LISD approves Challenger route to high school diploma
Polk County Enterprise, September 2007
LIVINGSTON – An Optional Flexible School Day Program was approved by Livingston Independent School District trustees during their regular meeting Monday night.
The program involves students in the Challenger Program, designed as a tool to help students who desire a high school diploma but are unable to participate in a regular school day. Through the program approved Monday, those students may work toward a diploma by attending school 20 hours a week on a flexible schedule.
Trustees also accepted bids for the purchase of new school buses. Four 71-passenger buses will be purchased for $79,224 each from Capital Bus Sales and one 24-passenger bus will be bought from Longhorn Bus Sales for $76,881. All of the buses have air-conditioning.
Although the board was scheduled to nominate a representative to serve on the Polk Central Appraisal District Board, action was table until a special-called meeting tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1.
That meeting will also likely include discussion with an architect on school facility needs.
Options for including a maintenance facility on the present technology building property on U.S. 190 were briefly discussed Monday night and will be revisited during the Oct. 1 meeting with the architect.
In other business during this week’s meeting, the board approved placing a plaque honoring Peggy and Hal Haley of KETX Radio in the Lion Stadium press box, accepted a $100 cash donation from the Pilot Club for the high school, approved continued participation in several purchasing cooperatives and related fees and adopted a $20 stipend, not to exceed $200, for local teachers assisting with the Houston Livestock Show art contest.
Trustees also authorized seeking proposals for electronic recording of archival documents. Archiving student records is the first priority, but the system may be extended to other records as well, according to district personnel.
No members of the public spoke during a hearing on the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System report. LISD received a “superior achievement” rating on the annual financial report for the fifth consecutive year.
Among reports presented to the board, Major Charles Hester said 78 students are participating in the Junior ROTC program, which is in its first year at LISD. JROTC students have been working home football games, including helping with flags and security.
ROTC missions include leadership, planning, goal-setting, conflict resolution, and the group also participates in competitions, Hester told trustees.
James Dickens, technology supervisor, reported there are an average 3.5 computers per student in the district. He also noted that letters have been sent to parents informing them of a program through which they can view their children’s school records on-line through a secure system.
This month’s Apple Corps award for service to the district went to Terry Langston, a first grade teacher at Pine Ridge Elementary with 14 years teaching experience.
Policy Update 80, reflecting a variety of updates from the Texas Association of School Boards, was approved on second reading and trustees approved an overnight trip by yearbook staff to a workshop in Dallas.
The board was notified of the hiring of the following auxiliary personnel: Kristy Smith, Maria Dominguez, Lydia Trahan and Kristie Hedges, cafeteria workers; Avelina Vallejo, Elaine McMahon and Tawnya McLenon, bus aides; Melvyna Allison, bus driver and Jana Robrecht and Jane King, custodians.