CISD board hears of great AP test scores, large grant
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Six Crockett High School students scored the highest score possible on the Spanish Advanced Placement IV test last year. The six were among nine who scored between three and five, with five being the highest possible. “I was blown away,” said their teacher, Barbara Crowson, when the scores were reported over the summer. Crowson introduced seven of the students during Monday, Oct. 31 meeting of the the Crockett ISD Board of Trustees. A score of five is the only score accepted by Harvard University or Rice University, Crowson said. The students scoring a five will be awarded 17 hours college credit when they enroll in a university, Crowson explained. This almost is the equivalent of a full semester of college courses. Those earning a four will be awarded 14 college hours and those scoring a three will be awarded nine college hours. Two students made a four, and one made a three. Crowson marveled at the success of the student who made a three, because he also was competing in the regional track meet the day he took the test. Roman Sanchez received special permission from the state to take the test at the site of the track meet. Sanchez plans to enroll in college in January, according to Crowson. The nine students who scored so splendidly on what Crowson termed a very difficult test are Sanchez, Julian Ibarra, Jose Monsivais, Humberto Monsivais, Pedro Sandval, Wendy Rodriguez, Maria Arvizu, Marina Hernandez and Maria Rivera. Most currently are enrolled in colleges. Hernandez and Arvizu were in a pre-AP class last year and took the test to get a distinguished measure towards earning Recommended diplomas. They both are seniors this year. Some of the students were enrolled in the AVID program last year, Crowson said, a program that taught organization and other study skills for at-risk students that fell victim to state education budget cuts this year. The students were recognized during the regular meeting of the Crockett ISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Oct. 31. Crowson explained to the board that the test involved listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Superintendent Dr. DougTrac las Moore praised the work of the students, and added that the district also receives a monetary award for the Spanish program due to the students’ success. “We have a great school and a lot of great teachers like you,” Moore said to Crowson. Additional good news for the district came when Moore announced the district is the only one in Region VI to receive a Texas Cool Schools grant, which is a program intended to help the state’s schools lower their operating costs by purchasing new and more energy-effi cient heating ventilation and air conditioning systems. The $750,000 grant awarded to CISD is the 15th highest of the 57 grants awarded statewide. There were more than 400 applicants. Some of the district’s air conditioning units are 30-40 years old. Board Member Dr. John Garner described the $750,000 check as one that “keeps on giving” because of the savings in utility bills the district will see when the old, ineffi cient air conditioning units are replaced. The funds are from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 The grants were awarded on a competitive basis, with scoring criteria based on factors including enrollment, district property wealth, the age of current equipment and the estimated energy savings available from new equipment. In other business, the board voted: *To approve the campus improvement plans for 2011- 0212; *To nominate W. F. Kitchen and Jerry Pipes to continue serving on the Houston County Appraisal District Board of Directors; *To approve bids on two tax trust properties, one in the Depot Addition on West Bell St. and one at 102 Burleson St.; *Tabled action to employ legal counsel until the two most favorable fi rms can attend the next board meeting and answer additional questions. The board reviewed packages sent by six fi rms, and will ask representatives from the Walsh and Anderson and the Powell and Leon law fi rms to visit the board on Monday, Nov. 28. Board members Trey Young, Mo Amjad and Board President Lela Wheeler were absent from the Oct. 31 meeting.