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UIL participants recognized by C-CISD board
BY LEW VAIL
CORRIGAN – Excited second through sixth grade students and their parents turned out last Tuesday night to receive recognition from the Corrigan- Camden Independent School District's board of trustees for their achievement in academic competitions. The meeting, which was delayed a week due to board member scheduling confl icts, included the presentation of students who participated in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic contests held in December Prior to the awards presentation, six students were called up by Superintendent Sherry Hughes to present certifi cates to the board members in honor of School Board Recognition Month which is observed statewide each January. During the student recognition, UIL awards in Math were presented to second graders Landry Nash, Bayden Lawrence, Michael Kenny and Brenden Shelly. Story Telling awards went to presented to Bryce Lawrence, Lily Guardado and Selena Anastacio, who placed sixth in the district. Primary Campus third graders recognized included spelling winners Kathryn Fisher in fi rst place, Angelo Alvarez in sixth place and Kadyn Burk. Story telling awards went to Nikki Mochman and sixth place winner Sabine Snyder. Ready writing winners were Sabine Snyder in second place, Morgan Rayburn and Isabella Manning. Music memory saw a clean sweep with Eve Perez in fi rst place, Carrie Burris insecond and Jada Acosta placing third. In math, recognition went to Kathryn Fisher in fi rst, Kellan Shew infourth, Sabine Snyder in sixth, and Eric White. Elementary School participants recognized included fourth graders: oral reading -- Yasmin Rodriguez, Trevor Bird and Kodie Payne; ready writing -- Zach Purvis, Alessandra Najera and Yasmin Rodriguez; spelling -- Jess Shows and Monica Cooper; and number sense -- Maritza Heredia, Yasmin Rodriguez and Gisele Martinez. Fifth graders who competed included: oral reading -- Marissa Acevedo, Kaylee Conorroe and Myranda Mercado; maps, charts and graphs -- Micah Hughes, who placed sixth in district; spelling -- Jackson Kilgore in fi rst place, Javier Gallegos and Austin Shaw; ready writing - - Analysa Caskey in fi rst place, Caitlyn Garcia Firth and Isabella Adams; art – with all six participants earning fi rst place awards including Kylie Nash, Matthew Moody, Braxton Gray, Kason Riddle and Chaz Gray; music memory -- Felicity McGinnis in second place, Neveah Freeman in third place and Kayla Walker in fourth place; number sense -- Aleah White in fourth place, Ericka Chinn and Nelson Flores; dictionary -- Cameron Scott in second place, Delilah Gonzalez and Angelina Alvarez; listening -- Zoe Acosta in fourth, Jasa Williams in fi fth and Jennifer Vazquez in sixth place. In other meeting activity, Hughes reported that the Title 1 funding has been reduced for 2013 by $34,000 and Title 2 by $2,000. The district will review budget to adjust for the difference, noting that salaries are already budgeted and will not be effected. Enrollment for the district was 1,022 as of Jan. 17 and it as noted the current budget was built on an average of 1,000 and the attendance rate was 96.92. She said this was very good considering the weather and winter usually sees the most illness among younger students. In honoring the school board members Hughes offered the following; "Thank a School Board Member. January is School Board Recognition Month and Corrigan-Camden ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools. "School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child," added Hughes. "In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in Corrigan-Camden ISD for an annual budget of over $9 million; 1,031 students, in grades PK to 12 more than 190 employees; and four campuses. "Preparing today's students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected offi - cials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving fi rst and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren," said Hughes. "We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding, and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community's children and families," said Hughes. "These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future," she said. The men and women serving Corrigan-Camden ISD are Board President Sean Burks, Board Vice-President Marvin Hurley, Board Secretary Seth Handley and trustees Ryan Burris, Anthony Harrell, Sue Morrison and Joel Scott. "Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. Please join us as we applaud these local leaders for truly caring about our kids," Hughes said. The district's delinquent tax collection fi rm, Linebarger, Goggan & Blaire had reported that C-CISD, and Livingston are the only districts in the county still only setting the penalty for non-payment of taxes at 15 percent, and Livingston has the matter on its next agenda. After discussion that the charge has not changed in 25 years, the board passed a resolution to change the amount to 20 percent for all future delinquencies. The will be an election on May 10 for three board positions including the Position 1 held by Sue Morrison, the Position 2 seat held by Marvin Burley and the Position 3 seat held by Sean Burks. Application packets for a position on the ballot can be picked up at the administration building during regular business hours between Jan. 28 and Feb. 28. In other business Hughes said the business office is having difficulty due to bank account activity and statements being received and some bills not coming in until the first week of the month. Because of this, having complete financial reports for the meetings on the second week of the month is a problem. She suggested that if the board moved their meeting date to the third Monday of he month, it would allow the business office to provide them with complete information. The board voted to move the meeting to the third Monday, however the February date falls on a holiday and will likely be on Tuesday that month. The district has offered early retirement and so far three employee have indicated they will accept. The board entered into executive session to evaluate the superintendent's contract, which is a normal function each January, and upon returning to regular session they extended Hughes's contract for one additional year.