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Lovelady ISD votes to contract with Crockett ISD for DAEP services
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones
Managing Editor

The Lovelady ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, Aug. 15 unanimously agreed to “purchase” a seat in the Crockett ISD District Alternative Education Program for the 2011-2012 school year. Dr. Micah Dyer, superintendent, explained to the board that, about a year ago, the superintendents of Latexo ISD and Kennard ISD approached him about having a consolidated DAEP. The state requires certain criteria for DAEPs that can be expensive for the smaller districts, and the state requires students who commit certain disciplinary infractions to be placed in a DAEP. Last year, Dyer explained, the Lovelady ISD had one student per six weeks in DAEP. He said he has examined the Crockett DAEP and found it basically follows the same regulations and procedures as Lovelady ISD, and it already has the required security and staff for a DAEP. By contracting with CISD, Lovelady ISD can save the cost of hiring a long-term substitute for DAEP purposes. He said the state minimum for a DAEP student placement is 30 days. The cost of contracting with Crockett ISD will be $4,000 per school year, and CISD will assume liability for any student Lovelady ISD places there. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the DAEP site, Dyer explained. If an occasion arises that Lovelady ISD needs to place more than one student at a time in the CISD program, Lovelady will talk to Latexo ISD or Kennard ISD about purchasing their seat, or negotiate with CISD for another seat, Dyer said. In other business, the board proposed keeping its current tax rate of $1.04 per $100 valuation the same for 2011. The board agreed to hold the required public hearing for its proposed budget and tax rate at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29. The board also discussed the condition of the Lovelady track. Dyer explained some spots were patched and sealed last year, but the track is in need of repair. He asked the board to allow him to invite bids for track renovation. According to Dyer, the track surface is breaking with some rebar visibly pushing up. Some of the problem is due to dryness and having no water on the track, and some of it is the age of the track, Dyer explained. He said it would cost about $150,000 to replace the track, an expense he is trying to avoid with maintenance repairs. Trustee Mark Solomon expressed concern about spending funds on the track when jobs had been lost due to the state funding cuts. Dyer explained there is no cost to obtaining bids, and the board is not required to accept any bids. If the board should decide it is feasible to repair the track, work would need to begin as soon as football season ends. Several track meets are scheduled in Lovelady this spring, Dyer said. The board voted unanimously to take bids so they can get an idea of how much repairs would cost, with the understanding that no funds are to be expended for the bid process. Further business included a discussion of Lovelady ISD’s TAKS results and accountability rating, which Dyer described as “an absolutely great thing”. He said only 61 districts in Texas received an Exemplary rating, and that Lovelady was one of only two in Region VI. He reported Lovelady was the only district in Region VI to attain the coveted rating two years in a row. At the close of the meeting, Dyer took the board members to the science lab to show them renovations that were done over the summer. Dyer expressed excitement as he exhibited new lab tables, safety shower and freshly painted fixtures. Other actions by the board included approval of the 2011-2012 student handbook and the appraisal calendar for the appraisal of teaching personnel for the 2011-2012 school year


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