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First day of school off to great start
By MARTHA CHARREY
San Jacinto News-Times
COLDSPRING – All four campuses in the Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District reported a “very good start with no problems” for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 27. Speaking before the Coldspring- Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees Monday evening, Vikki Curry, principal of Coldspring Intermediate School and James Street Elementary School said, “We had a lot of tears but most of those were over 18 years of age.” All in all, the first day of school was great with 378 students beginning classes at James Street Elementary and 321 starting at Coldspring Intermediate. Lincoln Junior High School Principal Penny Spivey reported 344 students on her campus while Dr. Elizabeth Jarvis reported 547 students at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School. “It was a great day and even the freshman attended.,” she said, jokingly. “We’ll be working with Region VI Service Center and looking forward to great things happening this year,” said C-OCISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney. “We’re working hard and we know our work is cut out for us,” she said referring to recent Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports released by the Texas Education Agency. “There is progress being made,” C-OCISD Assistant Superintendent Brenda Krchnak told board members. “We are improving.” Board president steps down Board President Fred Taylor announced that he would be stepping down as president due to responsibilities he faces with his parent’s health. “I can’t put the time into it (president of board) that I need to. There are no problems on the board, I am just stepping aside at this time,” he said. Taylor still retains a seat on the board. Trustee Barbara Moore was nominated and approved by the board to serve as president. Tax rate, budget adopted Board members adopted a general fund budget totaling $13.4 million for the 2012- 2013 school year during the board meeting which followed a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate. A tax rate of $1.095 per $100 property valuation was adopted to fund the budget, which will raise taxes on an average home in the district by about $14.66 The district’s rollback rate, the highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election of $1.102. A copy of the district’s adopted budget may be found on the district’s website at www.cocisd.org In other business, board members committed $2 million of its fund balance for remodeling and enhancement programs at Coldspring Intermediate School. About $1.5 million will be spent on remodeling and $500,000 on instructional programs. Included in the $1.5 million expenditure is the installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) for the intermediate campus. “If we take a six week approach to getting it done the installation will begin the day after Christmas,” Coldspring- Oakhurst Business Manager Adam Jenke told the board. “Completion would be in June, 2013.” An alternate approach would have the work getting started in January, 2013 and being finished in July. “It is necessary to proceed with the project at a great pace,” Jenke said. Board members voted to enter into a Texas Association of School Board’s (TASB) Risk Management Fund Inter-local Participation Agreement for the district. The Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund is a self-insurance risk pool serving Texas school districts, community colleges, education service centers, and central appraisal districts. The Fund provides Workers’ Compensation, Property, Liability, Auto, and Unemployment Compensation coverage to more than 1,100 members. The Fund is not an insurance company. Rather, the Fund is a risk-sharing pool in which members collectively self-insure their exposures through an inter-local participation agreement. Two Delegate Assembly representatives were appointed by the board, which is done annually. Berlin Bradford was appointed to serve another term and Minnie Walker was appointed for her first term. Board members approved a contract and expenses for a required Professional Service Provider (PSP) at Lincoln Junior High as required. Also approved was the purchase of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum materials and licenses.