Levelland ISD Board of Trustees met Thursday night in a regular meeting.
Following a lengthy executive session the board appointed Treva Potter to serve the remaining term on the District four seat. The seat was previously held by FE Shaheen who no longer lives in District 4. His house was sold in late May according to records from the Hockley County Appraisal Office. Board President, Tania Moody declined to release how many letters of interest were received for the position. She said “Thank you to everyone who submitted letters of interest, their were many, and we thank all of your for your willingness to serve on the LISD Board of Trustees.”
In other business, the board approved the sale of the old Annex building on Ave. H in Levelland. The building and land was sold to Hillside Christian Church for $8,000. It was the only bid received for the building which will have to have many repairs including asbestos removal. The building also has massive water damage from a massive rain storm approximately 3 years ago. It was noted that the last time the building was put out for bid, several years ago, the high bid was less than $2,000.
The board of trustees also approved a 1% pay raise for all employees with little discussion.
The board approved retaining the accounting firm of Myatt, Blume and Osburn in Levelland to handle auditing services for the district in 2017-2018. It was noted that the fee being charged is slightly less than what was charged in 2016-2017 for the audit.
The board also approved keeping the property and casualty insurance for the district with the Texas Association of School Boards. It was noted that their was a sizable increase in premiums from last year and was also a change in deductibles for hurricane, wind and hail. LISD Finance Director, Lance Terrell said the district will plan on going out for bid next year for the entire property and casualty insurance package for the district.
The board also approved the monthly financial report. It was noted that district administration will be meeting with architects in the coming days to discuss the financial numbers on the bond package. The ag farm is complete and the Cactus renovation should be complete in October. The only project remaining will be the demolition of the old Lobo Stadium. It was noted that due to safety reasons they will be removing the bleachers and the concrete under the bleachers as well as taking down and removing all of the lights and poles. They will be leaving the grass field and the track as well as the out buildings.
The board also set a specially called meeting for August 28 at 6pm to adopt the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2017-2018.