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Hawkins ISD Board of Trustees

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Hawkins ISD Board of Trustees

Southside Bank selected Hawkins ISD depository

By JOHN SPARKS

Meeting in regular session Monday, June 6, the board of trustees of the Hawkins Independent School District voted to select the bid of Southside Bank as the district's depository, swore in two board members elected to serve in the May election and selected officers for the board for the upcoming school year, accepted two resignations and hired an elementary teacher.

Three proposals were received from banks to handle the district's banking requirements for a two-year period beginning September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2013. The bidding institutions submitting bids were Bank Texas, Southside Bank and City National Bank. Southside Bank was awarded the contract on the basis that the bid "has the potenrial to increase our interest by a considerable amount" according the the administrtions's analysis of the bids.

Following the election in May for two board seats won by Wendy Haney (incumbent) and Billy Smith (new), the board selected officers for the 2011-2012 school year. Edwin Simmons was re-elected as president, Wende Haney as vice president, Ed Tunnell as secretary and Crystal Smith as assistant secretary. The board presented a plaque to outgoing member Shane Bogard.

Marcie Brown was hired as an elementary teacher with a one-year probationary contract. It is anticipated that she will teach second grade. The board also accepted the resignations of two professional staff members.

The board also discussed the question posed at the last meeting of the board by Wilson Crabtree of the Hawkins-Holly Lake Gazette concerning the decision to discontinue the submission of student-developed news page for Hawkins ISD in the Gazette. Board members were given a written rationale developed by the teacher and Assistant Superintendent Debi Crawford. That written rationale was not provided to Mr. Crabtree or this reporter. Based on the brief discussion of the matter, there is apparently some technical incompatibility between the computer programs being used by the two parties. Superintendent Dan Rose said "I am not prepared to order the teacher to submit the page."

In other action, the board:

- Approved minutes of trustee meeting on 5/16/11;

- Accepted the offer of a plaque to be placed on the concession stand at Lowrance Field.

- Discussed an inventory control procedural policy.

- Reviewed preliminary TAKS results.

- Heard a year-end report on enrollment and attendance.

The next regular meeting of the Hawkins ISD board is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m. A special meeting of the board may be held with 72-hour advance public notice.