by Michael G. Maness
When Superintendent Angela Matterson introduced Food Service Director Janey Butler, Butler beamed as she reported on the new, recently-installed ovens. Butler, a bit shy in public, said she was "almost in tears," as the ovens had been needed for so long. Butler thanked the Board, mentioning how this will not only improve efficiency but also the taste of the food. Matterson praised Butler and her staff, recalling how famous their fresh rolls were, a treat High School Principal Walter McAlpin and this reporter tasted the following day – truly delicious.
After President Curtis Pittman convened and Secretary Kenneth Adaway led the invocation, the Board quickly approved the consent agenda that included minutes from previous meetings and the financial statements at their Tuesday evening meeting, April 15.
The board took action and passed several local policy updates.
The board approved the Community and Student Survey that should be ready soon. Matterson is leading the refinement through local school staffings and from precedents from other schools. Discussion had not finalized yet on precisely who will be allowed to take the surveys, but the principals and board were leaning to wide open involvement with community. Board member Danny Brown mentioned a few benefits of random sampling.
The board approved rental prices and a policy for their rental house and would be announcing availability the following day.
Elementary School Principal Yvette Carlton reported several Easter parties for the children, age appropriate, including the selection by the PTO of a high school student to play the Easter Bunny, that lucky student getting a $500 scholarship. Some testing would ensue next week, and Carlton joked that should anyone visit in the next week they would likely see most classes testing in some area. Field trips were planned for K-First to the Lufkin Zoo and second grade to Gator Country.
McAlpin reported that their one-act play went to district, the FFA had two go to state, and that Julia Barnes received the Terry Foundation Scholarship to Texas State University, the highest monetary TSU scholarship for academic skills and leadership given annually to 12-20 students. Mother and Booster General Manager Kelli Barnes said this was a "huge blessing to her and to our family."
Matterson was surprised at the success of the recent Lake Tejas Triathalon, where athletes came from all over to swim, run and bike a strenuous course. She was so impressed that she wants to see more of the local community and school get involved. The event was no fly-by-night affair, but a professionally run and well-regulated event with impressive athletes completing in remarkable times. For more see LakeTejasTriathlon.com.