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Alice Echo News-Journal
  • Board accepts resignations of some teachers, not superintendent

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  • The Alice Independent School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of several teachers Monday night, but superintendent has not given his resignation as of yet.
    Cavazos has not officially accepted the position of new superintendent at Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District. He is expected to sign his new contract at a special meeting at GCCISD on July 19.
    The Alice ISD spotlight which is the Hospitality Educators' Association of Texas Heat State Cupcake Battle Alice High School state champion.
    The board's first approval of the night was the 2011-2012 budget amendment number eight and also reviewed the updated legal policies regarding the TASB update 94. The board then discussed the approval to renew or rebid their contract with Aramark for 2013-2014. Melonae Day explained to the board the two options they had which was renew the contract and in doing so they could change their minds if they want to rebid or they could go for rebidding but could not change their minds once they did. Trustee Tony Botello said he's received complaints from parents about the food quality and also the human relations with Aramark and Trustee Ben Salinas shared his concerns as well. The board heard from the new Aramark food director, Krystle Flores, about the changes she plans on doing with Aramark including staffing. The board decided to renew the contract and will review the issue once more in December whether they will rebid or not.
    The board also approved the student handbook and student code of conduct which included new bullying policies and the penalties and what actions the district will take toward the bully. Further discussion of bullying brought up the next agenda item which was consider approval of adopting the revised version of FFI (local) student welfare freed from bullying. This allows the school to take action on cyber bullying even if it is done off campus. Superintendent Salvador Cavazos announced to the board the district can take action on cyber bullying done off campus if it effects the student academically.
    The board also approved for group health/vision insurance for 2012-2013 and the change order number 002 on Dubose Project.
    With the new renovations being done for the Culinary Arts Project, the board was informed that mold was found within the homemaking class and three other classrooms. The discovery of the mold has caused for the Culinary Arts Project to be at a stand still so the board allowed Cavazos to go into a contract agreement with Gerloff Company to handle the mold problem.
    Informational items include an update on the New Dubose Project which Project Manager Ray Brown announced that the project is nearly 61 percent complete. Even with the rain the city experienced last week, work outside was stopped but work on the inside kept going. Brown also revealed the colors that would be used for the school which consisted of burgundy and different shades of blues.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cavazos announced to the board an idea being brought around in giving Alice High School seniors iPads to be used during the school year. The iPads are to help students become more adapt in using such technology when they transition into college or the workplace. Part of that idea is allowing seniors with good attendance to keep the iPads after the school year.
    The board also received important dates for staff and administration. New teacher training is scheduled for August 13 15 at the AHS choir room with the luncheon taking place on August 13 at the AHS activity center. A math/science teacher training with Charles A. Dana from the University of Texas will take place on August 16, 17 and 20. A district-wide meeting for all professional and paraprofessional staff at Bryce Taylor Theater for the Performing Arts is scheduled for August 21. Staff development is scheduled for August 21-23, Teacher Work Day scheduled for August 24 and the first day of school for students is August 27.
    The board then adjourned for the evening.

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