Lovelady ISD Making education priority
Houston County Courier
By Ashlie LeBlanc
Lovelady ISD approved and signed the proclamation for Make Education a Priority during its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 15. By doing so, LISD has joined over 200 districts in the state of Texas. The purpose of this proclamation is to make sure that regardless of finance, students do not lose out on programs, course offerings or remove excellent teachers. Dr. Micah Dyer, superintendent said, “Please contact your representative and tell them to make your children’s education a priority in Texas.” Many districts in Texas have “untaken” tax ratification elections to generate more funds. Meaning, they have to put it to a vote to raise taxes to $1.17. The maximum current rate a district can set is $1.04 without this election. Currently Lovelady ISD has a sound budget and money in their fund balance, according to Dyer. However, the state of Texas can mandate that they reduce their budget by 10 percent. Dyer says that if that were to happen, the district will have to look at other options. In other business, the board approved its operating manual. The manual previously was sent home with the board members for them to look over and see if there was anything a member wanted to add, take out or amend. The board voted unanimously to approve the operating manual. The next item of business was in regards to the substitute handbook. The new handbook contains the addition of a current district calendar, the bell schedule for both campus, work schedules for employees and the different bus routes. In the manual there is an acceptance page regarding the rules and regulations of the district. Any substitutes, before they can work at any of the district schools, must sign this document and return it to the administration office. The administration office will be mailing out this new handbook to all substitutes that are employed by the school. Also at the meeting, Dyer made the motion that the December Board meeting be changed to an earlier date. Dyer said the reason is because the date that is currently scheduled is the first day school is out for the holidays. He did not want to inconvenience anyone who might be traveling. The board voted to change the next meeting date to Monday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the High School library.