Levelland ISD Board of Trustees Holds Regular Meeting

Levelland ISDThe Levelland ISD Board of Trustees held their regular meeting on Thursday.  A full report from that meeting is below.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, Michael Wiiest addressed the board concerning the baseball facilities for Levelland ISD.  He stated that the bond issue has been great for the district.  He complimented the facilities which have been addressed.  He, however,  feels that Levelland baseball facilities have been overlooked.  He noted that it does not fit the needs of today.  He noted that the concession building is not even able to be used as it is located too far away that people will not walk that far to buy anything.  He noted that the booster club is currently bringing a trailer in to use.  He also noted that the restroom facilities are also really small and need some work.  He also pointed out that the press facilities need expanded for the number of people that use it.  He asked that the board look at the baseball facilities and see what could be done.

The board approved consent agenda items including the summer school calendar and a number of updates to policy in accordance with the Texas Association of School Boards.  The board also approved several waivers for staff development which will allow the district to offer staff development in summer and count it towards days set aside for staff development during the school year.  They also approved a waiver for half days for staff development as well as a student schedule waiver mainly for high school students during STAAR testing.  These waivers have all been used in the past, however, they have to be updated every 3 years.

They also approved the resale of property at 607 W. Washington.

The board also reviewed the monthly financial report.  In the bond finance report it was reported that the projects are coming in within budget.  It was noted any money that is left must be used for other projects and cannot be applied to bond payments.

The board reviewed the school calendar being proposed for the 2017-2018 school year.  It was noted it is no longer on a number of days students must now be in school a total of 75,600 minutes of instruction in order for district to receive full funding.  The 2017-2018 school year will begin on August 21.  The first holiday will be September 4 for Labor Day.  Thanksgiving holidays will be from November 22-24 with Christmas holidays beginning December 25 and ending on January 5.  Classes will dismiss early on December 22.  Spring break will run from March 12-16 and the final day of classes will be May 24 with Graduation set for May 25 at 7pm in the SPC Texan Dome.

The board also approved a resolution to officially join the Texas Educational Employers Benefit Cooperative which has provided low cost life insurance to Levelland ISD employees.

The board also approved 2 budget amendments.  Both of the adjustments had a zero net effect on the overall budget.

The board also approved the quarterly financial reports as presented by the Chief Financial Officer.

Superintendent Jeff Northern presented an update on the bond projects.  It was noted that the building for the new Ag Farm is going up and should be completed by the end of the school year.  It was noted that the trees which were donated by a local individual has been planted around the facility.  Architects with Parkhill Smith and Cooper is currently looking at the scope of the work for the Cactus facility and then the final project will be discussion on the demolition of the old football stadium.

The board also approved the hiring of Katie Lowery for 5th grade Math and Social Studies at the Intermediate School.  She currently teaches in the Glen Rose ISD.

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Lubbock Teen Found Safe in Dumas

letstalkColorado Police authorities confirm that a missing 13 year old from Lubbock has been found safe in Dumas, TX.

According to police reports, Colorado officials have been searching for a 13 year old Lubbock girl who went missing while vacationing with her family in Colorado for spring break.  The teen went missing late last week.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department told Lubbock police Tuesday morning that the girl was found safe in Dumas early this morning.  According to authorities she was found safe and will be reunited with family as soon as possible.  The investigation is still underway with the Colorado Springs PD and Lubbock PD.

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Obituary: Wanda Simpson, 79 of Levelland

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Funeral Services are scheduled for Wanda Simpson, 79 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Monday, March 20 at 1pm in the George Price Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland with burial to follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  She passed away on Thursday, March 16 in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of George Price Funeral Home in Levelland.

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Obituary: Elsie Dowden, 100 formally of Whitharral

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Funeral Services are scheduled for Elsie Dowden, 100 formally of Whitharral.  She passed away in Arizona at her daughter’s home on Thursday, March 9.  Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at 2pm in the United Methodist Church in Clifton, TX.  Burial in the Whitharral Cemetery.  Services under the direction of George Price Funeral Home of Levelland.

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Canon Air Force Base Plane Crash Kills Three Airmen

Canon Air Force GeneralCanon Air Force Base officials have confirmed the deaths of three airmen in a plane crash outside of the Clovis Municipal Airport.

Cannon Chief of Public Affairs said the three airmen were assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron.  They were participating in a training exercise Tuesday night around 6:50pm when their U-28A crashed approximately a quarter-mile east of the airport.  The crash reportedly caused a fire which was extinguished by first responders around 7:40pm Tuesday night.

Officials with the Air Base said the identity of the airmen would not be released until 24 hours after the notification of the next of kin.

In a statement released by Cannon Air Force Base Col. Ben Maitre said “We are deeply saddened by this loss within our Air Commando family.”  “Our sympathies are with their loved ones and friends and I pledge the support of my team during this difficult time.

Cannon Air Force base officials also announced early Wednesday morning that the Emergency Family Assistance Center has been fully activated.

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Obituary: Norman Lee Overstreet, 70 of Brady


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Services are scheduled for Norman Lee Overstreet, 70 of Brady and formally of Littlefield and Anton.  Graveside services are scheduled for 2pm Saturday in the Anton Cemetery.  He passed away on Saturday, March 11.  Services are under the direction of Hammons Funeral Home of Littlefield.

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Hockley County Sheriff Releases Cause of Death of Inmate

hockley-county-sheriffs-officeHockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres issued a news release Tuesday afternoon following an autopsy in the death of an inmate at the Hockley County Jail on Monday morning.

Sheriff Scifres identified the inmate as Jimmy Dale Taylor, 61 of Levelland.  He was found deceased in his cell at approximately 5am by detention officers making rounds.  According to the release, when officers discovered Taylor to be non-responsive, Levelland EMS was contacted.

Scifres said that Taylor was being held in the Hockley County Jail on a warrant for a parole violation and had been in the facility for approximately 30 days.  He also said that Taylor had been seen at a local clinic on March 2 after a request for medical treatment.  Scifres said he was prescribed a medication commonly used to treat infections and pneumonia.   According to an autopsy performed Tuesday, Taylor died of natural causes.

Scifres said his office will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation and all findings will be reported to the Texas Rangers, Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.  No further information will be released until the investigation is complete.


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