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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Pearce Museums plan special events for exhibit opening
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Hope Center director Danielle Pillans gave the girls from Brownie Troop 2960 a tour of the Hope Center. Pillans explained that the Hope Center is a pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy tests, sonograms and parenting classes for moms and dads in Navarro County.
Fort Hood suspect, defense attorneys at odds
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Lake named Presidential Scholar
On May 6, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan announced 141 Presidential Scholars, comprising the 2013 Class. One young man and young woman are chosen from each state as well as a selection from U.S. territories, families living abroad and a selection of at-large scholars and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. It is at once a diverse population and an exclusive one.
Five injured in one car crash and fire
One car crash and fire on FM 1129 just south of FM 3041 shortly after 1 pm. Five hurt, one adult and four children. Three taken by air ambulance, others by Corsicana EMS.
Baseball complex building bid awarded
The Corsicana City Council granted the contract to build a concession stand and restroom building at the new baseball park on 45th Street to 2CMD Inc., when the group met in regular session Tuesday.
Corsicana Residential Treatment Center survives one chop, but faces next challenge
Following the passage of the state budget Saturday, Texas Rep. Byron Cook remains cautiously optimistic that the Corsicana State Home has a long future helping high-risk juvenile offenders.
The Dawson Garden Club has chosen the home of Melanie Dotson at 900 N. Fullerton Ave. as the Yard of the Month for May. The lawns, both back and front, are beautifully manicured. The trees are luxuriant as are the flowers encircling them. The front porch is inviting and there are beautiful blooms. The winding path to the front door lends a romantic touch to this beautiful landscape, and there are colorful blooms at the back porch as well. Go by to see this lovely yard.
Graduation ceremonies set
Area high schools will start hosting graduation ceremonies starting Friday. Below is a rundown of Navarro County high school graduation ceremonies, along with the valedictorian and salutatorians.
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