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School trustees deal with personnel

by Dolores Hamilton
Thursday night, the Iowa Park CISD School Board accepted letters of retirement from several seasoned educators who will be retiring at the end of this school year.

Band directors Greg Miller and Ed Hefti are retiring after working 30 years with Iowa Park band students. Kellie Gibson, middle school math teacher, Wendy Meadows, high school horticulture teacher, Lee Ann Brandt, Kidwell first grade, and Becky Moore, Bardford third grade are also retiring.

In addition, the resignations of Amy Catlin, Kidwell second grade teacher and Monica Huchton, third grade teacher at Bradford, were accepted.

New teachers were also hired. They include Anna Spivey, high school theatre arts; Samantha Campbell, Kidwell first grade; Logan Howard, Kidwell first grade; and Kris Jackson, middle school library aide.

In other action involving personnel, Tim Jetton, former teacher/coach at high school and middle school, was reassigned to the position of high school assistant principal. Clifton McFaddin, math aide at Bradford, will teach third grade at Bradford next year.

Newly-elected trustees Merle Rodgers and Ken Cooper were administered the oath of office by Jonathan Clubb, and outgoing trustee Robert Johnson was presented with a watch for his service on the board. Steve Fairchild was re-elected board president; Merle Rodgers, vice president; and Greg Deatherage, secretary.

Iowa Park CISD Police Officer Randy Alsup spoke to the board on ways to improve safety and security on all of the district’s campuses, and described several changes and modifications that could be made.

It was the consensus of the board members that campus security and safety for the students is a high priority and Alsup and the Safety Security Committee of Tim Jetton, Brandi Swenson and Jodi Schlaud, was given the green light to proceed with their plan.

A report on the School Health Advisory Council was given by school nurse Jaimie Shipp, who said that 24 cases of chickenpox were reported during the school year.

Trustees agreed to the purchase of a new 77-passenger school bus and air conditioning for buses #1 and #2. The cost of the bus is $94,000 and air conditioning for the two buses is $14,800.

The bid for air conditioners at Kidwell Elementary was awarded to Trinity Air Conditioning who bid $72,725. Tex-Oma Builders Supply had the winning bid of $116,200 for the new door lock system in the schools.

Other action included:

• Steve Moody and Amy Brown were approved as authorized representatives with Texpool;

• General state waivers for staff development were approved;

• Approved a 2-year extension of the bank depository contract with State National Bank of Texas;

• OSTC Orthopaedic Sports Therapy Center was approved for Athletic Trainer services;

• Approved request to dispose of surplus property;

• Conducted final reading of TASB Policy 96, and approved; and
• Approved accepting land donation from Sealed Air Corporation.

High School Principal Tim Bartram reported on the schedule for the senior breakfast, Baccalaureate, awards ceremony, and graduation. He also discussed the Memorandum of Understanding with Midwestern State University.

Superintendent Steve Moody told the trustees that appraised values in the school district had gone down 8 to 10 million dollars from last year, which would mean 80 - 90 thousand dollars less collected in taxes. “On the positive side, from what I’ve been reading the past week, the legislature could be putting 2 to 3-billion extra dollars back into education,” Moody said. “So that would put back some of the money we’re talking about here. Also, in the past when they (property values) have gone down, they have gone right back up the next year.”