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OISD calls for $15M bond election
BY VALERIE REDDELL
ONALASKA —The Onalaska ISD held its regular Board meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 26. After adopting the agenda and certifying that a quorum was present, member Gary Cook was not in attendance, they approved the minutes from the Jan. 21 meeting. Since no one had signed up for open forum Elementary school Principal Hannah Williams reported on activities on the campus; the current enrolment is 580, with a 96 percent attendance rate; however there were several new students at school this afternoon seeking admission, so that figure is ever-changing. Approximately 100 participants turned out for "STAAR Parents Night" to learn strategies for helping their children. The sixth grade enjoyed a field trip to Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin. Fifty-seven students in grades one through six met their Accelerated Reading Goals for the third marking period. These amazing readers enjoyed a Nacho Party. Fifth and sixth graders had a great time at the Valentine Social. Fourth and fifth grade students recently completed Mock STAAR Testing and staff members are busy focusing on improving weaknesses. Third through sixth-graders will be participating in Mock STAAR Testing this week to identify any weaknesses needing improvement.Fourth grade classes will go to the Children's Museum of Houston on Tuesday, Feb.26. Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday. "Math Parent Night" is Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. a light meal will be provided and teachers will demonstrate math activities that parents can use at home to reinforce student skills. Kindergarten through second-graders will travel to the high school Friday March first for an "Ag in the Classroom" experience at the Ag Barn, complete with animals being raised and prepared for livestock shows. On March 7 the fifth grade classes will go to the Museum of Natural Science in Houston. Reporting for the Jr/Sr High, Principal Charles Boyce reported a total of 350 students in grades seven through 12, with 95.29 percent attendance rate. The High School DX Debate Team is District Champs for the second time in school history. They will be compete in the State Finals March 11 and 12 in Austin. Seventh grade boy's won second place and seventh girls won consolation in the district tournament. The eighth annual JROTC Military Ball was well attended by school staff, students and community members. Art students competed at the V.A.S.E (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) for the first time. Two students missed making the finals by just one point. FFA News — Several students showed in the San Antonio heifer show last week. The Ag Mechanical team showed a trailer and earned a Blue Ribbon. The Onalaska FFA Buyers group held a Steak Dinner for Two on Feb. 16 which was well attended by community and staff members. Upcoming Events: Report cards for fourth six weeks go home March 1. Seventh grade will be conducting A Mock STAAR writing test Feb. 26 and 27. The Onalaska Athletic Booster Club will host the Onalaska Softball-Baseball Invitational Tournament Feb. 28 through March 2, at the High School ball fields, games al ;day long. The High School Band will be compete at their District Competition, March 1 in Silsbee. TAKS re-testing will be March 4. The board called for an election for Trustees for May 11, to be held jointly with the Onalaska City Election at Onalaska City hall. Candidate sign up continuesthrough March 1. Applications for position on the ballot are at OISD Administration Building FM 356 N. Early Voting will begin April 29 and continue through May 6 at Onalaska City hall from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On May 6 and 7 polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. as well as on election day May 11 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. They passed agreements for the equipment and making the Onalaska City Hall the official polling place. Positions held by Tom Curran and Dennis Hodge are up for election, each to a three year term. The board then passed a resolution asking Polk County to release the funds from the Permanent School Fund, approximately $338,000, for the purpose of up-grading the computer infrastructure at the high school; replacing the floor surface at the Havard gym on the elementary campus and repairs to the administration Building which has leak problems and other structural issues. After discussing needs and possibly seeking two separate bonds, the board voted to call for a bond election for the issuance of $15 million in school building bonds for the construction, acquisition, and equipment of school building and a track and field facility in the district (including the rehabilitation, renovation, expansion and improvement thereof) and the levying of the tax in payment thereof. The vote was five for, Tom Curran voted nay and Greg Cook was absent. The board then passed criteria to be used and then a resolution which Designates the Method of Delivery which establishes criteria for the relative weight given to be used to evaluate offers for contract consideration. Additionally the Board voted to delegate specific authority to the superintendent for construction related decisions under Chapter 2267 of the Texas Government Code. Superintendent Lynn Redden said this would eliminate any need for weekly meetings for minor issues, however that this authority was limited to pre-approved budget issues under $10,000, so the board would still need to meet if larger issues should arise. The board entered into executive session, and returned to regular session to take action. The Board voted to extend for one year the contracts for the junior high/high school principal, Elementary School Principal and the Director of Curriculum-Special Programs. The Board approved a two-year dual assignment contract for the Athletic Director, and accepted the resignations of Kathy Craven, Susan Borden and Nicole Parks.