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Onalaska ISD announces ballot positions for election
Polk County Enterprise - March 2009
ONALASKA — The Onalaska Board of Trustees returned from Spring Break Monday and settled details for the May 9 trustees’ election. Superintendent Lynn Redden announced results for the ballot position drawing held March 13. Barbara Jones will appear fi rst on the ballot for Position 3 where she faces opposition from incumbent Cindy Christian and Russell Crawley. At Position 6 Christopher Kennedy will be listed fi rst, followed by Linda Vincent and Stephen Bryant. JoAnn Oestreich will be the election judge and early voting clerk will be Jim Oestreich. Redden said early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 through May 1 at the administration building. On election day May 9 polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the administration building. April 9 is the last day to register to vote or change your address listed on the roll for the election. Ongoing drainage issues at Onalaska Junior/Senior High School also were discussed Monday. Redden presented the board a proposal from PSA, a construction company, estimating costs at $28,500 to correct the drainage problem. After consulting with city and county offi cials, Tom Edwards, maintenance supervisor for the district, advised the work could be completed by school district staff for about $10,000, which trustees voted to approve. Redden also said construction on new areas at the high school are nearing completion with a walk-through scheduled this week. Redden reported enrollment at the elementary school is 559 students with 95.30 percent attendance. During the school year 753 students have been enrolled with 194 students either entering or leaving since the school year began in August. At the high school, Redden reported 555 students enrolled with 96.65 percent attendance. A preliminary report on recent TAKS testing showed 99 percent of third-graders passed the reading portion of the mandatory exam with 55 percent in the commended range. At the fifth grade level, 82 percent passed reading with 28 percent in the commended range. At the eighth grade level, preliminary reports indicate 86 percent passed the reading test with 28 percent in the commended range. OISD trustees also considered the 2009-2010 school year calendar based on two proposals. Two proposed calendars were presented to solicit comments from teaching staff. The board approved a calendar for next school year that includes a week off during Thanksgiving, three weeks Christmas vacation and added work days for teachers. The 2009-2010 school year will end June 4. The district extended its contract with Hereford, Lynch, Sellers and Kirkham to perform an independent audit for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2009. Trustees noted a good working relationship with the firm. Trustees reviewed a bid on property in Yaupon Cove #2 that had been taken for delinquent property taxes. The $100 offer was denied since it fell below 25 percent of the appraised value. During the open forum, Cindy Foster introduced members of the junior and senior student council to trustees and students reported on recent activities. Tony Mazzella and Buck Carson reported student council members attended the spring convention in Beaumont for District 17. Members received awards for community service, outstanding student council, pride and patriotism, energy and environment and DASH awards allowing OJSH to be considered a sweepstakes school, the highest achievable award. Also during open forum Adam Graham and Angela Waiser introduced FFA members to report on recent shows the club has attended. Students also reported successes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Robbie Crawley placed third in his class in the scramble and ninth in the junior show with a heifer. Kenton Vincent placed sixth in class in the junior heifer show. Kelli Weber and Brandon Huff competed in the calf scramble. The ag mechanics teams received three blue ribbons and one red ribbon for their projects in the San Antonio and Houston shows. Graham reported over 30 students will participate in the Trinity-Neches show this week. Also, during open forum Maggie Leysath reported the OJSH Arts Club will hold the second annual art show April 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Junior Senior High School. The art show has been extended to Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. to allow for more community viewing. The extended time and public viewing are being viewed as community outreach to allow more exposure for students. Redden reported on OISD involvement in One-Act-Play for faculty sponsor Charles Boyce. He is attending the competition in Centerville with students. In zone competition advancing to district level was Brittany Baker for honor crew. Cade Reynolds and Shawn McGarry advanced to district by receiving honorable mention for all star cast. Also advancing to district level in all star cast are members Miranda Landsman, Jade Reider and Leah Bublis. Cassie Wood advanced to district as best actress. The next regular meeting of OISD board members is scheduled for April 19.