Woodville ISD Superintendent Glen Conner said he has been pleased at the turnout during early voting in the district's tax ratification election. Tuesday was the final day for early voting, but those who have not yet made by to cast their ballot can stop by the WISD administration building between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
When the votes are counted, the Booster will make those results available online at www.tylercountybooster.com Saturday night. Conner also notified trustees that taxpayers could see a bit of relief with the passage of HB 21 during the special session that concluded last week.
One of the provisions of the bill provides for grant funds from districts that still depended on a program called ASATR (Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction) which helped replace lost revenue after the supposed reform measures to lessen property taxes in 2008. In 2011, the Texas Legislature made drastic cuts to public school funding, and set a September 2017 deadline to end the program.
Woodville stood to lose $1 million in state funding, so they opted to seek voter approval for an increase to the maintenance operations rate to offset that loss.
Conner added that if voters approve the measure, the district will reduce the amount of the interest and sinking rate in an amount equivalent to the HB 21 revenue they receive. As of press time Tuesday, the amount of Woodville's grant was undetermined. Finance Director Cody Jarrott added that the district has 30 days to finalize the tax rate.
LifeShare Blood Center in Beaumont has partnered with Woodville's Volunteer Fire and Police Departments to host their "Cuffs and Hoses" Blood Drive. The blood drive will be Monday, Aug. 14 in front of the police station from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LifeShare will be in Woodville all day and will move the bus to the Walmart Parking lot and will be there from 2:20-6 p.m. Donors can come by the bus and donate and should allow themselves approximately 30-40 minutes to complete their donation process. It's a small sacrifice for the donor with an immeasurable impact for those on the receiving end, as well as their loved ones.
Denise Duke is a native of east Texas and the donor recruiter for LifeShare and spoke with the Tyler County Booster about the Cuffs and Hoses Blood drive. "Anyone who makes a blood donation and finds themselves in need for blood within a 12-month period can be reimbursed up to $500 for the cost of blood testing, which can have a significant impact on saving them money on their medical expenses," Duke said. "The flip side of that is whenever we host these group drives, the first responders from the police and fire departments will be covered if a first responder needs blood. All the donors need to do is request that their donation be given in the name of that person or department and LifeShare will make sure that their donation is credited appropriately."
Duke also added a couple of significant statistics.
"One in three people will have a need for blood in their lifetime at some point." And while a donor may not know who specifically may benefit from your donation, it's very likely that they do know someone who was affected from your donation. It could be a mother, brother, co-worker or friend. "Every day, one in seven people that enter the hospital will receive a blood transfusion."
Considering LifeShare services 11 hospitals in eight counties in East Texas with thousands of people admitted weekly, it's evident that the need for blood is genuine. The Tyler County Community Hospital is one of the hospitals served by LifeShare which is based out of Beaumont.
I love coming to Woodville," Duke said. "I love chatting with the people from all over Tyler County and have built relationships with people because I love talking with them, whether we are standing outside of Walmart or having a drive at the hospital or the police station. Duke was asked about blood types.
"O negative is the universal blood type and anytime we are able to get a O negative donation, it can help anyone. Shortages for different blood types can change from week to week or month to month," said Duke. "The next type that is needed is O positive, but both O types of blood are typically in high demand. Duke was open to explain the process for those who may not have ever donated.
"First time donors will be given a donor ID number and a phone number that they can call a few days after making their donation to get the results of their blood type, blood pressure, cholesterol level."
Whenever you go on the bus, it's like having a mini-physical according to Duke.
An appreciation token for donations are T-shirts. The shirts offered for this drive have a tremendous graphic on them and are one of the boldest yet. These shirts offered for this drive are a very limited edition and will be on a first come, first serve basis and it's giving great acclaim and credit to the first responders of Tyler County.
All Tyler County residents are encouraged to come out and show their support for our local heroes and first responders and donate blood to a cause that is second to none.