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Hawkins ISD Board of Trustees

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Meeting in regular session on Monday, April 5, the board of trustees of the Hawkins Independent School District initiated discussion of a new policy to address the issue of naming the district's various facilities and heard a report concerning changes in curriculum for the coming school year.
Former HISD principal John Moore approached the board with the recommendation that the board consider naming the district's new gymnasium after current and long-time basketball coach Mike Craft. Moore presented a number of letters and Emails from local citizens and former students and athletes supporting such a move. Moore, who himself has a facility named for him, said Craft has been an inspirational teacher and coach who has been a positive influence on hundreds of students during his service to the school and community.
After considerable discussion, trustees asked Superintendent Dan Rose to secure sample policies from other Texas school districts on the issue of naming facilities. There is not a definitive policy in place for the community or the board that establishes a process for such a consideration. Board member Wende Haney asked that the policy consideration be placed on the agenda for the May meeting.
Hawkins ISD trustees heard a brief report on curriculum changes for the upcoming school year that will encourage and facilitate the dual credit process that lets high school students earn college credits and/or certifications in programs involving development of special skills. At the elementary school level, next year's curriculum will involve groupings of students at similar learning level needs for certain subject matters.
Business Manager Robert Fair reported the impact of the settlement of the Ozarka suit challenging property tax appraisals will result in a reduction of $100,000 in income from the firm this year. Fair said however that some of the impact of that loss may be offset by increased state aid to the district.
Trustees also approved the auditor's contract for 2009-2010 and an interlocal agreement with Wood County for the use of election equipment and services.
In other action, the board:
- heard a tax collection report from the county tax assessor-collector that current tax collections stood at 94.11 percent.
- adopted a student welfare, child abuse and neglect policy
- add, revise or delete policies as recommended by TASB in Update 87.
- heard that reservations had been made for all board members for the Summer Leadership conference in Fort Worth.
The next regular meeting of the Hawkins ISD board is scheduled for Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. A special meeting of the board may be held with 72-hour advance public notice.