By Brian Besch
The Livingston ISD Board of Trustees’ regular meeting for October featured informational items on the athletic complex, school safety and purchases.
The meeting Tuesday opened with informational items, as Livingston superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins reported the contract with Berry & Clay as construction managers for the high school athletic facility expansion has been signed. The facility committee will meet with Claycomb Architects to begin schematic designs next week. The campus and district plans will be on the next board agenda once the state data is released from TEA.
“There are three groups that I wanted to acknowledge and thank for their unique role in our pursuit of making LISD better,” Hawkins said. “The first group is the superintendent’s student advisory council, made up of Livingston High School students. They are a very diverse group of students. These student voices will make our district better. These students meet with the superintendent regularly throughout the year and discuss a wide range of topics with the goal of improving our schools. The second group is the superintendent’s personnel advisory committee, which is made up of staff members who help with communication about any issues that can be improved for our employees at the campus level.
“The third group was given a luncheon in honor of them as district social media ambassadors. The digital ambassadors are helping to share the events that are occurring in our district each day. Millions of miracles occur in public schools across the state each day and this group of employees are ensuring that we capture those in LISD for our community to see. I would personally like to acknowledge and thank each person in these three groups, as I see the impact they are making on our district. We believe that collective ownership of our district will accelerate our success for those we serve.”
LISD Special Service Director Lana Smith said safety shields have been completed at the high school campus, which completes the district-wide installation of film on all windows. The district has been diligent in meeting all safety requirements that the Texas Education Agency has put in place. The district used grant funds to implement extra safety on campuses, thereby fulfilling requirements before they were mandated by TEA.
Upon reviewal of three quotes from vendors, the board approved the superintendent to negotiate a contract to purchase turf for the LISD baseball-softball complex under cooperative purchasing agreements not to exceed $2,221,073.
In closed session, the board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to file a complaint with the State Board of Educator Certification, due to Courtney Myers abandoning a teacher contract under board policy.