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Board of Trustees Regular Board Meeting, July 30


The Board of Trustees held its regular July meeting on Tuesday the 30th. A recap of the agenda is below.


Camp SIP students Cooper Aranda & Jamie Huarcaya led the pledges of allegiance.

 Camp SIP students


The Reverend Brad Bennett of St. Luke’s United Methodist gave the invocation.


The special presentations included:

  • Presentation of CBS 7 anchor/reporter Tatum Hubbard as the district’s 2013 Media Honor Roll recipient;
  • Recognition of Gonzales Elementary as the Texas School PR Regional Finalist in the Celebrate Texas Public Schools video contest.

            Tatum Hubbard Alicia Press


  1. The Board voted 6-0 to adopt a resolution in support the feasibility phase for a Division II football team at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Dr. Steve Brown was absent.

Dr. Donna Smith asked what was the feasibility and timeline. UTPB President Dr. Watts responded that the feasibility study is the beginning step to show economic feasibility and community support. If it is approved by the end of the year, UTPB is looking to begin implementation in the fall of 2015.


  1. Trustees heard a presentation from the Texas Association of School Boards outlining the services it provides for superintendent searches.

TASB’s representative stated that the job for superintendent will be posted statewide and nationally with their sister organizations. TASB will provide field representatives who will visit with the applicants, the board will be provided with personal knowledge of every applicant. Part of the process will involve several meetings with the community, parents, students and district administrators. TASB will walk the board through the several rounds and help prepare questions for the applicants. TASB will also coordinate a site visit for three board members and lone finalist. The cost is $14,000 which is inclusive of national and state advertising and travel expenses for TASB. The cost excludes board travel for the site visit and the option of an advertisement placement in Education Week. The district will be refunded its money if the selected superintendent leaves within two years. It excludes travel expenses.


Dr. Donna Smith asked what kind of applicant pool is anticipated for a district this size. The representative expects at least 70 applicants, including approximately 30 that are high quality applicants.


  1. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the District Continuous Improvement Team Plan. Henri Lewis, director of Title II, and Julia Clay, director of state & federal programs, gave the presentation.

  1. Trustees voted to 6-0 approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Advise TX. Advise TX is an agreement between our District, Texas Christian University, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Each of our three high schools will get one TCU student to work as student advisors and help to build the college-going culture at each school. There will be no cost to the district through the grant.

  1. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a 2013 Paving Improvement Project. Parking lot repairs and improvements will be made at the Administration Building, Ector JH, Murry Fly Elementary, Pease Elementary, Ratliff Stadium, and Transportation. Total cost for all projects is about $954,000.
  2. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve Budget Amendment #1.
  3. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a set of routine items presented at once for approval.
  4. Trustees spent 30 minutes in closed session discussing the hiring of campus principals
  5. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve James Ramage, former Bonham Junior High principal, as the new principal at Permian High School.
  6. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve Betsabe Salcido, most recently the Dean of Students at New Tech Odessa, as the new principal at NTO.
  7. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve David Steele, former principal at Dalhart High School, as the new principal at Bonham JH.
  8. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Routine Personnel Report. This is the list of resignations/retirements and recommendations to hire since the last board meeting.


The meeting adjourned at 8:06 p.m.