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CISD ignores City’s request
Houston County Courier - October 2009
By Daphne Hereford
Members of the Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees ignored a request from the city of Crockett to assist in the demolition of a building in the 300 block of Rhodes Street.
In the absence of CISD President Lela Wheeler, CISD Vice President Deborah Kennedy presided over the meeting.
When Ms. Kennedy came to agenda item 12, a proposal from the city for the demolition of a dwelling located at 317 Rhodes Street, CISD Superintendent Dr. Doug Moore said he had no recommendation for the agenda item.
“The city wants to demolate a building and I don’t see what that has to do with the school district,” he said.
Ms. Kennedy said since there was no motion she moved to agenda item 13. Trustees did not move to table the item, vote to decline the request or move it to a future agenda.
The city’s request asked that the school district to fund $1,496.25 of the total cost of the demolition which amounted to $2,375. The letter submitted to the district by City Administrator Ron Duncan said the fees were based on each of the taxing entity’s percentage of ownership of the property. In a separate request, the city also asked the county to fund $403.75 of the project.
In other business, trustees approved a municipal lease for three new school buses. Deputy Superintendent David Baxter said the lease would provide two 72 passenger buses and one 18 passenger bus. He added that two of the buses were equipped with lifts to accommodate special needs students.
According to documents provided during the meeting, the total cost of the lease is $246,698, which will be paid over a three-year period.
During the 45-minute meeting trustees also awarded a bid in the amount of $147,740 to Vibra-Whirl Sports, LTD for the repair and resurfacing of the high school track.
Dr. Moore said the track is currently idle and has not been functional for about 10 years. He added that the repair of the track would be beneficial for the school and citizens. He said once the track was repaired there was a possibility for the district to host track meets. The bid was awarded through the Texas Buy Board.
In a separate action, trustees approved Board Operating Procedures booklet presented by Dr. Moore. He said he developed the booklet outlining general operating procedures in Brady several years ago and TASB later picked it up and now it is statewide.
“It is a handy little guide on how to operate a meeting, developing an agenda, communications and also has other useful pieces of information,” he said