By Lew Vail
CORRIGAN – After discussion and information from Superintendent Sherry Hughes regarding the Pineywoods Community Academy, the Corrigan-Camden Independent School District's board issued an impact statement indicating the charter school could negatively impact the public school's enrollment.
Whenever a charter school announces its intention to open, the public schools in the area are given a chance to submit a report to the TEA detailing how the presence of a charter school may affect the public schools.
"The board feels that the proposed change for the open-enrolment charter school could be expected to have a major impact on the school district, with possible decreases in the C-CISD enrollment," the statement read.
In other business during their monthly meeting last week, the board learned that students at the elementary and primary campuses celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2 with a brunch. They served "Green Eggs and Ham Roast Beast in a blanket" and "Cat in the Hat strawberry parfaits." The pre-k and kindergarten were given healthy eating coloring books and all students received bookmarks. There were 18 students who won Dr. Seuss themed prizes.
March 15 was a "Roll out of Bed with Dad Breakfast." Dads as well as uncles, grandfathers, etc. were invited to join students in the elementary and primary campuses for homemade cinnamon rolls. Over 140 men ate with students.
On March 17, for Saint Patrick's Day, the cafeterias served all green fresh fruit and vegetable bars on the serving lines.
On May 5, the students will share "Moms and Muffins" for moms (and other mother figures) at the two campuses for breakfast.
The primary school awarded the teacher of the fourth six-weeks honors to Amy Kilgore while Monica Sanchez was the extended employee of the period. The National Honor Society students were on campus to help with Reading Coast to Coast. Testing was conducted March 15 to evaluate and rate either beginning, intermediate, advanced or advanced high in writing, to determine how students are learning.
The elementary school fifth grade attended the last Angelina College play for the year. The three plays in this series focused on science concepts. They enjoyed the show experience and exposure to science. Families of 111 students attended the math and science night, and report card pick up.
Parents also completed a survey in the computer lab and the book fair was open in the library where nachos were served. Homework help has increased to 20-25 students every Tuesday and Thursday and there are two certified teachers helping these students.
The junior high reported 213 students in February, with 18 in ISS and only one in DAEP. There are 50 girls and 56 boys enrolled in athletics with 55 in band. A total of 30 achieved the "A" honor roll and 39 made the "AB" honor roll. The girls won the Corrigan track meet and placed second in the Groveton meet. Walker Camp, a seventh grader, placed sixth in his region in calf roping and will participate in the state rodeo in May.
The high school has 256 enrolled and a 98 percent attendance rate. There are 35 nominees for the National Honor Society. These students must fill out paperwork detailing curricular activities, leadership and community service along with an essay.
The faculty will comb through these items and see who qualifies. No one is guaranteed membership. New members will be recognized May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
On April 11, the band will present a concert featuring the music they played at the UIL competition at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria and the sixth grade band will perform a spring concert on May 16 in the same place at 6 p.m. Coach Michael Scoggins was voted teacher of the six weeks for his creativity, integrity, perseverance and love for teaching.
The board voted to renew the district and campus administrator's contracts for the 2016-17 year. They considered a draft of the proposed school calendar also.
The minutes of the February meeting were approved and the financials reviewed and vouchers approved for payment. With only one candidate for each board vacancy, the board voted to cancel the May 7 election. Members will be sworn in and the board re-organized at May's regular meeting.