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Elementary and Primary Education
Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to join a lawsuit filed by a coalition of school districts against the State of Texas regarding school funding.

The lawsuit comes after recent budget cuts resulted in the reduction of state funding to schools.  According to a press release, the school district has eliminated 170 administrative, operational and teaching positions due to budget issues. News Release

“We are in a situation where the State is requiring more from students and schools but has failed to provide the adequate resources to meet those requirements,” Superintendent Greg Smith said. “We all share in the moral and fiscal responsibility to do what is right for children.”

The board also engaged the law firm of Thompson & Horton, LLP to represent the school district in litigation.

The school board voted unanimously to extend Smith’s contract for one year.  The item was discussed during a closed session.

The school board voted unanimously to approve Amanda McLauchlin as manager of the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families.  The position is grant funded.

The school board voted unanimously to adopt criteria for the 2011 redistricting process.

The school has reviewed three options for redrawing lines for its board member representative districts to balance the amount of voters in each district. Redistricting Options

The school board voted 5-0-1, with Page Rander abstaining, to renew contracts with Bio Landscape & Maintenance, Inc., Cornerstone Maintenance, Inc. and Metropolitan Landscape Management for landscaping, grounds maintenance and service and supplies.

The contract is not to exceed $460,000.

“The maintenance director has saved the district $65,000 in the last eight months by cancelling cuts during the long period of lack of rain and by reducing a cycle in the contract,” Smith said.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Trustee Win Weber was absent.  Agenda

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