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Hawkins ISD Board of Trustees

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School food prices increased; Simmons elected president

 It was much ado about food at the June meeting of the trustees of Hawkins Independent School District. Meeting in regular session on Monday, June 2, trustees of the Hawkins Independent School District approved an increase in prices for meals at the school cafeteria and selected vendor/suppliers of food staples for the 2008-2009 school year. Trustees also re-installed two members who were unopposed in the May 10 election and elected new board officers.

Following a recommendation by the administration and Donna Hall, Food Services Director, the following prices will be in effect at the school's cafeteria (SY 07-08 pricing in parentheses):

Breakfast: elementary $1.25 (90-cents); middle school/high school $1.25; (90-cents) adults $1.50 ($1.00).

Lunch: Elementary $2.00 ($1.50); middle school/high school $2.25 ($1.75); adults $3.00 ($2.50).

A survey of current pricing practices and pricing plans for next year conducted among ten area schools by Hall was provided to trustees along with the Hawkins recommendation. It is the first food price increase in several years at Hawkins.

Trustees also approved Hall's recommendations of suppliers for certain foodstuffs, including: bakery products-Flowers Baking Co.; milk-Oak Farms Dairy, and ice cream products-Blue Bell Creameries, LP.
Trustees also approved the purchase of Skyward Food Service point of sale module. The current system supplied by Texas Cash Register has become obsolete and is no longer supported by the vendor. Cost of the Skyward system is $13,677. The district is also purchasing two hand-held textbook tracking modules, which can be used for the food services operations in emergency situations (such as the loss of electric power). The purchase of a new steamer for the new cafeteria was approved at a cost of $5,610.

Wende Haney and Shane Bogard were installed for new three-year terms on the board, having been unopposed in the May election. Trustees then reconstituted the board officers as follows: Edwin Simmons, president; Wende Haney, vice president; Steve Holland, secretary and Shane Bogard, assistant secretary.

With the construction and renovation program entering the last two months of a planned 18-month schedule, Architect Brice Davis discussed an electrical service problem related to the reconfiguring of the old high school cafeteria into computer lab rooms. The unexpected work and materials to make the necessary corrections to the electrical service will cost an estimated $6,864.50. Trustees approved the expenditure which will come from bond issue funds.

Trustees expressed concern about the lighting and sound system and the curtain system in the school's auditorium. In the original renovation plan, these items were not recommended for replacement in spite of the fact that most of it dates to the original construction of the school some 30-plus years ago. Davis said an electrical engineer from his firm will look at the situation and provide a recommendation.

In personnel related matters Superintendent Dan Rose announced the resignation of Wendy Rucker, elementary physical education teacher.

Trustees selected the proposal of BENE-MARC, INC. to provide athletic insurance and voluntary student accident insurance through Hartford Insurance Co. The proposal includes all UIL sports and non-sports school sponsored activities in grades 7-12. The blanket athletic coverage will cost the district $19,742. Families may purchase voluntary coverage for students at a premium of $40 for the year. Details will be provided to parents prior to the start of school.

A budget amendment to move surplus funds totaling $26,610 was approved to cover the Skyward modules and for the cafeteria steamer. These expenditures will reduce the surplus carried over in the general operating fund.

In other matters, trustees:
- heard a report on school enrollment and attendance.
- adopted a Varsity Cheerleader/Mascot Constitution and Code of Conduct.
- heard a report on tax collections.
- approved the sale of three school busses in the Region VII auction.
- reviewed a monthly financial report

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the HISD Board of Trustees is set for Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Special meetings of the board may be held with 72-hour advance public notice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 16:12  

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