The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees met in a regular meeting on Thursday night. The board accepted the monthly financial report. Chief Financial Officer Lance Terrell noted that the district is in good financial position for the yearly expenses.
The trustees took action to approve Instructional Materials as per Texas Education Code. This is the first step in text book purchases for the next year.
They also approved the updated District of Innovation plan. The changes include reducing some of the Texas Education Code references on Teacher Certifications and Class Sizes and Student Teacher ratios. All of the changes are based on feedback from the Texas Education Agency. It added a statement to clarify that any adjustment to the length of the school day will effect funding if it does not satisfy the minimums set forth by the state. They also clarified that teachers in special education and bilingual studies must continue to be certified. The plan is posted on the school website for the public to review.
The district received two proposals from local banks for Depository Services. City Bank and Prosperity Bank submitted proposals and based on the recommendation from the Finance Director, Trustees approved going with Prosperity Bank. Prosperity Bank has been the depository bank for Levelland ISD for the last several years.
The trustees also approved a budget amendment to show the $40,000 in Insurance received for damages in the Stadium Press Box area in December when a sprinkler line broke. There was approximately $50,000 in total damages.
Trustees approved a resolution to join the TexBuy Region 16 Purchasing Cooperative which will allow other options for purchasing supplies and equipment.
Superintendent Jeff Northern, reminded the board about Region 17 ESC Spring Workshop on Tuesday, April 18.
He reported that the district will go out for bid and the board should review bids in their May meeting for the Cactus campus. Ag Farm construction is progressing. It is expected that construction will be complete by fall. He also reported that they will pursue an option of drilling a well on the location rather than using city water because it is more cost effective. Northern also reported that an overhead door has been installed on the old field house which is structurally sound and will be used to store commodities which the district receives through the government for food service which will save the district fees currently being paid to a trucking company to store until we had room for them.
The trustees also received information on two retirements, nine resignations and eight change of assignments. They also approved hiring Gary Bridges as an Assistant Principal at Levelland Intermediate and Joanna Runkles as Principal for Capitol. They also approved eight new hires.
The board reconvened in open session following a one hour executive session and approved all Professional faculty and staff contracts.