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Lovelady ISD receives ‘Superior’ FIRST rating
Houston County Courier

By Jenni Wichers

The Lovelady School District received a “Superior” rating with a score of 75 points out of a possible 80 in the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2009-2010 period, Dr. Micah Dyer, superintendent, announced during the board of trustees meeting Monday, Oct. 17.Lovelady ISD is the only school district in Houston County to receive a “Superior” rating, according to Dyer.In other business, the board, along with Dyer, opened and reviewed six different bids for renovation of the track. The track surrounding the football field is in need of repair and the bids ranged from basic repair of surface and curb to complete re-spraying of entire track surface. Dyer explained “the polyurethane track is over 10 years old and the track experts recommend every seven to eight years for resurfacing”. After a lengthy discussion, Board Member Lee Holsey moved to table the issue until further review and requested that the members as a group or individually inspect the areas of concern. The board as well as Dyer is going to research and review more from the bids and run comparisons. It was unanimously decided to reevaluate the track renovation project during the next regular meeting.The next matter before the board involved the need of a flu shot clinic for Lovelady ISD staff and families. Winnie McKnight, district nurse, explained that in past years the Texas Department of State Health Services provided flu shot clinics. Due to cut backs in the state budget, TDSHS will not be able to provide the service this year. McKnight said the “well hidden” Mollen Immunization Clinics could provide the flu shot clinic and accept the majority of insurance without any co-pays. Approximately five employees and or family members do not have the necessary means to receive the vaccination. With this, the board gave approval for McKnight to schedule the clinic and to provide all with the service. The board additionally discussed that next year Lovelady High School will be classified as a Division 2 Class A small school, based on a total enrollment of 137 students.According to TEA figures, Lovelady Junior High-High School (grades 7-12) has been losing enrollment since the 2007-2008 school year. During its Oct. 17 meeting, the board also heard a report that the food fair held the week of Oct. 10-14 was a success with many in attendance to test the variety of options available to Lovelady students. The number of students eating cafeteria-provided breakfast/lunch has substantially increased since the change of meal options. The next board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 14.


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