Groveton school board hears complaint on corporal punishment Groveton school board hears complaint on corporal punishment
By Gary Bass
The Lufkin Daily News, October 19, 2004

GROVETON -- After hearing a parental complaint about the use of corporal punishment, the Groveton school board voted to take no action on the matter at Monday's meeting.

"We can't talk about anything we discussed in closed session," said Superintendent Joe Driskell when asked about the complaint.

Board president Billy Avery said the matter involved a parent who was upset over her child getting a paddling.

Although there was no closed session listed on the agenda in regard to the complaint, the Groveton school board went into executive session at 7:10 p.m., and reconvened at 7:40 p.m.

When the board voted to take no action, the student's parents stood up and walked from the room. The woman paused on her way out to, say, "We do hope the Legislature will amend the law that allows schools to do this in lieu of the parents."

Later in the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Don Hamilton outlined the district's TAKS scores. Ninety-six of the students that took the social studies portion of the test passed, he said. The district's passing rates for the reading and writing parts of the test were 88 percent and 98 percent, respectively.

Seventy-four of the districts students who took the TAKS math tests met the standards, as did 68 percent of those who took the science tests.

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