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Malakoff extends superintendent contract

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MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD trustees voted to extend Superintendent Don Layton’s contract following a Jan. 16 executive session during its monthly meeting.
Layton, hired from Martin’s Mill High School in May 2019, now is under contract at Malakoff through June 30, 2023.
Also, trustees voted to adopt policy changes stemming from last year’s state legislative session. Some of those changes include increased parental and teacher involvement in gifted and talented program selection and exit processes.
Another change allows designated staff as well as gun permit holders to keep loaded weapons out of plain view in locked vehicles on school property.
Also, changed are criminal reporting measures that include incidents at off-campus activities, which Layton said afforded more student rights.
The state also allows districts to suspend public information act requirements during catastrophes defined by law, which Layton said includes public records requests.
The school board also heard an audit of the 2018-19 fiscal year. J.W. Lambright of Smith, Lambright & Associates, an Athens accounting firm, said the school had $8.3 million in total governmental funds for that fiscal year, an increase of $1.493 million. The school also had revenues of $21.5 million.
Lambright said the district’s books are well kept, its bank accounts are balanced and that “you don’t get that everywhere.”
In addition, the board heard the 2018-19 Texas Academic Performance Report, which showed the district and its campuses generally outperform region and state averages.
Further, Layton informed the board that the Malakoff Masonic Lodge acquisition by the district has been completed and remodeling has begun. The district also signed a contract with Claycomb Associates Architects over Christmas break to perform a facilities assessment, Layton added.