On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees met in a regular session. The following items were presented:
Spotlight on Excellence
Superintendent Jerry Gibson gave special recognition to Coldspring Intermediate School 3rd graders Chloe Brock and Cedric McGowen for being chosen to represent their campus by leading the Board meeting's Pledge of Allegiance. They were each awarded a new book to enjoy from Barnes & Noble.
Also given special recognition were UIL winners from 2nd through 8th grade. The following outstanding COCISD students placed in the top three in their UIL categories:
Paisley Armstrong – 3rd Place in Storytelling
Music Memory Team – 3rd Place:
Luc Butler, Isabelle Doggett
Harley Gunnels, Makenzie Lane, Jamie Wells
Bobbie McBride – 1st Place in Ready Writing and 1st Place in Spelling
Emily Muirhead – Art Smart – 1st Place
Art Smart Team –
Mariela Martinez, Brenda Clark
Ikira Byrd, Emily Muirhead
Jessica Parker, Anne Bennett
Jocelyn Duwel – 3rd Place in Ready Writing
Emily Drake – 1st Place in Listening Skills
Marliece Carney – 3rd place in Art Smart
Art Smart Team – 1st Place:
Meagan Harrison, Marliece Carney, Brelynn Ellisor, Ashley Adams, Kyleigh Miller
Meagan Harrison – Art Smart - 2nd Place
Elijah Horton – 3rd Place in Oral Reading
Destiny Gann – 2nd Place in Calculator Applications
Marissa Martinez – 2nd Place in Science, and 3rd place in Social Studies
Madison Stork – 3rd place in Music Memory
Carina Carney – 3rd Place in Music Memory
Laurel Currie – 2nd Place in Modern Oratory, and 2nd place in Calculator Applications
Kaylee Daniel – 2nd Place in Editorial Writing, and 2nd Place in Ready Writing
Angel Hill – 3rd Place in Prose
Haley Nacol – 1st Place in Calculator Applications
Darcy Scott – 2nd Place in Dictionary Skills
Brianna Sparks – 3rd Place in Modern Oratory
Makenzie Taylor – 3rd Place in Poetry
Hailey Adams – 2nd Place in Mathematics
Allissa Charlesworth – 1st Place in Art
Stormy Darnell – 1st Place in Prose
Lisette Harris – 1st Place in Ready Writing, 2nd Place in Social Studies, and 3rd Place in Spelling
Ashton Hickman – 1st Place in Calculator Applications
Avery Hickman – 2nd Place in Calculator Applications
Alexa Major – 2nd Place in Ready Writing, and 3rd Place in Listening Skills
Skye Moss – 3rd Place in Dictionary Skills
Malin Patrick – 1st Place in Poetry, and 3rd Place in Impromptu Speaking
Dylan Shears – 3rd Place in Maps, Charts and Graphs
Adrianna Sweeten – 2nd Place in Dictionary Skills
The Lincoln Junior High 8th Grade Girls Basketball "A" Team was also given special recognition for winning back-to back district championships.
COCISD principals reported the following:
JSE/CIS: Enrollment at JSE was 369 with a 94% attendance rate; CIS had an enrollment of 327 with 96% attendance. Principal Vikki Curry reported the recent Nachos & Numbers Night was a great success with over 500 in attendance, including over 200 students.
LJH: Enrollment was 327 with attendance at 95%. Principal Chris Oldham reported the first round of state testing began week of March 30th. Pre-test data showed significant improvement in students' reading scores, so testing should go well.
COHS: Attendance was 94.3%, with 475 students enrolled. Principal Todd White recognized outstanding volunteers who have played an essential role on the campus, including Daniel Schoenemann, Debra Ward and Lee Ann Currie. Upcoming events include Prom on April 11, and 8th Grade parent meeting/orientation on April 16.
Technology Director Brian Furbee gave a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the department's operations. District Instructional Technology Specialist Kellie Lahey gave a video presentation of the district's instructional technology highlights, including professional development, the new robotics and coding clubs, and last summer's technology camp.
In the absence of Maintenance Director Johnny Washington, Asst. Superintendent of Business and Operations Adam Jenke gave the annual report for the Maintenance/Custodial Department. "Mr. Washington has done an extraordinary job," said Jenke, as he commended the director. "We may not have the newest facilities, but we do have well-maintained facilities."
In other business, the Board voted to approve the following items:
- To engage with the audit firm of Hereford, Lynch, Sellars & Kirkham PC, to conduct the district's financial audit for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2015.
- To award bids for the following technology projects: Expansion of Wireless Network, Digital Network Transmission Services and Voice-Over IP.
- To temporarily grant hiring authority to the superintendent for employment of contractual personnel.
- To cancel the Election of Trustees portion of the election to be held on May 9, 2015 and to certify the unopposed candidates elected.
- To cast ballots for the Region 6 Education Service Center's Board of Directors election.
- To approve and certify the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification document for school year 2015- 2016.
After a closed executive session, the Board reconvened and voted to approve the renewal of employee contracts, the employment of certified personnel, and to accept retirements and resignations of certified personnel.
The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at the Jones Educational Complex.