By Brian Besch
The September meeting of the Livingston ISD Board of Trustees opened with student recognition. Officers of the Livingston High School chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) including Emma Bradley, Jy’Asia Terry, and Cole Gann addressed the board.
The group shared how the opportunity to join the FCCLA organization is offered to any students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences classes anywhere in the country. The LHS chapter has monthly meetings and events. They encourage members to compete and engage in leadership activities, and to also attend regional conferences and workshops.
LHS hosted a fall leadership workshop that introduced new members to community service opportunities, and a record of 130 students attended from Livingston and surrounding schools. The local chapter at LHS has more members than ever before at almost 300. There are 28,000 members in the state, and LHS has had much success at the state and national level competitions. FCCLA advisors are Chef Kristi Gann, Cayla Young, and Laura Gokey.
Livingston superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins said the district will soon have numbers on those registered in college classes.
“At the next board meeting, we will inform you of our enrollment in both academic college and CTE dual credit courses,” Hawkins said. “The number of students earning certifications is a significant thing we do right now. There is not a larger indicator in the state right now. The commissioner is pushing that part of the piece of accountability. I would like to celebrate the success of being able to shift and transition in a relatively short time with our higher (education) partners – the three Lamar schools. I’m very proud of where we stand today with 583 courses that our students are enrolled in. This number is up from last year, a drastic difference from 2013, when we compare to 48 students having to pay their tuition and fees. This isn’t the destination, but I would like to thank everyone along the way. A lot of people make things happen, and a lot of people came together to make this happen.”
The board approved the several items under the consent agenda. Among them were minutes from previous board meetings, financial statement and payment of bills, overnight trips, and personal property donations. Also approved was the quarterly investment report and annual investment report. The district realized $524,744 in interest earnings during the June-August quarter and $1,731,185.53 in interest earnings during the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
The consent agenda included the sale of property acquired by sheriff seizure, designation of non-business days for purposes of the Texas Public Information Act under HB 3033, and approval of Craig Davis as the authorized official for the bullet-resistant shield grant. Continuing, the purchase of replacement of the serving lines at Timber Creek Elementary, Pine Ridge Primary, and Livingston Junior High for $297,272.93 will be paid out of the Child Nutrition Fund. There will also be an increase in extracurricular student meals from $7 to $8 per student.