By Alton Porter
Sixteen principals, teachers, parents and students were approved by members of the Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees to serve on the district's School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) during the 2017-2018 school year.
Approved to represent the Crockett Early Childhood Campus are teacher Dylis Bobbitt and parents Steve Seehar and Va'Kishia Warfield. Representing Crockett Elementary School are teacher Sheryl Patton and parents Brenda Garcia and Catha Sandles.
Crockett Junior High School representatives are teacher Jo Neen Richardson, parents Antonia Marshall and Stoney Pierce, and students Meredith Tuggle and Katlyn Marshall. Crockett High School (CHS) representatives are Principal Deborah Revels, parents Magda Mock and Angela Murphee, and students Breanna Kirksey and Luke Jones.
Offering the motion—which received a unanimous vote—to approve the local SHAC members was Board Secretary Karen Johnson, who represents District 4 on the board. The motion was seconded by District 2 Trustee Mo Amjad and District 5 Trustee John Garner.
Every Texas independent school district is required by law to have a SHAC, which is an advisory group of individuals who represent various segments of their community.
The CISD board meets twice a year with its SHAC and they discuss safety issues and health issues in the district, according to CISD Superintendent Terry Myers. The members of the CISD council were recruited by district representatives "to represent our campuses as well as our entire district in terms of parents, business representatives and employees," Myers explained.
"If you happen to run into any of them, thank them for their service to our school district because this is something folks don't have to do. They're doing this of their own volition."
Concerning homecoming activities this week, Rhonda Kendrick, CISD executive secretary and human resources director, noted the Thursday night seventh and eighth graders football game has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. at Monte "Jack" Driskell Stadium. The junior varsity game will be played in Coldspring, kicking off at 6 p.m. that night as well.
On Friday, Sept. 29, the pep rally at CHS kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and the parade through downtown Crockett begins at 4 p.m. The Ring of Honor induction ceremony starts at 6 p.m. in the Commons Area in the high school Friday before the homecoming celebration commences at Driskell Stadium at 7 p.m.
In other business, the trustees heard a presentation by Edward Adair of the Mabank area, who asked them to consider permitting him and his colleagues to publish an advertising magazine containing information about each semester's school sports as a fundraising venture.
Adair and his colleagues would sell ad space in the magazine to local merchants for $175 to $900 each and the school district would not have to put up any money.
The school district would be given 1,500 copies of the magazine that could be sold for as much as $10 each to sports enthusiasts and others to raise funds for the district.
The trustees said they will consider the idea and suggested that Myers contact the superintendents of Houston County's other four schools to see if they would be interested in participating in a countywide project of this nature.
"I think it's a good idea, but we need to put more thought in it as a group," said Board President Lela P. Wheeler of CISD District 7.
Myers told Adair, "I'll visit with these board members individually and get their opinions. And then, we'll go from there."
Adair said money he and his colleagues receive from ad sales would be used to help fund a 108 baseball facility being built in Mabank.
The trustees also:
• Received a letter from Lumberton Independent School District officials thanking CISD authorities for items CISD students gathered and had sent to LISD as well as the proceeds of the Sept. 8 Crockett-Diboll football game to help out in a relief effort in the wake of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey;
• Unanimously passed a motion made by Johnson—seconded by Amjad and Garner—re-approving a resolution designating Myers and CISD Business Manager Gail Hanson as investment officers for the district;
• Agreed, without taking a vote, to schedule Team of Eight and legislative update training for the trustees and superintendent Monday, Oct. 16, beginning at 6 p.m.;
• Passed on an unanimous vote a motion offered by District 1 Trustee Josh Crabtree—seconded by Johnson—giving Myers and Technology Director Charlie Bobbitt permission to dispose of "retired/obsolete/non-functioning" computers and other information technology equipment owned by the school district; and
• Heard an update from Myers noting district staff members recently completed a safety audit of the district.