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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - July 2009
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Onalaska ISD trustees vote to change lawyers Monday
Polk County Enterprise - July 2009

ONALASKA — Lufkin attorney Wayne D. Haglund, a school law specialist, was unanimously approved to represent Onalaska Independent School District by trustees Monday. Superintendent Lynn Redden suggested the board consider Haglund and Monday’s agenda suggested a possible conflict of interest between the district and its current legal counsel. Haglund presented background information about himself and his law firm that included its newest associate, his daughter, who was also at Monday’s meeting. Haglund has represented school districts almost exclusively in his 33 years of law practice and has led school law sections of the state bar. He currently represents 30 school districts around the state. Haglund said he receives no retainer fees, acknowledging that any retainer would by funded by taxes and his function is to aid in keeping funds in the district’s instructional budget. After discussion among trustees, Haglund got unanimous approval.

Trustees agreed to approve a resolution in favor of the Polk County Community College and Commerce Center. Redden told trustees a $4 million grant has been approved for the project from the Economic Development Association. Redden said he believes the project is “important to Polk County and a valuable asset to the community.” The resolution joins other Polk County school districts to show support for the project. A resolution also was approved to extend the depository contract with First State Bank of Livingston for two years. Trustees also approved the Polk Central Appraisal District 2010 budget along with the OISD code of conduct after review by board members. Elementary school principal Hannah Williams reported on the second session of summer school. Teachers also are attending professional workshops and will share new information with other teachers before the 2009-2010 school year begins, Williams said. The school year begins Aug. 24.

Junior/Senior High School Principal Charles Boyce reported that 20 students are enrolled in summer school and 17 students have retaken TAKS tests. Redden informed trustees that school supplies for Pre-K through sixth grade will be provided to students this year with the exception of third-grade zipper binders. Final in-service plans are in place and the school district’s official accountability ratings will be provided July 31, Redden said. Trustees also approved a localized policy manual update to reflect changes in updates mandated by the legislature. Two bids on property in Canyon Park #2 and Impala Woods #1 subdivisions were approved. Both bids were within the 25 percent threshold for acceptance.

Trustees met in closed executive session to deliberate employment and discuss personnel matters. Returning from closed session, board members accepted the resignations of Chen-Yun Laing and Gloria Taylor. Connie Smith, Jennifer Smith and Angela Kennedy were approved as elementary school teachers. Also David Murphy was approved as Onalaska Elementary assistant principal. Danna Mitshke and Gari Larkins were named junior/senior high teachers. Anthony Roberts was hired as junior senior high school assistant principal.



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