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LKCISD approves improvement plans for its campuses

By ANGELA GUILLORY casscountysun@valornet.com
Oct. 19, 2011 at 10 p.m.


Linden-Kildare CISD board members heard improvement plans from campus administrators during a meeting held Oct. 11.

L-K improvement plans for all three campuses and the district were approved as presented by administrators.

Shekita Martin presented the district plan, Leah Hamilton in Marcella Young's absence presented the elementary campus plan, Kelly Kinney presented the junior high campus plan and Mike Dillinger presented the high school campus plan.

Each plan is a living document that may be adapted and updated as needed. Administrators presented highlights of their plans, especially new strategies being instigated.

Dillinger presented the 2011-2012 School Improvement Plan, as required by the high school's unacceptable status. The board accepted and approved the plan as presented.

Gifted and Talented Coordinator Leslie Anne Nevill updated the board on in-place GT procedures and plans. Currently there are 44 potential gifted and talented students in the district.

A public hearing was held on the District's FIRST rating. Once again, a Superior rating was awarded LK on the state's Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, this one for the fiscal year 2009-2010.

The board passed a resolution moving the LKCISD election to the November uniform election date, as required by recent state law.

A resolution was approved authorizing the Cass County Appraisal District to perform a reappraisal of property damaged in the area declared to be a natural disaster by the state governor.

A memorandum of understanding between LKCISD and Cass County Precinct 1 was approved, allowing the county to make repairs to the rear elementary parking lot and address drainage issues found there. The memorandum was approved by commissioners in their meeting the following day.

An out-of-state trip to Alabama June 9-14, 2012, was approved for Linden-Kildare High School Band members. All members, including eighth graders, will go.

A resolution was passed declaring Oct. 12 as Texas Education Human Resources Day. A certificate will be presented to LK employee Norma McCormick.

During the superintendent's report, Dr. James Cowley noted district enrollment stands at 825, down slightly from the high in early September, but still above figures used to build the budget.

Maintenance and renovations are still proceeding, and much progress has been made. Cowley said, most importantly, the fire marshal is satisfied with the work that has been or soon will be done. Cowley said the fire marshal does not plan to return to LK once certificates are filed indicating the work is complete.

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is writing a local truancy policy implementing the new truancy prevention measures from Senate Bill 1489.

Local board members made plans regarding the Northeast Texas School Boards Association dinner on Oct. 20 and TASB legal seminar Nov. 10.

Individual board members shared their experiences at the TASA/TASB conference. All agreed it was well worth attending and an educational experience.

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