By Tony Farkas
SHEPHERD — The Shepherd ISD Board of Managers discussed ongoing maintenance projects, the largest of which is a new parking lot for the primary school.
The update came as part of the regular meeting held Thursday.
Other projects include refinishing floors of two gymnasiums.
The district also will providing school supplies, with the exception of backpacks, to all students.
Superintendent Jason Hewitt said the supply program started last year as a response to COVID.
“When the pandemic hit, we thought this would be the best way to help out,” he said. “We had some federal funds, and earmarked that for this program.”
In other business, the board:
•discussed receipt of the Carl D. Perkins Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Federal Program grant;
•approved the student code of conduct for the new school year;
•approved T-TESS appraisers and the appraisal calendar for 2022-2023;
•approved the call for the trustee election. Hewitt said the district is governed by both a board of trustees and a board of managers, and the trustees sidelined until the district is released from its conservatorship. However, the election process still must be followed;
•approved a joint election with San Jacinto County, and appointed Elections Administrator Vicki Shelly as early voting clerk;
•approved policy updates submitted by TEA;
•approved expenses for an EDpact LLC teacher incentive allotment consultant;
•approved the quarterly financial report; and
•approved application for renewal of the district’s droupout recovery program, which allows the district to work with students during non-traditional hours to help get them a diploma.