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COCISD board members consider financing for new air and heat units
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING -- Business manager Adam Jenke told Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District (COCISD) trustees that air conditioning and heating units at Coldspring Intermediate School would need replacement this summer. Trustees met recently in regular session. In addition to conducting new business, they were honored by each COCISD campus with a brief performance or presentation in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month. Regarding the CIS utility construction project, Jenke reported that in the last two-and-one-half years the district has expended almost $25,000 in repairs. Estimates are that an additional $12,500 in refurbishing is needed this year. “The problems are substantial … the units are 18- years-old,” Jenke noted. He predicted replacement would span the summer months, but be completed by start of school in August. The District will consider amortizing fi nancing across a 15- year period. In other business, trustees voted to split a COCISD property and casualty insurance bid award between the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of Public Schools. TASB was awarded property, vehicle, and crime coverage for $73,349. TAPS was awarded general liability and school professional liability coverage for $5,988. Between the two, the expense totals $79,337. Splitting coverage as opposed to choosing one carrier saved the District more than $30,000 compared to current year premiums. Jenke said the recommended split represented the lowest bids of each coverage area. “We did not think coverage offered in the lowest bid was substantially different than that offered in the highest bid.” In other business, trustees approved the 2011-2012 school calendar. Superintendent LaTonya Goffney told trustees the calendar recommendation process includes a committee comprised of parents and staff members that compiled results of a staff survey. According to the new calendar, school starts on Monday, August 22. Thanksgiving holidays are the week of November 21; Christmas holidays are December 22-January 10; and Spring Break is the week of March 12. The last day of school is June 1. Following an executive session, trustees voted to extend Goffney’s contract by one-year. Also, it was announced that the next Trojan Community Forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 15 in the Jones Auditorium/Professional Development Center. The Trojan Forum is an interactive session between the community, representatives of COCISD trustees, and Goffney. It is an alternative to formal board meetings, which are primarily for conducting business, requiring a structured agenda and time constraints. The forum includes a question and answer session with Goffney.