By Brian Besch
Dr. Brent Hawkins, LISD Superintendent, opened the October board meeting with praise for School Board President Ben Ogletree at the last meeting of his term.
“It takes a whole lot of dedication and commitment to serve this length of time and leaves a substantial hole that the community needs to fill. Ogletree’s service predates the iPhone. When he took office, George W. Bush was our nation’s president and our Livingston High School junior class (Class of 2024) was born when he joined the board.
There have been very profound accomplishments during his term and the most demanding was during the school shutdown, due to the COVID pandemic.”
Hawkins also presented the administration report on Future Ready School Vision. “The attendance numbers are up by 2.5%, which helps to create memorable teaching. The college and career readiness scores for 2021 are at 50%. These scores are based on dual-credit classes, industrial-based certifications, earned associates degrees, college preparation classes or are workforce ready in completing a sequence of courses in career technology. School districts across the state have begun to phase out elective tracks that do not result in certifications. Livingston High School is doing the same by incorporating programs like cosmetology, LVN and HVAC.
“Our vision is to be sure our students are future-ready by having a commitment to the military, a college or trade school or holding a CTE (Career & Technical Education) certification upon graduation.”
The superintendent then presented the Emergency Operations plan and school safety update.
“After Uvalde, Gov. (Greg) Abbott issued an order that put intruder requirements in place for all school districts. In a superintendent meeting with Sen. Nichols held earlier today, the legislators are preparing to put more funds in place to pay for school safety. Texas School Safety Center is requiring the revamping of district emergency operation plans.
They are trying to make things better for all districts, so they continue tweaking the requirements. Intruder drills are being conducted by Texas Education Agency this month. A representative from the regional service center will be in our district to attempt to breach each campus. The voice from our parents is to not make the district like a prison while deciding what will best protect our kids. No school shooter has ever been successful with every exterior and interior door locked.”
Under the consent agenda, the board approved the minutes from previous board meetings, financial statement, and payment of bills. Also approved was the 2022-2023 Campus and District Improvement plans, adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the purchase of a 2021 Toyota Tacoma for the Livingston Independent School District Maintenance Department from Moore Auto Sales in the amount of $30,191.