LHS to begin cadet corps classes in fall ‘07
Polk County Enterprise, March 2007
LIVINGSTON – One of two new classes proposed for the next school year got the nod from Livingston ISD trustees Monday night.
The district will offer a National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) class next year, a step toward establishing a Junior ROTC program. There is presently a waiting list of schools wanting to start the military-funded ROTC program, according to school officials. Establishment of a cadet corps places the district on that list.
Approval of the second class up for consideration, a cosmetology class, was tabled to allow gathering of additional information.
Trustees also had some unanswered questions concerning the purchase of portable buildings for science, NDCC and cosmetology classes, asking acting Superintendent Shelly Hullihen to check into the merits of purchasing a modular building opposed to individual portable buildings. To expedite the process – the buildings must be ordered in March to assure delivery by August – the board approved the purchase pending review of Hullihen’s findings by three trustees, Henry Ager, Brian Bounds and Ben Ogletree.
The board also approved going out for bids on new uniforms for the Livingston High School Band. Current uniforms are at least eight years old and do not include the word “Livingston,” according to a memo to administrators from Director of Bands David Powell. The director hopes to have new uniforms by this fall, although the purchase will have to be funded through the 2007-2008 budget.
Several district policies came up for discussion, including those addressing drug testing and out-of-state travel for junior high students.
Current policy allows random drug testing of all students involved in extracurricular activities.
There was a recent instance when the drug-testing company took random samples in late February and were back within a week for a second round of testing, before school officials had gotten results of the first test, the acting superintendent told trustees. In addition to making it difficult for administrators to handle individual cases, quick retesting does not allow time for substances that may have turned up in one test to be out of a student’s system by the second test. Although not on the agenda as an action item, the consensus of the board is that there should be more leeway and asked the superintendent to discuss the matter with those doing the testing.
The policy was also mentioned during the “citizen comments” portion of the meeting, with two parents expressing concern about the policy as it relates to tobacco use, specifically chewing tobacco. The board listened to the concerns, but made no comments.
Prompted by wins in state competition that made several junior high members of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) eligible for national competition in New York, trustees were asked to review its policy of not allowing out-of-state travel at the junior high level. Trustees opted not to change the policy.
Approved on second and final reading were Policy GKD Local, which spells out guidelines for non-school use of school facilities, and Policy FMH Local, dealing with commencement participation. Presently, students who have not passed the TAKS test have been allowed to participate in graduation, although no degree is awarded. Under the new policy, beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, students must pass the test to participate.
Trustees formally canceled the May 12 school board election, since no one filed to challenge the incumbents.
The following bids were accepted on the sale of delinquent tax properties: a $1,421 bid from Barry Nishman of Balmaco Land Investing for three lots in Wiggins Village No. 1 and bids from Paul Kachouroff of $2,795 for two lots in Shelter Cove No. 5, $728 each for two lots in Lake Livingston Village No. 8 and $1,915 for a lot in Lake Livingston Village No. 1.
The following student overnight trips were approved: junior high Gifted and Talented program students to State History Day Fair competition April 26-28 in Austin; junior high Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members to state competition April 12-14 in Austin and high school BPA members to national competition May 8-13 in New York City.
This month’s Apple Corps award winners for service to the district were recognized: Tanya Wilson, physical education teacher at Pine Ridge Elementary and Richard Jackson, junior high teacher aide/coach.
The board was also informed of awards won at a state conference by LISD Community Services for documents designed for the district, including a telephone/e-mail directory and substitute teacher handbook.
In other business, the board approved adoption of all secondary math books that conform to state standards, approved a budget amendment reflecting the use of student activity monies to purchase journalism class photo equipment and reviewed the five-year maintenance plan.
In personnel matters, the board accepted resignations from the following professional personnel: Catherine Makowski, Joanna Parker, Cheryl Fuller, Katherine Young and Aleceia McClendon, all intermediate school teachers; Betsy Parker, Angela Perez and Barbara Taylor, all of the junior high; and high school employees Jim Creech, who is retiring, Ashley Groce, Trent Drive, Kacie Rees, Melissa Reaux and Dottie Palmer. All of the resignations are effective at the end of the school year, except for Taylor and Reaux, who are assistant principals and will leave at the end of their contracts.
The board was informed of several auxiliary personnel changes. Martie Morgan, athletic department secretary, will resign at the end of this month and teacher aides Benita Moore and Susana Botella-Gray will resign at the end of the school year. Lisa Pearson will be transferring from accounts payable to purchasing supervisor, a new position approved by the board last month. Misty Elpers was hired as junior high custodian and Sherry Shumate and Marilee Reed were hired as bus drivers.
Monday’s meeting started with a public hearing on the Academic Excellence Information Systems report, with no members of the public commenting.