Kemp Primary and Intermediate students commended for UIL results
By David Webb
KEMP–Property owners who pay taxes to the Kemp Independent School District will likely see appraisers in their neighborhoods re-evaluating the value of their homes in 2014.
Kaufman County Appraisal District chief appraiser Chris Peace told the school board Monday that properties are re-evaluated every three years, and it is time for reappraisals in Kemp.
Kaufman County Tax Assessor Collector Tonya Ratcliff, delinquent tax attorney Jeff Brown and Peace met with the school board at its regular December meeting to discuss how the school district can increase its rate of collections to more favorably compare with other school districts. KISD currently collects at a rate of about 92 percent, while other school districts in Kaufman collect at about 96 percent.
Brown told the school board that Kaufman County requires property owners’ taxes be paid before they can register their cars, but KISD taxpayers who live in Henderson County do not suffer the same consequences. The attorney said he was unable to persuade Henderson County officials to establish the same requirement because there would be no way for them to verify that school taxes collected by Kaufman County had been paid when residents registered their vehicles.
Kaufman County officials are scheduled to return to the school board in February to make suggestions about improving the tax collection rate.
In other action, the school board:
• recognized students of the month: Livie Nail, Primary Campus; Jocabet Villanueva, Intermediate Campus; Sierra Martin, Junior High Campus and Clayton Haley, High School Campus.
• recognized employees of the month: Christi Ellilott, Primary Campus teacher; Angie Ellis, High School Campus secretary and Allen Keach, bus driver.
• recognized community member of the month Mike Day of Anderson Clayton & Roselawn Funeral Homes.
• recognized primary and intermediate students who placed in University Interscholastic League academic contests. At the Primary Campus the students were: Liberti Tally, creative writing, 3rd place; Addison Willingham, creative writing, 5th place; Collin Haley, storytelling, 3rd place and Rylee Hulls, storytelling, 5th place.
At the Intermediate Campus the students were: Case Huckabay, Courtney Parker and William Mendoza, grade 5 art, 3rd place; Jocabet Villanueva, grade 5 social studies, 1st place and Ty Roberts, 3rd place; Thomas Stinson, grade 5 maps, graphs and charts, 5th place; Jocabet Villanueva, grade 5 dictionary skills, 4th place; Connie Jones, grade 3 music memory, 4th place; Cassidy Sain, Connie Jones, Taylor Hicks and Samantha Woods, grade 3 music memory team, 3rd place; Eathan Brooks, grade 5 music memory, 5th place; Cloe Woods, grade 5 number sense, 5th place and Brandon Putman, 6th place; Morgan Adrio, grade 4 oral reading, 4th place; Madison Gurley, grade 3 ready writing, 1st place, Tenilee Anthony, 4th place and Keler McDougald, 6th place; Chloe McCoy, grade 3 spelling, 6th place and team Chloe McCoy, Ty Bridges and Charlton McRoy, 3rd place; Kevin Tyler, grade 4 spelling and team Eathan Jarvis, Kevin Tyler, Travis Munden and Matalie Wright, 3rd place; Benjamin Harrod, grade 5 spelling, 5th place and Ty Bridges, grade 3 storytelling, 3rd place.
• received a district-generated report on the percentage of students by grade level who are failing. The trustees had requested this report, which Phillip Edwards delivered to them. First grade shows a failing rate of 7 percent; second grade at 6 percent, third grade at 37 percent, fourth grade at 27 percent, fifth grade at 6 percent, sixth at 29 percent, seventh grade at 39 percent, eighth grade at 20 percent, ninth grade at 25 percent, 10th grade at 28 percent, 11th grade at 8 percent and 12th grade at 18 percent.
Administrators told the school board that interventions in the form of tutoring would be undertaken for students who are failing. Tutoring will be conducted during regular school hours for grades 1 and 2. After school tutoring will be offered for intermediate, junior high and high school students three days per week starting in February. Transportation will be available for students who are attending after school tutoring.