Board approves teacher salary increases
San Jacinto News- Times - July 2008
COLDSPRING – Teachers in the Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District will receive a salary increase for the 2008- 2009 school year. The $2,000 per year salary increase was approved Tuesday night by members of the board. “It will cost the district about $350, 000,” Business Manager Karen Scott told board members. Approval of the salary increase brought applause from those attending the regular board meeting. Board members also approved the district’s Safe and Secure Schools Audit Tuesday night as presented by Education Service Center, Region VI School Safety Specialist Rod Hanks. “It’s a pretty good report,” Hanks told board members. “You did real well on the audit.”
The school safety audit was conducted at random recently on each campus by a team of trained police offi cers who were used as “intruders,” and included the interior, exterior buildings and access to critical documents. “The audit indicates a good student rapport with staff m e m b e r s and shows a positive school climate. That is paramount in school safety,” Hanks told board members. “Students state they feel safe in their school.” While commending the district on campus safety, Hanks recommended that all classroom doors be locked. He suggested installing a device on each door that will allow students to exit without a key but prevent intruders from entering. He said some buses parked on school campus had doors left open allowing anyone to rummage through the bus but noted that no ignition keys were left behind. He suggested the district complete barriers on front of the high school campus to prevent entrance on the campus after hours; suggested installing concrete safety barriers around propane tanks located near school buildings and encouraged the district to increase its sign-in identifi cation requirements, suggesting that the board write into the school policy that visitors leave their drivers’ license at the offi ce to insure they return to the offi ce after their school visit and return their identifi cation badge while retrieving their drivers’ license.
Otherwise, Hanks said, someone could return another day using the same identifi cation badge without signing in. No action was taken on the fi rst reading of the district’s Texas Association of School Board (TASB) Policy Update 83, affecting local policies. Action will be taken at the second reading during the next meeting, according to C-OCISD Superintendent LaTonya Goffney. During open forum Sharron Hejtmancik, retired teacher from the Galveston ISD and presently a certifi ed substitute teacher for the COCISD gave public kudos and accolades to two “very special teachers,” Judy Shumake, second grade teacher at Street Elementary and Judith Cannon, gifted and talented teacher at both Street and Coldspring Intermediate School. “Their sincere love for children and expertise in their teaching areas turned a very unfortunate situation for our second grade grandson, Zachary, into a positive environment conducive to learning,” Hejtmancik told board members. “Lastly, but certainly not the least, I would like to express publicly many thanks and appreciation to you, the COCISD School Board for having the insight and fortitude in promoting the soon to be Dr. LaTonya Goffney to superintendent. I have had the great pleasure and joy of teaching under her leadership as a substitute in two different school environments. Based on my professional and personal experience, I believe whole heartedly that she will begin where we are today as it relates to our school district and take us to a vast and great new horizon of successful experiences. Her contributions will have an everlasting impact and will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,” she said.