Tiger Stadium to upgrade turf
The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to accept a negotiated agreement with the supplier of the artificial turf at Tiger Stadium to replace the turf with an “upgraded” surface at a deeply discounted rate.
The district has been negotiating with the firm through an attorney to address concerns about the condition and wear of the current turf, now about six years old. Manufacturing flaws have affected the turf, and the supplier offered to replace the existing model at no charge with only the two years of warranty remaining, or replace it with an “upgraded” version for a cost of $175,000, and a full eight year warranty.
District Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost said the upgrade will be paid for from revenues generated through stadium rentals for playoff games, a fund which has also provided upgrades for safety gear as well.
AVID program report presented
Shade Boulware updated trustees on the district’s AVID program. AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program is designed to reach students who may be the first in a family to attend college, be of low income level or have special circumstances. Advanced guidance and support helps to develop the students into college-ready applicants through the development of habits, skills and behaviors to use knowledge and skills.
"It's a good program, it's good for kids, it's good for the community," Boulware said.
STAAR/EOC report shows progress
Carla Stanford, executive director of curriculum and instruction, updated trustees on the district’s STAAR scores, the last results just received by the district. Standord said the district’s test scores showed gains in several areas including several “sub-populations” but that some disparity still exists among the groups. Stanford said the district is scoring above state levels in many subjects and grade levels, noting strong gains in 5th and 8th grade math scores.
Child Nutrition update presented
Cohnie Harris, Child Nutrition Director, said the district has already implemented several new TDA guidelines for school food service, and updated trustees on improvements made in facilities and services. She said health inspections of the facilities have earned perfect scores at some campuses, and earned a remark of “the cleanest kitchens in Corsicana.” New TDA nutrition guidelines for breakfast meals are coming in 2013-2014.
May trustee election canceled
Trustees voted to cancel the May 11 trustee election, since only incumbents filed for the three positions open, those of Terry Seth, Fr. Ed Monk, and Scott Watkins. The district will still conduct a $54 million bond election on that date.
Data Center progress reported
Dr. Joe Young, deputy superintendent, said significant work has taken place on upgrading the CISD technology infrastructure, which eventually when built out will connect all campuses in the district to a central “data center” located at the Lee building on West Fourth Avenue. Young said initial work at the data center and at Corsicana High School is on track to be completed by summer, with work then extending out to other campuses.
Tiger Stadium to upgrade turf
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6:30 p.m. update: Heaviest storms pass to the east
Light rain and a few thunderstorms remain, but the heaviest of the weather had moved to the east of Navarro County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
5 p.m. Update: Storms cover most of county, Tornado Watch remains in effect
At 5 p.m. radar imagery shows the line of storms covering most of Navarro County, with the heaviest storms in the northern half of the county.
There have been no reports of severe weather as of 5 p.m., but frequent lightening, gusty winds and rainfall are occurring across the county.
A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 7 p.m.
4:30 p.m. update - Storms entering Navarro County
A line of thunderstorms has moved into the county, with the possibility of heavy rain, hail, high winds, and still a possibility of a tornado forming. A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 7 p.m.
405 p.m. Update: Storms entering Navarro County
At 405 p.m., radar imagery shows the leading edge of storms entering the western part of Navarro County.
We remain under a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. No new watches or warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service.
3:30 p.m. Update - Tornado Watch remains in effect through 7 p.m.
Storms are continuing to build to the west of Navarro County, stretching up through the metroplex.
Navarro and surrounding counties remain under a tornado watch until 7 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Update: Tornado Watch remains in effect through 7 p.m.
The area remains under a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. Storms are forming west of Interstate 35, tracking to the east northeast. Winds at C.David Campbell Field are generally between 20 and 30 miles per hour and gusty. No other advisories are in effect at this time. The late afternoon hours remain the best opportunity for tornado activity, with the possibility of large and damaging tornadoes and winds in the forecast through this evening.
Severe weather likely in North Texas on Tuesday (with video forecast)
National Weather Service forecasters say there is a significant possibility of severe weather in north Texas Tuesday.
A forecast summary issued this morning says large or long track tornadoes are possible, along with winds in excess of 70 mph, tennis ball to baseball size hail, and winds in excess of 70 mph.
OKC UPDATE: Crews dig through night after deadly Okla. twister
MOORE, Okla. — Search and rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and those numbers were expected to climb, officials said Tuesday.
Over 50 killed in OKC suburb tornado
MOORE, Okla. — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.
CISD Trustees table architect proposal, hear bond feedback
An outpouring of support from CISD teachers, and some advice for the next bond proposal from a local voter took up the public forum portion of Monday’s Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting.
District voters turned down a proposed $54 million bond package in the May 11 school and municipal elections. The bond would have paid for a new campus, security and building upgrades, new technology, baseball field improvements, and a new school administration building.
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