During the public forum portion of the May 10 regular Lumberton ISD School Board meeting, teachers, staff, and students were recognized for their accomplishments and donations were presented to the campuses.
Sandra Womack, Executive Director of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Member Carliss Jones presented checks from some of the proceeds of the 2018 Cupid Shuffle to each of the LISD campuses.
The Lumberton School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) will receive $2,280.
Womack said this was the second year for the Cupid Shuffle fundraiser and the attendance doubled from last year. “From this fundraiser we are also able to present two, $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors. So this is a win-win event for both the district and the Chamber,” she said.
The amount received by each campus:
Early Childhood: $575
High School: $460
Womack said that is a total of $4,395 that comes back to the district because of this event.
The SHAC money will go to each of the campuses so they can buy equipment said Chandler.
LHS Principal Darwin Davis presented awards to math teachers for the Distinction Designation for Performance. “This group is like a family, the math department. They work together, take care of each other, they take care of our kids. They are detail-oriented, as a principal I appreciate that so much,” said Davis. Trophies were presented to Patti Roberts, Debra Arceneaux, Chris Paine, Stacy Fischer, Lynn McLain, Stefanie Gregg, Jason Sanders, Savanna Munson, and Susan Letorneau (Head of the Department).
Next, UIL students were recognized for their accomplishments. 16 teams from Lumberton were represented at District and 15 of those teams came away with an award. Some of the UIL teams recognized at School Board meeting included Math, Social Studies, Journalism, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Science, and Current Events.
FCCLA (Family Career, and Community Leaders of America) student representatives addressed the Board, describing some of their service projects for the year. They were involved in collecting 700 items during their Christmas collection, volunteered at the Hope Women’s Resource Clinic, catered a lunch and learn at the clinic and provided childcare, partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital and provided donations, hosted an event for Saint Baldrick’s Foundation, and donated hair to Pantene Beautiful Locks.
Some members of FCCLA will be attending the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA this June. They expressed appreciation to the Board, Dr. Chandler, and Principal Davis for their support of the organization.
Sonia Cain, Director of Big Thicket Co-Op brought some of their speech pathologists in front of the Board and recognized them for their service to students.
The 2018/2019 LISD School Calendar was a topic of discussion during this meeting as it was set to be voted on. A parent addressed the Board, expressing his opposition to the proposed calendar. He said he is a Lamar University student and if the LISD breaks do not coordinate with the Lamar breaks, his child will be spending that time in day care.
Another parent asked the Board for more transparency regarding decisions that affect students and would like more notifications of upcoming votes and workshops on other platforms than just Facebook. She mentioned that she was in favor of the proposed calendar.
Lumberton Primary School’s program Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle was represented by some student members of that group. They showed a video that described the goals of their group.
A representative from SSC (company contracted to clean the LISD campus buildings) was in attendance for a quarterly review with the Board. Board Trustee James Glenn said he received some feedback that the cleaning was not quite the standard of what they would prefer.
“I think we all agree that SSC is doing as good if not better job than what we’ve seen in the past,” said Glenn.
Board President James Kersh described some of the complaints they received from the campuses,
“If I know about an issue I can deal with if it is a manager issue or an employee issue,” said the representative of the complaints.
One of the items on the agenda was to consider the District of Innovation Proposal that had been prepared for adoption. The Board Trustees went over the proposal during the workshop that took place prior to the meeting. The motion to adopt the DOI Proposal was passed unanimously.
Next, the Board accepted nominations for positions. James Kersh remained President, Margaret Cruse was nominated for Vice President again, and Dr. Chad Hammett was nominated for Secretary.
The Board voted to offer a two-year contract for a new Assistant Superintendent, Patti Crouch. 28 candidates applied for the position.
After the Board convened for an executive session, they returned to the meeting for three Board Trustees, including a new Trustee taking the place of James Glenn, to take the Oath of Office. Julie Walker, Margaret Cruse, and new Trustee Kevin Edwards were given the oath by attorney Curtis Soileau.