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Latexo ISD To Focus On Adding New Classrooms

By Lynda Jones
Editor-in-Chief

During its regular meeting Monday, May 19, the Latexo ISD Board of Trustees canvassed the votes from the May 10 election.

Outgoing President Mike Furrh and Secretary Sharla Killion gave brief statements, saying they enjoyed being on the board.

Furrh, who did not run for re-election, said he has always considered it a privilege to serve on the board.

Killion described her six years on the board as "a great experience", noting it was both fun and hard.

After new trustees Denine Gibbins and Willie Patton took the oath of office, proceeded to elect its officers. Ed Stockton will be the board's president; Jennifer Patton, vice president; and Stacy Dise, secretary, for the coming year.

In other business, Superintendent Don Elsom asked the board, "After the bond election, what is the next step?"

The majority of persons voting in the May 10 bond election rejected the board's request to sell bonds to finance upgrades to the campuses.

Trustees Ed Stockton and Dise both said the focus needs to be on adding classrooms, minus the previously proposed new gym. Others nodded in agreement.

Elsom said he will look at other plans and their costs and bring that information to the June board meeting.

Board members also reviewed floor plans for high school and elementary school security upgrades as Elsom explained the details. The board voted to table a vote on approval of the plans until bids for the project are returned.

Elementary Principal Dr. Stacy Easterly presented the most recent STAAR results which showed significant reading improvement from last year in a comparison of this year's fifth grade scores to last year's fourth grade scores. Easterly said she is very pleased with how elementary students have performed this year on the state's academic tests.

High School Principal Adam Ivy proudly reported the school's math and current events teams, as well as a student competing in the UIL Editorial Writing Contest, are in Austin this week competing for state UIL titles.