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C-CISD finances earn praise from auditor


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CORRIGAN – The Corrigan- Camden School Board received good audit news Monday night, earning an unqualified opinion – the highest rating auditors can assign indicating that no problems or issued were found. Eric Carver, representing the auditing firm of Axley & Rode, LLP, presented the annual audit for 2012-13 fiscal year. A copy of the audit is available at the business office during business hours. Superintendent Sherry Hughes reported the Corrigan- Camden Independent School District's nominee, Calvin Jones, has been reelected to serve on the Polk Central Appraisal District board. While elections or school board positions will not be until May 10, 2014, those desiring to file for a position on the ballot must do so between Jan. 29 and Feb. 28. The board appointed Shirley Wilson to serve as election administrator and applications for ballot positions may be picked up from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays at the school district's business office, 504 Home Street. In other business, a report was presented regarding the Texas Association of School Boards required annual continued education of board members. Board members Ryan Burris, Anthony Harrell and Joel Scott attended the orientation to the Texas Education Code on June 11, each earning three hours credit; Sean Burks, Seth Handley, Marvin Hurley, Sue Morrison and Joel Scott attended the Summer Leadership Institute, receiving 12 hours credit for that training; and Burks, Burris, Handley, Harrell Hurley and Scott attended the Legislative Update adding three hours to each for the year. All members are up to date as required. During the principal's reports portion of the meeting, the Primary School reported they had 33 entries in the University Scholastic League (UIL) competition, with 11 students earning three first places, two second places, one third place and four sixth place awards. Attendance was down slightly at 94.48percent. The Elementary Campus reported that at the end of the three week progress reporting period they had a 91percent passing grade, and in the Current Assessments (CBA) they scored 56 percent in reading and 80 percent in math. The 5th graders attended a Don't Meth with Me program sponsored by the Livingston Rotary Club about the dangers of methamphetamines. Each student received a tshirt to serve as a reminder of the dangers of drug use. The elementary choir participated in the City Christmas Tree lighting and the Winterfest, preparing for their December concert. The sixth graders participated in the UIL events placing as follows: Vanessa Santoya sixth in Dictionary Skills; Jade Beauchamp first in Places, Maps, Graphs and Charts; Luke King third in Mathematics; Zayatron Thomas-Tucker first in Music Memory; Abagail Anastacio fifth in Ready Writing; Isabell Santoyo sixth in Ready Writing; and Riley Fisher first in spelling. Fourth and fifth grades will participate later this month and will be reported in January. Students will be benchmarked in January and tutorials will begin Jan. 27. Junior high basketball is in progress, up-coming games are: Jan. 9 vs Woodville – girls are at home, boys away; Jan. 16 vs Warren – boys at home, girls away; and Jan. 23-25, District Tournament in Woodville. In UIL competition 46 junior high students completed and 29 won medals. Those taking a first or second place were; seventh grade Art Smart, first Gerderion Sells, eighth grade Mariana Venegas; Dictionary Skills seventh grade, second place Anna Page; Impromptu Speaking eighth grade, second place Bradley Cavanaugh; Maps, Graphs & Charts seventh grade, second place Madison Knight; Mathematics seventh grade, second place David Thompson; Number Sense eighth grade, second place Alex Cuevas; Oral Reading eighth grade, first place Jaylyn Brannon; Ready Writing seventh grade, second place Gerderion Sells; eighth grade first place, Max Munoz; Science seventh grade, second place,Kobi Poage; Social Studies eight grade, first Max Wilson, second place Alex Vance; and Spelling eighth grade, first place Mariana Venegas, second place Kathryn Suttle. In the 2012-13 Texas Academic Performance Reports three campuses received a "Met Standard" grade with the elementary campus showing an "Improvement required" status. The High School Campus reported attendance since the school year began is 96.6 percent. The sixth week failure rate was 14 percent, a 20 percent decrease from the previous six weeks. Sixteen students are in mandatory tutorials, seven of whom carried over from the previous period. Forty two parents participated in the first report card pick-up, rather than just


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