By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees had its regular monthly meeting on Monday, and before getting to the agenda, a couple of speakers used the public forum portion to speak.
Krista Connelly spoke about the progress of the Colmesneil ISD Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), of which she is president for the 2021-2022 school year.
Connelly outlined all of the things the PTO has accomplished during the year and thanked the board for the opportunity to speak. She also said she looked forward to a long and mutually agreeable working relationship with the superintendent and the board in the years to come.
David Gardner also spoke during the open forum, and specifically asked if a bond election were passed, if the superintendent get a one or two percent cut of the funds.
CISD Superintendent Eldon Franco seemed rattled by the question, and board president Kris Lindsey informed Gardner that the board “could not comment on that”. Gardner then asked if he could file an open records request to view Franco’s contract. Franco responded that “my contract is online, all you have to do is go to Colmesneil ISD.net and look up the superintendent’s contract”.
A discussion of the approval of the 2022-2024 school calendars was next, and after a heated exchange, board member Bo Bendy wanted to table it until, the next meeting. Board president Kris Lindsey responded “we have a quorum, and there is no call to table this item”. Kenneth Adaway called for a vote, and the school calendars were approved.
Another discussion ensued with the next agenda item, which was to discuss and consider changing at-large board member elections, to election by position. The two at large board members, Bo Bendy and Kenneth Graham are up for re-election in November. This agenda item was not passed, with four for it and two against it.
Reports were given by CISD principals Walter McAlpin and Yvette Carlton, and athletic director Cody Day informing the board of the progress of students/activities on each campus, plus the athletics department.
McAlpin was pleased to report that, after a two-year absence, the high school is holding their end of year athletic banquet on May 2, and the FFA banquet is scheduled for May 17. He is also looking into the possibility of having the annual Lake Day at Lake Tejas once again and is looking at either May 12 or 19.
Carlton was informed the board that so far, there have been four children sign up for the upcoming Pre-K program in the fall.
The elementary is holding a Pre-K round-up, which is in progress now to this effort. The elementary is also slated to take a trip to the zoo in Lufkin on April 21.