By Caitlin McAlister
Warren Independent School District's most recent school board meeting was held on March 19. Among the items on the agenda were matters of hiring new personnel, as well as sale of properties held in trust by the district.
"There are five properties, and these were held in trust because people quit paying taxes on them," Brad McEachern, Warren ISD Superintendent, said. McEachern explained that after a legal process, properties with unpaid taxes are placed in trust by the county.
"Every so often – once or twice a year – (Warren ISD gets) properties that have gone through the process. (The school board) approved a sale of those properties."
McEachern said that the school board also addressed matters related to personnel at the meeting.
"We hired Mark Hardy as director of operations," he said. "We accepted a resignation at the end of the year from Ed Lee, who is a teacher at the high school. We renewed administrator and teacher contracts."
The board also approved the creation of a safety/security officer position for the district, McEachern said.
"They approved for us to post a position for next year," he said. "There are a couple of ways you can go about this. You can create a police department or you can have a school resource officer." According to McEachern, a school resource officer position would be in conjunction with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, with the district covering a portion of the cost. He said the district is still trying to determine which solution would be best for Warren ISD.
The district, meanwhile, has met Texas Education Agency standards, McEachern said.
"We have met standard at every campus and in the district at every level," he said, adding that Warren ISD will soon go to the TEA's A-F system. The new system, which assigns schools letter grades based on their performance, will change the way schools are rated by the TEA beginning in August.
"They're going to give a grade to each campus and district," McEachern said.
The next Warren ISD school board meeting is scheduled for April 23. For more information, visit www.warrenisd.net.