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Hawkins ISD Board of Trustees

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Meeting in a weather-delayed rescheduled session Thursday, February 10, the board of trustees of the Hawkins Independent School District heard a positive mid-year budget review; adopted the calendar for the 2011-2012 calendar; heard a preview of the new STAAR testing/ accountability program, and ordered an election for two seats on the board of trustees. The board also reviewed an article published by Julie Chappa in Texas Mathmetics Teacher.
HISD Business Manager Robert Fair presented a mid-year review of the 2010-2011 district budget. Fair said the original budget approved by the board called for a deficit of $198,180. That budget was prepared prior to completion of the update of property tax valuations by the Wood County Appraisal District. With the appraisal district update completed and with several other changes in preliminary budget assumptions the 2011-2012 budget is now projected to show a surplus of $59,850.
The board of trustees approved a 2011-2012 calendar that calls for a starting date for students of Monday, August 22 and ends Thursday June 12. The calendar provides for a five-day break in November for the full week of Thanksgiving and an 18-day break from December 12, 2011 through January 3, 2012 for students. Full details of the new calendar are posted on the district's web site.
STAAR is the acronym for State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness. STAAR is the replacement for the TAKS testing program that has been in place for several years. Assistant Superintendent Debbie Crawford provided a preview of the program and the policy challenges it will present to the board. Crawford said the new testing emphasis is on depth of knowledge versus breadth of knowledge and will require teaching a core in all subject areas.
The board officially ordered an election to fill two seats on the board on May 14. The terms of sitting members Wende Haney and Shane Bogard expire. Applications for the board election are available at the school administration office and must be returned by May 6, 2012. There was also discussion of a new state mandate that requires that school district elections and municipal elections be combined in common voting venues but with separate ballots. Superintendent Dan Rose will discuss this matter with Hawkins Mayor Sam Bradley.
Chappa's article in the Texas Mathematics Teacher outlined her experiences in the integration of teaching mathematics and science (geometry and biology) among secondary students at Hawkins High School. The program was initiated last year in the district as math and science studies were combined into one 90-minute class taught by both a math and a science teacher. It has been well received by both students and teachers. Chappa is a graduate of Hawkins Schools.
The administrative contracts of five current employees were renewed. These included the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs, High School Principal, Middle School Superintendent, Elementary School Principal and Athletic Director.
In other action, the board:
- Approved minutes of trustee meetings on 1/8/11 and 1/24/11;
- Reviewed financial reports and the tax collection report;
- Set the meeting date of Monday, March 7 to conduct goal setting for the Superintendent;
- Heard a report on cheerleading squad's participation in a special program at the Super Bowl; - Selected Walsh, Anderson Brown, Gallegos and Green as retained legal counsel.
- Adopted District Improvement Plan encompassing five goals. The next regular meeting of the Hawkins ISD board is scheduled for Monday, March, 7 at 7 p.m. A special meeting of the board may be held with 72-hour advance public notice.