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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Oct. 30 has been added as a day off for Wellington ISD.
The school board, in its Oct. 12 regular board meeting, amended the 2020-2021 calendar by adding the Oct. 30 day off and making Nov. 2 a teacher workday.
During the open forum, Mike Chandler and Ashley Peters said they wanted to voice their concern over teachers imposing their personal political views on the students.
The Board went into closed session under Gov’t. Code Sect. 551.074 to discuss personnel at 7:40 p.m. and came out at 8:14 p.m.
Superintendent Kurt Ashmore reviewed the Annual Gifted and Talented/English as a Second Language Evaluation Report from each campus. Board members decided to combine the regular January 2021 meeting with the Team of Eight Board training and meet at noon on Jan. 11, 2021. Texas Association of School Board Legal Seminar Series 2020-2021 is offering a Virtual Fall Seminar November 2020.
In his superintendent’s report, Ashmore reported on the School Safety and Security Audit which is done every three years. He summarized the criteria used to complete the audit. Members of the Threat Assessment and Safe School Team were discussed with the Board as well as the School Behavioral Threat Assessment Team. Faculty, staff and board members are in the process of taking the required cyber security training to be completed by Nov. 7.
Early voting began Oct. 13 and goes through Oct. 30 for the school board election and is taking place in the Business Office. Mike Neeley submitted the lone bid for the new roof and fascia on the Rocket House.
“We are in the process of updating our Emergency Operations Procedures to House Bill 3/Senate Bill 11 standards,” Ashmore said. “The security grant funds have been used for new door locks for the elementary and math buildings.”
Texas Education Agency released info on Hold Harmless on average daily attendance for the first 18 weeks of school. The Cares Act funding went to cover COVID-19 expenses. Due to the summer feeding program extension, meals for all students continue to be free until funds run out or Dec. 31.
The NFHS Network live streaming camera system has been installed at the football field and is in the process of being installed in the gym.
Upon completion of the elementary building, the roofers work on the high school gym.
Deidre Kane, elementary principal, said three-week reports went out Oct. 16 for the second six weeks, which began Sept. 28. On Sept. 20, the elementary school had a great turn out for the Fall Title I parent night, according to Kane.
Also, this past week was fire prevention week.
“On Oct. 9, we were able to modify the schedule and have every student observe the fire trucks and keep social distancing rules,” Kane said. “UIL practices are underway at this time. The competition will be a virtual contest this year.”
Edward Beck, junior high principal, said the junior high Open House/Title I meeting was very successful as well. Shari Davis will be the director for UIL for WJH again this year, and the virtual contest is scheduled for Nov. 18 and 19.
The outdoor junior high pep rallies have been outstanding thanks to Mrs. Conner. ELAR (English Language Arts and Reading) teachers all had their classes participate in the Book Fair, which wrapped up Oct. 8.
Jermaine Cantu, high school principal, announced that 10 senior level health science students passed the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification Sept. 29. These students will be able to take the certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification test in December.
Renessa Klink, high school counselor, hosted a Financial Aid Night Oct. 5 and had a good turnout from families. On Oct. 8, all juniors took the ASVAB test. Seniors will hear a presentation from representatives from WTAMU at 11 a.m.
This week is homecoming week and all campuses are participating in the themed dress-up days. The homecoming pep rally took place at the football field at 3:15 on Oct. 16.
Greg Proffitt, athletic director, said the junior high cross country girls ran Oct. 5 and came in third behind Clarendon and Panhandle. The high school cross country district meet is Oct. 26 in Shamrock. JH girls are to begin after school basketball practice soon.
Coach Proffitt said he is excited about the installation of the NFHS live streaming camera system.
“We are still trying to find games for the seventh grade football team,” said Proffitt. “Our JV football team is the district champion. We have our Homecoming game here Oct. 16 versus Memphis at 7 p.m.”
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Board President Lynn Bartlett with all members present.