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LISD trustees get bids for more stadium seating, auditorium lights
Polk County Enterprise - February 2009
LIVINGSTON – Livingston school trustees received initial estimates on a pair of expensive projects Monday night. Director of Purchasing Lisa Pearson told the board that buying stadium seating for the end zone of the football fi eld would cost a minimum of $68,000 without a concrete pad or earth anchoring. The project is specifi ed as an 800-person seating arrangement, but Pearson said it would seat 500 people comfortably. Administrators began looking at purchasing the seating after spending $14,000 last season to rent the seating for the four scheduled home games. L.I.S.D. Board of Trustees Vice President Henry Ager III asked Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers if the matter could be postponed until the board has a chance to look at the budget. Myers said that was a possibility. Athletic Director Randy Rowe told the board that the school needs the seating for the crowds that come along with teams from Nederland and Port Neches-Groves, saying that the bands alone take up the entire visitor section. Ager wanted to know if the other schools could be notifi ed that L.I.S.D. has a specifi c number of seats and that some people may be turned away. Ager suggested that maybe “we could take it [the game] to a neutral location.” Rowe countered, “No, we’re taking it to the jungle.” Pearson also reported on a bid for new lighting for the existing high school auditorium. The sole bid of $150,000 is only for lights — dimmer equipment, motorized units and utility sets would be additional. Both the stadium seating and the auditorium lighting were informational items so no action was taken. Assistant Superintendent Nikki Wilson reported on the district’s new transfi nder software system that will allow school offi cials to monitor all 55 buses for maintenance and repairs, mileage and effi ciency, as well as route planning. “This software will let us determine how productive each bus is – how cost effective,” said Wilson. For example, the district could have a bus purchased in 1995 that is more cost effective than one purchased in 2000 but until now the district has had no way to monitor that, said Wilson. Another capability that will enhance the productivity and effi ciency of the bus drivers is the ability of the software to plan bus routes. The software ties into the current system which houses student data including home addresses. After identifying which students need transportation, the program will automatically map the most effi cient route, taking into consideration whether or not a child would have to cross a major thoroughfare and adjusting the route accordingly. The software will also look for clusters of students within a two block area and determine the most effi cient gathering place so they can all be Additionally, the system will keep up with which students have been dropped off so that in the event of a breakdown or accident only the parents with children still on the bus will be contacted. Wilson said that great strides have been made in the transportation department and it is 100 percent staffed, perhaps for the first time. “I tell the bus drivers that they are so important to the district because theirs is the first face many of our kids see every day and a smile and ‘Good morning’ can make a huge difference.” Director of Plant Services and Transportation Terry Jordan reported repairs made to a sewer line in the parking lot behind the high school cafeteria. According to Jordan, the pipe in question had never been properly joined, leaving a gap of several hand-widths for the last 30 years. It was repaired last week. The district received donations of 10 picnic tables valued at $2,500 from the Adult Probation Department and a check for $8,000 from the Pine Ridge Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Trustees approved overnight trips for high school and junior high students to the San Antonio Livestock Show and the Houston Livestock Show Ag Mechanics Show, respectively, as well as approving a trip for Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership conference. The high school campus had the lowest attendance rate for January with only 89.6 percent of students in attendance. According to Dr. Myers, the goal for all campuses is 97 percent with most averaging around 95 percent. Attendance levels at the other campuses were: Junior High – 94.3 percent, Intermediate – 91.6 percent, Pine Ridge Elementary – 95.3 percent and Timber Creek Elementary – 95 percent. Coach Rowe reported that he is working to get Coca-Cola to fund the purchase of a new scoreboard for the football stadium. The previous scoreboard was ruined by Hurricane Ike. Police intervention reports for the high school showed two counts of minor in possession of tobacco, one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, criminal mischief and burglary. Junior high reports showed one count of assault – class C and one count of drug possession. There were 79 court cases filed regarding students’ failure to attend class. Trustees received notification that two convicted sex offenders are living near LISD campuses. Willie B. Reynolds is living at 1607 S. Washington. Reynolds was convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under 17 years of age. Harold Welman Ayers residing at 800 U.S. 59 Bypass. Ayers was convicted of indecency with a child. The board was presented with a memorandum of understanding between the Polk County Office of Emergency Management and the district that basically says the school agrees to open the junior high, Timber Creek Elementary and/or Pine Ridge Elementary as an emergency shelter to neighboring residents in times of severe weather. Action items the board approved were: • Called for a board election to fill the expiring positions of Henry O. Ager III and Mike Nettles. • Approved a joint election between Livingston I.S.D. and the City of Livingston. • Approved appointment of Martha Johnson as election judge and Sarah Cox as alternate judge. • Approved extension of the district banking contract with First State Bank for two years. • Approved the purchase of a 71- passenger Thomas bus for $81,298. • Approved the use of Overstreet Landscape Services for the Intermediate, Pine Ridge, Technology and Maintenance, Special Services, Transportation, Distribution Center and Administration campuses and the use of Four Seasons for the High School, Junior High and Timber Creek campuses for a combined annual total of $61,833. In each instance the low bid was approved. • Approved a new Livingston High School Spanish club and constitution and changes to the Emerald Belles Drill Team constitution. • Approved changes to local policies that updated the contact person to Diana Kelm from Shelly Hullihen. • Approved a request to the Texas Department of Transportation to designate a school zone along U.S. 190 at the current high school. Bus driver Glenda Trull was honored as this month’s Apple Corp. recipient. The following auxiliary personnel were hired: Amy Pena — ESL aide at the Intermediate campus; Nancy Sample — cafeteria worker; Bobby Flowers — bus driver; Daniel Alvarado — LIS custodian; Jason McGrath— LJH custodian and Leandro Torres — LJH custodian. The following professional personnel submitted resignations: Hugh Neely, high school speech and boys’ soccer coach effective at the end of contract; Rhiannon Burton, health science technology teacher effective at the end of contract and Jason Ellis junior high health teacher/coach. Trustees renewed the administrative contracts of the following employees: Diana Kelm – Deputy Superintendent, Janan Moore – Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum, Nikki Wilson – Asst. Superintendent for Human Resources, Deborah Walker – Director of Business, Barbara Shaw – High School Principal, Michael Woodard – Jr. High Principal, Lana Smith – Intermediate Principal, Kyle Rice – Timber Creek Principal, Janel Sewell – Pine Ridge Principal, Karen Maxey – AEP Principal, Stephanie Smith – Challenger Principal, Emma Alice Tinney – Special Services Director, Gregg Faith – Public Information Officer, James Dickens – Technology Director, Lisa Pearson – Purchasing Director, Terry Jordan – Maintenance/Transportation Director, Brenda Holden – Food Service Director and Randy Rowe – Athletic Director.