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Board seeks more options in
search for new superintendent

by Dolores Hamilton
After meeting in closed session for over two hours, the Iowa Park CISD school board announced that at this time, they would not use the services of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in their search for a new superintendent
After hearing the proposal from a representative of TASB, the board wanted more time to decide on the best option to use to hire the replacement for Superintendent Jerry Baird whose resignation is effective on January 1. Baird has told the trustees that he would stay on as long as needed.

Board President Steve Fairchild told the Leader, “At this point in time we’ve decided not to go with TASB while we explore our options, and Jerry (Baird) will stay as long as needed until we hire his replacement.”

A public hearing was conducted on the Financial Integrity Rating System Report. Business Manager Sharon Godwin explained that this is the school district’s financial report card, issued each year by the Texas Education Agency.

“The school district received a Superior rating, the highest you can get,” Godwin said. “This is the 10th year for the report and we’ve had a Superior rating every year except last year.”

Architect Jackie Lebow gave trustees an update on progress of the bond construction program. “We’re pretty much staying on track with our schedule as far as the design part,” he said. Lebow told the trustees that they are making progress and the groundbreaking should take place around the first of January.
In other business the board approved submission to the Comptroller of Public Accounts detailing legal authority to exercise power of Eminent Domain in compliance with Senate Bill 18.

Trustees also approved members for the Student Health Advisory Committee. They are: Parents - Shona Buster, Darlene Fairchild, Amy Lee, Sylvia Payton, DeeLynn Phillips and Hayli Robertson. Employees - Jamie Shipp, Tim Clark, Michelle Turner, Jennifer Roberts, and Lisa Dyer.

The first reading of TASB Policy Update 95 was held by the board.


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