Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees selected a date for the public hearing to adopt the 2014-15 tax rate and budget, gave approval for a weight room expansion, hired two new staff members, accepted resignations from two staff members and heard a report on the district’s accountability rating during their regular meeting Monday night.
The district is losing its assistant superintendent. Monday night, Lydia Walden turned in her resignation, effective at the end of the month. She has accepted a central office administrator position with Highland Park ISD. She has been employed with CPCISD for 22 years, serving in many roles including principal and held many responsibilities including helping to write several substantial grants.
CPCISD Superintendent Kay Handlin said she and the board are working to decide how to best proceed regarding the assistant superintendent vacancy. They haven’t decided yet if the position will be filled, duties divided up or how best to adjust to the change.
The board also accepted teacher Amy Tanton’s resignation last night; she was hired to teach first grade at Lamar Primary School in Sulphur Springs ISD. Hired to fill a teacher opening at CP Elementary was Nicole Bigler.
Hired as the new CPCISD student services, special services (bilingual, migrant and ESL) and testing coordinator Monday was Amy Friddle; she had previously worked at Lamar Primary School in SSISD as a literacy support staff member.
The district also “met standard on everything” on the new state accountability ratings, and received a distinction in science.
“On all indexes we were at or about target level. They tell us this test is so new we can’t compare it to last year to see growth from one year to the next. Each stands on its own. There’s a learning curve for everyone. We’re working to learn it and meet system safe guards,” Handlin said.
Trustees will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 to hear public comment, if any is presented, then formally adopt the proposed tax rate, which would continue to be $1.04 per $100 property evaluation.
Handlin said this year is expected to close in good shape.
“It’s looking great. We have a good amount in fund balance, better in the budget this year than the last,” Handlin said.
The 2014-15 budget will include purchasing new band uniforms for students and a new bus.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve not purchased a bus. You usually do those on a schedule,” noted Handlin, who was selected in May 2012 to replacing retiring superintendent Sandra Billodeau.
In order to give the business office plenty of time to get all of their required work done to close out the 2013-14 fiscal year, then start the 2014-15 financials, the board agreed to push the September board meeting back to Sept. 16
The superintendent also noted that the board approved an expansion of the weight room, increasing the size of the intended expansion to 40 feet by 50 feet, at a cost not to exceed $36,000.
CPCISD also accepted the bid from Winkler, the only bid received, to provide gasoline and diesel.
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