The board approved the Continuous Improvement Plan in order to comply with the state regulations which is based on performance of a very small group of students on the TAKS test. The intervention plan is part of state requirements, and it was noted that it is extremely hard for a district to escape any intervention plan. This whole plan is based on 38 kids out of nearly 800.
The board also approved minor changes in the policy governing the use of school facilities for non-school events.
The board also approved the purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet 1 Ton Pick-up to be purchased from R & K Autoplex at at cost of 37,997 dollars. Smith South Plains had the low bid of $37,205 however it was noted that the Chevrolet had a better warranty on the powertrain. After discussion it was decided to approve the purchase from R&K.
Interim Supt. Kelly Baggett informed the board that the committee set by the board at their last meeting held an organizational meeting and will meet in January with PSC representatives and a representative from the finance firm. They also have requested a detailed look at what the tax increase would be on 30 thousand dollar home all the way up to the more expensive homes. The committee will meet in February for their final meeting and will decide on a recommendation to the board at their February meeting. Law dictates that the bond election must be called by March 1. It was also announced that Baggett and the board president, David Ethridge will take the group on a tour of the district facilities on January 5 at 9am.
The board also approved some change of assignments in personnel matters and approved one resignation. The board also approved the hiring of Taylor Beadles to teach Pre AP English and Language Arts plus assistant football and assistant basketball coach. He graduates with an education degree this week and has completed student teaching and has be substituting for the district for about a week and administration has received many compliments They also approved hiring of Clint White to teach math intervention and boys athletics at the middle school and Sean Kaerwer to teach Math at the high school.
The board also approved a 1 time incentive payment of $300 for each employee of Levelland ISD. The board budgeted for the payment in the final budget approved this summer pending the availability of funding. School administration said that money is available and the board unanimously approved the incentive payment to be made to staff as an incentive to continue to work for the betterment of LISD students. It was noted this is not a bonus and was planned for in the budget and is in full compliance with the law. The staff will receive their incentive payments on Friday, 12/21.