The regular meeting of the Lumberton Independent School District Trustees Board was held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., at the LISD Central Office.
Calling the meeting to order, Superintendent Gerald Chandler acknowledged that January is school board appreciation month.
Lumberton ISD joins the Texas Association of School Boards and other districts “to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas children in public schools.”
The theme for this year is “Planting Seeds for Success,” and each of the Lumberton ISD received baskets with plants, planting materials, and seeds.
Introducing the board, Chandler said: “James Kersh, serving for six years; Margaret Cruse, serving for 11 years; Dr. Chad Hammett, serving for two years; Julie Walker, serving for 17 years; Brett Yarbro, serving for six years; Kenny Burkhalter, serving for 21 years, and Kevin Edwards, serving for four years.”
The Lumberton ISD Board is responsible for an annual budget of approximately $30 million, over 4,000 students, over 500 employees, and five campuses.
“It’s more important than ever that the public support public education,” Chandler said.
In more serious matters, he addressed the bomb threat called into the Lumberton Primary School at 9:55 a.m., Thursday morning.
Chandler issued a memo to the staff following the incident, thanking the ISD for their quick response.
“They received that threatening phone call, and immediately we got those kids evacuated out of the building, contacted the police department, and got them over to the middle school,” he said.
It was believed to be a possible diversion to draw law enforcement from the pursuit of a fugitive lose in the Lumberton area.
“It was a pretty stressful day,” Chandler said, adding it was nonetheless a well-coordinated effort.
Lumberton police and fire cleared the building before staff returned.
Training and practice of evacuation procedures paid off, according to Gretchen Scoggins, LISD Communication Coordinator.
In matters of the consent agenda, the board passed in the affirmative continuation of services with the audit firm of Mitchell Fontenote, CPA. It is a three-year agreement.
The recurrent budget and salaries agenda item updated the board on the work to make adjustments in pay in the coming year. A series of workshops were proposed in the interim.
Another discussion item presented the Texas Academic Performance Report by Patty Crouch, Assistant Superintendent.
The TAB report encompasses information compiled by the state regarding student performance as posted on the LISD District Website for public view.
Her summary comparison of Lumberton to others districts, indicates that “we surpass the region and the state” in all categories where students are tested.