Waxahachie ISD board members received a request Monday night to name one of the district’s elementary schools after Robbie Davis Howard.

Erma Faye Newton presented the request, saying, “Mrs. Howard loved children and enjoyed teaching them and always earned their love and respect.

“She was also available to help young teachers in any way she could. Her work also earned her the respect of her superiors and because of her ability to get along with all people she was selected to be one of the teachers to be used in the integration of Waxahachie’s public schools,” Newton said. “We, along with many of her students and co-workers are asking you to give this request your serious consideration as we feel Mrs. Howard deserves it.”

Howard was born in Waxahachie on Oct. 3, 1914, the second child of Robert and Mary Davis. She attended Oaklawn High School and graduated as valedictorian of her class at age 15. After receiving a teacher’s certificate from Prairie View University, she began her teaching career in Lot, Texas, at age 19, Newton told the board.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College, Howard taught in several Ellis County schools before joining the Waxahachie school district, where her stepmother, brother and sister-in-law were working “and where her father was once a teacher and principal,” Newton said.

The request was made under open forum, with board president Dr. Joe Langley saying members would take the request under consideration.

Tax rate hearing set for Aug. 20

In other business, the board received an update on the 2006 bond program and set Aug. 20 as the date for a public hearing on the tax rate and budget and adoption of the 2007-2008 budget.

The tax rate is set for adoption Aug. 27, at which time amendments to the 2006-2007 budget will be made.

The board approved a part-time attendance officer position with discussion noting that the position may become full-time if the county chooses to pay the remainder of the salary.

A retainer agreement was approved with attorney firm Schwartz and Eichelbaum, which has handled legal matters with the district for several years.

The board endorsed Cindy Williams, a board member with Midlothian ISD, for a seat on the Texas Association of School Boards board of directors and also approved adjunct instructor status for county extension agents Mark Arnold, Page Bishop and Rita Hodges.

An easement request by Rockett Special Utility District was approved.

Student handbooks and the code of conduct are set for approval at the Aug. 20 meeting.

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