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C-CISD board extends Hughes' contract

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By Lew Vail lewvail05@gmail.com CORRIGAN — The contract for Superintendent Sherry Hughes was extended for another year and an election was called for May 5 during the Corrigan-Camden School Board meeting last week. The extension of Hughes's contract came following a closed executive session in which the board evaluated Hughes' performance. During the regular meeting of the Corrigan-Camden Independent School District's board, they also ordered a general election for two positions on the school board, which include Position 4 currently held by Seth Handley and Position 5 currently held by Anthony Harrell. Those interested in seeking a position on the ballot should contact Shirley Wilson, administrative secretary in the business office, during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Voters should check to see their voter registration is been renewed for the current year and if not file for renewal at least 30 days prior to the May election. Once it is determined that there are two or more candidates for one or both positions, a schedule of times for early voting and the Saturday voting days will be published. If no more than one candidate filed for each of the two open board seats, the board can cancel the election. The elementary school report shows that the midyear reading assessments have been performed to make sure students are up to grade level in their reading skills. First grade parent night will be a tasting session for parents on Jan. 29. It was reported that a very successful staff development meeting was held Jan. 2 with the Region 6 Education Service Center (ESC) presenting a writer's workshop for K to second grades and classroom teachers presenting curriculum mapping for grades three through five. After school tutorials for grades three to five with parent pickup began Jan. 9 and in February the school will start providing transportation for students taking tutorials. The senior high report noted semester exams were canceled due to the icy weather. They had planned on conducting a benchmark exam during that time. Plans are to have the English 2 benchmark on Jan. 23 and the biology, algebra 1 and U.S. history benchmarks on Jan. 31. The English 1 benchmark has been completed and they are beginning in-school remediation and acceleration for the students needing extra work in these courses. The school offers extra school tutorials every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The report also noted the varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams have been very competitive and have been improving continuously. Both softball and baseball are both starting up and students will be attending the UIL academic invitational meet in Livingston to prepare for this year's UIL academic competition. The junior high reported that Kevin Purvis was chosen as an employee of the month. The Green Day group with 98% won the attendance award for this marking period. A total of 76% of all junior high students are involved in some type of extracurricular activities: agriculture, 24 students; band, 47 students; choir, seven students; girls' athletics, 38 students; and boys' athletics, 54 students. The junior high dances year raised over $600. The food service report indicated the junior high school won the Golden Spoodle Award for the month of December. The board approved the consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the Dec. 11 regular and special board meetings; appointed Lindner Parrish as the May election judge; approved turnaround plans for Corrigan-Camden Elementary School and a campus turnaround resolution During the regular agenda, the board approved a resolution requesting designation of the campus as a district of innovation. This was discussed in an earlier board meeting and it will give the district an opportunity to increase the educational level of all students and grant potential applications. The board discussed and approved adjustments to the 2017-18 school calendar, to compensate for the unplanned time off for ice storms of the last two weeks. Hughes also reported attendance was at 877, which is still within the estimated timeline for state funding, and January is the last month in which school taxes can be paid without penalty which usually accounts for a large cash inflow at the end of the month. Final taxes are all due in July but with much stiffer penalties. Hughes reviewed the spring appraisal calendar timeline, updated the board to the quarterly investment report for the first quarter, and reminded all board members of the mandatory legislative update training requirements of the hours in education that they must have each year.


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