By Tony Farkas
APPLE SPRINGS — As with all schools in the state, the Apple Springs ISD Board of Trustees discussed new safety protocols the state has issued in response to the tragedy in Uvalde at its regular meeting in June.
Superintendent Cody Moree said the district was ahead of the 8 ball in that, but there are new things in that all schools are required to do, and he and the board discussed Apple Springs’ plans.
“I refreshed the board on the protocols that are in place, and talked about any improvements that will be needed,” he said. “All school districts will be required to submit a safety audit by Sept. 9, mainly dealing with perimeter safety, exterior doors and things of that nature.”
Moree said the district will be doing that in the next month, while waiting for guidance from the legislature, as I believe there will be several school safety bills that will be introduced once the Legislature convenes in January 2023.
In a related matter, the board delayed action on the purchase of new perimeter fencing until there are guidelines from the state on what specifications the fence has to meet.
In other business, the board:
•discussed a grievance report filed by a parent, and board upheld decision;
•appointed a tax rate calculation officer, CFO Chase Nielsen;
•approved contracts with ESC Region 6 for internet access, student management system and payroll;
•renewed the district’s plan for being a District of Innovation; and
•discussed the upcoming budget, including compressing the tax rate.