Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 5, 2013

CISD Meeting Briefs

Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — 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.