C-P board may hire new AD Wednesday

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 16, 2007 - Como-Pickton school board trustees have called a meeting Wednesday, when they may select a new athletic director and girls athletic director.

The new athletic director would replace Devin Gabbard, whose resignation as AD was accepted by trustees Tuesday, July 10. Gabbard's wife, Alisha, also resigned. Considering the appointment is also on Wednesday's meeting agenda.

The school board made decisions on several employee positions at the July 10 meeting.

Elaine Mund resigned as family and consumer sciences teacher; Dianna McGregor was hired part-time to fill that post. Also resigning were English teacher Carol Hyman, elementary teacher Lee Giles and bus monitor Robert Sims.

Melissa Broussard was hired as an agriculture teacher; Regina Sanders as a girls basketball coach and world history/geography teacher; Wade Cates as a junior high coach and math teacher; and Kari Milland as a high school English teacher.

The board is expected to consider applicants for math, science/biology and elementary teachers during their special meeting Wednesday, which begins at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

In other business Tuesday, Como-Pickton trustees approved Assistant Superintendent Lydia Walden's recommendations to increase lunch prices by 25 cents. In the coming school year, which begins Aug. 27, students will be required to pay $1.25 for breakfast. High school students will now be required to pay $2.25 and staff $2.75 for lunch. Also, the school will no longer offer free breakfast. 

The district will also offer a new "market day" lunch for adults at a rate of $5 per meal. These lunches will be offered once a month, and will be designated in advance. The meals will are "not what we usually serve." For example, Superintendent Sandra Billodeau, said the meals would be more in line with the chicken fried steak dinners served this year during the FFA banquet and at an athletic banquet.

Also new this year is an Internet program called Easy Pay. Parents can access it online and use it to check their children's lunch room balances. They will also be able to pay for cafeteria meals online using a debit or credit card. No fee will be charged to check the balance, but an access fee will be applied to all bills paid online.

School trustees Tuesday night also gave approval to an application to be submitted to Texas Education Agency for a noncompetitive Campus Incentive Plan for the TEA’s Educator Excellence Grant. The district is requesting $120,000 to benefit teachers. A committee of teachers was required to develop a plan with criteria by which teachers could receive the incentives. They also had to present a contingency plan for what the funds would be used for if a teacher is unable to meet the terms of the plan. The plan and grant application was drafted by a campus committee and district improvement group then by the board.

Also approved by the school board was the consent agenda, expenditures for June, and the tax collection report. They also certified the 2006 delinquent tax roll and selected their choice of a candidate for the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors.

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