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LISD hears from constable on truancy
BY BRIAN BESCH
The Livingston Independent School District met Monday to approve the TEKS resource system and hear the constable speak about the district's truancy problem. Constable Scott Hughes spoke with the school board about the problems his department is having carrying out the functions of his office because of the truancy problem in the district. "The problem that I have is that I'm a oneman department with five reserve deputies, one vehicle, a certain amount of money on fuel and a lot of constitutional responsibilities that my office is supposed to carry out," Hughes said. "We served close to 300 truancy summons just in the last quarter. We served a minimum of 200 citations from January to May. It's a very difficult job to be understaffed and to perform this duty. My guys donate 40 hours a month to the county. Me and my guys serve truancy summons and we put them as a priority." "I didn't serve warrants as I should have; that's what generates income for the precinct Constable's office in the county. Truancy summons generates zero income for the county. Basically, it's just been real overwhelming. I have talked to talk to Dr. (Darrell) Myers maybe a month or so ago. I talked to some commissioners to get some support to try to coop with the school board and school district to have a truancy officer assigned to Livingston High School. Livingston is by far in the 95 percent of our summons served in Livingston school district. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. I think a truancy officer is very important and I think we can keep a lot of these kids out of court," Hughes said. The board approved the TEKS Resource System Resolution as its curriculum support system. "We've been using CSCOPE for our curriculum and as we know, CSCOPE has gone by the wayside," Livingston Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers said. "Now, it is under the TEKS resources system, which is essentially CSCOPE by a different name. In order to continue using the TEKS resource system, our board has to pass a resolution that says that the board does not intend to contemplate any changes as far as curriculum is concerned and the Board of Trustees approves the continued use of the TEKS resource system. It has been a good curriculum for us, our teachers have the choice using the lessons or not. We basically use the system for scope and sequence and our teachers have access to the lessons." The board also approved new playground equipment for the Intermediate School for a price of $50,940. The new equipment will include a playground system, threebay arched swing with six belt seats, parallel bars, two tetherballs and two fun tunnel ball tosses. The play area will have a capacity of 70-80 children. The board decided to table a decision for the Carlton Driving School to provide driver education instruction for students. The school district would provide a classroom for instruction to be held after school. The cost would be $140 per student for the 32-hour classroom program. The cost includes only the classroom portion of instruction. The cost for instruction behind the wheel is an additional $325 for 14 hours of instruction. Other items approved: • The extracurricular status of 4-H organization. • Student Overnight Trip to Dallas to attend the Balfour/Taylor Publishing Intensity Workshop and FCCLA Peer Education and Career Showcase.