The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Jan. 13. The Board was recognized as part of School Board Recognition Month, which is celebrated throughout Texas in January.
Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost expressed her appreciation to CISD Board members and thanked them for their time, service, commitment and focus.
Frost added, “Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district.”
Trustees also heard the results of a preliminary facilities report based on a walkthrough of Corsicana High School and Drane Learning Center, conducted by VLK Architects. The assessment was comprehensive and included architectural, mechanical, safety and accessibility concerns within the two buildings.
Jonathan Aldis who presented the report noted that not everything required an immediate fix. The report provided the board with information about the condition of the buildings and any expected and necessary capital improvements necessary in the coming years, to extend the life of Corsicana High School and Drane Learning Center.
Trustee Barbara Kelley addressed the concerns of the expected increase in population in the coming years.
The Board agreed to prioritize the areas highlighted in the report, and submit those recommendations to members of the facilities committee at a future meeting.
The Board also heard a transportation report on the implementation of the SMART Tag system which was purchased for the amount of $64,078.20 in December of 2019.
According to its website, the SMART Tag system is designed to ensure authorized ridership and help enhance the safety of students who utilize bus transportation. The SMART Tag enables monitoring of where and when students board or disembark a bus ensuring students’ only board their designated bus, increasing bus driver and parent/guardian awareness.
The system is said to be working well and as designed. Though some students are still not using the system meant to keep them safe.
Elementary and intermediate school kids are using their cards and it is going well.
“Secondary and High school kids don’t want to use them and aren’t being quite as compliant,” said Dr. Frost. Frost. She said she anticipates beginning a “public relations blitz” soon to let students and parents know there will be a drop dead date, after which students would not be able to board the bus without their smart tag card. Those students would have to go to the office and call a parent or guardian to be picked up.
The Board also approved the rescheduling of the regular May meeting from May 18 to May 11. The change was necessary to enable canvassing of votes of municipal elections within the state required time frame.
The Board approved the consent agenda before adjourning. The next meeting of the CISD Board of Trustees will be held Feb. 17 at 2200 W. Fourth Avenue in Corsicana.