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Topic of school uniforms brings ‘fi restorm’ of calls to district
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING -- Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District will survey parents of James Street Elementary students for their opinions on school uniforms, said Superintendent LaTonya Goffney to trustees meeting in regular session. Goffney was reporting results of the recent Trojan Community Forum. She and trustees, Pat Johnson and Tony Sewell, were hosts of the Forum. Board President Fred Taylor was in the audience. No other board members were present, avoiding a quorum of trustees. Due to school uniform discussion, as posed by a community member, Goffney told trustees about the upcoming survey of JSE parents. Goffney said at the Forum that for a major change like this to be considered the District would start at the elementary level. She also told trustees that the subject of school uniforms brought a “fi restorm” of calls to administration offi ces. Furthermore, she thanked Johnson for his “vision” of the Forum. “I was worried we would have 25 people attend and we had 75. We got what we wanted,” she added, “that is to create a dialog. These meetings are not a waste of time.” Another result of the Forum, Goffney reported, is formation of a school/parent committee to work on a plan for playground equipment for Coldspring- Oakhurst Intermediate School and JSE. Prior to their regular meeting, trustees convened a public hearing on results of the District’s annual rating by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). COCISD business manager, Adam Jenke, reported that the District received a “Superior Achievement” rating for the 2008-2009 fi scal year. A “superior” rating is the State’s highest accolade, meaning the District demonstrates quality management of fi nancial resources. Districts scoring from 72 to 80 points earn a “superior” rating; COCISD scored 77 points. State lawmakers created the FIRST Rating practice in 2001. It requires each school district to prepare an annual fi nancial accountability report. (The reporting system actually runs two years behind the current fi scal year.) The report examines 22 criteria including tax collections, budget management and cash fl ow as well as student and staff demographic information. Criteria are determined by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Business and Education Council, and the Texas Association of School Business Offi cials.


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