By Chris Edwards
– The Woodville ISD Board of Trustees voted at its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening to accept a donation of a vehicle from an anonymous donor. WOODVILLE
WISD superintendent Lisa Meysembourg said that the district has been struggling with transportation needs for its 18+ transition program within its special education department. The program acts as a transitioning vehicle for students after graduating, for ages 18-26, to be able to transition from school into the workforce.
Meysembourg said the donor stepped forward, saying they believed in the program and wanted to help, and that the vehicle is safe and will be maintained by WISD personnel.
Gideons address trustees
During the public forum portion of Monday evening’s meeting, Walter Fink spoke on behalf of Gideons International.
Fink, along with fellow Gideon Steve Jones, was present, and opened his comments with a prayer, which thanked God for the presence of the Bible. The focus of Gideons International is to distribute free copies of the Bible to lodging rooms; hospitals; military bases; schools and other places.
The Gideons had distributed copies of the Bible to students at Woodville Intermediate in the past, but had been on hiatus since 2020, due to the pandemic.
Fink requested that the Gideons be allowed to distribute the Bible to fifth graders, but also to the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, who have missed out through the past few years.
During Monday’s meeting, the WISD Board of Trustees also handled the following business:
• Trustees John David Risinger and Jimmy Tucker were sworn-in by WISD secretary Tammy Watts to begin serving out a new term. Both trustees, who serve in places 1 and 2, respectively, ran unopposed in this most recent election. In addition, the reorganizing of the board took place, with board members nominated and approved to serve in the executive capacities. Those board members were: Tucker, who will again serve as board president; John Wilson, who is serving another term as vice president and Josh McClure, who will again serve as secretary.
• During her regular report, Meysembourg said that WISD had submitted its enrollment numbers to UIL, with 364 students in the high school, a difference of one less than last year. UIL will determine in December if Woodville High School is a division 1 or 2 school within its conference, and realignment brackets will be published for football in February of next year.