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OISD proposes total tax rate of $1.18 per $100
Polk County Enterprise

ONALASKA — Trustees of the Onalaska Independent School District met in a special meeting at 6 p.m. prior to the regular meeting for a budget workshop for the 2010-2011 school year. An overview of the proposed budget appears in a public notice in today’s edition of the Polk County Enterprise. The proposed budget lowers the combined school tax rate from $1.20 per $100 in valuation to $1.18. The budget predicts enrollment to be 955 students at the beginning of the school year. A special meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 for trustees to adopt the 2010- 2011 school year budget and set the tax rate. OISD trustees voted to adopt modifications to the American Institute of Architects Standard contract Tuesday evening. The modifications to the contract form will be used by OISD when securing services from professional architects. According to Superintendent Lynn Redden, the revised contract will result in stricter guidelines for contractors and offer greater protection to the school district by relieving OISD from contract negotiations. The OISD attorney recommended trustees adopt the contract modifications and he was part of a team of attorneys that revised the architect contracts. Trustees authorized Redden to ask architects to provide a list of current and previous projects performed for school districts. That listing will allow the superintendent to check references and make better informed recommendations to the board. Ground Force Building Systems of Navasota will design and build an addition that will include two science classrooms and a science laboratory at the junior/senior high school. The company provides portable classroom buildings. The buildings will have a six-inch concrete foundation secured on two-foot pilings. The manufacturer will build and deliver the buildings to the campus. Officials expect to complete the project by January 2011. The company has been approved as a vendor by the Texas Education Agency. Redden announced OISD is rated as a “recognized” district in accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency. He praised the hard work and dedication of OISD principals and staff to achieve the recognized rating. Redden also reported the campuses and district are adequate in yearly progress status. “This is a sign instructional progress has been made,” Redden told trustees. Trustees also reviewed the delinquent tax report. Currently, 92.84 percent of the taxes have been collected, down from 93.7 percent at the same time last year. Redden commented OISD expects approximately 93 to 94 percent school tax to be collected this year Board members met in closed session to review personnel. After reconvening into regular session trustees accepted the resignation of Tiger Collier and approved employment of Brittany Crowley as a theater arts teacher at the high school. In campus reports, Principal Hanna Williams reported preregistration will continue from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. through Aug. 20 for new OISD students. Also a letter was mailed to former students recently reminding them of procedures, dress code, free breakfast and changes in lunch pricing. Teachers reported to campus Tuesday for staff development sessions relating to new reading textbooks, planning lessons, technology and cooperative learning groups, according to Williams. She said class lists will be posted outside the campus building at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 for parents to view before Meet the Teacher night. The school will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for parents and guardians to become familiar with teachers and classrooms. Enrollment cards, transportation and food service representatives will be available to answer concerns and set up lunch accounts. Williams reported student pictures will be taken Sept. 1 and pricing information will be available with information sent home with students. Also, in upcoming activities, grandparent’s day will be recognized Sept. 10 with an invitation for grandparents to eat lunch with the students. Junior/Senior High School Principal Charles Boyce reported enrollment was at 407 students with more than 40 new students enrolling as of Monday. Boyce reported a student letter was mailed recently reviewing procedures, dress code, free breakfast and lunch price changes. In sports, Boyce reported volleyball teams have completed two-a-day workouts and the volleyball season has begun. The junior varsity and variety teams have played one tournament and various games. In consent items, board members reviewed and approved budget amendments. The amendments were necessary basically moving unused funds from excess accounts to other funds. The next OISD board meeting will be Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the administration office on FM 356 N. Interested residents are invited to attend


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