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Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD board discusses the future

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COCISD Special Programs & CTE Director Jeff Eichman and Child Nutrition Director Amanda Dunaway stand in line for the delicious meal prepared and served by the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School advanced culinary arts students for the COCISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Sept. 27.  (Photos Courtesy Cassie Gregory)COCISD Special Programs & CTE Director Jeff Eichman and Child Nutrition Director Amanda Dunaway stand in line for the delicious meal prepared and served by the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School advanced culinary arts students for the COCISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Sept. 27. (Photos Courtesy Cassie Gregory)

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD board heard public comment on the consideration of developing a District of Innovation Plan to commence with the 2022-23 school year. 

The Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 27. 

Special Programs Director Jeff Eichman presented the results of a public survey on the subject, which reflected overwhelmingly positive support for opportunities a DOI makes available, such as starting the school year earlier, personnel flexibility, and other innovations that would improve student outcomes.

In a separate matter, principals campus enrollment numbers as of Monday, Sept 27. James Street Elementary has 409 students, Coldspring Intermediate has 304 students, Lincoln Junior High has 363 students and the High School is reporting 496 students. 

JSE Principal Shalonda Washington discussed the new Literacy Bags that will be going home with students each week for families to participate in reading with their children. CIS Paula McClendon gave an update on benchmark testing and the upcoming CIS and JSE Open House and Fall Festival from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. LJH Principal Nikki Henderson gave an update on LJH campus events, and COHS Principal Dr. Matthew Bess gave a campus update and discussed events for the 2021 Trojan Homecoming Week, Oct. 4-8.

After the campus reports, Stephen Lee with Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott LLP gave a Delinquent Tax Collection Report, followed by Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton, who shared with the Board that the new cases of COVID-19 in the district have dropped to zero for the first time since school started.

Two outstanding Lincoln Junior High students led the pledges of allegiance at the COCISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Sept. 27: eighth-graders Averi Tucker and Lane Madison (pictured with LJH Principal S. Nikki Henderson). Tucker is a member of the LJH National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and is an LJH Student Council Representative. Madison is also a member of the NJHS, serves as the LJH Student Council Vice President, participates in the UIL One-Act Play competition, and plays football.Two outstanding Lincoln Junior High students led the pledges of allegiance at the COCISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Sept. 27: eighth-graders Averi Tucker and Lane Madison (pictured with LJH Principal S. Nikki Henderson). Tucker is a member of the LJH National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and is an LJH Student Council Representative. Madison is also a member of the NJHS, serves as the LJH Student Council Vice President, participates in the UIL One-Act Play competition, and plays football.Before the meeting began, trustees and staff were treated to a delicious meal of chicken and sausage gumbo with rice, and a dessert of blueberry bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce prepared and served by Coldspring-Oakhurst High School advanced culinary arts students under the supervision of Chef Joel Casiday.

The invocation was led by Board President Paul Buchanan, followed by the pledges of allegiance led by two outstanding Lincoln Junior High students: eighth-graders Averi Tucker and Lane Madison. Tucker is a member of the LJH National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and is an LJH Student Council Representative. Madison is also a member of the NJHS, serves as the LJH Student Council Vice President, participates in the UIL One-Act Play competition, and plays football.

In other business, the board:

  • approved local investment policy and strategies;
  • approved revisions to the board Operating Procedures Manual;
  • approved nominees to be placed on the ballot for the election of Board of Directors of the San Jacinto County Appraisal District; and
  • approved the purchase of three 77-passenger school buses.

The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees is Oct. 25 at the Jones Educational Complex. Unless otherwise posted, school board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, starting at 6:30 p.m. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance on the district website at www.cocisd.org under the School Board tab.

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