A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Jourdanton Independent School District was held immediately preceding their regular monthly meeting. This special meeting was to hold a public hearing on the district’s Annual Report, including academic performance, performance objectives and report on violent or criminal incidents. A motion was made by Tricia Taylor and seconded by Lanny Wheeler to approve the report. It passed unanimously, with Mary Ramirez, Phillip Netardus, Amador Lugo, Jr. and Vance Jupe voting for approval.
President Barbara Peeler called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. The first order of business was to recognize the Squaw’s Basketball team who made District champs, tying with Crystal City. They were the youngest varsity team ever in Jourdanton and have no seniors on the team. They also won several individual awards at District.
In public comments, a representative of several elementary teachers recommended the selection of Ms. Camp as elementary principal. Based on their interactions with her, they find that she fosters an atmosphere of learning and communication with the community. She has made quite an impact on the school community and they had a petition of 42 signatures to prove it.
A brief construction update was given to the board. Superintendent Theresa McAllister said they are having weekly meetings with the contractors and have had two meetings with the design team. The football fields should be finished for the 2016 season; the baseball and tennis fields should be completed in Spring of 2017. McAllister will send the preliminary plans out to the trustees for their information.
Business & Bills
The consent agenda consisted of the minutes from the last meeting, the business office report and the payment of the bills. The grand total in all accounts was $10,610,785.29. Payment for the bills totaled $947,495.22 and tax collection for the month was $1,541,229.47. Agenda was approved unanimously. The conflict of interest bills were approved, with Peeler abstaining.
The trustees chose Bartlett-Cocke as their construction manager at risk for the bond project. Key executives for the bond bank account were voted to be the Superintendent, Secretary, President and Vice President of the board. This is for a separate account set up with Wells Fargo.
The district receives assistance for technology each year through the e-rate funding. They are going to VTX for the phone and IT and will be saving a lot of money this year. Therefore, they want to apply for Priority 2 funding which allows for wireless connectivity and more mobile device. The amount budgeted for their part of the e-rate program was $63,000. If they do the Priority 2 funding, it will only cost the district $60,840. Plans are to start with high school, junior high and administration offices. They have five years to spend the Federal funding. Board members approved this unanimously.
The board also approved the academic calendar for 2016-2017. Teachers will have 187 days to work, with 174 instructional days. An update for the chain of command in administration was also approved, since the last one was dated 2010 and there have been new hires since that time.
Professional contracts for two teachers were approved as presented.
A workshop for operational guidelines and goal setting was scheduled for March 22 at 6:00 p.m. Another for information on the 84th legislature updates will be held on March 28. A representative from Region 20 will come down in April to do a presentation on the impact of transfer student fees.
McAllister reported that all campuses except high school will be testing at the end of the month. Elementary and junior high held open houses during the month. High school held their prom and a team advanced in the One Act Play category. IT is replacing televisions in classrooms, as well. Finally, the district’s Head Start program got a score higher than national average .
Meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.