Levelland ISD Board of Trustees Hold Regular Meeting

The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees met in a regular meeting on Thursday night.

The board heard the 2017-2018 Audit report from the accounting firm of Myatt, Blume and Osburn. The district received an unmodified report with no findings according to Auditor, Phelps Blume. Blume said, “It was a good year for the district.” The district ended the year with just over $76 million. It was noted that their was a major change in financial audits for governmental entities concerning pension plans. It was noted that with the new requirements concerning employee pension and other retirement benefits. Many entities in other states, have promised retirees certain “fringe” benefits which has caused this requirement to show the impact of those benefits to be included in the audit. Having to include the state portion of retiree benefits caused an adjustment of just over $19 million to be included in the audit. It is not anticipated that the money will ever have to be paid to the state, however, it is required to be on the audit. The adjusted net position shows a negative number, which it was noted that most if not all school districts in the state will have a negative net position due to the adjustment. It is noted that this is really a state deficit that is divided among all districts in the state to pay. The Change in Net Position locally before the adjustment showed an increase of 3.6 million dollars. It was noted that $9.3 million dollars is available in unrestricted funds, which was noted to be a “healthy” fund balance. It was also noted that the General Fund showed a balance of just over $1 million dollars which was not budgeted. Superintendent Jeff Northern noted it has been a total “buy in” by district administrators in getting the district to this point. In summary it was noted the district took in more money than budgeted for and spent less money than budgeted. It was also noted that their were no findings and no material weaknesses in any areas. They are also classified as a low risk audit. The audit was approved on a unanimous vote.

The board also held a public hearing on the 2017-2018 Texas Academic Performance Report. The report is available in full detail on the district’s website. This public hearing also satisfies the report requirement to the school board each year. It was noted that the district was rated as Met Standard and all campuses met standard. The district also met goal in growth in all grade levels. The report also includes attendance rates and drop out rates. It was noted that the drop out rate was 3% and has dropped to just over 1%. It was noted that the government will not give the district credit for students who are completing a court ordered GED which is used by a last resort by judges when students do not attend school and are turned in to the court system. The district also is encouraging more dual credit for students and it was noted that their has been more availability of dual credit courses as well. It also included a report on violence and disciplinary issues in the district. It was noted that it was much the same as previous years.

The board approved consent agenda items with little discussion.

The board also ordered the May 4th election to elect a trustee for District 1 and District 3 which is currently held by Paul Ochoa and Rusty Gibson respectively. It was noted that candidates may file at the Levelland ISD Administration building through February 15th.

The board also reviewed the monthly financial reports. It was reported that the four route buses recently approved by the district was received this week. The new activity bus is expected in the next 4-5 weeks. The bus has been built and is in production line to have air conditioning installed. One of the Ag pickups has been received and the other one is expected in the near future. The reports were approved.

The board approved a proposal from John Roley Auto Center for a 2019 1 ton cutaway van with box and a proposal from Smith South Plains for a 2019 1 ton Regular cab long bed single rear axle truck.

The board also approved the district goals. The board has gone through training with a representative from Texas Association of School Boards in developing the goals.

The board received the quarterly financial reports.

The board also reviewed the budget planning calendar for 2019-2020 budget.

The board also learned that Superintendent Jeff Northern has approved two fund raisers. One for the Middle School Cheerleaders will be selling treats to friends, family, etc to help offset cost of cheer uniforms. He also approved a Brisket Plate to be sold by the LHS Tennis Team prior to the basketball games on January 18th to raise funds for video equipment for review of matches and practice. It was noted that principals have been informed that administration will require more information on the requests so that the board has all the needed information. It was noted that some fund raisers may be going on that have not approved. Principals and teachers have been informed to make sure ALL fund raisers are approved according to the district policy.

The board also discussed future meeting dates. The next meeting will be February 21st. The July meeting was also re-scheduled from July 11th to July 18th.

The board also received an update on personnel matters and approved personnel matters.

Following an executive session, trustees approved extending Superintendent Jeff Northern’s contract on a unanimous vote.

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Obituary: Bruce Timian, 67 of Littlefield

Funeral services are scheduled for Bruce Timian, 67 of Littlefield. Services are set for 2:00 pm on Monday, January 21st, 2019 in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Littlefield. Burial will follow in Littlefield Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 20th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield. He passed away on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 in Levelland.

For more information: http://www.klvtradio.com/obituaries

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LIFE Foundation Announces New Guidelines for Dual Credit Reimbursement

The Levelland ISD LIFE Foundation has announced new guidelines for Dual Credit reimbursement effective with the Spring 2019 semester.

  1. Students must maintain a 2.85 GPA at SPC. Should the GPA fall below 2.85, students will not be eligible for reimbursement until the GPA is 2.85 or higher.
  2. LIFE will reimburse each student for up to 18 hours. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible to claim reimbursement and they are classified as such at the beginning of each school year.
  3. LIFE will reimburse for tuition only. Books, fees and access codes are not eligible for repayment.
  4. To be reimbursed all appropriate documentation should be received by the Levelland High School Counselors by January 31st for courses taken in the SPC Fall Term, by June 30th for courses taken in the SPC Spring Term and by September 10th for courses taken in the SPC Summer Terms.
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Hockley County Junior Livestock Goat Show Results

The Hockley County Junior Livestock Show got underway on Wednesday at the Mallet Event Center and Arena in Levelland.

The Goat Show was held Wednesday morning, those results are below.

Class 1

  1.  Alyssa Bolen, Hockley County 4-H
  2. Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA
  3. Rylan Glover, Levelland FFA

Class 2

  1.  Kaidyn Lee, Ropes FFA
  2. Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA
  3. Trystan Steward, Ropes FFA

Class 3

  1.  Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA
  2. Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA
  3. Kaidyun Lee, Ropes FFA

Class 4

  1.  Kaidyn Lee, Ropes FFA
  2. Zachary Morris, Levelland FFA
  3. Calvin Neal, Smyer FFA

Class 5

  1.  Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA
  2. Bethany Morris, Levelland FFA
  3. Damian Rubalcava, Levelland FFA

Grand Champion Goat–Kaidyn Lee, Ropes FFA

Reserve Champion Goat–Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA

Senior Showmanship–Kaidyn Lee, Ropes FFA

Junior Showmanship–Bryar Sherrill, Levelland FFA

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One Vehicle Roll-Over Claims the Life of Ropes ISD Teacher

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have released information on a one vehicle roll-over that occurred just before 12:00 am Wednesday morning on FM 1585.

According to DPS Lt. Bryan Witt, a pickup driven by a 15 year old was traveling on FM 1585 just east of Hummingbird Road in Hockley County when the driver went to sleep, when he woke up, he over corrected causing the pickup to roll. According to reports Jill Reep of Ropesville was a passenger in the pickup, she was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene according to DPS. Reep was not wearing a seatbelt.

Reep was a 2nd grade teacher for Ropes ISD. Ropes ISD had counselors available for faculty and students on Wednesday and will continue to have them available throughout the week.

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Head On Collision in Cochran County Claims the Life of a Bledsoe Man

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers continue to investigate a two vehicle accident on Highway 125 between Whiteface and Bledsoe, Friday night.

According to DPS reports the accident occurred at approximately 8:45 pm. Reports state that a 2015 Chevrolet Express driven by Richard Sanchez, 43 of Albuquerque, NM was traveling east on Highway 125 while a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup was traveling east on Highway 125. The van was unable to maintain a single lane and veered north into the oncoming lane of traffic. The F-150 pickup attempted to avoid a collision by veering north, however the van struck the pickup head on. The driver of the pickup, Bill Benham, 82 of Bledsoe was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the van, Richard Sanchez was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

Texas DPS continues to investigate the accident.

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DPS Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Accident in Hockley County

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a fatal car vs. livestock accident Friday night around 7:00 pm.

According to Lt. Bryan Witt of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Nathanial White, 21 of Lubbock was traveling south on US Highway 84, east of Anton when he saw a deceased cow lying in the road. The cow reportedly had been struck moments before by a Jeep Cherokee. White said he saw a shadow in the road and did not have time to react and hit the animal carcass. The impact caused the car to roll over into the south bar ditch.

Their were two passengers, and the driver in the Cobalt. None of the occupants were wearing a seat belt according to DPS reports. 21 year old Alizah Reyes of Anton was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, and a another passenger, Eric Gutierrez, 22 of Lubbock were transported to UMC with non life threatening injuries.

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