DeLeon retires from JISD board

It was an emotional night at the Jourdanton ISD meeting. Long time trustee, Ramon de Leon retired from the school board, effective in December. Superintendent Lana Collavo and the members of the board expressed their appreciation and friendship for de Leon who served the district for 30 years. He, in turn, said that the current board was the best with which he’d ever served. After their presentation of gifts and certificate of appreciation, de Leon left before the business meeting began.

January is School Board Appreciation month and each of the principals presented the trustees with tokens of esteem from their students. Each thanked the board for their continued support and told them how much everyone loved the renovated classrooms. Collavo added that she is grateful the board works together. She sits in meetings and thinks how lucky she is to have this board, instead of others. Barbara Peeler, another long time trustee, said that this is one of the best boards ever; no one has an agenda and always puts the students first. She also said that Collavo is one of the best superintendents anywhere with a good staff in the main office. Peeler pointed to the fact that there was very little turnover in any area of the school, which speaks volumes about the quality of the administration.

Pamela Manning, the new president, presented the consent agenda, which consists of the minutes, business office report and bills for December. The total balance in all accounts is $6,696,271.41. Tax collections to date stand at 23.96%. The combined monthly bills were $357,207.04. Motion passed unanimously to approve the agenda as presented. Voting for the motion were Mary Ramirez, Amador Lugo, Tricia Taylor and Peeler.

The conflict of interest bills were approved with Tricia Taylor making the motion; Peeler abstained.

A discussion of the vacancies in District 1 and District 7 because of the resignations of de Leon and Jane Andrus followed. Two names were proposed to fill those places: Lannie Wheeler and Vance Jupe. Wheeler was appointed for District 7 and Jupe for District 1 to fill the unexpired terms.

The board retired into executive session at 7:47 p.m. Upon returning at 8:15, Peeler made a motion to hire Darrell Andrus for the position of Athletic Director and head coach for the remainder of the 13/14 school year and issue a term contract for 226 days for the 14/15 school year. Lugo seconded and the motion passed unanimously. At 8:17 p.m., they went back into executive session for the superintendent’s evaluation.

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