Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 19, 2014

Board approves extended voting days

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Trustees voted Monday to amend a joint election contract with the City of Jacksonville to allow two extended-hour days of early voting in the May 10 school board elections.

According to Yvonne Bergert, administrative assistant to JISD superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell, the two entities are sharing electronic voting machines and trustees liked the city's idea of offering voters two days of extended voting hours.

Early voting for the JISD election is scheduled April 28 through May 26, with April 30 and May 1 marked with extended hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved the purchase of three 77-passenger school buses from Rush Bus Center of Selma, for a cost of $273,213. The district updates the fleet on an as-needed basis to ensure that transportation of students remains safe and secure, Bergert said.

A JISD student dress code for the upcoming school year also was adopted by trustees, with minor clarifications to the code currently in place, she said.

Implementations include:

• Collared polo- or oxford-style shirts are allowed, with either long or short sleeves; no sheer material blouses are allowed.

• A logo – up to a half-dollar in size – is permissible if it is already on the garment when purchased, and is not a requested addition; approved JISD or college logos are permissible.

• On Fridays/designated spirit days, jeans and black or khaki color denim may be paired with an approved spirit day logo shirt or a shirt/blouse allowed under the dress code.

Dr. Wardell also gave trustees an update on a combined $22,785,000 bond project that calls for a new campus for the West Side Elementary program while adding more classrooms and a band hall at the Nichols Intermediate campus.

“We've gotten estimations from the construction company, so now the architects are finishing up final drawings so that we can look at them one more time before we put the projects up to bid,” he said. “There are a lot of little things that have to happen before we start to see things begin to take place. We're still pushing to try to start (construction) this summer.”

The new West Side building will be located off College Avenue, by the former Lon Morris College softball and baseball diamond, Dr. Wardell said.