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New elementary named Cedar Grove
BY BRIAN BESCH
LIVINGSTON -- The Livingston Independent School District's board met Monday to decide on a new elementary campus and name. The board unanimously decided to approve an additional pre-K through third grade campus within LISD. The new campus will be named Cedar Grove Elementary, which was also approved by all. The campus will hold the name for the grove of cedar trees that have been in the location for some time. The name follows the theme for Livingston's two other elementary schools named for trees: Pine Ridge and Timber Creek. The repair of 14 parking lot lights at Livingston Intermediate School was approved at a price of $53,900. The board decided to move forward with electrical lights. "In investigating all of the opportunities for solar, I think the payout is too long for the expense that you are going to have," Dr. Darrell Myers said. "I think the replacement parts would be significantly more." The item was tabled last month to learn of all options available. The conduits have been in the ground since 1979. They are rusted and wiring is beginning to break. The Livingston High School Band received a nomination from Congressman Steve Stockman for an open invitation to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The parade is broadcast on television and the Internet and students will also have the opportunity to visit memorials and monuments in the district. The cost of the trip is $850 per student, making the trip $80,000 for the entire band. The trip will be paid for with fundraising through the booster club and band. "The band has had an extremely successful season this semester," Livingston Band Director Al Torres said. "They did make a first division at the UIL marching contest and we advanced to the area marching contest, which is the first time in 12 years Livingston has made an appearance there." The band is one of only 25 high schools that will take part in the celebration. Also discussed Monday is the possibility of changing the Green and White Alumni Scholarship. As competition for scholarships have grown, the number of students who meet the demand has grown as well. Last year, $10,000 was available for the scholarship, as 67 students accepted it. Each student received $150, which does not pay for the majority of school expenses. The proposal in the coming months will be to change the scholarship's requirements to make decisions based on the applicants and the need of the students.