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Woodville ISD joins THPSC

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville School board held its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on July 21, in the Woodville ISD community room at 505 N. Charlton Street in Woodville, and discussed 2014 tax collections, board members continuing education and set a date to set the districts proposed budget and tax rate for the 2014-2015 school year.

According to the board, $66,000 has been collected in taxes for the month and approximately 85 percent of total taxes have been collected. The school is expecting a significant settle- up in September that will bring in the remaining taxes into the budget.

The board also set a date and time to hold a public hearing to discuss the districts proposed budget and tax rate for the 2014-2015 school year. After a short discussion, the hearing was set for August 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Next, the president of the board reported that every member of the Board of Trustees have all met their continuing education requirements, which means that board members are making a real effort to stay up to date on board policies and ethics.

In other business, the board approved a resolution that allowed Woodville ISD to join the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium as an Associate member.

"The year before last there was a group of schools asked to form the High Performance Schools Consortium," said Superintendent Glen Conner. "And they did, and the legislative body put it together; but recently, sort of cut the leg out from under it. The group is still together but they weren't given the flexibility that was initially thought to be put in place with this, such as different types of testing. Since then, the work has continued to end the high stakes testing."

The school will be joining a group of 23 school districts and 108 associate schools to develop high priority learning standards, use of multiple assessments to measure learning, integration of technology in student learning and the creation of a robust community accountability system.

The board voted to support the district in becoming an associate of the High Performance schools consortium so that the district can more effectively pursue their goals.
Conner also gave his report to the board.

"First off, the elementary restrooms are about 75 percent complete," Conner said. "We did a face lift on the restrooms up there and replaced some fixtures and wall board and it should be finished within the next couple of days."

Conner also reported that all of the main building, with the exception of a little bit of construction in the middle school, is finished with remodeling.

The only other thing left that needs to be attended to before school starts is a few road and pavement repairs around the district.

The next board meeting will be held on August 18 at 7 p.m.