With Waxahachie ISD board of trusteesí approval Monday night, the districtís $59,205,000 bond was authorized for issuance.

The bond, approved with a 3-to-1 margin by voters in November 2006, will see the construction of a new elementary school, new sixth grade center and new junior high, as well as the completion of renovations at the Wilemon building for Waxahachie Global High, renovations at the Turner Middle School campus and capital improvements for Waxahachie High School.

The bond will also pay for the expansion of parking lots at Marvin and Dunaway elementaries.

The districtís architectural firm, Huckabee Company, presented site and floor plans of the new elementary and sixth-grade campuses for the boardís review during the meeting along with information about its quality control. The company also provided information about its customer service program - which has as its mission statement: ďWe will provide exceptional delivery of your project and strive to make you heroes in your communities.Ē

In other business, board members decided not to implement a standardized dress menu at this time.

The district has been gathering information about the topic since spring 2006, including visiting with officials in neighboring districts such as Ennis and Red Oak ISDs regarding such an implementation. A local community-based committee also had reviewed standardized dress and several informal surveys were conducted.

Monday nightís decision reflected the boardís desire to allow campus administrators to address any dress code issues and concerns through the evaluation, subsequent revision (if any) and enforcement of existing policies.

Board members did note administrators can make a recommendation in the future if they feel there comes a time the district needs to adopt a standardized dress menu.

Changes to the districtís local graduation requirements were approved as presented by director of curriculum Judy Brewster, who said they would facilitate the districtís incorporation of the stateís new guidelines requiring four years each of science and math.

The science and math requirements kick in with the freshmen class in the 2007-2008 school year, with that class the first to need 26 credits for graduation.

To make space in the high school schedule for the additional math and science classes, the district will combine its teen leadership and individual and family life courses into one class for one-half credit for freshmen. This will be matched with a one-half credit speech class, also to be a freshman class.

Students coming into the district after the freshman year will not be required to take the two, one-half credit classes - as they will be offered on the ninth-grade campus only.

Four potential calendars are being considered for the 2007-2008 school year, which must reflect the state Legislatureís mandate that the school year not begin before the fourth Monday of August.

That creates a starting date of Aug. 27, it was noted, with a committee reviewing the different options relating to teacher in-service days, holidays, breaks and last day of classes. The district anticipates putting the different options on its Web site to also allow the public to voice its input.

Other actions taken by the board included:

approval of the Advanced Academics program, which will provide - among other amenities - online coursework for the alternative education and learning center programs. approval of a $31,727 invoice representing the districtís share of its Legislative Budget Board audit. approval of TASB Policy Update 79. authorization for Superintendent Dr. James E. Wilcox to look into a disposition of the Oak Lawn property that could see it turned over as a site of historical significance to a local residentsí group and/or the city. tabled consideration of the Easthaven Fresh Water District resolution pending further information. approval of members to the districtís School Health Advisory Council. tabled a proposed change on 12-month contract begin and end dates pending further information. appointment of the districtís investment officers. recognition of seventh-grader Max Mills for his volunteer work with the summer book mobile program, which earned him a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The board also received reports on an employee attendance incentive program, employee stipends, a district staff development council, attendance and Lighthouse for Learning, the districtís adult community education program. Board members also were honored as part of the districtís recognition of School Board Appreciation Month.

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