By LIBBY CLUETT
Mineral Wells ISD trustees took another step toward having a Nov. 5 bond election to pass a $25 million bond, chiefly to build a new school to replace Lamar Elementary.
Last week, trustees approved a contract for election services between the Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator's office and MWISD.
In the coming weeks, the district has several bond forums scheduled, including:
• On Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m., the district will host its second town-hall meeting related to the bond, with this one focusing on the track and will be held at Mineral Wells High School.
• On Saturday, Oct. 19, MWISD will have tours of Lamar Elementary, from 9 a.m. to noon.
• On Monday, Oct. 21, beginning at 11:30 a.m., district representatives plan to meet with constituents at the Mineral Wells Senior Center and will answer any questions regarding the proposed bond.
The public is encouraged to attend so voters can make an informed decision on Election Day.
“We just want people to educate themselves about the bond and show up to vote and we will be pleased with what the community will decide,” said Haterius. “We want them to be informed and then vote their conscience.”
Trustees have also met with community groups to share information on the bond and receive input.
MWISD representatives are willing and able to speak to organizations on the bond, simply call the district's administration office at (940) 325-6404. For more bond information, visit www.mwisd.net.
Last Tuesday's meeting also featured Mineral Wells Junior High as its spotlight school. Members of the Civics class, spoke about what they gleaned from the program that teaches them about local history. They told trustees that they have had a variety of speakers come to present, including Col. Willie Casper, who spoke about Fort Wolters.
Kasey Barron said she like the class because of freindship and “being able to talk better.”
When asked by President Joe Ruelas, Barron explained that they have to present their findings in front of their class and said it has pushed her because, “I used to hide behind my teachers.”
Principal Kelly Wilkerson said this is a new elective for seventh graders. She added that it “adds diversity to the electives and it's the most popular class.”
In other business last week, MWISD trustees recognized the local Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority and Mineral Wells Classroom Teachers Association as the district’s October Partners in Education. Each year ADK provides scholarships for seniors, as well as raising funds for other entities. The local TCTA also provides student and teacher scholarships and sends representatives to summer leadership workshops and to the state convention.
• President's report, including: Ram Stadium hospitality deck guests and the 2013 Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards Convention.
• Superintendent's report, including: enrollment comparison for Sept. 30, school improvement process for Mineral Wells Academy and Advanced-placement testing/ACT results/SAT results.
• Consent Agenda Items, including: Monthly Financial Reports and Accounts Payable Listing, Water/Electricity/Gas Reports, Annual Investment Report/Resolution, Transportation Mileage Report for September 2013, District Textbook Adoption Committee, 2013-2014 School Resource Officer Agreement and Minutes of the September 10, 2013 meeting of the Board
• ESC Region XI Services Report - Dr. Robert Steeber, Deputy Executive Director of Administrative Operations
Presenter: Dr. Gail G. Haterius, Superintendent
• Consider Targeted Assistance Improvement Plan for the Mineral Wells Academy
Presenter: Doug Rice, Mineral Wells Academy Principal
• Approve School Health Advisory Council Members
Presenter: Wanda Voelcker, MWISD Head Nurse/Houston Elementary School Nurse
• Calendars for October and November