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Hitchcock Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Hitchcock Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted 5-1, with Pat Turner abstaining, to approve a maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.04005 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2009-2010.

The school board voted 4-1-1, with Monica Cantrell opposed and Turner abstaining, to approve a tax rate of $0.40 per $100 valuation for the district's interest and sinking rate, which is used to make payments on bond issues. The total combined rate will be $1.44005.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the district's 2009-2010 budget.

The school board voted 5-1, with Turner abstaining, to approve final budget amendments for the 2008-2009 budget year.

The school board voted unanimously to name the new primary school campus Hitchcock Primary School.

The school board voted unanimously to move students in pre-kindergarten through third grade to the new campus. Students in grades four through six will attend Stewart Elementary School.

The school board voted 4-1-1, with Estelle Holmes opposed and Turner abstaining, to authorize John Mitchell Masonic Lodge to erect a cornerstone for the new primary school.

The school board voted 5-1, with Turner abstaining, to name Terri Jones as PDAS appraiser.

The school board voted 5-1, with Turner abstaining, to approve an agreement with College of the Mainland for a Collegiate High School program.

The school board voted 5-1, with Turner abstaining, to approve spending funds from the Drop-Out Recovery Grant.

The school board voted 5-1, with Turner abstaining, to approve a half-time math teacher and English as a Second Language aide at Hitchcock High School.

The school board voted 5-1, with Turner abstaining, to apply for stimulus funds for the construction of a new high school.

The school board took no formal action, but requested that the superintendent contact the City of Hitchcock regarding posting signs at school zones banning cell phone use. New driving rules in effect today prohibit the use of cell phones while driving in school zones if signs are posted to notify drivers.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda






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