RED OAK

With the school year nearing completion, the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of new technologies and foreshadowed potential teacher raises and facility improvements.

Executive Director of Technology Mike Bahr requested $296,734.52 to replace desktops and laptops that are over five years old. The board approved the purchase to replace nearly 600 old desktop and laptop computers through the district. The 2017-18 budget funds this purchase.

The board of trustees unanimously approved this purchase. Red Oak ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard expressed the importance of this investment since, “we are a little behind instructional, technology-wise.”

The Executive Director of Support Services Brent Stanford presented the planned summer maintenance projects. Other than the routine inspections, Stanford has a few larger projects intended. The most substantial project is the resurfacing of the gym floor at Russell P. Schupmann Elementary. Also, the District Academic Education Placement center and Students Service departments will be updated.

Stanford pointed out how the field house at the middle school has not been updated in 10 years. Included in this project is upgrading the middle school scoreboards, replacing the flooring at the middle school. On the fields, an irrigation system will be installed, and the practice field will be resurfaced.

Support service staff is also tackling the district-wide program securing all entrances into campus buildings so visitors would be buzzed into the central offices. Also, more than 40 restrooms between Red Oak Elementary, Schupmann Elementary and Red Oak Middle School will be updated with fresh paint, caulking and have tiles replaced.

The board of trustees approved all of these projects.

Chief Financial Officer Vicki Benbow presented a brief on the drafted 2018-19 budget. On June 18, during the regular school board meeting, the board of trustees will approve a finalized budget.

There are three funds for approval, general, student nutrition, and interest and sinking. But, in the May meeting, Benbow focused on the general fund and pay raises for teachers.

Expenditures from the general budget focus on curriculum and instruction, which brings I new programs, technology, which Benbow said is “desperately needed by the district.” Other expenditures focused on fine arts and district-wide spending.

The plan is that all of the teachers will move up to the next step on the teacher pay scale and there each person will receive $1,000. Teachers with more than 30 years of experience already get a longevity amount each year, and they will also receive the $1,000. Exempt employees would receive two percent of the midpoint on the TASB recommended pay scale; nonexempt employees would receive three percent of the midpoint on the same pay scale.

Opening the meeting Eric Thompson and Melanie Petersen were sworn in as trustees for the Red Oak school board. Thompson served as fire chief for the past 13 years and currently is working as interim city manager. This is Petersen’s second term to serve on the board of trustees.

The election of the 2018-19 board officers reflected the previous leadership with John Hawkins as president, Henry Lozano as vice president and Petersen as secretary.

APPROVED ON THE AGENDA

• Chief Financial Officer Vickie Benbow presented an update on the fiscal year budget. “We are exactly where we should be when you look at overall percentages,” Benbow assured.

• The board approved the company Hankins, Eastup, Deaton, Tonn & Seay to conduct the self-audit of the district.

• The board approved a 10-year agreement with Triumph Aerostructures, LLC.

• The board approved the purchase of $241,633 for a HyperConverged System where storage and compute are integrated.

• The board approved the TASB Local Board Policy EIF Resolution.

The meeting adjourned at 9:01 p.m. The next regular meeting will be on June 18.

Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450