Paris Independent School District

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Paris Independent School District is a public school district based in Paris, Texas (USA). It is a 3A school, and is the largest in Lamar County, with an enrollment over 3,500 students.

Paris Independent School District met the standard [1] in the Texas Education Agency (TEA) testing and accountability ratings for 2015.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is responsible for assessing public school students, as well as determining school and district accountability ratings. Under the new standard, now in its third year, districts and campuses fall under the rating of "met standard" or "improvement required," or "met alternative standard" for some alternative and charter schools.

Campuses that have a rating of Met Standard are eligible for Distinction Designations for outstanding achievement in academic areas. Distinction Designations compare campus performance to the performance of forty similar campuses - if campus performance is at the same level as the top 10 campuses in their comparison group, then the campus earns a distinction. Distinction are available for academic achievement in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.

Every eligible campus in Paris ISD earned distinction designations for a district total of seventeen. Paris High School earned five distinctions, Paris Junior High earned three distinctions, Crockett received a perfect five out of a possible five distinctions, Justiss earned three distinctions and Aikin earned one distinction. Travis High School of Choice, Lamar County Head Start, Givens Early Childhood Center, and Paris DAEP are not assessed or rated.

For more information about the state accountability system, go to

District Goals

Will have a learning environment that challenges and provides opportunity for all students to succeed.

  • Recruit and retain the most effective people by rewarding excellence and providing opportunities for continual growth.
  • Remain an academically high performing, leading and innovative school district that produces college and career-ready graduates capable of critical thinking and achievement.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for our students, staff and community.

Continue to be fiscally responsible and financially stable.

  • Be a leader in education by providing outstanding facilities while remaining good stewards of our finances and resources.
  • Will continue to grow through competitive compensation to attract top educators and results-oriented employees who strive to increase student achievement.

Continue building positive relationships with our community, media and families of the district.

  • Actively engage and partner with parents in the educational experience.
  • Enhance educational excellence and workforce development through collaboration with community partners.
  • Promote awareness and support of PISD’s vision to be a premier school district.

Paris ISD Mission Statement

The mission of the Paris Independent School District is to provide a quality education to a diverse student population, enabling each to achieve full potential and become a productive, responsible citizen.

District Administration

  • Superintendent - Paul Jones
  • Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources - Robert High
  • Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability - Althea Dixon
  • Business Manager - Tish Holleman
  • Student Services Director - Gary Preston
  • Paris High School Principal - Chris Vaughn
  • Paris Junior High School Principal - Stephen Long
  • Crockett Intermediate School Principal - Brock Blassingame
  • Aikin Elementary School Principal - Kimberly Donnan
  • Justiss Elementary School Principal - Renee Elmore
  • Givens Early Childhood Center Principal - Sheila Ensey
  • Lamar County Head Start Director - Judie Forte'-Huff
  • Travis High School of Choice Principal - Joan Moore

Board of Trustees


  • Paris High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Paris Junior High (Grades 7-8)
  • Crockett Intermediate School (Grades 5-6)
  • Aikin Elementary School (Grades K-4)
  • Justiss Elementary School (Grades K-4)
  • Givens Elementary School (Grades PK)
  • Lamar County Head Start (Grades PK)
  • Travis High School of Choice / DAEP

Distinguished Graduates


  • Linda Bates Leali - Class of 1965
  • Dr. Charles Baxter - Class of 1946
  • Larry Dean Click - Class of 1955
  • Jay Hunter Morris - Class of 1981


  • Leslie Satcher - Class of 1980
  • Charles "Red" Scott, Class of 1945 (Posthumous)


  • James Robert (Bob) Biard - Class of 1948
  • Blake Neely - Class of 1987
  • Eddie Robinson - Class of 1938


  • Raymond Berry - Class of 1950
  • Deon Minor - Class of 1991
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock - Class of 1992
  • Gene "Bebes" Stallings - Class of 1953
  • Admiral James O. Richardson - Class of 1894 (Posthumous)

Notable faculty

External links

Points of Pride

  • Dual credit courses offered at no cost to students
  • 1 of 400 school districts in the nation to be named to the AP Honor Roll
  • National Merit Finalist, Semi-Finalist and Commended Scholars - 19 in past 11 years
  • TEA recognition for college readiness success and exceptional use of High School Allotment Funds
  • Average scholarships ACCEPTED per year: $1.5 million
  • SAT scores above State and National average
  • Future Problem Solving - International Championships (17) and State Championships (50)
  • Duke University - 25+ year history - 7 National Recognitions - 110 State Recognitions
  • Technology - National Championships (5) and State Championships (10)
  • State Championships in UIL Academics
  • All-State Musicians in Choir (54) and Band (21)
  • National Championship - PHS Drumline
  • PISD Athletic Program has produced numerous professional athletes and coaches, All-American Athletes and a World Record Holder
  • State Championship Titles Achieved in: Baseball (3), Football, Golf (5), Powerlifting (2) and Track (4)
  • One Texas Teacher of the Year - 5 state finalists - 20 Regional Teachers of the Year
  • Paris ISD earned Texas Comptroller’s Leadership Circle Platinum Member - 2014
  • Paris High School Winner of the 2012 TASA/TASB Design Award
  • Texas Department of Agriculture Certificate of Achievement for achieving a rating of Excellent in the 2010-2011 Coordinated Review Effort
  • All schools provide free breakfast and lunch to all students


  1. Texas Education Agency 2015 Accountability Rating System
  2. "Marsha Farney's Biography". Retrieved February 27, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>