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GROVETON — The Groveton ISD School Board made changes to its calendar on March 28, both to comply with state attendance requirements and to prepare students for the 2022-23 calendar.

Superintendent Jim Dillard said 5 minutes were added to each day of the remainder of this semester’s calendar because the state requires 75,600 minutes of attendance per school year, and because of several closures, Groveton wouldn’t be in compliance for this year.

School now will start at 7:55 a.m.

“In August we closed for COVID, and when we came back from Christmas break had to close for two days again, which exhausted all the down time we had built into our calendar,” he said. “Then having to start late for weather recently meant we were going to be 120 minutes short.”

Dillard said that adding a day to the calendar for makeup would have meant reorganizing the calendar, either by changing graduation or spring break; by adding minutes, nothing changes. 

In addition to putting the district’s attendance back in compliance, the change will help prepare students for a new calendar for 2022-23.

“It’s a hybrid calendar,” Dillard said. “Other districts in the area have moved to a 4-day schedule. The fall semester will be normal; we’ll go to a 4-day week in January, with students getting most Fridays off.”

Dillard said he is not convinced that a 4-day week is what Groveton needs, as recent surveys put out by the schools show a lot of people against it, but that school staff was for the change.

“There’s mixed opinions around here about Groveton adopting that,” he said.

Additionally, to adopt a 4-day week, school day has to be longer to meet the minute requirements, although how those minutes are made is up to district. The remainder of this year, as well as the calendar next year will help students get accustomed to the new routine.

Dillard said that next year, the fall semester will be as most semesters; then in the spring, students will be off most Fridays.

“We adopted this to see if we wanted to move to this type of calendar, so we can compare the semesters,” Dillard said. “This will answer questions, such as attendance and testing and things of that nature. We’re in uncharted territory. That’s not to say we won’t change back, but time will tell.”

In other business, the board:

•discussed school attendance, which is at 754 and hasn’t changed from month to month; 

•opted to not purchase a new school bus;

•gave permission to Dillard to execute personnel contracts for the next few months; and

•approved teacher contracts and resignations.

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Local fair proceeds exceptional

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GROVETON — The 2022 Trinity County Fair & Youth Livestock Show was a great success, bringing in almost a quarter million dollars in sales. 

Board President Bill Wagner said there were 127 animal projects and six Sweetheart cakes that sold in the live auction for $224,980, and the total add-ons were approximately $58,108. Additionally, there was a total of 122 shop and other projects that sold for $31,995. 

Wagner said it takes a lot of time, hard work and money to prepare animals for the fair, and there were some very nice projects exhibited and sold. 

The concession sales for this year were $ 17,852.68. Wagner said tThe concession committee and volunteers worked very hard and long hours cooking and preparing the food and drinks.

“A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers that work so hard for many hours to get ready for the fair and auction,” he said. “Without all of these people the fair would not be possible. The biggest thank you goes out to all of those individuals, businesses and buyers groups that came and bid and bought projects at the auction. The officers and fair board members appreciate the support shown to the youth of Trinity County.” 

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School board OKs new contracts

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Trinity’s One-Act play troupe won a bi-district championship recently and were recognized by the Trinity ISD School Board. Pictured are One Act Play Director David Young and three of the 11 students — Johnathan, John Carlson and Andi Hickman.Trinity’s One-Act play troupe won a bi-district championship recently and were recognized by the Trinity ISD School Board. Pictured are One Act Play Director David Young and three of the 11 students — Johnathan, John Carlson and Andi Hickman.

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TRINITY — The T rinity School Board approved renewals for all administrators at its regular meeting on March 28.

All contracts were granted a 1-year extension, added on to the existing contracts, meaning they will expire in 2023.

Those administrators include:

• Barry Coleman — Technology Director

• David Keithley — Special Education Director

• Luann Gallant — Business Manager

• John Foreman — Transportation Director

• Randy Wheeler — Chief of Police

• Gillian Campbell — Facilities/Federal Programs Director

• Natalie Barrett — Accountability/Testing Director

• Brittaney Cassidy — High School Principal

• Shaun Stout — Dean of Students

• Cullen Carroll — Middle School Principal

• Kimberly Neidermeier — Assistant Principal

• Kelli Robinson — Elementary Principal

• Nicole Chapman — Assistant Principal

• Eldy Roca — Assistant Principal

• Patrick Goodman — Athletic Director

In other business, the board:

• celebrated the accomplishments of students, as One-Act Play won bi-district; and Kailyn Fisher won a second state championship in powerlifting while Diedra Mills won third and Remington Lassman ninth;

• approved out-of-state travel for BETA Club to attend nationals;

• approved a fixed-rate transportation fuel costs contract at $2.68 for unleaded and $2.81 for diesel;

• approved a contract with Interquest Detection for dog-sniffing services at 10 ½ days for $300 per visit;

• approved a contract with Texas Association of School Boards for risk management; and

• moved the April board meeting to April 19 .

Kailyn Fisher won first and Deandra Mills finished third in their respective weight classes, while Remington Lassman finished ninth at the state powerlifting championships. Kailyn now is a two-time powerlifting state champion. Pictured are Coach Forrest Reddick, Kailyn, helper Deanna Fisher and Lassman.  Kailyn Fisher won first and Deandra Mills finished third in their respective weight classes, while Remington Lassman finished ninth at the state powerlifting championships. Kailyn now is a two-time powerlifting state champion. Pictured are Coach Forrest Reddick, Kailyn, helper Deanna Fisher and Lassman.

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Council walks back ordinance

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GROVETON — An ordinance setting new building codes and inspection policies was found to be too restrictive, and consequently was scrapped by the Groveton City Council on March 28.

The council elected to stay with the city’s current ordinances; however, those were enacted in 2006, so the council will look into bringing them more current.

Additionally, the council, which had contracted with an inspector in October 2021, has opted to not use the inspector and has instead found an electrical inspector from Trinity and began a search for a plumbing inspector. 

Mayor Tommy Walton said the inspector from Huntsville turned out to be too restrictive and was unwilling to allow individuals to do their own repair work or to allow owners to use unlicensed individuals to do repair work on their property.

This new inspector realizes that cities like Trinity and Groveton need to be able to do their own work when they can and employ unlicensed individuals when they can. Walton said the new inspector is willing to work with us to allow for older construction to be grandfathered in and then to just inspect what he has to. 

Walton said there will be times that the work complexity will be such that they will have to call in service providers from Lufkin, Crockett, or Huntsville to do their work, and that is what the city wants to promote. 

In a separate matter, the council heard from Shasta Bergman regarding Circle B Farm Wildlife Rehab.  They have dogs that are attacking and killing some of their animals and are asking for funds from the city in order to erect fencing at the back of their property. 

Walton said he check with the city attorney to see if there are limitations on giving to a 501(c)3. 

In other business, the council:

• approved a request from Kyle Isget and Hunter Arnold to hold a crawfish boil and band on May 21 on the City Square;

• reappointed board members to the Housing Authority of the City of Groveton — Benny McClain, Hollis Bennett, Shirley Hubbard, Maretha Lawrence and Karla Perkins — each for a two-year term;

• appointed Rita Danford as Election Judge and Sandra Cole as Alternate Judge and set their hourly rate at $12 for judges and clerks; 

• discussed with resident Margaret Peavy about a no-tied-dogs outdoors policy;

• discussed the police department’s statistics for the previous month, which showed 31 calls for service, 50 traffic stops, 1 verbal warnings, 10 written warnings, 27 citations and 4 arrests; and

• paid the Inframark bill of $5,500.

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Sale does well, and more books are available

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Hoyt Hamilton receives his library card. Courtesy photoHoyt Hamilton receives his library card. Courtesy photo

GrovetonLibrary GraphicThank you to everyone who has shown an interest in the used book sale. We did very good this past two weeks. There are still many more to sell so grab your bag and come fill it up. 

All books, audio books and DVDs are 10 for $1. We are adding new books every few weeks and if you have a particular author that you like to read then give us a call. Your librarian would be more than happy to pull all books by a certain author for anyone who is interested. Please call and we will be happy to bring them to you for a donation to the library.

• We added four more new patrons to make a total of 95 active library patrons. Your librarian has changed her goal to 150 active patrons by the end of the year. A library card is free and all you need to obtain one is come into the library and sign up. I will look forward to seeing you soon.

• Texas Workforce Solutions will be at the library on April 7 and April 19 from 1-4 p.m. We are very blessed to have them come to help anyone who needs help with employment issues.

• National Library Week is April 3-9. Starting April 4, anyone who comes in and checks out a book will get a free book of their choice from the book sale.

• Our school has its spring break the week of April 11. We will be having some special opportunities at the library during that week. Story Time at the Library will be every day from 5-6 p.m. during the spring break week of April 11 through April 14. The library will be closed on Friday, April 15, to celebrate Good Friday. 

• Your librarian is already working on the Children’s Summer Reading Program. This year the program dates are June 1 through July 29. Our theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” We had a great time last year and this year will be better. This program will be available for 4 to 12 years old. If anyone would like to come and read for story time, please call the library. We have a few reading times open for the summer.

Donations between March 11-25 were $27.85 and this brings our total to $1,774.31. Our Library Building Fund is growing a little every week. Please put your change in the donation jars at McClain’s Hardware, One Stop Grocery and Pizza, Pruitt’s Auto, and Susie Q’s. Thank you to these businesses for their support. Thank you to everyone who drops their pennies in the jars.

The library offers copy services and fax services and Notary Public services.

If you are aware of any person that is homebound and cannot get to the library but would like to have books to read, please call the library. We will work on a time for delivery and pickup of books if someone shows interest. This is your library. Please let me know how I can be of service to you. 

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Story time is at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. ESL class is at 2 p.m. Friday

The library phone number is (936) 642-2483, and the location is in the rock building just east of the courthouse.

Cathy Czajkowski is director of the Groveton Public Library.

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