Tiger Stadium to upgrade turf
The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to accept a negotiated agreement with the supplier of the artificial turf at Tiger Stadium to replace the turf with an “upgraded” surface at a deeply discounted rate.
The district has been negotiating with the firm through an attorney to address concerns about the condition and wear of the current turf, now about six years old. Manufacturing flaws have affected the turf, and the supplier offered to replace the existing model at no charge with only the two years of warranty remaining, or replace it with an “upgraded” version for a cost of $175,000, and a full eight year warranty.
District Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost said the upgrade will be paid for from revenues generated through stadium rentals for playoff games, a fund which has also provided upgrades for safety gear as well.
AVID program report presented
Shade Boulware updated trustees on the district’s AVID program. AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program is designed to reach students who may be the first in a family to attend college, be of low income level or have special circumstances. Advanced guidance and support helps to develop the students into college-ready applicants through the development of habits, skills and behaviors to use knowledge and skills.
"It's a good program, it's good for kids, it's good for the community," Boulware said.
STAAR/EOC report shows progress
Carla Stanford, executive director of curriculum and instruction, updated trustees on the district’s STAAR scores, the last results just received by the district. Standord said the district’s test scores showed gains in several areas including several “sub-populations” but that some disparity still exists among the groups. Stanford said the district is scoring above state levels in many subjects and grade levels, noting strong gains in 5th and 8th grade math scores.
Child Nutrition update presented
Cohnie Harris, Child Nutrition Director, said the district has already implemented several new TDA guidelines for school food service, and updated trustees on improvements made in facilities and services. She said health inspections of the facilities have earned perfect scores at some campuses, and earned a remark of “the cleanest kitchens in Corsicana.” New TDA nutrition guidelines for breakfast meals are coming in 2013-2014.
May trustee election canceled
Trustees voted to cancel the May 11 trustee election, since only incumbents filed for the three positions open, those of Terry Seth, Fr. Ed Monk, and Scott Watkins. The district will still conduct a $54 million bond election on that date.
Data Center progress reported
Dr. Joe Young, deputy superintendent, said significant work has taken place on upgrading the CISD technology infrastructure, which eventually when built out will connect all campuses in the district to a central “data center” located at the Lee building on West Fourth Avenue. Young said initial work at the data center and at Corsicana High School is on track to be completed by summer, with work then extending out to other campuses.
Tiger Stadium to upgrade turf
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Twice the tinsel
The decision by the Festival of Lights Committee not to tackle decorating Community Park this year threw things into a bit of a shake-up as regards Christmas decorations.
But instead of having fewer decorations, the city is going to end up with even more garland than ever.
Winter weather likely to stick around as forecasts keep evolving
There are a couple of givens with this weekend’s weather. It’s going to be wet, and it’s to be cold, very cold for this part of the country. The variable lies in just how dangerous things could get. Right now, Navarro County sits just below the National Weather Service’s area of expected ice accumulations, which could make traveling very dangerous. By tomorrow, the forecast could be different.
Martin files for reelection
County Commissioner Dick Martin has filed to seek re-election for the office of Commissioner, Precinct 2, Navarro County.
Former West EMS faces sentencing
DALLAS - A few weeks after Bryce Reed proclaimed he would personally protect a Texas town devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, he was arrested by federal agents who said he collected materials to make a pipe bomb, driving suspicion that he might have been behind the blast.
Salvation Army's 'Fill the Truck' event set for Dec. 14
Corsicana’s Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Corsicana Wal-Mart store, is holding a special collection effort on Dec. 14.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, the Corsicana Salvation Army will hope to “Fill the Truck” set up at the Wal-Mart store in Corsicana to assist the agency with Christmas holiday needs for families seeking assistance.
The generous spirit of Navarro County business and industry shines bright in the Christmas season, as several groups have stepped forward to help with toys and gifts for the upcoming holiday.
Winter weather threats aren’t expected to alter lighting, parade
A wet cold front is expected to blow into North Texas this weekend, just in time for the annual Christmas festivities. At this reading, though, the shows will go on.
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Local man killed in heater accident
The autopsy on Roy Alfred Samsel, 80, has revealed the Corsicana man died of injuries from burns after trying to light a gas-fired heater.
Around 8:49 a.m. on Nov. 24, Samsel was trying to light a gas heater in his home in the 2200 block of West Park Row when it flared up on him. Emergency Medical Technicians responded from the Corsicana Fire Department, as did an air ambulance crew from PhI, which flew him to Parkland Hospital’s trauma center in Dallas.
He died in Dallas, and an autopsy was performed at Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences.
“No foul play is suspected. It was an accidental death,” said Police Chief Randy Bratton. “His death was due to thermal injuries — the burns.”
Funeral services for Samsel were this past weekend at Resthaven Memorial Park.
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