Jourdanton ISD sets goals, evaluates superintendent

The Jourdanton ISD board meeting began with a presentation of the ATPE Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative Grant to the Elementary. Tina Briones presented the funding of $1,500, which is to be used for materials. Kay Longley and Elementary Principal Michelle Hartung accepted the check.

The usual monthly business began with the approval of the consent agenda. The Business Office report shows a total of $9,071,964.45 in all accounts, including investment accounts. Tax collection for the month was $137,448.88 with the year-todate balance of $994,919.41. This brings the amount collected to 102.35%. Some of this comes from delinquencies being paid by some of the oil companies. The total bills for the month were $163,097.03.

Payment for the conflict of interest bills was approved, with Mary Ramirez, Pamela Manning, Trisha Taylor, Jane Andrus, Amador Lugo and President Ramon de Leon voting affirmative: Barbara Peeler abstained.

A resolution was passed to allow McKinstry to go ahead with the Energy Services Proposal contract in the amount of $2,224,870, with the stipulation that any renovations on the stadium will be addressed at a later date. This is for school district improvements. Motion was made and passed unanimously. Ed King addressed the board regarding the Qualified Zone Academy bonds to pay for the renovations. The interest to the district will be .71%, which can be paid off early without penalty. A resolution was also passed to authorize and order the issuance of district Maintenance Tax Notes.

The final motion pertaining to the renovation was the adoption of prevailing wage rate schedule for those who will work on the project.

During a recent workshop, the evaluation of Superintendent Lana Collavo was performed. Upcoming goals include completing the fencing of the perimeter of the campuses, bringing in a school resource officer and increasing email communication with students’ parents. The evaluation was approved with changes as discussed in the workshop.

Every two years, the district is required go out for bids on proposals for a new depository contract or continue with the current one. At the recommendation of the superintendent, the board unanimously voted to extend the current contract.

TEA requires certain instructional materials for the TEKS certification in all the core subjects. The board approved the materials for K through 12 as presented.

Trustees also voted to go out for bids on the student accident supplemental insurance.

In an effort to continue with the mental health services previously provided through the Safe Schools Grant, the district wants to enter into an agreement with MHMR. They will pay half of the cost, estimated total cost of $24,000 per year, and work year round, including through the summer. The trustees agreed unanimously to enter into the agreement.

The May meeting was changed to May 6.

Collavo announced that Emily Sanchez, a Junior High student, won 1st Place in DRT’s Texas History Art Contest.

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