The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees met tonight in a regular monthly meeting. The key item on the agenda was a recommendation from the Concealed Handgun Committee. The recommendation from that committee was for the district to hire atleast 2 additional police officers and to allow certain school employees who have a concealed handgun license to carry on campus. It was noted that this recommendation does NOT allow anyone with a CHL to carry on campus–only employees who are selected by the school superintendent. That recommendation passed on a vote of 6 in favor and 1 against. David Etheridge cast the opposition. There are many items to be worked out before this will take effect and it likely will not take effect until next school year. The full report from the meeting is printed below…….
1) Sodexo Food Service Contract Amendment–The contract was amended to reflect the Fixed Price per meal cost based on Consumer Price Index–$1.461 for 2012-2013 school year and changed to $1.50 per meal. This is requirement of Texas Department of Agriculture in order to maintain a large amount of funding for food service in the district.
2) Discussion and approval of new school calendar for 2013-2014 school year. It was noted that law requires that a school year can not start before the week of August 27. Classes will start August 26, 2013 and the first semester ends December 20. Classes will be out for Christmas holidays from December 23-January 6. The second semester starts January 7 and classes will end on May 30. Spring Break will be March 17-21. It was pointed out that is a week later than usual, however that is also the same time that Texas Tech and SPC will have Spring Break. Graduation will be May 30 at 8pm.
3) The board also reviewed and updated policies based on Texas Association of School Board recommendations. It was noted that the policies updated were only LOCAL policies–all LEGAL policies are set by the state and cannot be changed. Superintendent Kelly Baggett said he was pleased with the recommendations and all changes and revisions will be posted on the school website.
4) The board also heard a recommendation from the Concealed Handgun Advisory Committee. It was pointed out that just this week the 83rd Legislative Session is looking at atleast 1 bill which would put money in the state budget for security at schools. The committee met 3 different times discussing many different issues concerning security. Ted Holder was a representative from the committee to make the recommendation that the board of trustees allow certain school employees which are licensed to carry concealed weapon and have gone through all necessary training to carry on campus and hire 2 additional police officers. There was much discussion on several aspects of the possibility. The recommendation was to hire 2 additional officers plus allowing certain employees who are licensed to carry concealed weapons on campus after they are appointed by superintendent. The recommendation passed with 6 in favor and 1 against–it was pointed out that even though this recommendation passed it does NOT automatically allow everyone with a CHL to carry on campus.
5) The board also heard a presentation from 2 Construction Manager Agents, Teinert Commercial Building Services of Lubbock and McCutchin Construction in Levelland. The board ranked the 2 proposals received and authorized the Superintendent to negotiate a contract with McCutchin Construction–it was a unanimous decision.
6) The board heard a request from LHS Band Director Jerry Hernandez for an out of state band trip to New York in May, 2014. The cost of the trip is an estimated $2200 per student. It would be a 5 day 4 night trip. It was noted that the price was estimated high and will likely be less. Students and Band Boosters cover the entire cost of the trip–the school district is not out any money. Their would be chapparones, probably average 6 students to 1 adult and the band would hire there personal security guards for hotel security. The board authorized a maximum of 3 days school being missed.
7) The board extended the depository agreement for 1 year with the current depository of Prosperity Bank on a vote of 6 in favor and 1 against–FE Shaheen felt that the depository agreement should be put out for bid at this time.
8) The board also heard a review of misc. financial reports.