RED OAK Ė The Red Oak ISD board of trustees met Thursday, honoring winners of this yearís spelling bee with certificates of recognition.

The winners included Matthew Aris from Wooden Elementary, Jake Hyde from Eastridge Elementary and Jessica Layfield from Red Oak Intermediate School.

Stephanie Pape was presented with a $1,000 scholarship as the winner of the Texas Scholar Athlete Award.

Maria Blackburn, a teacher at Wooden Elementary, was named the Superintendentís Teacher of the Month and Jennie Jannise from Shields Elementary was named Superintendentís Support Staff Member of the Month.

Superintendent Scott Niven expressed his appreciation to the members of the school board for their outstanding work and dedication to the district and students.

Russ Schupmann, assistant superintendent of school improvement and campus operations, presented a draft of a redistricting plan. Some students will change schools with the opening of the new Donald Shields Elementary. The goal is to equalize the attendance at the four elementary schools while looking at the costs associated with bus transportation of students.

The plan included a month-by-month explanation of the schedule and will be revised as needed with the final revision coming in April before being presented to the board for approval.† The information will be available for viewing on the district Web site.

A construction update and slide presentation was given on the new Shields Elementary and Red Oak High School by John Humphrey, assistant superintendent of business and support services.

The baseball field will be ready for play this season with a dedication and ribbon cutting planned for the fields and tennis courts Feb. 24.

The spring planning calendar was explained in detail by Dr. Brenda Flowers, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instructions. Niven said the district may get a digital marquee to display information such as delayed openings and school closings.

Discussion indicated that, until the budget is complete, the current salary of $40,000 bottom and $55,000 top would be used to recruit new teachers at an upcoming job fair. Prospective teachers would be informed of possible changes with the new budget.

No one spoke during the open forum and all items under the consent agenda were approved unanimously.

The board members then discussed and approved by a 7-0 vote a Charter School Statement of Impact.† Responsive Education Solutions, Richland Collegiate High School and Golden Rule Schools Inc. will be opening charter schools that could affect the enrollment of ROISD, it was noted.

Additional items on the agenda passed by a 7-0 vote included an amendment to FB (LOCAL) Policy, a Red Oak High School easement and deed authorization, a class size waver and new courses.