School board calls election
by Dolores Hamilton
In their Thursday night meeting, the Iowa Park CISD School Board called a Trustee Election for May 14, designated polling places, and appointed election judges.
The three seats up for election this year include Place 6, currently held by Steve Fairchild; Place 7, held by board president Mike Leamon; and the one-year unexpired term of Guy Traylor on Place 3, currently being filled by Greg Deatherage.
Polling places for Precincts 32, 33, 39, 45 and 47 will be Friendly Door Senior Citizens Center, with Frances Leath serving as judge.
Precincts 11 and 14 in Wichita County and Precinct 9 in archer County will vote at the Valley View Co-op with Patricia Cravens appointed as judge.
Early voting will take place at the Iowa Park CISD Tax Office with Jonathan Clubb serving as judge, and Iowa Park City Hall, with Janice Newman serving as judge.
The trustees approved the school calendar for 2011 - 2012. “It is a mirror of this year’s calendar,” Superintendent Jerry Baird told them. School will start on Aug. 22 and the last day for cla sses is May 31, with graduation ceremonies taking place on June 1.
Addressing the five days of school local students missed because of the ice and snow, Baird told the board, “We’re going to have to make up two of those days.” He said two days are built into this year’s calendar as weather make-up days, May 6 and June 3, the day of graduation. “So, they will have to go to school on both of those days.”
Baird said he would apply for a waiver, asking the state to waive the requirement to attend classes for the three remaining days. He said he wanted to wait until the possibility of bad weather is over before submitting the waiver request, probably after April 25.
During his report, Baird said that Vernon College is offering the school district another $10,000 Challenge Grant, and if that is matched they will offer another $10,000 Challenge Grant. If the district can match both, that would mean $40,000 to go toward dual credit scholarships that defray the cost of tuition.
Iowa Park High School furnishes the students with text books.
Baird said they will be using up the money from the first Challenge Grant this spring. “I don’t know what 30 hours (of college credit) is worth,” he said. “But we’ll have a lot of youngsters cross that stage this year with between 20 and 30 hours.”
Following an executive session, contract extensions were approved for the following: Steve Moody, Assistant Superintendent; Darla Biddy, Principal W.F. George Middle School; Vickie Jordan, Principal Bradford Elementary; Debra Brandt, Principal Kidwell Elementary; Greg Darden, Assistant Principal, W.F. George Middle School.
Also, Janet Bowling, Counselor, W.F. George Middle School; Cari DiMarzio, Counselor, Bradford Elementary; Vicki Adams, Counselor Kidwell Elementary; Scott Ponder, Director Athletics; Sharon Godwin, Business Manager; Jonathan Club, Tax Collector; Mike Parchman, Technology Coordinator; Tracy Catlin, Counselor Iowa Park High School; Tim Bartram, Principal Iowa Park High School; and Monte Thacker, Vice Principal Iowa Park High School.
A lengthy discussion was held on the district’s facility needs and the feasibility of adding a bond election to the May 14 General Election ballot.
A three-year study was conducted to determine the outstanding facility needs in the district, and a recent survey indicated that most of those responding were in favor of taking care of those needs.
One idea being considered is to call an election for the full amount, $30-million, but once authorized by the voters, the bonds could be sold when needed and the work done in stages over a period of time. It was suggested that the school board could hold town hall meetings to discuss the plans with the voters.
The board members will meet again on Feb. 24 to hear a report on demographics, and also a trend analysis. On March 1, they will have a breakfast meeting and determine the direction they want to go on a bond issue.
In other business, the board conducted its first reading on TASB Board Policy Update 89.