If passed, could fund $5.5M in improvements

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Orange Grove ISD board members approved a resolution for the Nov. 6 bond election, which will give much needed attention to several aging structures around the district.

On the table for the project is $5.56 million worth of improvements to the district's facilities if approved.

In conjunction with the decision, members also reviewed a facilities Power Point presentation, which reviewed many of the area in need of attention, based on the review of campus committees and district officials.

The board also approved joining with the Coastal Bend Cooperative Shared Insurance Service, which uses a cooperative approach among several districts to secure better rates for disability, dental, vision, life and other insurance services.

"We want to see what kind of rates they can do," superintendent Earl Luce said. "But we are not obligated to join."

Trustees once again approved Raul Hernandez as the school district's auditor, a position he held last year.

They also approved making three members of the Jim Wells County Extension office into adjunct faculty, which occurs every year before the Jim Wells County Fair season.

The purpose is to allow students who participate in the fair to conduct their projects at the fairgrounds, under extension officials' supervision, and have that time not count against them as unexcused absences.

A $23 increase in district health insurance per teacher was discussed.

The item was sent from the state, and after some consideration, the board agreed to the district paying the $23 increase for the district employees' health insurance.