RED OAK — With the new school year on the horizon, the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees met Monday evening to pass a few of the final agenda items of the summer.

Welcoming the new Red Oak High School principal, choosing an insurance plan and selecting the district's state representation were among the highlights.

NEW PRINCIPAL

Red Oak ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard introduced Dr. Miller Beaird who will serve as principal of Red Oak High School for the upcoming school year.

“Dr. Beaird is very experienced having been a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. We are very pleased to have him as a part of our district,” Goddard said.

“I am super excited to be here. I love one high school towns; everyone rallies around the school,” Beaird said.

Beaird comes from Burleson Independent School District where he served five years as principal of Kerr Middle School. He has previously worked in Mansfield and Hamilton ISDs.

“I was born in Roanoke, Virginia, but I got to Texas as fast as I could," joked Beaird during his introduction Monday night, July 17 at the Red Oak ISD Administration building.

Growing up in Euless, Beaird said he is as proud of his L.D. Bell Blue Raiders as his college alma mater, Texas Tech.

“Maroon is as close to 'Tech red' as I can get,” added Beaird, donning a maroon tie and Red Oak lanyard.

LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING

During his comments, Goddard discussed a meeting with State Rep. John Wray held before the 85th Texas Legislature returned to Austin for a special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott.

“With the upcoming special session, I was interested in learning more about the agenda items," Goddard said. "One was the voucher system. I was also interested in educational funding. I want to be able to take care of our teachers and staff on a local level."

INSURANCE

During the action item agenda, the trustees considered four proposals submitted by two insurance providers regarding the district's properties.

Red Oak ISD CFO Vickie Benbow stated that the district received three layered-structure proposals from AXIS and renewal from 2016 insurer, Lexington. After detailing the proposals, Benbow recommended "Option 2" to be the replacement policy for 2017.

A chart of the coverage differences showed the AXIS layered-structure option No. 2 to be about $50,000 less than the proposal submitted by Lexington.

The board unanimously agreed to the recommendation.

HAZARDOUS ROUTES

“This is an annual requirement that the board approves the district's Designation of Hazardous Routes,” stated ROISD Assistant Superintendent Kevin Freels. “[...] This allows the district to obtain supplemental state funding for transporting otherwise ineligible students who live within two miles of their school, but who would be subject to hazardous traffic conditions such as crossing railroad tracks, along major highways and where there are no paved sidewalks."

Freels’ recommendation of hazardous routes passed unanimously.

TASB REPRESENTATION

“Districts have the opportunity to endorse candidates in their Region for the TASB Board of Directors. Any candidate in a contested race who receives endorsements from a majority of the districts in the Region will automatically be elected to the position," Goddard explained. "The current director in Position D — Donald Gant, of DeSoto ISD — is seeking re-election. No other candidates have filed for this position."

The ROISD Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed Gant to continue in his role as the TASB Region 10 representative.

The board unanimously named Henry Lozano as its delegate and John Anderson as the alternate delegate to the October TASB Convention. Lozano and Anderson will join other delegates from districts from all over the state during the three-day convention held in Dallas.