By Kelly McChesney, Reporter
The Board of Trustees of the Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees learned during its Monday, Oct. 27 meeting that CISD earned 67 out of a possible 70 points which resulted in a Superior Achievement rating by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).
The FIRST rating reflects the economic strength of the district as well as compliance with financial reporting requirements.
The district also received good marks during a recent health inspection, earning a 100% rating, Superintendent Terry Myers reported.
In other business, Myers announced that he received a note from the manager of the Jasper Sonic, praising the behavior of CHS band students.
"I have seen numerous groups come through our facility and your group by far is the best I have seen," the manager wrote to the superintendent.
Myers also reported on the membership of the Crockett FFA. The Crockett FFA has 361 members including 166 girls and 195 boys.
According to Myers' report, the ethnicity of the chapter includes 172 African American children, 110 white children, 61 Hispanic children, five Asian children, one Native American and two Filipino children.
"These kiddos are learning usable trades," Myers said.
He commented the numbers appear to include both junior high and high school students.
"What a great testament to our program," he said.
Myers additionally read a letter in which Governor Rick Perry proclaims the Month of October 2014 as Principals Month.
In the proclamation Perry states, "Principals are more than just caretakers of their schools. Principals are expected to be educational leaders, disciplinarians, community builders, spokesmen, budget analysts and guardians of policy mandates and initiatives. Principals set the academic tone for their school and work collaboratively with teachers to set performance objectives and maintain high curriculum standards."
Myers said, "I doubt very many districts have principals who put in as many hours as ours do."
Action items included:
• The trustees voted to solicit bids for a new freezer for Crockett High School. They noted the existing freezer is over 30 years old and has been repaired numerous times recently.
• The board voted its approval of the Data Analysis and Needs Assessment Improvement Plans for 2014-2015.
• Trustees voted to accept the Property and Liability Insurance proposal by Crockett Insurance.
• The trustees voted to accept the sealed bids on eight tax properties. The prices paid for the properties were significantly under value, but trustees agreed the sales will place the properties back on the tax roll.