The Overton ISD Board of Trustees met in a regularly called board meeting at 6 p.m. on April 12 at the district’s administrative annex.

The board heard from OISD parent Doug Osburn in the open forum session concerning the mask mandate for students and employees.

The board took action on the following items on the consent agenda:

1. Made the wearing of masks voluntary for students and employees on OISD campuses.

2. Approved the minutes and financial reports for the month of March 2021.

3. Approved sending out a “Request for Qualifications” for Architects/Engineers concerning the construction of a new CTE building at the Northeast Texas Career and Technology Education Center.

4. Certified Superintendent Stephen DuBose to the ESC7 Regional Advisory Board.

5. Extended the DAEP contract with Leverett’s Chapel ISD for the 2021-2022 school year.

6. Approved the Appraisal Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

7. Amended the OISD School Calendar for 2021-2022 to be in compliance with the 187 teacher contract.

8. Approved HSR as the provider of extra-curricular insurance for the 2021-2022 school year.

Information items included:

1. Financial Information Reports for March 2021 (spending was normal and the budget is in good shape)

2. Elementary principal’s report noted that the campus had a 95.53 percent attendance rate in March. The Headstart/Pre-K/Kindergarten round-up is this week. Staff member of the month was Cassey Rios and teacher of the month was Becky McKinney.

3. The secondary principal’s report confirmed graduation is on Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in Coach Chester Roy Stadium. Secondary attendance was at 95.1 percent for the second semester. The technology glitch on the EOC/STAAR testing last week was handled well by students and staff.

4. The maintenance/transportation report noted the continued work at the Ag Farm, general repairs on campus, installation of a new hot water heater, two new AC units and reconfiguring the lights in the Ag Shop. The repairs are ongoing at the CTE Center for damages done during the winter storm.

5. The athletic director reported that Jordan Menard placed third at the state powerlifting meet. Jordan qualified for a brick in the Bill Davis Wall of Honor for advancing to state. The boys’ golf team won district for the sixth consecutive year, and Lady Mustang Golfer Kaley McMillan was the top medalist. The team and Kaley will advance to the regional meet in Jacksonville later this spring. The softball team clinched second place in district and the baseball team plays Big Sandy on Tuesday in a game with playoff implications. Three track athletes advanced to the area track meet. Montana Tarkington (shot put), Lexi Allison (400 meter), and Ja’Qulyn Brown (400 meter) will compete in Beckville on Wednesday with a trip to regionals on the line.

6. Mr. Mansfield’s technology report showed that the new Promethean Panels have been installed in the elementary. The CTE Center will need some updating after OISD takes ownership, and Mr. Mansfield has begun the preliminary evaluation for that process. STAAR testing went fine other than the technology glitch that occurred with the company statewide.

7. The superintendent reported that the roof repair at the CTE Center is completed. The stakeholders for the NETCTEC’s Perkins Reserve Grant will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. Supporters of the CTE Center from area hospitals, technology companies, colleges, East Texas Workforce, city leaders and school superintendents will be looking at the programs to be offered and the needs that the grant would meet.

The new football scoreboard should be installed by the end of the school year. Mr. DuBose continues to look into lighting for the softball and baseball fields but has not received the specifications from the latest contact with a sports lighting company.

The new law concerning class size does not effect OISD as we limit our Pre-k to 20 students with a teacher and an aide. The district was able to pay for two teachers and two aides with the ESSA grant.

The district is taking bids on carpet in multiple rooms at the CTE Center as the need for more space continues. Finally, Mr. DuBose and Mr. Blake explained that the large stimulus funding from the federal government will likely not make it to the local district level as the State of Texas has always taken the money and used it to cover their expenses.

The board went into executive session at 6:45 p.m. and upon returning to open session at 7:44 p.m. voted unanimously to hire Suzanne Hogg as a secondary level teacher.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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