The Junior High Floral class was recognized during the regular meeting of the Jourdanton School Board on October 12. Eighth grader Jazmine Juarez represented her class, telling the trustees that they use household items, such as coffee filters, magazine covers, paper to make flowers and jars for vases. There are 41 students in the Junior High and an additional 30 in High School, according to instructor Christi Kinsel. She added that the students have to learn to recognize and name parts of flowers along with the differences, where they are found and how they can be used. This experience will be useful when they take the Texas Florists Association Level I certification test.
Every year, the board members are required to take continuing education and report that officially. There are seven training hours required: local policies; TEA orientation; team building; bi-annual evaluation of student success; goal setting; legislative updates and reporting of abuse and trafficking of students. First year trustees Nicole Rakowitz is on a timely schedule for the training and Celia Chapa has completed her training. Gregory Vyvlecka and Vance Jupe met the requirements. Other members exceeding training hours are: Vance Jupe by 20.25 hours; Rita Munoz by 1.25 hours; Philip Netardus by 5 hours and Barbara Peeler by 5.75 hours.
President Peeler read the finance report, indicating that there is $12,570,789.67 in the money market and Lone Star Investment Pool. Checks issued for the month totaled $558,639.67. Tax collection reached $45,315.87. Netardus moved to accept the report as presented with Vyvlecka seconding. Motion passed unanimously.
The conflict of interest bills were approved for payment with Peeler and Vyvlecka abstaining.
Superintendent Theresa McAllister presented information for a one time sign on/retention stipend that the district has given the staff for the past few years. Last year, they received $2,000, where before it was from $750 to $1,000 in the years before. The funds would come from the third year of the Recovery Act federal funds. All agreed to the $2,000 stipend again this year, with Peeler adding that, “this is just not to boost the morale, but because they’re good teachers and deserve it.” Motion passed unanimously and will be on the November 5, 2021 check for full time staff.
A list of early voting and Election Day workers, provided by Elections Administrator Janice Ruple, was approved as presented.
The district voted to become a District of Innovation in April. McAllister found that there were two local policies that did not conform to the requirements. One of the policies allows the superintendent to permit teachers to teach outside their certified field. Motion passed unanimously.
The electric marquee was purchased in the 2008/2009 school year and continues to have problems, including trouble with the display. The service is out of Houston, so there are high costs of travel plus many of the parts are now unavailable because they are obsolete. Three bids were received for the full replacement and after a short discussion, it was recommended to buy from Daktronics from San Antonio in the amount of $35,066. It was decided that the funds would come from the remaining bond money. It should take 30 days for delivery. Purchase was approved unanimously.
McAllister asked that the board approve the purchase of 292 Chromebooks so that every classrooms would have them available. This would also come from the federal funds in the amount of $62,196. These are in stock and should be delivered within the month. The board approved the motion for the purchase.