CISD recognizes FFA hay judging winners
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Before addressing routine business during its meeting Monday, Nov. 27, the Crockett ISD Board of Trustees took time to recognize several FFA students. The students (as previously reported in the Nov. 21 Courier) placed first and second in the recent Hay Judging Contest. Among those attending the meeting were Will Brannen and Seth Maxwell. They obtained near perfect scores with 199 each out of a possible 200. It was Brannen’s first year to compete. Dr. Douglas Moore, superintendent, commended the students for their hard work and dedication, noting they arrive at school at 6:30 a.m. to complete FFA activities. Their sponsor, Jo Smith, agreed that not many students will get to school 6:30 in the morning for something that doesn’t affect their grades. She stressed that FFA is an extra-curricular activity. “We appreciate the effort you all put out,” Moore said. Moore also referenced the Crockett Bulldog football team that ended its season Saturday as area champions. “I’m proud of our team,” he said. He also noted the successes of the cross country, volleyball and girls basketball teams. In other business, Moore reported that the district’s outside audit report should be available at the December board meeting. Additionally, he reported on the grant progress for a new gym/emergency shelter. He said the grant has been approved at the state level, but currently is tied up at the federal level due to an environmental study. The purpose of that study, he said, is “to make sure we’re not messing with any red-headed woodpeckers.” He explained further that the concern is due to the large amount of space the proposed gym will consume if the grant is approved. The board also heard a report that 100 percent of the district’s teachers meet criteria to be “highly qualified” this year. Also, the board joined the list of other area school districts that have signed the “Make Education a Priority Resolution”. Moore noted Crockett doesn’t want the children hurt while the state rectifies its budget issues. The board approved the resolution unanimously. Finally, the board approved changes to its December and January meeting dates. The board’s regular December meeting will be Monday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Its regular January meeting will be Monday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m.