Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal
Orange Grove ISD superintendent Earl Luce received a positive evaluation Monday night from school board trustees, with a score of 4.4 on his evaluation out of a possible 5. Luce's contract was also extended another year to 2011.
Orange Grove ISD board members were also honored Monday night for their dedication and leadership by students from Orange Grove Intermediate School, Orange Grove Junior High School and Orange Grove High School.
OG Intermediate students presented the board members with original artwork and poetry they wrote. The audience area of the administration building was crowded with teachers, parents and students. Students walked up one by one to show off their creativity to the board.
Then, National Junior Honor Society students from OGJH presented different candies to the board members, each representing qualities that help make the school board a successful entity.
Students from OGHS presented plaques to the board members, in recognition of their hard work and achievement during the course of the year.
During the administrative report section of the meeting, Migrant Program Coordinator Annie Villarreal presented some information on migrant students at OGISD this year. There are 60 students enrolled this year, ranging from the primary level to high school. The program has provided clothing for 48 of those students, school supplies for 39 students and social work services for 59 of them. There were two students in need of eyeglasses, which the program was able to provide. There are 11 paraprofessionals in the district who are partially paid for by the program. Both Villarreal and Luce said during the meeting the number of migrant students is decreasing in the district.
The board also reviewed the results from the Jim Wells County Appraisal District Board election, and local representative Wallace Burgeson was once again elected to the board with 835 votes from the various government entities in the county.
Athletic Director Brent Kornegay said bi-annual realignment will be decided by next Friday, and that Orange Grove will know then whether it will face new 3A teams from the south or the north as part of realignment.
There was speculation that schools such as Robstown, Tuloso Midway or even Beeville may move into the district, but nothing will be known for sure until the decision comes down next week.
Finally, Raul Hernandez gave the results of his annual district audit. Hernandez said he completed the audit with a minimal amount of adjustments and the district staff was very qualified and helpful during the audit process.
The board approved the audit as presented.