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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 24, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Kemp ISD board members approved its 2017-18 budget Monday and decided to move forward on building a new weight-training center.
A committee of trustees will manage this project over the summer. Trustees also discussed its plans to renovate the day care building it purchased next to the administration building.
The bulk of Kemp ISD’s nearly $15 million budget comes from state funding. The state of Texas will provide almost $10.4 million dollars to the district’s coffers, followed by $4.1 million from “local, intermediate and out-of-state” funding. Over a quarter million, $363,252, will be gained through “federal programs and non-revenue” for a total of $14,865,502.
Board members viewed a pie chart supplementing more detailed information showing budgeted allocations. The lion’s share of funding, about 40 percent, is for instruction. This includes salaries for teachers and classrooms aides, as well as instructional supplies and equipment.
Operating expenses make up 20 percent of the budget. This category includes plant maintenance, food services, legal fees and auditing series, medical supplies, building insurance and construction/renovation and the campus police.
About 17 percent of the funds are budgeted to debt service whichincludes bond payments and lease and purchase principal and interest.
Instructional services make up 11 percent of the budget for principals, office staff, librarians and counselors, as well as curriculum and student services.
The remaining expenses go to central administration (4 percent), bus transportation (4 percent) and services for athletics, band, Stingerretts and cheerleaders (4 percent).
The next agenda item was the approval to move forward on a new athletic building, without the use of a general contractor to save money. Board members agreed that the project wasn’t too large in scope and hiring individual contractors was manageable “in-house.”
Trustees also appointed three members to the new athletic building committee to authorize purchases for up to $50,000 without the need to assemble the entire board for a special meeting. Rusty Clamon, Jerry Gilbert and Charissa Roberts were appointed to the committee.
Board members also took a short walk to the property next to the administration building to tour the newly-acquired building. The property was formerly a day care and needs renovation. Priorities include a central AC system, new carpet and new walls. It is yet to be decided to what use the building might serve, but top ideas include a staff workout facility and additional office space. Superintendent Phil Edwards said the purchase was “a steal” compared to the cost of constructing a a new one.
In other action, board members passed up purchasing buses without three-point safely belts before Texas law changes to require purchasing only buses with belts Sept. 1. Edwards said the option was available to the board, and that buses without the belts would be less costly.
The district is not required to retroactively fit buses with safety belts when the law changes. Board members agreed that it was best if they look elsewhere for cost-cutting measures, as purchasing buses without belts would “send the wrong message.”

Jun

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 21, 2017


Special to The Monitor
LITTLE ELM–The Crappie Anglers of Texas (“CAT”) held its Annual Junior Angler Tournament on Lake Lewisville Saturday, June 3. A total of 16 Junior Anglers showed up for a great day of fishing, fun, fellowship and plenty of excitement! We had seven kids in the 10 & under division and nine kids in the 11-17 division. The kids could weigh in their five biggest crappie. All the kids had a great day on the water, in the rain, and the tournament was loaded with smiles, fun and good food. After the weigh in, the kids enjoyed pizza and drinks while they told “fish tales.”
Here are the results for the 10 & under age group: First place in the 10 and under division went to Payton Reeve with a five-fish stringer weighing 4.40 pounds. Her prize package included a $150 Toys R Us gift card, a $25 First Place Bonus Sponsored by Kevin Kubiak & Matthew Carroll, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a nice trophy. Sage Sims won second place with his winning stringer of four fish that weighed 3.04 pounds. Sage won a $125 Toys R Us gift card, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy. Langdon Froebe hooked third place with his three-fish weighing in at 2.88 pounds. His prizes included a $100 Toys R Us gift card, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy. Eliza Belcher netted fourth place with her two crappie weighing 1.56 pounds and took home a candy basket from Jalopy Joes, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy.
First place in the 11-17 age group went to Brea Calton with a five-fish stringer weighing 5.89 pounds. Her prize package included a $150 Amazon gift card, a $25 first-place bonus sponsored by Kevin Kubiak & Matthew Carroll, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy. Brea also won the Big Fish award for her crappie weighing 2.03 pounds! She will receive a free mount of her prize winning big crappie from Fin & Bones Taxidermy in Killeen, Texas. Cindy Gann took home second place with her winning stringer of five fish that weighed 5.03 pounds. Cindy won a $125 Amazon gift card, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy. Hayden Standerfer netted third place with his five fish weighing in at 4.17 pounds. His prizes included a $100 Amazon gift card, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy. Jaleigh Hopkins hooked fourth place with her five-fish stringer weighing 4.08 pounds and took home a candy basket from Jalopy Joes, a loaded tackle box with a $10 gift card, and a trophy.
Ryan Tijirena won a free guided fishing trip donated by professional crappie fishing guide Tommy Ezell, Coley Baker won a $25 Walmart gift card and Chris Schroeder won a $25 Amazon gift card. Other prizes that were given out were: super soakers, Nerf guns, water shooters, water frisbees and super-sized bubble packs.
Crappie Anglers of Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of crappie fishing. With over 280 members nationwide, CAT has been instrumental in gaining national attention for crappie fishing in Texas and continues to develop its member’s knowledge of crappie fishing through educational meetings, seminars and fishing tournaments. All CAT tournaments pay back at least 100% of the anglers’ entry fees.
For Information, go to the CAT website (www.crappieanglersoftexas.com) or contact:Jay Don Reeve, 903-887-0334 or jay@reeveaugustine.com

Jun

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 21, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Mabank and Gun Barrel City employees will take the field June 29 to battle in the first annual Mabank vs. Gun Barrel City Softball Competition. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mabank Field number five.
Mabank Mayor Jeff Norman and Gun Barrel City Mayor Jim Braswell met for the first time in 2014. A friendship developed between the two at that time. The two mayors talked many times of ways a closer bond might be drawn between the two cities. Even though both cities compete for new businesses coming to their respective cities, both men felt that both cities could benefit in some ways if a closer working relationship were established between the two towns.
The softball game between the two cities involving city employees from both towns was an idea the mayors thought might help the relationship grow.
The mayors are hoping this will be an annual event with the first to be played June 29 in Mabank. If the enthusiasm shown by the city employees this year is any indication, next year the game will travel to Gun Barrel City.
There will be raffle prizes for those attending. The grand prize will be a 50” color TV. Other prizes will be given away as well. Concession stand will be open.
Both cities encourage everyone to come out and have fun and support your home team.