Wadsworth leaving Jourdanton ISD; committee needed to plan for future
Head Basketball Coach, Josh Wadsworth, addressed the Jourdanton School Board, thanking them for the opportunity to serve the district for the past eight years. Leadership from the school board and administration provide a great working environment, where the teachers are highly valued. Board President Ramon de Leon voiced his own appreciation of Wadsworth’s attention to the American flag and his following of the dress code. Wadsworth is leaving the Jourdanton district to move to another area.
The first order of business was the consent agenda. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved along with the Business Office report and the June monthly non-conflict of interest bills. The business office report shows that the grand total of money in all accounts is $8,455,943.30, which includes investments, building fund and general fund. The tax collection is 101.09%; de Leon thanked the taxpayers for being the best in the county. Combined amount of bills was $415,220.66.
A motion to approve the conflict-of-interest bills was made by Tricia Taylor and seconded by Amador Lugo. Mary Ramirez voted with the others to approve and Barbara Peeler abstained. Trustees Jane Andrus and Pamela Manning were absent.
Superintendent Lana Collavo requested that the board bring all principals to level 25, because they all have the necessary tenure. This is the highest level they can reach and this will put them with the highest-level teachers. She also requested to increase the pay step for all other 226-day employees. This will allow those teachers that work during the summer to be paid as they go, rather than waiting until the first paycheck at the new school year. The board approved the motion unanimously.
The board workshop will be held on August 13 at 6:00 p.m., preceding the regular meeting. It was decided to not publish the delinquent taxpayer list, since it doesn’t seem to help with the collections.
They also approved the update 94 affecting local policies. This change includes procedures for handling students with food allergies.
Collavo was directed to find volunteers in the community and school district to be a part of a committee to develop a five-year facilities plan. With the increase of student enrollment, the capacity of the existing buildings will soon be over capacity. The committee will be charged with thinking about future growth and where that can lead. The trustees did not want to be a part of the committee, but expect to be kept up to date with anything going on.
With the ongoing renovations of the school, it was found that the telephone lines will need to be replaced in some areas. Collavo has been looking into replacing the standard phone lines with VOIP (voice over IP). The buildings are already wired for this, since they are wired for Internet. Computer Solutions has given an estimate of $54,000 for this. Collavo will make sure that this covers all materials and installation and see if the company is on the Buyboard. No other action was taken.
Upon the superintendent’s recommendation, the board awarded contracts to Billy Bailey as Junior High reading teacher and boys’ coach; Frederick Radske for High School history and boys’ coach; Becky Chandler as Junior High social science and girls’ coach and Kelly Luco. All were approved as presented.
Collavo gave a list of the resignations received in June. The policy review done by TASB for ’10-12 will be presented at a later meeting. Adjourned at 8:07 p.m.