LISD’s new superintendent to begin work June 1
Polk County Enterprise, April 2007
LIVINGSTON – Dr. Darrell Myers will officially start work as superintendent of the Livingston Independent School District on June 1.
The LISD Board of Trustees, which announced its pick for the district’s top post last month, made its selection official during a regular board meeting Monday night.
Myers, who is presently superintendent of Bridge City ISD, is no stranger to Polk County. He served as Big Sandy superintendent prior to taking the Bridge City job and launched his career in education as a teacher/coach in Livingston in 1986.
Although his official first day of work as LISD superintendent is six weeks away, he intends to visit with faculty and staff in the interim, according to administrative staff.
In other business, proposed football field lighting improvements and bleacher repair/replacement at Timber Creek Elementary School are on hold for now, with both issues having died for lack of a motion.
Having received a proposal for stadium lighting, the board opted to instead seek proposals for lights for both the football field and the baseball field. A proposal had also been received for the Timber Creek bleacher work, but the consensus of the board was to secure more than one proposal and focus more on bleacher replacement than repair.
The purchase of land adjacent to the junior high school gained board approval. The district will purchase 2.41 acres of the Lawrence property, which includes a house, for $60,000 and 0.2-acre and 0.8-acre tracts, also on the Lawrence property, for a total of $10,000. The purchases are among several made by the district in a continuing effort to secure land around the junior high.
Trustees are continuing to work on the 2007-2008 school calendar, which they initially approved in February. The current school year started on Aug. 15, but classes, by law, will start later next fall, on Aug. 27. Still trying to end the school year by June, the board is left with fewer calendar options.
The calendar approved in February called for students to attend class on Labor Day, but be off on Memorial Day. The version approved Monday night makes Labor Day a student holiday, with Memorial Day designed as one of two “bad weather” days. In short, if classes are cancelled more than twice due to bad weather, that time would have to be made up on Memorial Day.
The board indicated the calendar may still be subject to change.
Travel policy; other business
The board last month refused to change its policy against out-of-state travel for junior high students, despite pressure on behalf of junior high Business Professionals of America (BPA) members who qualified for national competition in New York.
The issue was brought up again this month in light of junior high Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students qualifying for national competition in California, but the board again opted not to change the district’s policy.
Several high school student overnight trips gained board approval. FFA students will attend state food science, ag communications and horse competition in Lubbock April 20-22 and a state wildlife career development event in Childress May 6-8; four theatre arts students will compete in a state meet in Austin May 2-6 and band and choir students will participate in state solo and ensemble competition in Austin May 27-28.
In other business, the board was notified that an online auction of surplus items, ranging from old buses to furniture, netted $22,572 for the district. The bulk of proceeds from the sale, which was conducted March 2-13, will go to the general fund, with approximately $3,144 going to the food service fund.
Trustees recognized Houston Livestock Show art winners, as well as this month’s Apple Corps award winners: Norma Haynes, custodian at Pine Ridge and Kathleen McKenzie, high school business teacher.
Bids received on the sale of several delinquent tax properties were considered. The board accepted a $500 bid from Paul Kachouroff for two lots in Green Acres, a $700 bid from Kachouroff for two lots in Shiloh Ridge No. 2 and a $750 bid from Kachouroff for three lots in Magnum Estates No. 2. Larry Redden Jr. submitted winning bids on two lots in Shiloh Ridge No. 1, $2,487; two lots in Shiloh Ridge No. 3, $657 each and two other lots in Shiloh Ridge No. 3, $1,314 total. Also accepted was a $2,700 bid from Shane Ghaemmaghami for a lot in Nugent’s Cove No. 1.
No action was taken on the sale of a lot in Indian Springs No. 6, two lots in Holiday Lake Estates No. 4, two lots in Indian Spring Lake Estates No. 5 and two lots in Holiday Lake Estates No. 4.
- approved a budget amendment reflecting a shift of $630,000 from the fund balance for stadium improvements and portable buildings for the high school;
- accepted a $7,000 donation from the Pine Ridge PTO;
- approved First State Bank as the district’s depository for the 2007-2009 biennium;
- agreed to engage Axley and Rode for audit service for the year ending Aug. 31, 2007;
- approved an interlocal agreement for purchasing through the Region VIII Interlocal Purchasing System;
- agreed to seek proposals for electronic retention of permanent files;
- agreed to seek a STAR technology grant, which would include funds for staff development in technology;
- recognized Pine Ridge Elementary as the overall winner of the Welcome Wagon award, in which “undercover” visits to campuses were held to test identification, customer service, phone and e-mail procedures;
- and approved the addition of two second grade classes, one each at Pine Ridge and Timber Creek elementary schools, and to junior high math teachers next school year.
Personnel matters, special meeting
Trustees accepted resignations from the following professional personnel, effective at the end of the school year: Kay Little, second grade teacher at Timber Creek; Alicia Howatt, high school science teacher; Alison Bloom, high school special education/business teacher; Pat Evans, speech pathologist at the Polk County Special Services and Holly Skelton, special service orientation and mobility specialist.
The board hired Sherie Ivey, high school teacher/coach; Adam Webb, high school Spanish teacher and head soccer coach; Dr. Dan Subach, high school chemistry teacher and Kim Munson, second grade teacher at Timber Creek. Also approved was the transfer of Ruth Brooks from the junior high to high school science and girls’ volleyball coach.
Trustees were notified of the resignation of Kim Robbins, counselor’s secretary at Pine Ridge; the hiring of Deanna Hess, athletic director secretary and Jeanette Montgomery, junior high receptionist and the transfer of Marilyn Taylor from Timber Creek principal’s secretary to accounts payable. They were also notified of the continuing employment of all auxiliary personnel for the 2007-2008 school year.