The Board of Trustees of the Overton Independent School District met in a regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the district’s Administrative Annex building.

The following items were approved on the consent agenda:

  • The minutes for the January 11, 2021 regular meeting
  • The financial reports for January 2021
  • Purchase of a replacement scoreboard for Coach Chester Roy Stadium from Fairplay Scoreboards
  • Purchasing a new hot water heater for the Overton High School Gym to replace the original one that is not working

The board also voted on the purchase and financing options for buying the Northeast Texas Career and Technology Education Center property located at 1300 FM 2089 in Overton.

“Overton ISD, Arp ISD, Leveretts Chapel ISD, West Rusk CCISD, and Carlisle ISD have been leasing a building and property from Georgetown Health Care for the purpose of providing a unified location for students from each district to take dual credit academic and Career and Technology classes in a face to face setting with professors from Kilgore College,” Superintendent Stephen DuBose said. “When the opportunity came to purchase the building and property at $200,000 under the appraised value, we felt that we could not pass it up.

“The OISD board approved financing from Government Capital for $1.7 million that will include funds to purchase the existing building and property as well as allow the NETCTEC to construct another building on the site for a building trades education center. This is an exciting and bold move on the part of the Overton Board of Trustees,” he said. “With the addition of a ‘hands-on’ training center for students to learn skills that will make them immediately employable, the NETCTEC will now offer academic dual credit courses, medical science courses and courses in welding, carpentry, etc.

“Plans are to have the new building ready for students by the 2022-2023 school year. We continue to look for ways to improve opportunities for students of these five rural districts, and this purchase is a huge advancement of that goal,” DuBose said.

Information items included:

  • The first reading of the Texas Association of School Boards Update 116
  • Recognizing local businesses to receive the TASB Stand Up For Texas Public Schools awards. Businesses recognized for their contributions to Overton ISD were: Overton Rotary Club, Overton/New London Chamber of Commerce, JW Green Construction, May Pipe, the City of Overton, Overton Volunteer Fire Department, Overton Police Department, Double Aught Construction, His Tire, McMillan Foundation.
  • The financial information reports for January 2021
  • The principals’ reports
  • OHS principal Jeff Hogg reported that he and Mrs. Moore attended a two-day training on data driven instruction that was very informative.
  • The athletic director’s report
  • Basketball season is coming to a close. The girls’ defeated Big Sandy to earn a playoff berth. The powerlifting team competed at Queen City on Saturday.
  • The maintenance report gave an update on the progress of the restroom and building at the Ag Farm. Transportation reported that bus 12 had the radiator replaced and the older buses all had an oil change.
  • The technology report included updates on the E-Rate (federal funding for technology) bids, a plan to improve the Chromebook checkout process, and the purchase of additional Promethean Boards so all elementary grade level classrooms will have the devices.
  • The superintendent reported on the updated COVID numbers (30 students and 17 staff have tested positive this academic year).
  • OISD is working on a plan to cooperate with UT Tyler for summer enrichment in reading and math at the elementary level.
  • Three additional “quad” security cameras will be added to the campus to cover a few spots that were difficult to view with the existing system.

Information was given concerning the lock down that occurred last week. Superintendent DuBose stated that the incident was handled with near perfection by campus personnel and was a great opportunity to put our training into action.

DuBose also stated that the Optional Early Release Days have been successful in allowing teachers to work on Reading Academies, online learning and subject area meetings while providing the students who remain on campus valuable enrichment where needed.

The OHS band was successful in the UIL Solo and Ensemble contest held last weekend. Cameron Morrow advanced to state as an individual and two trios also earned a trip to state for their performance.

The board entered executive session at 7 p.m. and upon returning to the open meeting at 7:24 p.m. voted unanimously to extend the following contracts for one year:

  • Secondary Principal Jeff Hogg
  • Elementary Principal Nikki Fenter
  • Business Manager Matthew Blake
  • Technology Director William Mansfield
  • Food Services Director Michelle Wilson
  • Athletic Director Justin Arnold

The meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

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