By Brian Besch
The Livingston school board heard a facilities update and paid some bills in Monday’s regular meeting.
LISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins gave a facility committee report, sharing the status of the new playing surface in the Corky Cochran Complex at Livingston High School.
LISD Athletic Director Finis Vanover described the process.
“The yard and boundary lines on the field are woven in, they cut every number out of the turf, and a canvas-type surface is hand-sewn in the green turf. There is no paint used on the field.”
Hawkins added that 90% of football fields in Texas are turf.
“Seven of the nine teams in our soccer district are played on turf,” Hawkins said. “The new field will have a seven-year guarantee, so we will plan for a re-matting in 10 years.”
In addition to the approval of minutes from previous board meetings, financial statement and payment of bills was the purchase of track surfacing and sealant from Quality Courts for $222,404 and Protect Tracks for $188,900. Also approved was the Athletic Insurance Renewal with Greater East Texas Insurance Associates LLC for the 2022-2023 school year at the cost of $32,168.00.
The contract with Axley and Rode LLC was renewed for the 2021-2022 audit in the amount of $29,500. The purchase of a new plasma table was approved for the CTE Department from Teaching Systems, Inc. for $28,529. The Workers’ Compensation Coverage was approved through Alamo Insurance Group/Deep East Texas Self Ins. Comp for $99,217, which is the second year of a three-year contract that holds a rate guarantee. An amendment to the LISD Salary Instrument was approved by adjusting the staff step 6 to $77,500 to add flexibility for market conditions.
Under action items, the board approved the ESC 5 Spanish Distance Learning Contract. Region 5 Education Service Center has a co-op that can provide a synchronous live feed that would teach LHS students through a live Zoom feed. A facilitator or proctor would be in the classroom. This option would allow LISD to cover classrooms in the most critical need job area of Spanish classes. The live feed would be used for Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 classes, allowing the district to provide students with what they need.
In closed session, the board voted to terminate the probationary contract of Dr. Julie Bollich in a unanimous vote.