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C-CISD approves the locking of all doors

 

BYLEW VAIL
Contributing Reporter

CORRIGAN -- The Corrigan Camden Independent School District board held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the board room. Seth Handley and Joel Scott did not attend. There were no speakers for public forum. The newly elected offi cer of the Elementary Camps Student Council were introduced; President Katelynn Chunn, Vice President Micah Hughes, Secretary Luke King and Treasurer Riley Fisher. All except Hughes are sixth graders. They will travel to Beaumont later in the week for training. Calvin Jones is currently serving on the Polk County Appraisal District Board and after board approval he will be nominated to serve an additional term. Each taxing entity received votes according to its tax ratio. CCISD's 311 votes will need another district's or entity to support Jones to arrive at the 834 votes needed to elect a person to the board. The Texas Tax Payer and Student Fairness Coalition (TTSFC) fi led a lawsuit regarding the fi nancial equity of the state funding formulas for school districts and has been successful. Now the case is going into additional deliberations they are asking districts to support fi nancially the new efforts. The districts will be re-paid should the case continue to be favorably resolved. CCISD's share of $754 based on their Weighted Average Daily Attendance (WADA); the board voted to continue participation. The board discussed the travel and mileage reimbursement rates to be paid during the 2013- 14 school year for necessary travel for school personnel. The Texas Education Agency has requested all districts review their schedules and furnished information from the Texas Comptroller's offi ce. CCISD currently pays $85 per night for overnight per person; $30 daily for meals and $.405 per mile when a school vehicle or gas card is not available. After review the board voted to begin paying $40 per day for meals and $.505 for mileage, but held the Lodging to the $85 per night rate. Superintendent Sherry Hughes explained the during their Team of eight training they were provided several examples of Board Operating Procedure Manuals, and the importance of the document explained and the need for districts to adopt one. She provided a working brief for Board consideration and possible approval at the November meeting. During reports from principals the Junior High reported that for the fi rst six weeks 94 percent of students passed every class; and they had a goal of having 85 percent of the students participate in some extracurricular activity – they have 84 percent participating right now and every teacher and aide is also participating along with the students. The new procedure for the campus is that all exterior doors are locked requiring a key to enter the buildings. This safety measure is to prevent non-school personnel from just "walking" into the building, all entry will be from the front door. Corrigan Camden High School had an attendance rate of 96.78% for the first six weeks. Several Organizations are beginning to raise money for the various activities for the upcoming school year. FFA Shooting Team is competing in competitions in preparations for the state meet, CCHS Fishing Team is beginning their year by competing in a league established by local East Texas High Schools, UIL Academics will be attending practice meets in preparation for our District meet in the spring, Girls Volleyball is in the last couple weeks of their season with playoff implications for each remaining game. Bulldog Football is 7-0 and will be playing at Groveton this Friday night. Our attendance goal is set at 98% we had 97.7% attendance which include 238 students that had perfect attendance for the first six weeks. Supt. Hughes reported that at the end of the first six weeks the enrolment was; high school 300 students, junior high 141, elementary 211 and primary 378, for a total of 1030. Average daily attendance has been 951 – this figure is important since the budget was built around a minimum attendance of 900-920, A report from the district's delinquent tax collector's, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP. Indicated that during the first quarter they have recovered $62,890 in delinquent taxes which represented $51,140 in base tax and $11,479 in penalties and interest. Additionally they Filed 23 lawsuits seeking $49,346 in taxes owing and resolved 12 suits for a total of $26,600 and are continuing collection efforts. The new school buses are in Corrigan and are awaiting installation of the two way communications radios before being placed into service. The board reviewed the financial reports, accepted minutes from the September meeting. With no further business they adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

 

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