Activities at Stafford Elementary are in full swing, according to Principal Carolyn Maevers, who addressed the Italy ISD board of directors during their meeting this week.

Maevers reported that the first six weeks honor assembly is Friday, Oct. 12, and students will sell cookie dough as a fund-raiser Oct. 15-19. The Lions Club will have its bus at the campus Oct. 17 with an eye doctor to do testing and glasses will also be available for students. Maevers said Red Ribbon Week and the Scholastic Book Fair are set for Oct. 22-26, with a fall festival planned Oct. 31.

Pam Luttrull, director of special programs, reported there are about 58 students in special education district-wide, about 9 percent of the student population.

“We’ve got to make right decisions for the children,” she said.

Total student enrollment as of Sept. 12 was 606 students, with 325 in Stafford and 281 in the junior high/high school campus.

Student enrollment was 668 in school year 2004-2005, 658 in 2005-2006 and 625 in 2006-2007.

Business manager Laurice Marshall presented the board with the final numbers for the 2006-2007 school year, reporting expenses were at 94.09 percent of the projection, with revenues at 108.33 percent of the expected income.

Interim Superintendent Jimmie Malone reported on the 14-member District Education Improvement Committee. The advisory group is working on the district’s improvement plan.

Malone said the district is “squared away financially” with with the Ellis County Special Education Co-op administration, saying all state special education funds will now go to Italy ISD.

He also discussed a letter from Ellis Central Appraisal District with a list of its board members, all who are willing to continue his or her service. Italy ISD has 32 votes in that election, which represents little pull among the 5,000 votes countywide, he said.

In other business, Malone said the roofer was called back to Stafford Elementary due to a leak, with the board also discussing the refurbishing of a school bus to serve as a spare. The bus, Malone said, has 129,000 miles, a bad fuel line and is in need of tires. The board requested a repair estimate.

Malone said the delinquent tax attorneys are active and noted a parcel of land in Italy will be sold at a sheriff’s sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at the courthouse.

The board approved the purchase of a 2007 Ford F250 pickup for $19,560 from Caldwell Ford. The pickup will be used by the agriculture department for transportation to and from stock shows. The maintenance department and other school organizations also will be able to use it. Board members Tommy Morrison and Curtis Riddle voted against the purchase.

The board updated its policy concerning transfer students, with high school Principal Scott Herald noted about 39 students have transferred in. The board voted to add a student’s academic record to the list of items that must be reviewed by the superintendent before a transfer is approved.

Updates were made to the FNA Board Policy concerning a student’s right to speak in a public forum for school events.

The bad weather makeup days were changed on the 2007-2008 calendar from April 28 and 29 to May 23 and 30.

Cindy Carter was named the delegate to the Texas Association of School Board State Convention in Dallas, with Cheryl Owen named alternate.

The board took no action following an executive session.

The next meeting is Oct. 15.