OGHS teachers to receive money from governor's grant

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Orange Grove ISD school board members acted on the high school paving project Monday night, approving Garrett Paving and Maintenance out of Corpus Christi for the job at a bid of $24,500.

The work, which will take place around the paving and asphalt areas of the parking lots at the high school, will concentrate mostly on the back parking areas, which have seen heavy use since the new high school opened, officials said.

"Mostly, it's the area where the asphalt meets the concrete that needs the most work," Director of Operations Dane Beasley said.

The board also approved Theresa Flores for the nomination in Region II to the Texas Association of School Boards board of directors.

Flores was also nominated last year out of Region II, and expressed her willingness to run again, if no one from the Orange Grove board wished to pursue the nomination.

The board also decided to go with Texas Monarch for their athletic insurance based on a recommendation by Athletic Director Brent Kornegay.

Officials said Kornegay realized that Texas Monarch wasn't necessarily the lowest bid, but school officials were not impressed with another bidder.

Under worker's compensation and unemployment insurance, superintendent Earl Luce said this was the fourth year in a row the district's premiums have gone down.

Beasley said it has been a good year for both TASB and OGISD, with a 20 percent reduction in premiums.

The board approved the TASB Insurance agreement.

Orange Grove High School principal Tommy Moses made a presentation to the board concerning the $75,000 for OGHS teachers through the Governor's Education Excellence Award Program.

OGHS had passed both the TAKS criteria necessary to receive the award, and had team collaboration on the grant with more than 80 percent participation.

Out of the teachers at OGHS, 24 will receive $2,531 as testing teachers. Testing teachers are those who teach math, science, social studies and English. There are also 14 non-testing teachers, who teach other content that is not tested during TAKS, will receive $500 as part of the grant.