The KISD school board wrapped up several issues and announced plans for the future at their Monday board meeting. Trustees also addressed recent ratings the district received from the Texas Education Agency regarding school finances and academic performance.
Chief Financial Officer Revard Pfeffer reported capital projects at the high school, a project to replace the roof and another to replace air conditioners, were completed on schedule. The next major project, a plan to increase KHS campus security by restricting access, is currently underway. Pfeffer said a campus walk-through had been completed with three access control contractors and proposals from those contractors are expected on September 13.
Assistant Superintendent Richard Nash delivered a report on the TEA District Accountability rating which was similar to the statement released by the district after earning a grade of “C”.
“They’re working right now developing their plan. We are partnering with Region 7 as our specialist and we are working with parents as well,” Nash said, referring to collaboration between KISD faculty, staff and resource providers at Region 7 Education Service Center.
The meeting also included motions to certify Morrison to the Region 7 Advisory Committee Board, to adopt several policy updates from the Texas Association of School Boards and to officially adopt the 2018-2019 budget and tax rate.
The board convened in private for a short time. On the meeting agenda, two items were listed for discussion in closed session: Section 551.074, subsection A, regarding resignations, unemployment and superintendent vacancy, and section 551. 071, regarding pending or contemplated litigation.
When the board reconvened in open session, board president Reggie Henson announced no action was being taken on these topics at this time.
The meeting closed with the superintendent’s discussion of Kilgore ISD’s preliminary rating of 100 from the TEA Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas and recognition of two KHS faculty members. Head football coach Michael Wood will be recognized this week as the Whataburger Coach of the Week and KHS agriculture teacher Kristin Pieper was recognized for being chosen to participate in a week-long networking and educational program for the Texas FFA.