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Colmesneil ISD Board Votes To Extend Contracts

Colmesneil ISD School Board met Tuesday February 22 in regular session with a number of agenda items.

First up for consideration were the usual reports of the minutes and financial statements. These reports usually go through without much notice, but during this meeting, member Kris Lindsey had a few questions about where the school district's money was being spent. Lindsey questioned two line items on the financial statement in particular. He questioned the money being spent in the athletic activities and supplies account and the technology supply account. He also wanted to know how much money was left in the Lake Tejas funds account. Colmesneil ISD Superintendet Stacy Ackley reported that the fund held approximately $101,000. Ackley said he would be comfortable with leaving a working amount in the account of $40,000. Lindsey asked where he planned on spending the other $60,000. Ackley said the plan was to spend it on general needs of the district. After a few more questions by the board, the financial report was accepted and approved.

Also on the agenda was a vote to recognize Public School Week, March 5-9, with an Open House set for Tuesday, March 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Board also discussed and tabled the issue of approving an overnight band trip to Florida for attendance purposes. This matter was tabled due to uncertainty of the trip.

Yvette Carlton, Elementary principal, gave an informative report on campus safety. She recently attended a conference where atendees were briefed on the latest information about school safety. This conference helps educators understand the importance of having an emergency plan in place. It also touched on topics such as gangs, bullying, and dating violence. Carlton explained the importance of having faculty and staff trained on what to do in emergency situations. She recommended a survey go out to the students and parents to gather public thoughts on the safety of CISD. This survey should roll out around the first of May.

During the Superintendent's report, Ackley presented the Board with a "wish list". He explained the items listed were not in order by priority, but things he would like to see for the campus. Some of the things listed were items such as new roofs for the elementary, old gym, field house, maintenance and bus barn. Also mentioned was an upgrade in technology for the elementary campus and a possible Chevrolet Suburban.

During Ackley's discussion on the technology upgrade, it was brought out that several of the elementary teachers currently do not have working computers in their classrooms. It was explained that these computers are vital in the everyday instruction of the students. He recommended the board consider a possible matching grant/grants to purchase new technology equipment such as laptops and ipads for the classrooms. The cost to the district after the grants would be approximately $125,000. To this, Lindsey and board member Jeff Mashaw, wanted to know how to get the computers to the teachers now; without waiting on a grant. Board members discussed taking money previously discussed in the Lake Tejas fund to purchase the needed computers. Upgrades for K-4 grades is approximately $30,000. Mr. Ackley asked the board to wait on purchasing the computers until after he had time to research the turn around time on a grant. Lindsey asked for a report within the week. The board will meet again in an emergency session to vote on the computer issue when Ackley has completed his research.

The CISD Board then adjourned into executive session. Upon returning to open session, the board voted to accept the resignation of Coach Jim Crews. They also voted to extend the contract of both campus principals, Walter McAlpin and Yvette Carlton.

Colmesneil ISD School Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Board members are President, Jim Carlton; Secretary, Kenneth Adaway; member, Kain Rawls; member, Curtis Pittman; member, Kris Lindsey; member, Jeff Mashaw; and member, Twyla Darder.

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