By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – The Board of Trustees for Colmesneil ISD held their monthly meeting Monday evening and spent the majority of it tying up loose ends in advance of the new school year.
The first agenda item was the approval of the Student Code of Conduct and Student and Employee Handbook changes for 2023-24.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis advised the board that the Student Code of Conduct could be approved as it is written, with the proviso that is something comes up, he would be made aware of it, and any changes could be made before it goes to print. The board approved this. The only change in the Student Handbook is an addendum that has been added for the drug-testing guidelines, which the board voted on and approved at a previous meeting. There were no changes to the employee handbook except for directory changes.
Davis was pleased to announce that the district has had a productive hiring season thus far. Jr. High/High School Principal had a long list of new hires at her campus. George Taylor has come on board as the new Head Coach/Athletic Director, and there are several new faces at the junior high and high school levels.
Michael Lannon will teach English and coach, Lucas Snoe will teach History and coach, Matt Carter will teach Math and coach, Davis Shultz will teach Science and coach, and Gina Barrett will teach Biology and Science. Also new to the district are: Cathy Lott, English and Reading, Mackenzie Haley, AG and FFA advisor, Jerry Clower, Building Trades and Welding and Josh Sheffield, ISS. These educators all come highly recommended and have a combined total of nearly 100 years of experience. Smith also stated that they are meeting with a few more Math teachers for Jr. High level and are hoping to be 100% hired by June 28. She also wanted to give a shout out and Thank You to the readers of the Booster for voting CISD as Best Public School in their “Best of Tyler County” contest.
Taylor advised the board that summer workouts have started, and he was excited to announce that they started football/volleyball camp June 26, with a total of 42 kids participating, they are really excited about the punt, pass and kick drills”, he added.
Elementary Principal Shelby Tillery has two new teachers for her campus. Amy Shumake will teach sixth grade and Jamie Sanders, fifth grade. Tillery mentioned that they still have a Kindergarten position to fill. She was very excited about the progress that has been made during the summer break, “we have new flooring, new fencing around the playground, and classrooms are being moved for safety reasons”, she said. “Maintenance crews are working hard every day to get classrooms together, its looking great, like were getting a facelift, and I want to give a shoutout to Autumn Hillhouse for working her tail off this summer, and to Dena Settlocker for coming in and helping too”, she added.
Davis added “there’s nobody on the team that isn’t busting their tail, I feel like we are going to be in really good shape when we come back. I think when you look on the outside, it says something about the way it looks on the inside, as we continue to look at places that need to be polished up. It’s our responsibilities as stewards of the publics trust and money to do thing right, and y’all give us all the support we need to make these things happen. I’m very excited about who we have, and what we have coming.”