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OISD names Redden finalist for superintendent’s post
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
ONALASKA –Trustees for Onalaska Independent School District held a special meeting Tuesday after officials failed to reach a quorum for the Jan. 21 meeting. Officials held a closed session to discuss filling two vacant administrative positions — superintendent and junior high/ high school principal. Following the closed session, trustees named Lynn Redden as the lone finalist for the superintendent post. Redden has been acting superintendent since the end of September replacing former superintendent David Kennedy. Redden was been serving as Onalaska elementary school principal as well. Redden has formerly served as superintendent for Coldspring ISD. Trustees also appointed Charles Boyce as principal at Onalaska Junior-Senior High School. Boyce has been acting principal at OJSHS since January replacing Troy Parton who resigned to accept a superintendent position in another district. Trustees also accepted the resignation of Renee Parton, teacher at OJSHS and wife of Troy Parton. Parton’s last day with the district was Jan. 16. Redden reported to board members that enrollment has increased at the elementary and junior high school. As of Jan. 1, 555 students are enrolled with 94.59 percent attendance at the school. Redden also reported the enrollment has been changing as the school years progressed There have been 147 to register or withdraw from the district since the school year began. The elementary campus has 645 students attending since the beginning of the school year. Redden reported enrollment at the junior-senior high campus is 366 with an attendance rate of 94.58 percent. Homecoming activities held last week were well attended and no problems occurred during the week-long homecoming schedule, Redden reported. Trustees agreed to call an election on May 9 for two expiring positions on the board currently held by Roger Wilde and Cindy Christian. Candidates can file for those positions beginning Feb. 7. Board members accepted the resignation of trustee Joel Wilde who submitted a written resignation Jan. 20. The resignation becomes effective after the May trustees’ elections. The district will include the vacancy as a special election position in the May 9 regular election. Wilde’s position is considered as a special election for Wilde’s unexpired term. Angela Foster presented a construction update for the project to enlarge the ag building and the locker room. Line item changes have been made in the budget due to change orders on some construction items but the project is still within the budget. The projects are scheduled to be completed in March. Foster also gave a general budget update that the school is in good condition overall. In other agenda items, trustees rejected a bid for multiple lots in the Forest Hills subdivision. The lots have been taken for nonpayment of property taxes. The board rejected the bids since the amount was less than 10 percent of the appraised value of the lots. The board conducted the first reading of localized policy manual update number 84. No action is required on the update however it must be included and discussed in two meetings of the board. Board Policy (LOCAL) CQ was discussed regarding electronic communication and data management. Rhonda Scholwinski, technology coordinator, answered questions regarding computer filters during the discussion. Computers used by administrators and teaching staff are blocked to prevent inappropriate, pornographic or other unwanted content to appear on school computers. Scholwinski reported OISD has a server dedicated to filtered sites. Sites are filtered based on key words during a search. Board members discussed implementing passwords to allow access to some filtered sites that may be suitable for teaching or administrative purposes. Currently, OISD employees are instructed not to use the computers for personal business. Trustees will revisit the subject with recommendations for a more practical method to monitor OISD computers to ensure that workers are doing so. Officials renewed a contract and shared service agreement for 2008-2009 between the district and Lufkin Regional Day School program for the deaf. Although the agreement is not needed at this time, approval will ensure the service is available if a student needed those additional services enrolls in the district. Board members approved Business Manager Angela Foster to act as superintendent designee for corresponding with the Texas Education Agency. The approval is to be renewed annually from Jan. 27, 2009 to 2010. TEA conducts district business through secure web applications where a district designee is required. The next OISD board meeting is Feb. 16. ONALASKA ISD: Trustee tenders resignation, voters will choose replacement Clarification In Sunday’s edition a story appeared about Polk County sheriff’s deputies recovered a pickup truck reported stolen in Harris County. The suspect named in the story is not the James Arthur Ryans who is married to Livingston Independent School District employee Helen Ryans.