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Onalaska ISD makes Wildcat logo official
Polk County Enterprise
BY LYNN BROWN
ONALASKA — Onalaska Independent School District Trustees adopted an official district logo depicting a fierce wildcat with illustrated claw movement set before the State of Texas during a meeting Tuesday. Onalaska and many other East Texas districts have been working to trademark logos for several months. A professional graphic designer took input from art students to develop the official logo approved last week. It will appear on all official OISD uniforms and various merchandise including caps and shirts. Possible future plans for the logo include the wildcat on the floor of the gymnasium and on the building. Elementary and Intermediate Principal Hanna Williams reported enrollment for Pre- K through 6 grade at 562 students. Attendance for May was at 95.4 percent. Williams reported 5th grade TAKS camp for students who did not master the reading or math tests is in session with the students to retake test the end of this month. Summer school for kindergarten through 6th grade students will begin July 12. Tammy Arden was voted Teacher of the Year and Karen McCaffety was named Paraprofessional of the Year at the school. Williams also reported teachers are attending various Region VI workshops during the summer for the 2010-2011 school year. Onalaska Junior/Senior High School Principal Charles Boyce reported to trustees that attendance for 7th through 12th grade students was 96.6 percent for May with attendance for the year at 95.5 percent. Boyce reported the OJSH student awards ceremony was held on May 28 and graduation on June 4. He reported the graduation ceremony at OJSH was standing room only. Boyce reported to trustees that OJSH Teacher of the Year was awarded to Kay Randolph and Rose Edwards received Paraprofessional of the Year recognition. Thirteen students are currently enrolled in summer school at the junior and high school level. Eighth grade TAKS retesting will be June 29 and 30 for students who failed to master the tests earlier. Trustees approved a resolution to authorize reimbursement of expenditures for professional fees and issuance costs connected to a grant application submitted last month. Redden explained the district could reimburse fund accounts for expenditures up to $500,000 associated with the FFA barn at the OJSH campus and other projects listed on the grant application. Redden noted the grants will not be announced until after June but by passing the resolution the district will waive a waiting period for fund expenditures should the grant be approved. Trustees unanimously approved the resolution. Trustee action was taken on a bid for five lots located in Cedar point. A $1,500 bid for the property did not meet the 25 percent threshold and trustees did not approve the bid. In personnel action, trustees accepted resignations of Kimberly Renfro, Melissa Curtin and Ashley Brack while approving employment of Martha Clark, Karen Sanders, Jana Kincade, Timberly Wood and Nettie Collins. The next meeting of OISD trustees is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. July 19 at the district administration office on FM 356.