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Administrative contracts extended; reductions in personnel proposed
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING -- Trustees meeting in special session approved extending contracts to Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District certifi ed professional employees for the 2011-2012 school year. COCISD superintendent, La- Tonya Goffney, recommended that trustees approve employment contracts for administrators, principals, department directors, and the chief of police as well as assistant principals, teachers, counselors, the librarian and diagnosticians. In previous years, COCISD extended new employment contracts in February to administrators, principals, and directors. Goffney recommended delaying the action at the board’s regular February meeting as the District continued to prepare for proposed cuts in State funding. The Legislature has warned school districts to prepare for debilitating cuts in State funds through the next biennium. According to current predictions, COCISD could lose up to $2.7 million. Following the COCISD special session, board members adjourned for a budget workshop. They will vote on a proposed 2011-2012 budget at their regular August meeting. Goffney says the new budget will include reductions in personnel, program funding, and travel. At the most recent Trojan Community Forum, also in February, administrators reviewed the current budget and released a community survey soliciting budget reduction ideas for the coming year. Goffney reports, “Some suggestions were constructive and some were less feasible. However, we have a better sense of the community’s priorities. “I don’t know if everyone will be happy with the new budget,” she adds. “It’s not fi nished, but we know the fi nal proposal will require change and for the District to do more with less.” In other business, trustees ratifi ed resignations from: Debra Bingham, Coldspring-Oakhurst High School counselor; Patrick (Mike) Brown, COHS Building and Trades teacher; Samantha Caudle, COHS math teacher; Debbie Forrest, Lincoln Junior High science teacher; Carletta Jolly, Coldspring Intermediate School 4th grade teacher; Emily Petix, James Street Elementary School 2nd grade teacher; Jeanette Stohr, CIS 3rd grade; Helen Williams, CIS 4th grade teacher; and Rebecca Wilson, CIS 5th grade teacher.