by LeAnn Monk
"I would like to thank the community for coming out to the meeting tonight and for your support," said Jim Carlton, president of the Colmesneil School Board, as he called the meeting to order Tuesday, March 20.
Due to Board Member Curtis Pittman not receiving his copy, the approval of the minutes was tabled until the next meeting, giving all of the members an opportunity for review.
After review of the financial statement, Board Member, Kris Lindsay questioned why the district was paying overtime for bus drivers. "Those employees are paid at a blended rate," stated Stacy Ackley, CISD Superintendent. He went on to explain those employees were usually ones who were teachers aids and drove a bus as well. "It works out better for the employee and the district if we pay them with this blended rate," said Ackley. Lindsey then questioned the purchase of 10 plastic tables. Ackley explained the school had been borrowing tables from different organizations outside of the school district. The financial report was then voted on and approved.
On the agenda for the Board to discuss was TASA's or Texas Association of School Administrators Mission School Transformation and Board Resolution. This resolution is being presented to school boards all across the State for consideration. The resolution states, "the over reliance on standardized, high stakes testing as the only assessment of learning that really matters in the state and federal accountability systems is strangling our public schools and undermining any chance that educators have to transform a traditional system of schooling into a broad range of learning experiences that better prepares our students to live successfully and be competitive on a global stage." The board Members agreed to review to contents for discussion at the next meeting.
Also up for discussion was the 2012-2013 school calendar. If adopted, the students would start school August 27 with the last day of classes being June 7. The proposed calendar allows for a one week holiday for Thanksgiving, two week holiday for Christmas, one week winter break in February, and one week spring break in April.
Next up for action from the Board was to adopt the resolution and order changing the annual Trustee election from May to November. According to Section 11.0581 of the Texas Education Code, school districts are required to hold elections for trustees on the same date as the election for members of the governing body of a municipality located primarily within the same boundaries as in the school district, or as the general election for state and county officers and must be held under joint elections. The resolution states that beginning with the 2012 election, the general elections for the Colmesneil Independent School District Board of Trustees shall be held on the November uniform election date in order to comply with the Texas Education Code. The school board elections will now be held in November in conjunction with the City and County elections.
Ackley then presented the board with bids from two contractors for repairs to the campus facilities. "The roofs need to be replaced on the old gym, field house, cafeteria, and the light house on the elementary building," state Ackley. "We toured the facility today and we discovered there was leaking in the cafeteria," said Carlton. The two contractors who submitted bids for the work were Crews Services and OC Brooks. The total amount for the repairs is $54,350. "I'm just concerned that once we get in there and start doing the work, there is going to be more damage that we don't see," stated Lindsey. "I'm afraid what might be a $100,000 project will turn into a $200,000," he said. "Can we absorb an additional $100,000?" Lindsey asked. Lindsey asked Ackley what kind of time frame he had to get this project wrapped up, to which Ackley answered, "None was given." Lindsey asked when the projects will start. Ackley explained as long as it won't interfere with the students, they will start as soon as possible. A final question was asked by Lindsey about who would supervise the project. "I will," stated Ackley. The money to complete these roof projects will come out of the funds balance. "We can't use bond money," stated Pittman.
After the Board returned from executive session, they voted on those items discussed behind closed doors. They voted to except the resignation of two teachers, Keith Denby and Kathy Sheffield, both are retiring. In his letter of resignation to the Board, Denby wrote," I would like to thank Walter McAlpin and Ben Stewart." The Board also voted to hire Daniel Veirs, from White Oak High School, as a Composite Social Studies Teacher and Defensive Coordinator. The Board then voted to renew teacher contracts.
The Colmesneil ISD School Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be April 17 at 7:00 p.m