The Jourdanton School Board held its regular meeting on June 8. Barbara Peeler, Lanny Wheeler and Tricia Taylor were absent. Mary Ramirez presided as vice chair, with Vance Jupe, Phillip Netardus and Amador Lugo, Jr. in attendance.
After the pledge, Ramirez read a resolution recognizing Diana Guthrie as a 2015 member of the TASB Media Honor Roll. Superintendent Dr. Lana Collavo presented a certificate of appreciation.
The board watched a presentation by PBK, a company that helps districts with the creating and implementation of advertising/promotion for a bond election. The last time Jourdanton was faced with this was about 35 years ago. Michael Martinez presented two master site plans, with rough cost estimates. Ryan Gregory and his associate were involved in Community Engagement Services. Briefly, they make sure that the promotion is in line with the Ethics Committee requirements, working against voter apathy and effective communication with taxpayers. He advised that the district can only ask people to vote. They cannot tell them to vote for anything specific, such as a bond. This has to come from a community group, funded by private donations. He advised it is important to present what is needed, not wanted and the group should stay involved at all times. Steering committees are important to understanding the big picture. Transparency is the key, also. Further discussion of the bond will be forthcoming.
Moving on to the consent agenda, the Business Office report shows a grand total of $7,371,034.19 in all accounts. Tax collections are at 98.54%. Total checks paid out are $586,793.67. Jupe moved to approve as presented, Netardus seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
The board agreed to give Collavo the authority to approve professional contracts from June 8 to August 10. Often, decisions need to be made in a timely manner and waiting for a meeting of the board might jeopardize hiring of qualified individuals.
Collavo asked the board to approve the instructional materials selection list so that there would be plenty to choose from, in the event there was a problem with the district’s first choice. They did so, unanimously.
The district has to approve a depository contract every two years. They sent out RFPs to all the local banks, but only Wells Fargo responded. They have used Wells Fargo, with much success, for the past four years. Collavo recommended that they stay with them. Trustees agreed and moved to extend the contract.
A budget/construction workshop was scheduled for June 22 at 6:00 p.m. At that time, they will look more closely at the construction plan.
The board went into executive session at 8:10 p.m and returned at 8:26 p.m. They approved three professional, probationary contracts for the upcoming year.
Collavo reminded everyone of the upcoming TASB convention. She also asked the trustees to encourage the booster groups to complete their 501(c)3 designations because there are rules for charitable raffles, which she included in their packets.
Meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.