LISD to launch swim program
Polk County Enterprise, May 2007
LIVINGSTON – Livingston High School will have a competitive swimming program in the 2007-2008 school year, pending approval of an interlocal agreement between the LISD and City of Livingston. That was the decision of the Livingston Independent School District Board of Trustees during a regular meeting Monday night.
Work toward establishing a swim team has been going on for over a year. In April 2006, an agreement was reached between the city and the newly-formed Livingston Area Aquatics Association allowing the association to operate the city pool in Matthews Park during the “off season.” With city backing, the association purchased a floating blanket and heater and has also provided maintenance and staffing for the pool to be open on a limited basis between September and April.
With local pool facilities available, the school board indicated it was receptive to offering a swim program but needed more time to work out the details. The board voted last July to work toward establishing a swim team for the 2007-2008 school year.
Establishment of the program – including a stipend for a head coach, equipment, pool use fees and other considerations – is estimated to cost a little less than $19,550, according to a memo distributed to the board by Athletic Director Randy Rowe.
Several citizens were present at Monday’s meeting to express support for the swim program.
Several summer projects were also launched during Monday night’s school board meeting.
Trustees accepted the lowest of three proposals received on replacement of carpet at the high school, intermediate school and special services campus. Owen Furniture will do the work at a cost of $206,900.
A $88,381 bid from Specialty Supply, the only proposal received, was accepted for replacement of bleachers at Timber Creek Elementary. The contract covers all but the mechanic part of the bleachers.
The football field will be getting new lighting, with trustees accepting a $44,870 proposal from Musco Sports Lighting pending an engineer’s report. The board tabled action on lighting proposals for the baseball and softball fields.
The board also tabled action relating to renovation and repairs of dressing rooms at the stadium gym on the intermediate campus.
In other bid-related activity, trustees accepted the Lone Star Advantage program through Brazos Insurance for student and athletic insurance, with a $59,703 premium, and agreed to re-employ The Lab for drug testing services at a cost of $18 per standard test and $120 for each steroid test.
Details of the 2007-2008 school calendar are still being worked out, but the school board did mandate that Memorial Day be a student and staff holiday. Previously-approved versions of the calendar had Memorial Day designated as a “bad weather” day, which would make it a holiday only if classes were not canceled more than twice earlier in the year due to bad weather.
In other business, the board approved the hiring the Law Office of Wayne D. Haglund, P.C. of Lufkin as an attorney to assist local attorney Bill Jones in representing the district when needed; approved contracts with the Region VI Education Service Center for 2007-2008; and approved a line-item budget amendment to allow Pine Ridge Elementary School to purchase supplies for their tutors.
The board approved adding three additional positions for the next school year: kindergarten teacher at Pine Ridge; pre-kindergarten teacher at Timber Creek and PPCD (Pre-School Age Children with Disabilities) teacher aide at Timber Creek.
Personal property donations -- $800 from Angela Shuler and $250 from Wal-Mart – were accepted.
The following bids were accepted for the purchase of delinquent tax properties: bids of $595 and $850, respectively, from from Paul Kachouroff for a lot in Lakeland Hideaway No. 3 and a lot in Lake Livingston Village No. 13; and bids of $2,630 and $1,201 from H. Sharon Leach for two two-lot parcels in Holiday Lake Estates No. 4.
Several student overnight trip requests also gained board approval. Various high school FFA students will attend a Livingston FFA Officer Leadership Training program and workshop on Lake Livingston June 26-28, a state awards program and degree check in Stephenville June 7-8 and the State FFA Convention in Corpus Christi July 8-13. High school theatre arts students will attend TVCC Summer Camp in Athens July 11-28.
Recognition, personnel matters
This month’s Apple Corps award winners for service to the district are Anna Porras, English as a Second Language aide at Timber Creek Elementary and Shelly Hullihen, assistant superintendent for Student Support Services, who has served as interim superintendent.
Also recognized by the board was Lana Smith of Livingston Intermediate School, who has been named District 6 assistant principal of the year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
FFA student participation in career development, ag mechanics and leadership programs was also recognized by trustees.
The end of the school year, as usual, is marked by a number of personnel changes. The board accepted resignations from the following professional personnel: Cynthia Chalker, first grade teacher at Timber Creek; Amy Banks and Autumn Cox, first grade teachers at Pine Ridge; Wes Little and Jessica Chapel, both junior high teachers/coaches; Kenneth Peters, junior high band director; Joshua Drake, junior high history teacher; Linda Castillo, junior high English teacher and Tommy Snook, who is retiring as high school agriculture teacher.
The following professional employees were hired: Mary Kendrick, first grade, Timber Creek; Kristy Long, second grade, Timber Creek; Jenny Bush, second grade, Pine Ridge; Heather Ferralez and Phyllis Crawford, first grade, Pine Ridge; Hannah Williams, instructional specialist, intermediate school, formerly at Pine Ridge; Sherrie Murphy, fourth grade reading/language arts; Brook Wilson, four grade math; Molly Collier, fifth grade reading/language arts; Dena Scott, junior high instruction specialist; Don Prather, junior high counselor; Christine Campbell, junior high special education; Scott Morgan, junior high math; Jeannie Mead, junior high English/journalism and yearbook; Megan Craycroft, junior high history; Dwayne Stevens, junior high teacher/coach; Lisa Hansen, junior high science; Nichole Truelove, junior high history; Cecelia Evans, junior high teacher/coach and Janie Prather, high school life skills teacher.
In addition, Michael Woodard will be transferring from teacher/coach to high school assistant principal, Cindy Dillon will move from instruction specialist to high school assistant principal and Curtis Langley will transfer from welding to high school ag teacher.
Trustees were notified of the following auxiliary personnel resignations: Susie Smith, aide at Pine Ridge; Cindy Glover, physical education assistant, Pine Ridge; Jackie Ulrich, alternative education aide; and Rex Dickens, technology department.
They were also notified of the following auxiliary personnel hirings: Gay Jeffries, secretary, Timber Creek; Jenee Hinson, deaf education interpreter, Pine Ridge; Lea Steagall, registrar/secretary, Pine Ridge; Maria Rodriguez, instructional aide, intermediate; Jamie Lantron, computer lab aide, intermediate and Juanna Rios, bus aide. Jason Calvet will move from custodian to mechanic’s helper and Mickey Fathergill, bus driver, will continue to serve as transportation guard shack monitor.