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Rodeo Stars of Tomorrow
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008

LIVINGSTON — Cowboys and cowgirls traveled from all over East Texas to compete in the Polk County Youth Rodeo at the Barney Wiggins Rodeo Arena in Livingston this week. PeeWee, junior and senior participants vied for prizes in mutton busting, straightaway barrels, cloverleaf barrels, calf riding, tie-down roping, chute dogging, calf scramble, mugging ribbon roping, goat ribbon roping, goat tying, pole bending, breakaway roping and junior bull riding. Families trailered horses from as far away as McAlester, Okla. to compete in events this week. Several of the participants said the youth rodeos are enjoyable for the entire family. The competition gives young riders a chance to earn scholarship money in addition to the determination necessary to pick yourself up out of the dirt and try again. Young participants also learn responsibility through this sport since success in many of the events requires a well caredfor horse. The rider and the horse have to work as a team, so participants have to spend hours riding in addition to the feeding and grooming.

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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