Posted by : November 23, 2014| On :
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 17 was short and sweet.
Coaches recognized the varsity volleyball team and the high school band, and trustees approved several measures prior to closing.
Varsity volleyball Coach Stacy Shelton acknowledged the team. “We are 28 and 14. We had a fantastic season and I couldn’t ask for finer group,” Shelton said.
The varsity volleyball team placed second in championships at Eustace and in the top eight out of 32 teams in Tyler. The team includes Madison Holyfield, Gabby Duncan, Meagan Holyfield, Payton Costlow, Maddie Park, Cheyenne Vincent, Miranda Gonzales, Bailey Swain and Brii Young. Academic All-State nominees were Madison and Meagan Holyfield, Park and Duncan.
High School band instructor Jeff Dubose recognized four students including drum major Julianna Rose, saxophonist Hallie Ward, drum major Alton Marshall and baritonist Grayson Jackson.
In other news, trustees:
• heard the district Christmas party is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the MISD Board Room.
• approved the next board meeting date of Tuesday, Jan. 20 due to the mid-winter conference.
• nominated trustee Erik Tijerina to serve on the MISD Education Foundation Committee.
• approved the interlocal agreement with the City of Mabank regarding the new parking lots at Central Elementary School. The city will provide the machinery and labor and MISD will provide the supplies needed.
• approved a local policy exempting students with medical problems from being required to do the same activities as other students until their medical condition improves.
• heard a special board meeting will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 to discuss the superintendent’s contract.
• heard the district has received five of the six new buses purchased.
Posted by : November 13, 2014| On :
School superintendent absent from meeting and school next day
By David Webb
KEMP–The Kemp Independent School District Board of Trustees discussed the “employment and contract” of Supt. Sam Swierc along with a “quarterly formative evaluation” of him in closed session Monday.
The trustees took no action in open session, but they scheduled a special meeting for Saturday at 8 a.m. to revisit the issue, and they added “personnel” to the agenda.
Swierc missed the meeting Monday, and he did not report to work the following day. KISD Director of Special Programs Phil Edwards filled in for Swierc, including attending the board in closed session. He attributed Swierc’s absence to “health reasons.”
Swierc could not be reached for comment.
The trustees reorganized the board due to Board President Melinda Polk vacating her Place 3 seat since last month’s meeting. School officials said Polk moved out of the district to Kaufman.
The board appointed Scott Crow president, Sharron Rankin vice president and Lynda Page secretary. Polk’s former seat will remain vacant until the next election in May 2015.
In other action, the trustees:
• heard a complaint from the parent of a high school student who told the trustees a male student had threatened the life of his daughter and several of her friends in class. The parent said he wanted criminal charges brought against the student because he allegedly made a similar threat last year. The parent said he would not be satisfied with the student being placed in a disciplinary alternative education program.
• approved a Texas Accountability Intervention System plan for the High School.
• approved district and campus improvement plans for all schools.
• reviewed but took no action on goals for trustees, trustees training and orientation, trustees authority, public participation in trustees meetings and standard operating procedures for trustees.
• learned all campuses would hold anti-bullying and anti-drug seminars Friday.
• recognized November students and employees of the month.
Posted by : November 9, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–After bomb-sniffing dogs went through every Athens ISD campus Wednesday, the all clear was given by 5 p.m. Of course, by then every student had been safely relocated to his or her home.
Students had to be relocated shortly after arriving to school due to a bomb threat called into the Athens Police Department around 9:30 a.m. The caller had told police that a bomb was planted at each campus.
Athens ISD wasn’t the only school to deal with terroristic threats Wednesday.
A Brownsboro High School student was arrested and charged with Terroristic Threat in response to satanic graffiti claiming “10 students would be sacrificed.”
In Navarro County, a Mildred ISD student told the bus driver, he intended on blowing up the school. The student was taken into custody and the threat was found to be an empty one.
Though probably a hoax, the bomb threat was taken seriously. Athens ISD spokesperson Toni Garrard Clay said every precaution had to be taken and buses, teachers and administrator started relocating students to various churches, The Cain Center and Trinity Valley Community College under very rainy conditions.
Word was spread via social and electronic media to keep parents informed and to avoid widespread panic and ensuing traffic jams, which would hinder the evacuation effort.
“Within an hour and a half of the initial phone call, all five of our campuses were safely relocated,” Clay posted in a day-after account.
Local law enforcement met with school officials as well as representatives of every campus to plan a sweep of every campus. KIDS (Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services) also arrived with trained personnel and a bomb-sniffing dog.
They started with the two largest schools: Athens High School and Athens Middle School. By 3 p.m., the high school was cleared. By 5 p.m., every campus was declared safe.