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OISD OKs bids for Ag facility

Polk County Enterprise

Staff Reporter

ONALASKA — Onalaska eam was placed. Independent School District Trustees moved one step closer to construction of an animal development center to be located at the north end of the baseball field on the Junior/Senior High School campus. Trustees voted to accept a bid from Lake Area Construction for a 100-foot by 200-foot structure at a cost of $143,600. The award does not include electrical or plumbing. The estimate of $150,000 was discussed for professional work to the center, although no action was taken. Ag instructor Adam Graham estimates about 65 animals could be houses at the center as soon as it is complete. No completion date for the facility was discussed. Trustees discussed construction of a track for OISD. After a site visit, contractors estimate development of an eight-lane track suitable to host district meets would range from $575,000 to $700,000. Trustee Sherrie Winkle urged the board to move the item forward from discussion to action. She suggested using money from the district fund balance to begin necessary soil testing and other measures needed to begin the project. Superintendent Lynn Redden told board members that grant funds are a possibility for the project and the district intends to apply for grants for the project. Trustees discussed using fund balance capital to move ahead and had differing opinions as to how that would affect the financial integrity of the district. Winkle asked that the item be included in future meetings to keep trustees informed on the progress of grant funding and the possibility of using the fund balance for the track. In public forum, Kenton Vincent informed board members he was recently elected as an area FFA officer for the upcoming year. Grant Richey also addressed trustees, informing them of his recent appointment as treasurer for the Sam Houston District. For the first time since the FFA program began, OISD holds the first area FFA officer and the second district officer. Maggie Leysath also spoke to trustees about the upcoming art show to be held May 6 at the high school. Leysath said the art show has expanded this year to include elementary students and photography. Gari Larkin told trustees about the Shattered Dreams program held March 31 at the junior/senior campus. The program is approved by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission and focuses on traffic crashes involving serious injury to youth 15 to 19 years of age. The program is a youth-led community program to prevent fatalities. Larkin reported the program was well attended. Elementary School Principal Hannah Williams told the board that enrollment is at 574 with 96.2 percent attendance. Williams reported a book fair held to recognize National Library Week was attended by more than 300 parents and grandparents, the largest adult response to the book fair. Williams reported on a science camp for fifth graders in preparation for upcoming TAKS test. Third fourth and sixth grade will also take TAKS in math tests next week. Also reported to trustees is a third grade and kindergarten field trip on April 30. Williams said trustees report cards will be issued April 14. Williams said May 3 through 6 will be child nutrition employees and teacher appreciation week with PTO members scheduling activities. Second graders will celebrate Mother’s Day May 6 with songs, poems and a tea. Also in May, students will dress as what they want to be when they grow up and visitors will share information about their careers with students in a wild about ourfuture activity. OJSH Principal Charles Boyce reported enrollment at 377 with 96.6 percent attendance at the junior/senior campus. Boyce added that the junior/senior prom was well attended last weekend. The high school UIL academic team advanced six students to the regional level in science and math, Boyce said. Four OHS track team members also advanced to the region meet in the one and two mile events and the 300 meter hurdles. The high school girls’ golf team also sent one student to the regional level. Boyce said students and teachers at the campus are also preparing for upcoming TAKS testing. In upcoming events, the regional UIL academic meet is April 23 through 24 at Tyler Junior College. The high school regional golf tournament will be in Tyler and the One Act Play dinner theater is April 30. The high school regional track meet will be May 3 through 4 and JROTC awards night is set for May 4 along with the art show May 6. Redden told trustees a one-year inspection has been finalized at the field house with no issues to report. Redden also reported an audit of the transportation department indicated the possibility of recovering about $20,000 in funding for the district. Redden also reported a child nutrition audit at the elementary campus has been completed. OISD trustees nominated fellow board member Greg Cook to fill a vacancy on the Polk Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Discussion of adopting an OISD logo was also a topic for discussion. The first logo used by OISD was presented but board members turned the logo down and agreed to hold a contest for a new district logo. In consent agenda items, trustees approved the current tax report, budget amendments, text book adoptions, an expedited waiver for staff development and the adoption of DEC local policy update as required by state law. The next regular meeting of OISD trustees will be at 6:30 p.m. May 17 in the administration office located on FM 356.


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