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Parent addresses CISD policy
By Daphne Hereford
Houston County Courier - June 2009
“I am asking the board tonight to direct the school administrators to follow board policy as written,” Patty Like said in her remarks to Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night, June 8.
Mrs. Like was permitted to address trustees after Vice President Deborah Kennedy read the board policy regarding public comments to the audience.
Mrs. Like said she was at the meeting to speak about the Honor Graduate Certificate, which is given each year to the highest-ranking graduate. One honor graduate certificate is presented to each high school each year and it pays recipient’s first year tuition.
She said in CISD the policy outline the eligibility for valedictorian and salutatorian which includes the student is to be continuously enrolled in the district for two years prior to graduation, be enrolled in high school at the time of graduation and have the highest weighted GPA. She said her son’s final transcript dated June 2 indicated his rank was number one at 4.26304.
Mrs. Kennedy, who conducted the meeting in the absence of President Lela Wheeler, attempted to stop Mrs. Like’s comments more than once and at one point asked fellow trustees, “Should we go into executive session to consult with the attorney?”
Mrs. Like responded by saying the matter was not in litigation and she was allowed to continue her comments.
Mrs. Like said the CISD deputy superintendent had told her that her son deserved the certificate and she would have it by the end of the day. She added that at 4:40 p.m. the deputy superintendent called to tell her the boards attorney would contact her but she would not receive the certificate that day.
Mrs. Like concluded her comments by saying, “I don’t know what purpose delaying this action will serve besides costing more money for both myself and the taxpayers of Crockett ISD.”
During approval of the consent agenda, Trustee Roy Johnson asked for an explanation of the monthly invoice paid to CISD Attorney Wayne Haglund in the about of $20, 173.02.
Newly hired Business Manager Gail Hanson responded saying the invoice covered several things he has done for the district. Trustees told Johnson he would be given additional information during the scheduled board orientation for new members.
Johnson then questioned the water bill in the amount of $4,969.57 saying he would like someone to check the meter at the Early Childhood facility to make sure it was working properly since it was full of mud.
Assistant Superintendent Jeannie Julian presented the TAKS summary and said the information provided were the first results and the district should know in mid-July if they have any low performing campuses.
She said the kids were on track and the scores look good adding, “As soon as the reports come back we will let the board know.”
Trustees approved the Texas Kids First, 2009-2010 Student Insurance Plan. Assistant Superintendent David Baxter said the same firm carried the coverage last year, which allows students to participate in sports.
Trustees tabled consideration of the Physicians Centre Sports Medicine Services Agreement in the amount of $17,500.
Bids for milk, bread and slushy products were awarded to Foremost, Flowers Baking, Co., and Tropical Frost.
Trustee James Berry voted against approval of extending the depository contract with First Community Bank for an additional two years.
Ms. Hanson told trustees that TEA required that the depository be in place by June 15 and there was not time to go out for bids.
Berry questioned the measure and referred to a previous incident that involved the bank said, “Since it was such a big mistake I would like the attorney to look at it (before approval).”
Ms. Hanson said she had met with the bank and the situation would not occur again in the future.
Trustees Berry and Karen Johnson voted against approval of the employment of the lawfirm Hardy and Atherton, of Tyler to respond to a public information request made by Patty Like on June 3. The measure passed 5-2.
Trustees voted to appoint Mrs. Kennedy and Ms. Wheeler as delegate and alternate to the TASA/TASB Convention to be held in Houston Oct. 2-4.
Trustees adjourned to executive session at 6:24 p.m.