updated 9:22 PM UTC, Jul 8, 2020

Citizen Speakers Address WISD Board April 17

by Leann Monk

The Woodville ISD School Board meeting held, Monday, April 17, opened to the tune of Citizen Speakers, Martin Riley and Dave Youngblood addressing the board. Riley addressed the board first. He told the board members he was there to try to convince them to consider bringing Coach Shawn Mixon on to the WISD Coaching Staff. "I'm a huge Shawn Mixon Fan," said Riley. "He is a talent and can make a change for this community," he went on to say. Coach Mixon was not present at the board meeting.

Dave Youngblood then took the floor to address the School Board. "I'm here to address to the current situation with the softball program," said Youngblood. "I'm not happy with the program. We have a wealth of talent, but I'm not sure it's being utilized," he went on to say. "I feel like the program needs to be looked at. We need to reevaluate the focus of the program. It seems that we aren't able to compete with other teams that have equal talent," said Youngblood. Youngblood told the Board he felt strongly that the direction and focus of the softball team needed to be looked at closely.

According to Board President Trey Allison, the public is welcome to attend and speak at the monthly board meetings. You must sign in prior to the meeting and will be given five minutes to address the board. Public comment is a forum for patrons to voice an opinion to the board without being on the agenda. Items brought up during those comments are usually discussion topics for administrators and board members at a later date. "We want to hear what you have to say," said Allison

After the Citizen Speakers, the Board then directed their attention to matters of action. The Board approved the March Financial Reports, Tax Report and Investment Report. They also approved the firm Wathen, DeShong & Juncker, LLP as Auditors for the FYE of August 31.

Superintendent, Glenn Conner, gave his monthly report to the board members. "Basically we have a lot of dates," said Conner. "The calendar looks like this: April 19, there will be a Choir Concert; April 20-21, there will be a Letterman Club Basketball Tournament; April 24-27, will be STAAR Testing; April 27-28, Regional Track; April 30, FFA Banquet; May 3, Band Concert; May 4, Relay for Life; May 17, Elementary Field Day; and May 18, Intermediate Field Day," said Conner. Board member, Brenda Maloy, asked what the plan was for those students who advanced to the Regional Track meet since it was scheduled the same day as the STAAR Testing. "We are working on scheduling," said Conner.

The next board meeting will be May 21 at 7 p.m.

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