Trustees at Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School district have moved up their March meeting date to March 7, so board members and school staff won’t have to report for duty March 11, the first day of spring break.
The meeting, normally held the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m., will be conducted Thursday at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
The board is being asked to give approval to early graduates, those students who have met all graduation requirements in less than the standard four years of high school; installation of Access Control Systems at three entrance doors; extending the existing depository contract for two more years; hiring an election judge, alternate judge and early voting clerks for the May 11 school board election; and a resolution to conduct a joint election with the city of Como.
The Access Control Systems is part of the district’s ongoing security upgrades. The access control doors will limit who comes and goes through the main entrances at each campus. The district is being asked to approve three entrance doors at a cost of $9,735. Other security measures include adding a school resource officer to the district staff.
Dr. Kay Handlin, superintendent, last month reported that trustees had approved hiring an SRO or security officer, but had to obtain a department number from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education for operational purposes. The SRO would act as a security officer for the entire district during regular hours when students are on campus. This would be in addition to the current slate of security officers. The opening was to be posted so that the application process could begin. The superintendent is slated to give an update on progress for an SRO at the Thursday evening meeting.
The board is also being asked to consider appointing Rhonda Carroll as judge, Becky Brumley as alternate judge and Lenise Boseman, Nancy Rowell and Brenda Mowat-Coker as early voting clerks for the May 11 trustees election. At the close of filing Friday, three people had signed up as candidates for the two full four-year slots on the school board. Candidates for the two at-large trustee seats include Charlie Leigh-Manuell and incumbents Beth Hankins and Greg Anglin. The city of Como also drew more candidates than positions, requiring an election; trustees are being asked to sign a resolution to conduct a joint election with the city, thereby sharing costs.
Along with routine business and financial reports, trustees will also hear a report fron principals on staffing needs.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the board will enter into an executive session to consider any personnel matters presented. After discussions, the board will reconvene in open session to take action, if any is needed, on the matters discussed.
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