BY LEW VAIL
CORRIGAN – Construction contracts have been signed and work on the football stadium stands will get underway during spring break, Corrigan-Camden School Superintendent Sherry Hughes reported last week.
During last week’s meeting of the Corrigan-Camden Independent School District’s board, Hughes provided an update on upgrades being made as a result of last’s years voter approval of a bond issue.
She said all the cameras have been installed on the busses and the new system has both front and rear-facing cameras. The handicap lift for the stage also should be ready in time for the graduation ceremonies.
Hughes also announced the formation of a committee of citizens, educators and paraprofessionals that will meet with facilitators from Region VI for the purpose of determining a mission statement and goals of the district. In addition, a community outreach effort will now have students cleaning up a section of Highway 287 quarterly.
During principals reports, the primary school named Aleta Meshell as teacher of the second six-week grading period and Susan Hubbard paraprofessional of the period. TPRI and OWL assessments are compete and student needs in specific areas identified before the spring testing.
On Feb. 25, the school will participate in “Read the Most Coast to Coast,” a yearly event where students read all day long and log their book numbers on a national data base. It is sponsored by the Accelerated Reader Program.
Corrigan Elementary School reported enrolment of 209 students. The Homework Help Program has increased the number of participants serving over 20 students every Tuesday and Thursday, with two certified teachers stay each time to help students.
The fourth grade attended a play in Crockett about Rosa Parks and the fifth grade attended a re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Blackjack Grove in Groveton. This is the first time the classes have attended either of these events.
Report card pickup will be March 3 and spring beak will be March 7 to 11.
The Junior High had 11 students in ISS, the second highest month of the school year. A total of 43 students made the “A” honor roll and 21 made the “AB” list. There are 106 students that are active in athletics and 55 in the band program, and a total enrolment figure of 206 for the sixth week reporting period.
The high school reported enrollment of 260 students. The winter flu brought attendance down to 93.85 percent. There were 21 students that made the all “A” honor roll with over 60 making the “AB” (more “A”’s than “B”’s for the six-week reporting period).
The band enjoyed its trip to San Antonio to participate in the Texas Music Educators Association conference where they joined fellow musicians from around the state viewing and playing some of the finest instruments made.
Teacher of the six weeks is Angela Purvis, a sophomore English teacher.
State Representative James White was in Corrigan at a citizen town meeting at city hall and dropped in to the board meeting. He told board members that the state legislature is working to sustain and improve the current educational system.
He said he reminds fellow lawmakers that they all received their education under the present system and it has served them well. They just need to fix and improve what we already have in place.
White’s comments were germane since Hughes reported to the board that the district has completed the Charter School Statement of Impact forms. There have been only one or two known withdrawals to attend programs such as Harmony or other Home School systems.
Under action items, the board approved the minutes of the January meeting, ordered an election for May 7 for trustees, appointed Linda Parrish as election judge and passed an interlocal agreement for voting equipment with the Polk County clerk’s office.
The board also approved the sale of two properties in the Chester area from the delinquent tax rolls. Both were above the 25 percent of appraised value as required by local policy.
They discussed the re-alignment of UIL teams for 2016-18. Hughes said Frankston is asking to be removed from the zone due to the travel distance and that Corrigan may have difficulty finding an opponent for an open fall date with both Groveton and Diboll not scheduling their usual games for the coming year.
The district has made preliminary plans to attend the Texas Association of Rural School Districts meeting in Fort Worth this summer for board training. It is more in line with the needs of Corrigan than the Texas Association of School Boards, which they have attended for the past two summers.
The early resignation incentive program has resulted in 10 teachers accepting the terms, seven to retire, two moving to other districts, and one leaving the profession for the business world.
This announcement will allow staff to make selections and searches to replace those where necessary.
After an executive session, the board instructed Hughes to enter into an earnest money contract for approximately three acres that borders the north side of the campus. Pending the survey and title search, they will complete the transaction.
Junior high students who participated in UIL academic events in Livingston last week were recognized and awarded their medals and ribbons.
Lazoria Miles - fifth place Ready Writing - sixth grade
Gisele Martinez - first place Maps Graphs and Charts - sixth grade
Maritza Heredia - sixth place Maps Graphs and Charts - sixth place
Jackson Kilgore - first place ArtSmart - seventh grade
Micah Hughes - sixth place Calculator Applications and sixth place Number Sense - seventh grade
Cole Casper – first place Calculator Application and fourth place Mathematics -seventh grade
Kylie Hight - third place Editorial Writing - seventh grade
Angelina Alvarez – second place Editorial Writing and second Spelling - seventh grade
Myranda Mercado - fifth place Editorial Writing - seventh grade
James Hight - fifth place Maps Graphs Charts and fifth place Number Sense - seventh grade
Aleah White - fourth place Number Sense - seventh grade competed at eighth grade level
Analysa Caskey - second place Ready Writing - seventh grade
Marissa Acevedo - fourth place Ready Writing - seventh grade
Kanaisha Moore - sixth place Listening Skills - seventh grade
Felicity McGinnis - sixth place Spelling - seventh grade
Cameron Scott - first place Dictionary Skills - seventh grade
Javier Gallegos - sixth place Dictionary Skills - seventh grade
Jorge Vargas-Venegas - second place Dictionary Skills - seventh grade
Avery Miller - fourth place Social Studies - seventh grade
Mykal Vera - fifth place Calculator Applications - eighth grade
Zaya’Tron Thomas-Tucker - second place Calculator Application - eighth grade
Kobi Poage - fourth place Listening Skills and first place Science II - eighth grade
Brianna Monroe - sixth place Number Sense - eighth grade
Riley Fisher - first place Spelling - eighth grade
Richard Thomas - fifth place spelling - eighth grade
Abigail Anastacio - fourth place Dictionary Skills - eighth grade