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CrockettISD logoBy Jan White
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CROCKETT – On Monday, Dec. 12, the Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to approve the new redistricting map for Trustee districts.

The meeting began with a public hearing regarding the reappointment of Crockett ISD Single Member Trustee Districts. State law requires that whenever a new census comes out, the school district must review its district boundaries and make adjustments as necessary to comply with the voting rights act of 1969 and a 1992 lawsuit that ensures minority representation in school districts. Troy Bolen, an attorney with the Powell Law Group in Austin, gave a presentation showing the suggested redistricting map.

Bolen explained that with a population of 8,617, the goal was to have approximately 1,723 in each district. The current district map showed a breakdown of  2070 in District 1, 1797 in District 2, 1620 in District 3, 1228 in District 4, 1920 in District 5, and At-large Districts 6 and 7 4901, and 3716, respectively. The proposed changes would make the population grouping more equitable. The proposed new district map would redistribute the population to 1755 in District 1, 1734 in District 2, 1618 in District 3, 1753 in District 4, and 1757 in District 5, with 4,478 and 4,139 in the At-large Districts 6 and 7, respectively.

After the public portion of the meeting ended and the proposal was put to the vote, the motion to accept the redistricting changes passed unanimously.

The trustees also heard a presentation by Margaret Tuggle regarding the recommended Sex Education Curriculum required by the Texas School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). SHAC is a group appointed by the school to ensure that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. The Attorney General must approve the curriculum. Tuggle reported that the council had met several times during the year. After reviewing six options, the committee chose the “Big Decisions” curriculum, which is used in many schools across Texas and locally by Jacksonville and Lufkin. One of the deciding factors was that this curriculum includes teaching abstinence, which the course states “is the safest and healthiest choice to prevent a pregnancy while also preparing them with the knowledge and tools to reduce risks and have a healthy future.”  Tuggle also noted that the sex education course is “opt in” and requires parental consent. At the conclusion of the presentation, the motion to approve was put to the vote, and the trustees approved the curriculum.

Goodwin-Lasiter, Inc. was the architect, and engineering firm approved by the trustees to assist with facility upgrades to the Technology Suite and other improvement projects as needed. Goodwin Lasiter has assisted CISD previously on other projects. It was noted that this was a proposal only and that there were no projects in the works at this time.

Other agenda items approved were safety and security window film that fulfills the State requirement for a fence or window re-enforcement for ground-level windows in order to secure those entrances, a change in date and venue for the Board appreciation dinner, and the payment of stipends/bonuses awarded to teachers and paraprofessionals.

 

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