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Cochran injured in Iraq fire fight
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008

LIVINGSTON — Beaux Cochran, a 2005 graduate of Livingston High School now serving in the Marines sustained shrapnel injuries to his right thigh in a fi re fi ght in Iraq, according to Bea Ellis, spokeswoman for the FAITH military support group. Ellis said Cochran’s mother told her that he didn’t realize he was injured until the fi re fi ght was over. He was evacuated to a military hospital in Germany and underwent two surgeries before being transferred to San Diego for further evaluation. He was traveling back to Livingston as of press time Wednesday for 30 days of convalescent leave. “I talked to him last night and he sounded good, Ellis said. “He’s eager to return to his unit.” See Sunday’s Enterprise for further details.

LIVINGSTON — Trustees for the Livingston Independent School District approved an order Monday for $53.5 million in school building bonds series 2008 be sold to fund a new high school campus. The board also approved several actions in preparation for the 2008- 09 school year. Trustees approved four concurrent enrollment classes through Angelina College that would be available in the Health Sciences curriculum. These classes will add to the list of basic college classes available to high school juniors and seniors. Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers and board member Mike Nettles have both identifi ed coursework that makes students eligible for jobs immediately after high school that will pay a living wage. “Not everyone has the resources to go to college, or pursue a career that requires a four-year college education,” Nettles said. “But we need to make them ready for a career path they can pursue and be successful adults.” The board tabled action on the EdOptions program for student to recover credits needed to graduate with their class. The board chose Henry Ager to represent them at the 2008 Texas Association of School Boards convention and Nettles as alternate. Board Secretary Ben R. Ogletree III was sworn in for another term Monday, since he could not attend the June meeting. Bea Ellis will serve as board president, Henry Ager as vice president. The Livingston ISD sign currently located outside the Pine Ridge Elementary campus will be relocated, the board decided. Board members also tabled a decision on going out for bids to construct or purchase restrooms for the LISD football stadium. Trustees also approved the salary schedule for the upcoming school year. Beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no experience will start at $33,600 a year, with $500 increases for each year of creditable service. The stipend schedule was also approved the provides additional pay for duties such as coaching, obtaining advanced degrees or teaching courses in highly advanced or technical subject areas. Each of the substitute teacher scales were raised $5. Following a closed executive session the board tabled the purchase of real property. Trustees approved bids for the upcoming year for prepared pizza, milk, ice cream, bread and snacks, groceries, frozen food and paper products during Monday’s meeting. Dr. Myers reported to the board on his review of various bids for insurance as requested by board members. Board members also received copies of the student code of

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