Woodville ISD Board honors 2011-2012 Teacher of Year

by Tina S. Richards

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees for Woodville Independent School District convened on January 21 at 7 p.m. The Trustees' agenda included the monthly financial reports, the Superintendent's report, a presentation concerning delinquent tax accounts, and a presentation honoring the District's Teacher of the Year.

Walt Wilson received a standing ovation as he was presented with an award honoring him as the District's Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Wilson has taught in the district for fifteen years on the High School campus. Next time you see Mr. Wilson be sure and thank him for a job well done!

John Manuel with Delinquent Tax Attorneys out of Lufkin gave a brief presentation to the Board updating them on the current status of the District's delinquent tax accounts. He reported the District currently has collected 98 percent of 2011-2012 taxes. He noted the outstanding 2 percent included delinquent taxes as old as 1997. The majority of delinquent taxes are tied to developmental properties associated with White Tail Ridge, Ivanhoe, and Barlow Lakes. Some of the options available to the District, in regards to collecting delinquent taxes, include public sales and auctions.

Cody Jarrott presented the monthly financial report. He noted approximately 21 percent of billed taxes for 2012-2013 had been collected by December 31, 2012. Historically, the month of January is the busiest month for collecting tax revenues. Mr. Jarrott reported the District was currently on track financially with 36 percent of the current year's budget depleted. The District's largest expense is payroll. Superintendent Glen Conner reported the new batting cages, behind the Summit, are now available for use. Mr. Conner noted one of the fences at Hennigan Baseball Park was damaged Christmas Day. The District will take this opportunity to reconfigure the field's depth, to meet new guidelines, while also repairing the damaged fence. Mr. Conner reported Woodville ISD is currently working with several other districts on developing a CO-OP exchange program for career classes. The districts are hoping to maximize each individual district's career class' strengths by offering their services to other districts. Students would have a larger selection of career training choice available to them, to choose from due to multiple districts participating in the CO-OP. The CO-OP is hoping to be active for the 2013-2014 school year.

January 22 was the start of the second semester and also marked the halfway mark for the current school year. The Elementary and Intermediate campuses will host their respective awards programs on February 8, 2013. Please contact the appropriate campus for times and more details. The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be February 18 at 7 p.m. The public is always welcomed and encouraged to attend.