CBC representatives talk about their programs

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Freer School Board members were addressed by Coastal Bend Community College Assistant Director Josie Scheunemann and Secretary/Tutor Coordinator Dee Dee Arismendez during the regular monthly meeting held last Monday.

Scheunemann and Arismendez gave a review of services offered to students in grades nine through 12.

"Last year, 24 students from Freer attended career day," said Scheunemann. "We also had a three-day tour of Houston which included the Holocaust Museum, University of Houston and a day at NASA."

Arismendez spoke of the Trio Educational tutoring program currently implemented at Freer ISD.

"We send a list each six weeks to the counselor of the students making below 75," she said. "We write a letter to the parents of the child offering free tutoring."

In conclusion, she said they encourage college bound high school students to apply to become certified tutors in which $10 an hour including mileage is paid.

Upon recommendation of tax collector Sylvia Carrillo, a bid of $2,000 submitted from Blanca Butos for tax resale property located on Burch Street was unanimously accepted. The 40 ft. by 100 ft. lot includes an older mobile home, she said.

Carrillo also suggested to the board that she attend future commissioner's court meetings to clarify information when tax resale property is listed on the agenda for approval of the commissioners.

Following discussion, the board unanimously voted to adopt the Freeport Exemption Resolution.

A resolution to change the school board election date and adjust terms of office as required by the Texas Education Code was also unanimously voted approval as well.

Following discussion, board members approved the replacing of chiller (condenser) coils on one air conditioning unit at Norman Thomas Elementary at a cost of $28,899.

Afterward, the board voted to approve change order #01 cost proposal from ALPHA Building Corporation, the providing of additional abatement work at the high school and the installation of a P.A. system in the annex building at a cost of $62,613.22, which was found to be omitted from the initial bid.

The report states further abatement work that is needed includes the high school counselor's office, principal's office, book room and library.

President Edna Cantu said in part, "we need to make construction manager-at-risk aware of this."

Board member Roy Salazar added, "We're not happy with this $62,000 surprise. We want them to know this."

Superintendent Edgar Camacho said, "we're working hard to stay on top of things."

Donations from the following were also accepted; $200 from Straight Line Construction, $50 from Venado Homes and $25 from Brush Country Bank to the junior class; $521 from Newman Operating Service to the girls athletics and $125 from Ramco and $125 from Straight Line Construction to the boy's field house.

After meeting in closed executive session, the board unanimously approved to hire custodians Esmeralda Santos and Jeanette Lillie as full-time at will employees and also approved the substitution list as was presented.

Attending the meeting were Larry Robertson, Saul Hinojosa, Christina Lichtenberger, Calvin Evans, Mary Lou Garza, Cantu, Salazar and Camacho.