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Elgin ISD recognizes retiring police chief Bratton

By Lauren Jette lauren.jette@elgincourier.com | Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:30 pm

Elgin ISD’s Board of Trustees and Superintendent recognized retired Police Chief Chris Bratton during a regular meeting last week. 

Dr. Jodi Duron presented Bratton with a plaque and basket full of Elgin spirit items after thanking him for his service to the community and the district, which contracts with Elgin Police Department for School Resource Officers. 

“Working with Chief Bratton has really been incredible,” Duron said. “He has been amenable to the changes we’ve requested and responsive to the issues we’ve had. It really is a rare thing to have the kind of relationship we have with our police department.” 

Bratton has served as police chief for almost nine years and retired on Dec. 15. 

“(Bratton) has been great to work with and it’s been a great partnership and we will miss you,” Deputy Superintendent Peter Perez said. 

Bratton said when he came on as police chief nine years ago, the department and district did not have the relationship the two do today, but the change started when Dr. Duron and Dr. Perez joined the district. 

“They reached out to me and worked really hard to make a safe environment,” Bratton said. 

“It was terribly important to me to have a great relationship and that’s what we’ve been able to create here.” 

Physical Education policy update approved 

The board approved the second reading of an update to the local academic achievement graduation policy. 

The change allows for more flexibility in the physical education requirement for students. Outside athletic activities will now be considered for the PE credit. 

Dr. Duron gave the example of a student who belongs to an ice hockey team based in Houston, but does workouts for the team throughout the week here. 

Previously, the policy stated that no credit in physical education for private or commercially sponsored activity programs would be awarded to any student. 

With the new language, the “district shall award state graduation credit in physical education for appropriate private or commercially sponsored programs conducted on or off campus upon approval by the commissioner of education.” 

The item was approved 6-0 with trustee J.D. Harkins absent from the meeting. 

Clean financial audit accepted 

Under action items, the board accepted the annual financial audit for the 2016-17 school year. 

The audit was conducted by an independent firm, which gave a “clean” opinion on the district’s finances, the highest approval rating an auditing firm can give. 

Public hearing: financial accountability rating 

A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting for the 2016-17 School FIRST accountability rating. 

Elgin Chief Financial Officer Debra George said the district received a Superior rating, the highest rating given, based on financials turned in for the 2015-16 school year. 

Out of a possible 100 points, the district received 94 points based on 15 indicators the ratings use to determine points. 

“I want to thank Debra and her team for doing another outstanding job with this,” Dr. Duron said.