By Lew Vail
CORRIGAN – The food service program as well as wood and metal working instruction were topics of discussion when the Corrigan-Camden Independent School District's board convened on Monday.
Since February C-CISD administrators and board members have been evaluating proposals for a food service program to manage their cafeterias. The board decided Monday to contract with Southwest Food Services.
Superintendent Sherry Hughes said this will provide a better quality of food for the children and the district will benefit by having nutritious meals with less processed foods. According to Southwest's literature, they will provide the highest quality food and ingredients available, and have onsite support and training for cafeteria staff with training and team building on each campus.
Their professional management person will assure continuous food quality evaluations and the children will see increased "from scratch" cooking and less processed foods served. All current food service workers will be retained and C-CISD will not have to employ a dietician, as the management comes with the program.
In other discussion, the board learned that with the RoyOMartin Company committing to open a facility in Corrigan, the company is partnering with C-CISD to provide training for future workers. Company officials recently met with high school students to tell them of future opportunities and about their wood shop project, which Corrigan-
Camden High School will be adding to the curriculum for 2015-16. RoyOMartin made a donation for software to facilitate the school's curriculum planning.
S&B Engineers and Constructors has also partnered with C-CISD and recently visited the campus and evaluated the welding program. When S&B officials realized the equipment students were being trained on was outdated for today's workplace, they donated three MIG/SIG/TIG capable welding units, which will train students to enter the market place with up to date training. The firm will also help students become certified welders by graduation
The primary school reported they had 35 children enrolled for pre-kindergarten and will hold another signup on May 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. Parents can come in at any time and enroll their students. They project about 60 for the 2015-16 school year.
The campus also is participating in a community project to help a young person obtain a specially trained dog to assist her in everyday tasks. Their goal is to raise $200.
The elementary school held the first ever Easter Egg hunt and had 99 percent attendance. Only one student, who came to school but felt sick, missed the event. Campus attendance is averaging 97.14 percent daily. Field trips scheduled are May 1 when the fourth grade will go to Huntsville for the Sam Houston Folk Life Festival, the fifth grade will go to Lufkin to see a play and eat at CiCi's pizza and third grade will go to the Aquarium.
The junior high reported that ISS students are down to 19, from a high of 30 earlier in the year. A total of 38 girls and 54 boys are participating in athletics, 46 are in the band, 28 students earned the "A" honor roll and 19 were named to the "AB" list. Eighth grade boys are district track champions and eighth grade girls placed second at the district track meet. They gave away 50 tickets to both baseball and softball games at Sam Houston State University.
The high school has 286 students with a 95.8 percent attendance. They will hold the second round of End of Course (EOC) exams May 5-8 and then evaluate and wait for the state to report their results. Their students had a very successful Trinity-Neches Livestock Show representation and were honored during the board meeting.
In utility comparison for the month, Hughes said that natural gas use is down and they continue to monitor water. The recent purchase of fuel for busses was a saving and they will look to refiling the storage tanks in May to cover field trips and the summer school needs. Tax collection is at 93 percent and Hughes reminded the board that the higher the collection rate, the lower the state funds the district receives. She said that the decrease in school population to a daily average of 912 -- down from 944 last year -- will probably mean a decrease in 2015-16 funding; however since the legislature is still in session there are no figures to consider yet.
The board passed a resolution declaring May 4-8 as C-CISD Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Financials, bill payments and minutes were reviewed and accepted. The board will attend the Texas Rural Educators Conference on June 19-21 and also receive training required for CEU's. They decided to canvas the election results, swear in winners and elect board officers during their regular May meeting, May 18 at 7 p.m.
After a brief executive session the board approved teacher contracts for 2015-16 school year and adjourned.