Latexo ISD Board Approves District Goals, Objectives

By Teresa Holloway
Courier Reporter
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The Latexo Independent School District (LISD) Board of Trustees set forth its goals, performance objectives and strategies for the district during its meeting Monday, Sept. 21 meeting.

Both Latexo Elementary and High Schools share common strategic goals:

LISD has committed to address the needs of at-risk students, attract and retain quality employees, meet the academic needs of all students, actively involve families in the educational experience and provide facilities that will enhance a positive learning environment.

The elementary school goals follow the strategic goals, and determine that all students will demonstrate sustained growth in a broad-based curriculum attaining proficiency or better in student academic achievement.

Other goals include:
- Students who participate in special programs will reach high academic standards, attaining proficiency or better. The students will be taught by highly qualified teachers.
- The learning environment will be safe, drug free and conducive to learning. - Students will graduate from high school, and the school will provide a welcoming climate for all stakeholders to participate in school activities.
Latexo High School students objectives run parallel, with minor differences to account for the more mature students:
- The students will reach high standards, attaining proficiency or better in all core academic subjects.
- The high school will attract and retain highly qualified, quality employees.
- High school students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug free and conducive to learning.
- All high school students will graduate.
- The school will provide opportunities for parents to participate in school activities.

Each of the elementary and high schools gave developed, in-depth, detailed strategies for obtaining their goals.
In other business, Crockett Farm and Fuel won the provision contract for LISD. The school will pay the daily cost, usually ranging from $1.65 to $1.72 per gallon, plus $0.08 per gallon.

After lengthy discussion, the board approved the purchase of another school bus.

Superintendent Don Elsom said the vehicle is necessary to provide sufficient space for emergency evacuations as well as field trips, and can be used as a standby in the event a regular route bus becomes unserviceable.

The board also approved an $8,000 contract for the production of the yearbook was awarded the contract to Barbara Simpson. Simpson also will be the testing coordinator for the high school campus.

The board also approved David Goolsby as the wetlands coordinator, and will function as the integrated pest management.

Goolsby is certified for both required staffing positions, holding certification in supervising proper use of pest control methods and chemicals.

Elsom reported that he has solicited bids for the improvement of the elementary playground. The primary goal is to emplace rubber mats or shredded rubber into worn down and eroded areas around playground equipment areas.