By Mollie LaSalle
Colmesneil ISD trustees met Aug. 31 in a shortened meeting to discuss budgets and tax rates. The board quickly got down to business, approving the minutes of the special called meeting of Aug. 10 before moving on to the business at hand.
Superintendent Angela Matterson laid out in detail the items for consideration, and the board approved, in short order, the following items:
• Amendments to the 2016-2017 school year budget;
• Approval of the 2017-2018 budget;
• Approval of an ordinance adopting a tax rate for 2017-2018;
• Approval of a Joint Election Agreement and Contract for Election Services with Tyler County; and
• approval of an order for a CISD School Trustee Election, to be held Nov. 8.
One item on the agenda, the approval of payments of final bills for the 2016-2017 school year, was tabled until the September meeting.
The topic that was front and center was the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The new school year was only one week in when Harvey rolled in and put a halt to all school activities. Students had to take an extended break during this time, as did all schools in the county.
Plans for the students to start back on Sept. 5 were rescheduled for Sept. 6.
CISD has received a waiver for five days from the Texas Education Agency in regards to missed school days, and students will not be required to make up these days due to the hurricane.
Closing weekend at Lake Tejas was cancelled due to safety issues and condition of the water due to the storm.
Plans to drain the lake — which is done every year after Labor Day — were still in place.
Matterson closed out the meeting on a positive note, stating that enrollment is up for the new school year, and students and teachers are eager and excited to get back to school.