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LISD to authorize $53.5M in bonds
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008

LIVINGSTON — Livingston ISD trustees will consider adopting an order authorizing $53.5 million of school building bonds to be issued and review pricing of this fi rst installment at 6 p.m. Monday. Bond consultants advised board members at an earlier meeting that some factors affecting the tax rate needed to repay the indebtedness have improved, so taxpayers can expect a lower rate that what had been forecast. The board also will review student handbooks, insurance bids and a local policy on performance evaluations for teachers during Monday’s meeting.

Action items listed on Tuesday’s agenda include: • Consider approval EdOptions for credit recovery for the 2008-09 school year. • Consider approval of concurrent classes for health science with Angelina College. • Name delegate and alternate to 20008 Texas Association of School Boards convention. • Consider demolition of original sign at Pine Ridge Elementary. • Consider proposal for bids to construct bathrooms and concession stands at LISD stadium. • Consider proposals to provide food items. • Consider approval of 2008-09 pay schedules. • Consider 2008-09 stipend list. • Consider approval of purchase do real property. • Consider revisions or additions to current employee positions and pay grades. • Superintendent’s notifi cation of resignations/ hiring of auxiliary personnel. • Consider accepting resignations of professional personnel. • Consider approving hiring of professional personnel.

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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