Scott is taking a position at Springtown ISD.

The four teachers include one for the high school, one for the elementary and two junior high teachers, and all of them are replacing resigning or retiring teachers, Dobbs said.

Incoming superintendent Jeff Kirby attended the board meeting to observe the proceedings. Kirby was previously the superintendent at Cotton Center ISD near Lubbock before accepting the position in Poolville. Kirby said he is excited to be Poolville ISD’s next superintendent and is looking forward to working with the staff.

“Everyone I’ve met has been very supportive and helpful, and I’m excited for the challenge,” Kirby said.

Dobbs announced his retirement in December after serving as superintendent for 11 years out of the 24 years he has worked for the district. His last day is June 30.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved budget amendments, the contract with the Education Service Center Region 11 and Texas Association of School Boards risk management fund.

Poolville ISD’s next school board meeting is July 11.