ITALY The Italy ISD board of trustees voted Monday evening to extend the administrative contracts to 2012 for Penny Mattson, director of special programs; Carolyn Maevers, Stafford Elementary principal; Tanya Parker, seventh through 12th grade principal; and Craig Bales, athletic director.

The vote came after an hour-and-a-half executive session at the monthly trustee meeting.

Election on May 8

In other business, the board called for a trustee election Saturday, May 8. Three seats are up for three-year terms those of Cindy Carter, Larry Eubank and Curtis Riddle. The board named Ann Byers as voting judge, Celeste Carroll as early voting clerk and Monica Boyd as alternate early voting clerk.

Early voting is planned at the ISD administrative office, 300 College St., from Monday, April 26, through Tuesday, May 4, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The joint election with the city of Italy will be held at the city council chambers May 8.

Trustees will canvass votes at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in the ISD administration office.

Enrollment report

Jimmie Malone, superintendent, reported current student enrollment at 643 as of Feb. 17. Refined average daily attendance is 590.45. There are 347 students enrolled at Stafford and 296 students enrolled at the junior high/high school.

He said the district received a $25,000 rebate award from Oncor for electrical updating done at the schools through heating/air conditioning and lighting improvements.

Malone said the school district is moving from 1A to 2A in the fall and will compete with Axtell, Blooming Grove, Buffalo, Centerville and Jewett-Leon in football. In basketball, Italy will face Axtell, Clifton, Grandview, Keene, Maypearl, Rio Vista and Whitney in district play.

He presented the board a letter from Region 10 relating to an audit of the Child Nutrition Program at Stafford. He said the audit was favorable and the district had completed all suggested corrective actions.

Malone said he was revising a committee to look at lunchroom issues. He said there had been a committee in place at one time but there has not been an active one in more than five years.

The superintendent said the district plans to purchase 650 pounds of gypsum to put on the football field to assist with drainage.

Malone said he purchased a 2002 Chevrolet half-ton V8 pickup for the maintenance department. The pickup, purchased through the state of Texas, cost the district $750, with Malone saying the transmission was in the bed of the pickup and that it needs tires and a few minor repairs. He said the transmission has been installed and the district will put about $2,000 into repairs and have a good, serviceable pickup for the department.

The superintendent said the district has hosted two playoff basketball games at its dome and cleared an average of $500 per game.

During the financial reports, Boyd said the district has realized 53.33 percent of its revenue and expended 47.44 percent of its projected expenditures. She said tax collections are down about 10 percent from what they were at the same time last year.

In other business, the board approved minutes of the January meeting, budget amendments and the Board of Trustees Textbook Certification 2010. They also accepted the resignation of James Green and Andrea Windham as a coach.

Kevin Witte, technology director, gave the board reports relating to the amount of time students and teachers spend on the various computer software programs. Curtis Riddle, school board member, urged Witte to get the teachers more involved in using the computer software.

The board tabled the item on school board training hours.

Due to spring break, the next meeting of the school board is set for Monday, March 22.