By Cassie GregorySpecial to the News-Times
COLDSPRING — The highlight of the March 22 COCISD Board of Trustees meeting was the yearly report given by COCISD Police Chief Roosevelt Joseph and his team of officers.
They reported on the year's events and outreach programs that have been implemented to build relationships with students, families and the community.
"A lot of what we've been doing is to foster the relationship between the public and police officers," Joseph said. "This has been a tough year with all of the things going on around the country. We are community based — that's what we are all about."
Some of the programs include Cops Who Care at the beginning of the school year, where officers give away free backpacks filled with school supplies, and Shop with a Cop at Christmas, which helps to provide gifts for students in need at Christmas.
"We don't want any child to wake up on Christmas morning without a gift under the tree," Joseph said.
The department also works with organizations and other police departments to acquire equipment, technology and software at no cost to the district. Recently, hey were awarded a grant for a sophisticated report-writing system that has cut down on the time it takes to record reports and has greatly increased the security of confidential information. Another grant provided equipment designed to teach students about the danger of vaping, and they also received new radios as a donation, saving the district $12,000.
"We work very hard every day to make this a safe environment, and we are going to continue," Joseph said.
Also at the meeting, Coldspring-Oakhurst High School advanced culinary arts students served a delicious meal to board members and staff under the direction of Chef Joel Casiday. The selection included chicken and dumplings, mixed greens salad and a fresh, multi-berry crisp topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.
The meeting began with the pledges of allegiance led by Coldspring Intermediate students.
Interim Superintendent Walter Key introduced and thanked the culinary arts students, followed by a presentation given by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Vikki Curry and campus principals on benchmark scores.
In other business, trustees approved:
- •The adoption of pre-kindergarten instructional materials to be implemented in the 2021-22 school year.
- •The TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 116.
- •Recommended revisions to board policies.
- •A digital learning agreement with Apex Learning.
- •The purchase and installation of a paint booth for Coldspring-Oakhurst High School.
- •The purchase of interactive televisions.
- •Participation in the Region 7 purchasing cooperative.
- •Construction of a tennis court.
- •Proposals for facility projects.
- •To temporarily delegate hiring authority for contract personnel to the superintendent.
The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees is set for 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Jones Educational Complex Auditorium.