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COCISD receives highest ranking for its financial accountability system
COLDSPRING – Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District (COCISD) Business Manager Adam Jenke reported at last week’s board meeting that the district received the highest ranking under the state’s financial accountability system, Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The ranking was based on an analysis of staff and student data reported for the 2010-11 school year, and financial data for the 2011 fiscal year. For details on the full report, visit the district website at www.cocisd.org. During the meeting, Dr. Latonya Goffney introduced Attorney Stephen Lee with the law firm Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, who gave an update on delinquent property tax collections. Lee reported that – overall – collections were up by 16 percent over last year at this time. Lee also introduced San Jacinto County’s new chief tax appraiser, Kelly Foxworth, and her assistant, Sherry Taylor. Afterward, Dr. Goffney gave an update on the recent Trojan Community Forum, and on the upcoming COCISD Education Foundation Fall kick-off fundraiser event, “Alumni and Friends Meet and Greet,” to be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at the COHS cafeteria after the Trojan homecoming game. During administrative reports, Assistant Superintendent Brenda Krchnak gave a technology update, including plans for a future BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) program in which students will be allowed to bring their own electronic devices to school for educational purposes. The district will also work to get devices for students who may not have their own. DAEP Coordinator Carolyn Jefferson gave an update on the “Happy Hanger,” a donated clothing center for economically disadvantaged COCISD students, during campus reports. The shop is located on the Jones Campus and is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are welcome and appreciated; they may be dropped off at James Street Elementary or the DAEP office at Jones. Jefferson also reported that the next Ministers’ Roundtable with school administrators will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Jones Auditorium. COCISD campus principals reported the following: • Vicki Curry, principal of James Street Elementary and Coldspring Intermediate School, reported campus attendance for JSE at 96.6% with 317 students; Coldspring Intermediate is at 97.7% with 334 students. Curry gave an update on recent student council elections held at CIS, in which students participated in voting and learning the electoral process. Open House for JSE and CIS is set for Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. • Lincoln Junior High Principal Penny Spivey reported an attendance rate of 98.1% with 352 students, including 16 days with 100% attendance in various grade populations. Open House at LJH is Tuesday, Oct. 2. • Dr. Elizabeth Jarvis, principal for Coldspring- Oakhurst High School, reported attendance at 96.5 % with 554 students enrolled. Jarvis commended the COHS counselors for their outstanding work this year. They have been meeting with every senior to go over college and trade school applications and to work out individual graduation plans. Open House for COHS is Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 12. COCISD Police Chief Roosevelt Joseph presented his annual report to the Board, including successful initiatives to improve school attendance and decrease campus crime. In other business, the board voted unanimously to approve a budget amendment to the 2012-13 operating budget; to keep the current investment policy without making any changes; and to retain the privilege to exercise power of eminent domain. During the meeting it was reported that: • For the first time in four years Coldspring-Oakhurst High School band beat Shepherd in the Battle of San Jacinto County. • In support of district students participating in the San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo, COCISD celebrated western week Sept. 24 -28. Dr. Goffney commended the COHS Ag instructors for doing such a tremendous job. • The district’s new Watch DOGS. program is off to a great start. In addition to a greater than expected turnout for the kick-off event, every dad who attended signed up to volunteer for at least one day during the 2012-13 school year. • The transportation department is making great strides under the leadership of its new transportation director, Gerardo “Jerry” Marquez. The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22.