RED OAK — In addition to the approval of 14 future career-minded courses, members of the Red Oak High School Student Council presented their annual report during the Monday session of the Red Oak School ISD Board of Trustees.
The student school board presenters included Lawrence Robinson and Leslie Ramos.
“We are the link between teachers and principals to share student ideas, interest and concerns of Red Oak High School,” Robinson said giving the mission statement of the council.
During their presentation, Robinson and Ramos described the many activities the council sponsors during the year.
Among the projects, the group is planning a drive to support leukemia and lymphoma, the annual bleed maroon blood drive, support for the school’s athletic teams, soldier care packages and five days of Christmas giving.
Their support of the athletic and other organization within the school included members of the council painting signs and recycled bottle shakers, and helping the district collect donations for Hurricane Harvey relief.
Describing the size of the council, “We have about 133 members this year, and we are a very diverse group. We have members from all grade levels who are also in a wide variety of other organizations,” Lawrence said,
The council is a member of the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC). During the year they attend seminars and conferences meeting members of other council’s throughout the state.
This past summer, their advisor, Angelia Thomas, and two officers attended a leadership workshop sponsored by TASC at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.
“We had an amazing time connecting with other leaders and advisors. We brought back many new ideas for this year,” Lawrence said.
At the conclusion of their presentation, ROISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard described the group, stating, “These are the sharpest people we have in Red Oak. I am very proud of each and every one of them.”
The trustees also heard the results of the ROISD audit report from ROISD Chief Financial Officer Vicki Benbow and Dan Tonn of Hankins, Eastop, Deaton, Tonn, and Seat — the districts independent audit firm.
The report by Tonn was complimentary of the overall financial health of ROISD and found no discrepancies. The final report found no weaknesses in financial reporting. Internal controls over major federal programs found no reporting weaknesses and no significant deficiencies.
One recommendation made to the board was the addition of 14 new courses for the 2018-19 school year, which was unanimously approved.
Presenting the request was Rachel Jones, ROISD Executive Director of Secondary Education. She explained the courses could include those in career fields such as engineering, information technology, medical technology, finance and law enforcement.
“These courses will better equip our graduates entering college,” Goddard said.
Trustee Dr. Joy Shaw asked where the resources will come from and then questioned the staff requirements.
“Textbooks and instructional materials will be funded through the instructional materials allotment from TEA and/or departmental budgets,” Jones replied. "As for teachers, we already have many of the resources in the district.”
Other action approved by the trustees:
• Approved the casting the district's votes for Phillip Lynch for the election to the Ellis County Appraisal District.
• Approved a TEA class-size waiver request.
• Approved a request by Trinity River Authority for utility easements.