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TISD trustees cancel May 5 board election

TISD trustees cancel May 5 board election

Trustees approve purchase of Ford Expedition for $40K to add to district's travel fleet

March 22nd, 2018 in Texarkana News

Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees canceled the May 5 board election during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Bill Kimbro of District 1 and Paul Miller of District 6 both ran unopposed for their respective seats. They will each serve three-year terms.

The board also approved paying non-exempt employees for Jan. 16, when the district was closed because of inclement weather. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires exempt employees, which include teachers, administrators, counselors and other professional-level employees, to be paid for the entire week if they work any part of the week in which the district is closed. Board approval is required for non-exempt employees such as secretaries, maintenance crew, custodial, teachers' aides and other hourly employees to be paid during school closings.

"We believe that it is imperative to support this group of employees who continually go above and beyond what is required of them in order to carry out their employment duties for the district," Autumn Thomas, deputy superintendent, stated in a press release. "Their work schedules were affected by circumstances completely beyond their control."

Funds for the employees' wages are included in the 2017-18 budget.

Trustees also approved proposals for several maintenance and construction vendors. Primary vendors will be: Carrier Enterprise, heating and air systems; Commercial Contract Flooring, flooring materials and labor; Elliott Electric, electrical services; Modern Glass, glass and storefronts; Moore Supply, plumbing services; Red River Lumber, building materials and lumber; Sherwin Williams, paint supplies; Sword, door hardware; and Texarkana Tent & Awning, canopy. Secondary vendors include: R.E. Michel, heating and air systems; Red River Lumber, flooring supplies; Sherwin Williams, flooring materials and labor; and Wholesale Electric, electrical.

In other business the board approved the $40,989 purchase of a new Ford Expedition. It will be added to the district's travel fleet and replace another trip vehicle, which will now be used in the local travel fleet.

Members also approved an instructional materials allotment and TEKS certification for 2018-19. The Texas Education Code requires the board to annually certify materials transmitted through the state's educational system. The certification includes a requirement that the state allotment the district receives for instructional materials will be used only for expenses allowed by the TEC and that the materials will cover all required TEKS elements.

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