Trustees approve contracts for professional staff

By Becky Brewster

The Culberson County-Allamoore ISD Board of Trustees met in Regular Session Monday. Trustees unanimously approved the renewal of all professional staff contracts for the 2019-2020 school year. Supt. Ken Baugh reported that so far all administrators and teachers will be returning for the next school year which will be the first year at the new campus.

The Trustees received an update on the K-12 Campus construction project from HB Construction Manager Manuel Quinones. He reported that the gym floors are being installed, and the grading for the parking is being completed with the asphalt to be installed before the end of the month.

The Board approved Construction Change Order Option 2 for the addition of a fire lane at the new K-12 Campus. Baugh stated that “safety is everyone’s first concern” and with input from the Fire Chief, the District has chosen to add an upgrade to expand the fire lane behind the school to provide emergency access from one side of the property to the other.

Adrian Norman presented members of the Robotics Team and thanked the Trustees for their continued support. Jadyn Corrales, team member, told the trustees that although the team “didn’t have the outcome we wanted,” they did “better than what we thought,” in acknowledging that the Robotics Team was able to come from 64th place at the state competition to 33rd. The Trustees expressed pride in the accomplishments of this talented group of students. Norman noted that only 3 of the 13 member team will be graduating this year so the 2019-2020 team will be starting off strong.

Principal Charles Gonzalez reported that enrollment stands at 370 and attendance at 93.4%. Gonzalez informed the Board that the Attendance Committee is in the process of developing policies and procedures for attendance to be adopted for 2019-2020 school year. Gonzalez is also developing plans for summer school to include the Student Success Initiative for 5th and 8th graders, credit recovery for high school, and classes to be able to make up attendance shortfalls for the year.

Gonzalez noted that high school graduation will be May 30, 2019. The High School is working on personal graduation plans with the seniors noting that eight of 28 seniors are awaiting results of the End-of-Course examinations. According to TEA, students who started ninth grade in school year 2011-2012 or after are required to pass the following STAAR End-of-Course Exams in order to graduate with a Texas high school diploma: English 1, Algebra 1, Biology, English 2, and US History.

In other business, the CCAISD Board members:

Held an executive session with no action taken.

Approved consent items, noting the tax collection rate of over 98%.

Reviewed the 2nd quarter investment report.

Scheduled the meeting to canvass the election results for May 6, 2019.

Scheduled the next regular meeting for May 20, 2019.